Bangladeshi garment workers speak out at UofL
On March 3, 2015, during UofL's Spring Sustainability Week, the student group Cards United Against Sweatshops brought to campus Bangladeshi labor organizer Kalpona Akter, and Mahinoor Begum, a garment worker and survivor of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse. They spoke about their struggle to force brands like VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport, to sign a legally binding agreement to improve apparel factory safety and working conditions in Bangladesh, as well as what students can do to make UofL sweat-free! The students and their Bangladeshi guests then marched on President Ramsey's office to demand that the university cut contracts with JanSport to protect workers. Watch this short video summary of the day's thrilling events!