Tell UH to support Student Demands and Adopt the DSP!
Please tell Chancellor Renu Khator take action and let her know that UH clothing can’t be made in sweatshops! Since February 2007, students at University of Houston have been asking their administration to adopt the Designated Suppliers Program (DSP). The DSP would require the brands producing UH apparel to source from factories in which workers have the freedom to organize and earn enough to support a family. In addition, it will require these brands to pay enough for their goods to make this possible. The DSP has been adopted by 40 major universities in the U.S. Despite this fact and that UH students having exhausted every diplomatic and legislative avenue Chancellor Khator has refused to take action to adopt the proposal. Meanwhile UH apparel is still made in sweatshops. Please email, call and fax on Monday February 25 to demand that UH listen to students and become the 41st university to adopt the DSP!
1. Take Action
It can be done once in 2 minutes or you can sit down with a group of friends and swarm the communication lines. Some people will just be sending one email, one fax and making one phone call every hour on the hour. The Chancellor’s office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday February 25.
Renu Khator’s phone: (713) 743-8820
Hello, my name is _______ and I am a _____ from _____. It is very disappointing to hear that an institution like UH, which claims to be a leader in the university community, has shown so little concern for its students and for the workers producing its apparel. It is extremely unfortunate that you are ignoring this issue despite students having proven the viability of the DSP and assured UH that it would face no legal or financial risk from it. I would urge you to address this situation by meeting with the students immediately and adopting the DSP. Thanks for your time.
**Fax In/ Email!
Renu Khator’s fax: 713.743.8837
Renu Khator’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To date, 40 major universities have agreed, through their adoption of the Designated Suppliers Program (DSP), to take proactive steps towards ensuring that university licensed apparel is produced, not in sweatshops, but in factories in which the rights of workers are respected.
Judging by your lack of action, UH does not share the same commitment to workers’ rights that has been so clearly exhibited by the 40 other universities that have committed to moving forward with such a project. Forty other schools have proven that signing on to the DSP is a viable action to take and I am outraged that UH has done nothing to address this.
I find this lack of action be completely unacceptable, and demand that you commit to the adoption and timely implementation of the DSP. You have the opportunity to make UH a proactive and valued university, and I expect this school to make real its commitment and not allow such an opportunity to pass by.
2. Send It to Your Friends!
Please invite everyone you know, the more people we have phoning, faxing and especially calling Chancellor Peacock, the better. We are focusing literally thousands of people internationally UH and this will hopefully be a historic event. Every little bit counts!