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I like Avaaz. Today's campaign is focused on getting GAP to sign a strong fire safety agreement in Bangladesh. The shareholder meeting is tomorrow, it seems.

For pig iron, here's what I wrote to the CEO of GAP:

Dear Glenn Murphy,

You and I, we live in a world where we can go to work every day without fearing for our lives. Our physical safety, as workers, is deemed important by our society.

But the people who make our clothes don't live in that world. They put their lives at risk every day to earn a living.

This is wrong.

Did you know that clothing workers have been exploited throughout human history? From the slave weavers of ancient Crete to the cottage knitters of Victorian Scotland, the people who dress the elite have been treated as expendable. Out of sight, out of mind.

But just because exploitation is traditional does not mean it's justifiable. You, sir, are in the amazingly fortunate position of being able to take a simple, concrete action to shift the balance a little - just a little. Just enough to lessen the mortal risk the garment workers of twenty-first-century Bangladesh put themselves in every day so that you and I can enjoy getting dressed in the morning.

Please sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. There is no moral alternative.

Sincerely,
Moi
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