On October 5, 2005, UC Santa Cruz students, workers and Santa Cruz community members held a rally in the Baytree Plaza to raise awareness about the sweatshop-made uniforms purchased for dinning hall workers and the sweatshop-made UCSC apparel. Demonstrators also demanded that UC Santa Cruz adhere to their own Code of Conduct which prohibits the purchase of apparel made in sweatshops. After the rally in the Baytree Plaza, we marched to the office of Chancellor Denise Denton which is in the same building as the McHenry Library.
It was not a surprise that Chancellor Denton was no where to be found. Instead, the chancellor’s assistant, Ciel Benedetto, was presented a list of ways that UCSC can respect workers rights without purchasing from sweatshops.
Why is it that the University of California purchases goods from sweatshops and then marks up the retail price so high?
Why is it that the university can justify paying numerous police officers, Dan Wood from UCSC’s demonstration response team and the guy in charge of campus labor relations to escort the demonstration?
Wednesday’s action was organized by AFSCME, Comercio Justo and the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice, as part of a national campaign sponsored by United Students Against Sweatshops, UNITE HERE! and Global Exchange.
for more information, check out these posts on SC-IMC
Students and Workers Demand a Sweat-Free UC
Rockin’ the Boat: Students Rally for Sweat-Free Campus
UCSC is in Violation of their Code of Conduct
Crossposted at Santa Cruz Indymedia: Part I & Part II.
Verification: It shall be the responsibility of each University licensee to ensure its compliance with this Code, and to verify that its contractors are in compliance with this Code. – University of California, Code of Conduct for Trademark Licensees, 2000
Social justice activists with the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice explain that the UC purchases from sweatshops.
Two UC police officers were peering down on the rally in the Baytree Plaza
Juan is interviewed by a reporter from Univision, a spanish language news network
i wonder if any english language corporate media will cover this story?
What’s the difference between creating poverty and fighting it? 25 cents.
an organizer with the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice gets people fired up for the march
made in Lesotho
retail price is $42.99
made in Mexico
made in Pakistan
a brief pause on the road to the Chancellor’s office
25 cents makes a difference!
Wash Out the Sweat
What is your comment for the Workers Independent News Service?
the doors are locked and we are told that the chancellor is not on campus
Julian presents Ciel Benedetto, the Chancellor’s assistant, with a list of ways that UCSC can respect workers rights without using sweatshops
the guy in charge of campus labor relations
more cops… just standing around
a worker holds up a sign that reads, “Wash Out the Sweat”
Juan speaks to Ciel Benedetto about the injustice of sweatshops and the responsibility of the UC to adhere to their own Code of Conduct
Commit to the Code of Conduct
after the demonstration, a short decompression meeting was held to reflect on the movement for a sweatshop-free UC and talk about future actions
it should not require thousands of people to get the UC to comply with their own Codes of Conduct… UCSC, teach what you preach!