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United Students Against Sweatshops
  • Register NOW: 2009 Summer Conference in DC!
  • Congressional Letter, New Video, & 70 universities boycott Warren Buffett's Russell Athletic!
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Register NOW: 2009 Summer Conference in DC!

United Students Against Sweatshops 2009 Summer Conference
August 7-9, 2009| Washington, DC


This year, USAS's summer gathering will be focused on long-term visioning, structure and strategy around our major campaigns. After more than 10 years of victories, we're ready to take on 10 more years! From August 7th-9th, approximately 100 USAS leaders will gather in Washington DC to decide the future of our movement for student-labor solidarity. Will you be there?

Also, we're issuing a general call to alumni to attend a USAS reunion event the night of August 7th during the retreat. The event will jump-start formalized alumni participation in USAS. Stay tuned for details!

People get ready!

Important note:
Space is limited to two individuals per school; each chapter should discuss who from their school should attend. Diversity of both identity and experience will be seriously considered throughout the selection process. We will be giving strong preference to students who have not/are not graduating in 2009. (*Exceptions may be made with regards to elected or hired student positions including 2008-2009 coordinating committee members and regional organizers.)

REGISTER TODAY! Deadline for registration is THURSDAY JULY 30TH! Deadline to register if you're applying for a travel scholarship is FRIDAY JULY 17TH!

Congressional Letter, New Video, & 70 universities boycott Warren Buffett's Russell Athletic!

To see regular updates on this campaign, go to

Since Russell Athletic decided to illegally and immorally shut down Jerzees de Honduras in retaliation for worker organizing, the subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Fruit of the Loom has faced censure from colleges and universities, retailers, and community members. United Students Against Sweatshops has joined with SITRAJERZEESH, the Honduran factory union, in demanding that Russell Athletic reopen Jerzees de Honduras. Hundreds of you have met the President and Vice-President of the factory union as well as a key member of the Negotiating Committee- Moises Elias Montoya Alvarado, Norma Estela Mejia Castellanos, and Mirna Lizeth Chavarria Lopez.

To date, USAS and these leaders of SITRAJERZEESH have traveled to dozens of cities across North America asking colleges, universities, retailers, and community members to join the campaign to pressure Russell Athletic to do the right thing. Nearly 70 universities have answered this call, joining the collegiate boycott against Russell, almost 50 of which were terminations of licensing contracts. 65 members of Congress have written a letter to Russell Athletic urging them to redress these violations. JC Penny's has discontinued their business with Russell. The boycott of Russell is only gaining strength by the day!

Watch Norma Estela Mejia Castellanos, the Vice-President of SITRAJERZEESH, confront Warren Buffett and thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders here:

Stand in solidarity with Norma and her 1800 co-workers that Russell left with nothing but industrial diseases, injuries, and death threats after cutting and running from their unionized factory. Join the campaign! Contact Rod at or Jack at for more info on how to get involved during the summer!

Coverage of this campaign has reached The NYTimes, USAToday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Rachel Maddow show, and local news across the nation! Check it out here: Rein in Russell Campaign Press

Study Abroad in Venezuela!

United Students Against Sweatshops has entered an exciting new study abroad partnership with Global Exchange in Venezuela! The 12 week program in Venezuela gives participants the unique chance to take classes at the prestigious Universidad de Los Andes and to meet with community activists organizing for change in the following areas: workers' rights, popular economy, health care, education, community media, women's empowerment and agricultural reform.

Click here for more information!

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