Made in the USA above, at Gallery 181,
Lawrence, MA, June 2006.
inkjet print on transparent film adhered to cement bricks with matte
medium, 3.75" high/deep - 7.5" wide. Click on the images for
detailed view.Top Image is a 4x6" card from
the Balance of Power Series.
Gallery 181 Press Release: May 2006
Gallery 181 is located in the textile mill district of Lawrence, MA.
The renovated mill buildings now house shops and galleries. Early in
the 20th century, this area was the site of a huge labor rights uprising,
the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912 , led mostly by women.
Today, most textile manufacturing has moved off the continental
US although garments manufactured in the US territories are allowed
to sport the "Made in the USA" labels. The Republican led
Congress and administration have blocked all movements to establish
fair labor practices in these territories. Clothing is made mainly by
women under brutal semi-slave labor working conditions in places such
Field: Trafficking, Indentured Servitude
Location: Saipan, U.S. Northern Mariana Islands
Problem: Clothing manufacturers based on the U.S. territory
of the Northern Mariana Islands, exempt from certain U.S. minimum wage
laws, exploited Chinese and Filipino women brought to the island to
work in clothing factories denying them wages, forcing them to work
in unsafe conditions, and work overtime without additional pay.
Action: WITNESS collaborated with producer/director
Tia Lessin and Oxygen, a U.S. cable channel, to produce "Behind
the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan", a film that explores
and exposes the conditions under which Chinese and Filipino women are
recruited and brought to the U.S. territory of Saipan in the Northern
Mariana Islands. The film focused on both the recurring abuses of worker
rights, and a number of specific legal cases.