Maquilapolis screening w/ talk by principal cast member Carmen Duran

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On Thursday April 17 @ 7 pm in the Cullen Auditorium on the main campus of UH we’ll host a screening of the documentary Maquilapolis (City of Factories). It tells the story of women working in maquiladoras in Tijuana. It was made by the workers themselves.

Following the screening is a talk and Q & A by Carmen Duran, sweatshop worker and main cast member. She’s coming in from Tijuana for this event. It’s free and we hope you’ll bring some friends.

For info about the film click here.

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3 responses to “Maquilapolis screening w/ talk by principal cast member Carmen Duran

  1. Student protests in opposition to sweatshops may serve to inform some students. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as it may go and with much luck maybe result in the administration effecting procurement changes.
    However, the problem of sweatshops whether in the US or abroad is rooted in a flawed business model. It is flawed because although material and labor costs in apparel may be quite low the high markup of apparel collected by “contractors” who hire the laborers never passes through to production floor personnel.
    What’s the best response to that model? When the same workers with their knowledge, skills and experience ally themselves as at-home independent contractor networks to produce apparel for local independent (initially) retailers.

  2. Corporations are taking advantage of poorer countries and exploiting not only the workers there but the consumers who buy those products.

    The workers are exploited to a much higher extent since no only companies treat them unfairly but they leave their towns in a much worse situation, and to some, worse than what it was initially. Dirty rivers, remains of lead from factories, overall a much more polluted town.

    The consumers are exploited because they’re still paying the high price of a product even though the production is much cheaper…but they keep buying so companies keep making…

    High profits without regards to other humans…I don’t think these “money-hungry” CEOs would like to have their backyards polluted and have their quality of life degrated…

    I would love to find out where can I buy products in Houston where the workers ARE treated fairly and the companies abides by the environmental laws of the place…do you know of any?

    In the meantime, let’s boycott these companies!

  3. Antgaudi,
    In Houston, Ten Thousand Villages in Rice Village, Corazon in the Montrose and Colores de Pueblo on the northside all have fairly traded products. Also see our links under “sweat free vendors for lots of internet sources for sweat free garments.

    Look at Students for Fair Trade website for more Houston businesses that sell fair trade products:

    http://uhfairtrade.org/providers/

    Another option is to buy used goods and just cut down on consuming in general.

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