Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2015. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part today. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2015.

Your Donation: $
Thursday, December 12, 1996 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: The Story of Charline Brundidge
1996-12-12

Child Labor and Holiday Shopping

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

An official with UNITE (Union of Needle trades, Industrial and Textile Employees) who was dressed as Santa was arrested this past week outside the Lord and Taylor’s in New York City for leading a protest against the department store for selling clothes made by child labor in New York, Indonesia, and Honduras.
 
Yesterday in Washington, Senator Tom Harkin democrat from Iowa, Consumer advocate, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, and Ferris Harvey head of the International Labor Rights Fund, held a press conference to urge holiday shoppers to be on the lookout for products made using child labor on the shelves of toy stores this holiday season.

Tom Harkin talks about the lack of consumer knowledge about who has made the products we buy. Ralph Nader is pushing for passage of tough legislation to ban child labor imports. Ferris Harvey who is one of the leading voices against child labor around the world criticized the Clinton administration for putting the interest of free trade ahead of children’s rights. 

Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): child labor, UNITE


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.