December 4, 2013 |
As shoppers begin to grasp the reality that making apparel in America - or better yet, in their hometowns - is not just a matter of style but also a way to build local economies, the news of SA VA's demise is just plain bad. Designer Sarah Van Aken, 37, let slip in a recent speech to the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs that she was on the "precipice of an epic failure. " In other words, SA VA, her work-appropriate dresses, roomy trousers, and slouchy sweaters, all manufactured in her Port Richmond facility, would be no more.
November 19, 2013 |
CAMDEN When Salima Mostafa received word this year of her acceptance into the White House internship program, she knew it was an opportunity she had to take, if she could. It was a big moment - for her, her immigrant family, and Rutgers University-Camden. Mostafa, a first-generation college student who had holed up in her room each night for four years and consistently maxed out her course load, was about to graduate cum laude and was preparing to take medical school entrance exams.
June 14, 2013 |
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladeshi garment factories are routinely built without consulting engineers. Many are located in commercial or residential buildings not designed to withstand the stress of heavy manufacturing. Some add illegal extra floors atop support columns too weak to hold them, according to a survey of scores of factories by an engineering university that was shown to the Associated Press. A separate inspection, by the garment industry, of 200 risky factories found that 10 percent of them were so dangerous that they were ordered to shut.
May 23, 2013 |
If nothing else, so-called fast fashion is cute. A Michael Kors-esque striped maxi skirt for $25 at Zara? I can always rationalize that purchase, right? Not really. Fast fashion may keep us on trend within a small budget, but it has done considerable damage to our local and national economy by stuffing our closets with subpar clothing made by workers paid the lowest wages. At its worst, fast fashion is actually killing people. In the last year, several deadly accidents - including one fire that killed 112 people - have taken place at manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh, the second-largest exporter of clothing in the world and one of the world's poorest nations.
May 14, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Police have identified a suspect in the shooting of 19 people during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said last night that they were looking for 19-year-old Akein Scott. He said multiple people identified Scott as the shooter. Three gunshot victims remained in critical condition yesterday, though their wounds didn't appear to be life-threatening. Most of the injured had been released from the hospital. Video released earlier in the day shows a crowd gathered for a boisterous second-line parade Sunday suddenly scattering in all directions, with some falling to the ground.
May 12, 2013 |
SAVAR, Bangladesh - A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building was panicked, dehydrated, and suffering from insomnia as she recovered in a Bangladesh hospital Saturday, but was in generally good condition, according to her doctors. The rescue Friday of Reshma Begum, 19, brought a boost to the workers who had spent more than two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task and the death toll surpassed 1,100 in the world's worst garment-industry disaster.
May 9, 2013
Dhaka toll tops 800; fire strikes DHAKA, Bangladesh - A fire has raced through an 11-story building housing a garment factory and residential complex in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least eight people. Officials said the fire broke out late Wednesday. By early Thursday, firefighters had found eight people dead. They said the factory was on the first and second floors, while the uppers floors were used as a residential complex. The factory was closed during the accident. A police official and the owner of the factory were among the dead.
May 1, 2013 |
SAVAR, Bangladesh - The heat in the rubble was sweltering. It closed in on his body like the darkness around him, making it hard to breathe. Working by the faint glow of a flashlight, he slithered through the broken concrete and spotted a beautiful young woman, her crushed arm pinned beneath a pillar. She was dying, and the only way to get her out was to amputate. But Saiful Islam Nasar had no training, and almost no equipment. He's a mechanical engineer who just days earlier rushed hundreds of miles from his hometown in southern Bangladesh when he heard the Rana Plaza factory building had collapsed and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of garment workers were trapped.
April 26, 2013
SAVAR, Bangladesh - The number of people killed when a garment-factory building collapsed in the city Wednesday has been increased to 238, authorities said. After seeing deep cracks in the walls of the building Tuesday, police ordered it evacuated. But officials at the garment factories operating inside ignored the order and kept more than 2,000 people working, authorities said. The disaster in Savar is the worst ever for Bangladesh's booming garment industry, surpassing a fire five months ago that killed 112. Instead, very little has changed in Bangladesh, where wages, among the lowest in the world, have made it a magnet for numerous global brands.
April 26, 2013 |
SAVAR, Bangladesh - "Save us, brother. I beg you, brother," Mohammad Altab moaned to the rescuers who could not help him. He had been trapped for more than 24 hours, pinned between slabs of concrete in the ruins of the garment factory building where he worked. "I want to live," he pleaded, his eyes glistening with tears as he spoke of his two young children. "It's so painful here. " Altab, whose fate was unclear Thursday night, should not have been in the building when it collapsed Wednesday, killing at least 238 people.