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February 13, 2008

SweatFree Communities Newsletter #18


1) Save the Date: SweatFree Summit
2) Wal-Mart Sweatshop Workers Speaking Tour
3) Welcoming New Midwest Regional Organizer
4) Host a Campaign Retreat, Training, or Strategy Session
5) Local Campaign Updates
6) Have a Socially Responsible Valentine's Day

*Save the date: SweatFree Summit*

Join activists from across the country this summer for a weekend of
training, strategy, and action. Coinciding with the National Governors
Association Centennial Meeting, we are gathering in Philadelphia July
11-13 to call on our governors to join the State and Local Government
Sweatfree Consortium.

The Sweatfree Summit will kick off with a Worker Rights Board hearing,
march, and rally featuring testimonies by sweatshop workers who sew
uniforms purchased with our tax dollars.

The rest of the weekend will feature trainings - suitable for new and
seasoned sweatfree campaign activists - as well as strategy sessions for
our joint Sweatfree Consortium campaign.

We hope that you can join us! Our goal is to make this summit affordable
to all who are interested; we will be offering travel scholarships to
low-income participants. *Mark your calendars now: July 11-13 in

*Wal-Mart Sweatshop Workers Speaking Tour*

Have you heard what Wal-Mart factory workers have to say about their
working conditions?

Now is your chance.

International Labor Rights Forum and SweatFree Communities are
sponsoring a speaking tour in Michigan and Ohio, April 3-12. We have
invited a Bangladeshi garment worker who sews school uniforms for
Wal-Mart and a farmworker from Costa Rica who picks pineapples for Del

Email trina.tocco@ilrf.org by February 22
to inquire about hosting the tour.

*Welcoming New Midwest Regional Organizer*

We are excited to welcome on board our new Midwest Regional Organizer,
Vicki Kaplan. Vicki joins us with a wealth of organizing experience from
campaigns with Food & Water Watch, Citizens Trade Campaign PAC, and
United Students Against Sweatshops.

Midwesterners, we invite you to get in touch with Vicki to introduce
yourself. She would be delighted to come to your community for a meeting
or to give a workshop: vicki@sweatfree.org .

*Host a Campaign Retreat, Training, or Strategy Session*

Last month, our national organizer, Liana Foxvog, facilitated a day-long
campaign retreat in Oregon and co-led a two-hour workshop in Seattle.
Later this month she'll lead strategy workshops in Austin and San Antonio.

Will your community be next? A strategy session can help launch your
campaign or bring it to the next level. To arrange one in your
community, contact Liana to discuss the possibilities:
liana@sweatfree.org / 413-586-0974.

Posted by cat at 01:11 PM