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Greets, tonight is just a bit of propaganda by me for you. If you buy stuff at The Gap, Old Navy, Anchor Blue, etc you are pillars of slavery. I'm not just talking the enslavement of young boys, girls, and women in Taiwan, the Phillipines, Indonesia, Thailand, or Mexico (check the tags of your clothes for Made in mark). I'm talking about your own enslavement. Those close you wear cost you money that you make at your job right? Of course. Clothes made by people who take pride in their work last longer and do not grow out of fashion as fast as those Gap pieces of dung. I would be surprised if less than half the clothes that the Gap sells have some type of toxic waste on them. I'm no hypocrite. Since 1998, I've purchased one item that was made by slave labor (a pair of shoes). That's four years of quality clothes and I've never felt better about it. I take more esteem in my appearance than I used to and I look cooler even wearing used clothes that I bought for a buck or free. I bought four pairs of pants from The General Store made by Key and Dickeys. Take a look and you'll see what I'm talking about. In two years, my American Made pants have not ripped through all the tortures that I've put them through, while my used slave-made Khakis are falling to pieces. Good riddens, I say. My Dickies Khakis kick arse and I can feel the worker's conviction that put together such a quality garment. My American Made flannels are always in fashion here in Seattle. L.L. Bean used to make sweet flannels Made in USA, but you'll have to double-check to see if they still do. The slave-made shoes that I bought two years ago are falling apart as expected. My next pair of shoes will be American Made. I have a pair of boots that are American Made that are the highest quality, but urban Seattle is hardly the place for such high-quality boots. But if I ever need boots (Like Jav will in Scene 7), I have a great pair. What will I do for Skateboarding shoes? There are some great Skateboarding Shoes made in Canada, the UK, and possibly the US. I just have to find them. Why must I go to great lengths for clothing? I have certain standards for clothes that I buy. I don't wear the Emperor's Clothes, you see. And if I did, I would just say that I'm boycotting clothing. Boycotting is nothing new. I bet that you boycott eating pig heels, too. The Gap = Pig heels. I say, Just Boycott It!

It's probably smart to learn more about exactly what is going on abroad. Go to websites, but be sure to look for good, solid, well-supported references. For example, JF is not a good, solid, well-supported website. CorpWatch.org is fairly well-supported. They explain, though, that American made clothes are still not immune from sweatshop labor. Of course, if your clothes were made in America, you can easily write a letter in English and expect a possibly true letter in English back regarding the state of their workers. Ask them if you can take a tour of their factory. If they won't let you, you know who you picket, right? Note that it is one thing you can do is to ensure that companies in your city are treating their workers well. Note that you are likely a worker in your own city. Duh. Get on the ball, a short letter takes five minutes to send. A factory tour might even be educational.

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