Feb 6, 2000, Los Angeles: SRBG staged two more demos in Westwood and Venice the following day that included our "We'd Rather Wear Nothing Than Wear Gap!" strip for the redwoods and workers rights. Though we were competing with a jet crash for media coverage, we still garnered a KFWB radio interview, CBS radio coverage, front page of the UCLA Bruin, an article in the L.A. Free Press, and the applause of hundreds of receptive Angelinos.
From: Save the Redwoods/Boycott the Gap Campaign
Mary Bull - National Coordinator
(415) 731-7924 - email@example.com
Mary Pjerrou - Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance - (707) 877-3405 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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AND WORKERS' RIGHTS AT GAP PROTEST
Sat., Feb. 5, 1:00 pm - the Gap at Santa Monica Promenade
(3th Street/Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica)
"The Fishers have a fortune of eight to eleven billion dollars," said Mary Bull, national coordinator of the Save the Redwoods/Boycott the Gap Campaign. "They don't need to clearcut redwoods in order to put food on the table!"
Bull, who will be speaking at the Santa Monica protest, also criticized the Gap for using sweatshop labor. "Gap executives make up to $24,000 an hour. The Gap can afford to pay more than three dollars an hour to their workers in Saipan!" Bull said.
The Save the Redwoods/Boycott the Gap Campaign is part of a coalition of groups that have come together for the Santa Monica protest, which was organized by the Southern California Fair Trade Network, a Los Angeles-based human rights organization. The Fair Trade Network will be voicing their concern about the sweatshop abuses in Gap factories in the Mariana Islands and elsewhere, where workers live in prison-like conditions sewing Gap clothes for slave wages.
Besides reaping the profits of sweatshop labor, the Fishers are also enriching themselves by logging the very last old growth trees, clearcutting redwoods, using toxic pesticides, and harming endangered species in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, on 235,000 acres of cutover Louisiana Pacific forest lands that they purchased in 1998, according to Bull.
Bull is a member of the Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance, an environmental group in Mendocino, which just won a major lawsuit against the Fishers' logging company and the California Department of Forestry on four logging plans that were illegally approved.
"The Fishers were recently denied private Œgreen label' certification for a good reason," Bull said. "They are not green!"
Bull said that a lot of southern Californians don't know about the Fishers' redwood logging. "We cubes are trying to change that, with our song and our message: S-A-V-E T-H-E R-E-D-W-O-O-D-S - B-O-Y-C-O-T-T T-H-E G-A-P!"
Photo by Jared Dever
Westwood on Sunday to protest the company's