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June 06, 2013

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Photograph of a missing garment worker
Photograph of a missing garment worker after a factory collapsed in April

Fighting For Workers' Rights in Bangladesh

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In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed in Bangladesh when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend tomorrow's Walmart shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she will try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.  

Advocating for labor rights is risky in Bangladesh, where many factory owners also serve in the country's legislature. One of Kalpona's fellow labor organizers, Aminul Islam, was tortured and murdered last year. 

To learn more about Kalpona's organizing, visit the Solidarity Center's website

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"Liquefaction" by Four Tet

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