[act-ma] Sat 12/5 3 pm, Commemorative Meeting, "Beyond Tazreen" at MIT

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 16:01:31 PST 2015

*The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia*

*invites you to a*

Commemorative Meeting

*“Beyond Tazreen”*

Saturday 3 pm - December 5, 2015

*MIT Room 56-167*

*http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=56 <http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=56>*
On November 24, 2012, fire broke out in a garments factory “Tazreen” in
Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Over 120 workers were burnt alive and more than twice
as many injured.

Tazreen is neither the first nor the last tragedy to fall upon garment
workers in South Asia.  Punishing “fast-fashion” deadlines of multinational
buyers, below poverty wages, gender violence and subverted unionization
attempts sum the life of over four million garment workers in Bangladesh.
Rivalry between political parties are put aside in common accord of the
state and factory owners against workers.

Is a better world possible?   What role does a garments industry have in
the path to development and the alleviation of poverty?  How does neglect
of rural needs factor in mass unemployment and rock-bottom urban worker
wages?  Are countries such as Bangladesh locked in low wage employment and
transfer of profits overseas?  How can solidarity help workers in their day
to day struggle?

Please join us for a meeting “Beyond Tazreen”.  Presentations will be made
by activists followed by an open discussion.

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