Not so long ago New York actually had a garment industry. Imagine that! Here’s a trailer for a new movie on HBO:
And an excerpt from Where Am I Wearing? for good measure:
The Northeast United States was once the bottom. Young girls worked at garment factories and textile mills. They were subjected to prisonlike conditions. Their rights were few, and their struggles many. In 1911, 141 workers—mostly women and girls—were burned to death in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. Escape from the fire was prohibited by a broken elevator and the presence of only one fire escape. As workers attained more rights, the bottom moved to the South and…
Update: As if this story wasn’t sick enough already. The boy was on the Today Show with his family and started puking all over the place at 5:50. I’m not sure this story could be summed up any better than puking on national television. I hope he got some on the cameras. Meredith ignored the whole thing too.
I’m especially excited about this piece because it’s set to sounds I recorded with my mini-disc player I purchased before my 2007 trip. I’m pretty much a beginner when it comes to recording audio, but the folks at the World Vision Report have been awesome and offered great advice.
My latest contribution to the World Vision Report aired this weekend. It’s about my experience with the workers who made my flip-flops. Here’s the official description:
Many people from rural China have migrated to cities in the country’s coastal provinces, in search of steady jobs. Travel writer Kelsey Timmerman met one such couple in the city of Guangzhou. Three years ago, they left their son with his grandparents, and haven’t seen him since.
Tonight I’m speaking at Manchester College and students who attend can earn Values, Ideas, and Arts Credit (VIA). Here’s what the college’s calendar says:
Thursday, September 24 7 p.m.
Wine Recital Hall Kelsey Timmerman on Where Am I Wearing?
What’s it like to go undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh? Kelsey Timmerman can tell you. In 2007, he took out a second mortgage on his house so he could travel across the globe to meet the people who make our clothes. The result is his book, Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Says Timmerman: “If we reduce global issues to…