Category Archives: sweat free houston

Ex-College Dean Charged with Forced Labor

The New York Times is reporting that ex St. John’s college dean and vice president Cecilia Chang has been charged by the Feds with forced labor and bribery. And just who was she forcing into labor? Students of course!
Chang threatened to cut the students scholarships if they didn’t perform extra duties like driving her son to the airport at 3 a.m. Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack set Ms. Chang’s bail at $1.5 million.

We’ll spare you the jokes about a one of America’s leading Catholic Universities being embroiled in this scandal because lousy working conditions are nothing to wisecrack about. Here’s the complete story in PDF format: Ex Dean charged with forced labor NYT 9.30.2010 And here’s a link to the story on the Times’ website.

Cecilia Chang

Poor labor conditions and forced labor conditions are nothing to joke about. If you want to get involved in the fight against poor labor conditions, join forces with Sweat Free Houston we meet every first Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at 1303 Ruthven Street. That’s in Fourth Ward adjacent to Midtown. Give us a call at 832.771.7263 if you are ready to get involved or have any questions about our work.

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Sweat Free Houston benefit show Saturday March 6

This Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 8pm to 2am at Mangos, at 403 Westheimer, there are six, count them six awesome bands playing to raise money for Sweat Free Houston .  The show is open to ALL AGES!  Sweat Free Houston is working to get a sweat free procurement policy passed by the city. For more information check their “about” page on their website.

Sweat Free Houston campaign launched

The founder of UH Students Against Sweatshops has finished his doctoral studies and moved on.  Many campus based activist groups often dissolve after key members graduate. That is also the case with UH SAS. They won campaigns and awards and the founder moved on to a new campaign. Thanks to all our supporters especially Lorenzo Cano and Ty Priest.

Sweat Free Houston has organized as of January 1, 2010. Sweat Free Houston Coalition is a group of labor, religious, and other civic organizations that want the City of Houston to pass a “sweat free” ordinance. The ordinance will ban the city from buying garments made in sweatshops.

Check out their website and contact them at sweatfreehouston (at) gmail (dot) com