Sunday, November 5
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes author Sarah Adler-Milstein and Worker Rights Consortium's Scott Nova for a conversation about how consumers, activists, and workers organized together, in the face of steep challenges, to create Alta Gracia, the only garment factory in the Global South to pay workers a genuine living wage. Katie Quan will moderate their conversation.
One small factory is challenging the apparel industry’s endemic sweatshops with its commitment to treat workers fairly and decently. Sarah Adler-Milstein and John Kline’s book Sewing Hope tells the story of how this unique factory came to be. It shares workers’ stories about how adding just $.90 to the cost of a sweatshirt can transform workers’ lives and provide an alternative to decades of low wages and inhumane conditions. Join author Adler-Milstein and Worker Rights Consortium's Executive Director Scott Nova for a conversation about how consumers, activists, and workers organized together, in the face of steep challenges, to create this inspiring factory. They will share their experiences from the founding of Alta Gracia to the ongoing work of the WRC to help workers, unions, and community organizations win improved factory conditions for millions of workers around the world.
“The Alta Gracia apparel factory is changing the lives of its workers. … This is the moving story of how an unusual coalition can come together to pioneer bold, scalable solutions with the power to transform our world.” – Naomi Klein
“This book provides a blueprint for changing the model for making the clothes we wear.” – Danny Glover
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Sarah Adler-Milstein is a worker-rights advocate and has served as Field Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Worker Rights Consortium.
Scott Nova is the Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a research and advocacy organization dedicated to combating sweatshops and advancing the rights of workers in global supply chains.
Katie Quan is the former chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and a scholar who continues to conduct research on global labor strategies and executive education for union leaders.