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Standing in Support of Garment Workers

October 11, 2016

Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, has taken to mailing post cards in recent weeks, not from travel sites, but to promote a fair and living wage for garment workers.human-thread-logo

As the coordinator for justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorian Community, Br. Gosch has joined in a campaign to distribute post cards to mail to Kohl’s and Macy’s. Specifically, the post cards urge commits from the retailers to pay a living wage and improve sustainable practices in the supply chain.

To date, more than 11,000 post cards have been distributed for each retailer, according to officials with the Human Thread Campaign, based in Milwaukee.

The Human Thread Campaign was inspired by the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. The devastating event killed 1,133 garment workers, and exposed the wide range of abuses connected to the sourcing of clothing.

Beyond promoting fair wages for workers at Kohl’s and Macy’s, the movement aims to raise consciousness and empower Catholics to advocate for the plight of garment workers worldwide.