Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ethical Clothing in Charlottesville, VA

When you think of Charlottesville, VA your mind may turn to Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, and other historic tourist attractions. I'm headed to that community though, to talk about a very contemporary concern for Fair Traders: the question of clothing. I've been invited by the local Amnesty International Chapter to participate in the "You are What You Wear" fashion show, Friday, June 4, 2010, 7 pm at the Live Arts Building downtown.

I'll be sharing my understanding of the garment industry through the work of my allies at Green America, Sweatfree Communities, the International Labor Rights Forum, Nueva Vida, and others. I've recently been serving, in my capacity with CRS Fair Trade, on a working group helping to shape the upcoming TransFair USA apparel pilot, and will try to bring some of the perspectives of brands, licensees, and NGOs into the mix.

The evening will end with a fashion show featuring local retailers and a discussion with local designer Rosalba Valentino. Sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night and will certainly help me learn from others on the front lines of confronting sweatshops.


  1. Trina Tocco5:53 PM

    wow so very cool Jackie that you are doing this!!!

  2. A belated thanks Trina. I just got a chance to post my remarks, which include many shout-outs to ILRF. I appreciate how your efforts inform my work!