Please Join the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and other organizations to call for an end to forced child labor in the Uzbek cotton industry. Help send a message to the Uzbek government by signing a petition today! Supporters that sign the petition by October 2nd will have their names put on a quilt that will be the center piece for a rally that will be held outside the Embassy of Uzbekistan on October 14th in Washington, DC.
Forced child labor is used every harvest season in Uzbekistan and its time to send a clear message that this can't continue. You can download posters about child labor in the cotton industry here.
The human rights concerns surrounding Uzbek cotton production in the United States has lead to not only a call for a boycott of Uzbek cotton from consumers, but also my major retailers. In a article, published in the LA times by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, it stated that: “More than 25 major brands and retailers have joined the campaign to end forced child labor in Uzbekistan, including American Eagle Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap Inc., JC Penney, Kohl's, Levi Strauss & Co., Limited Brands, Nike, Nordstrom, Timberland, TJX Cos. Inc., Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., Target, the Walt Disney Co. and Wal-Mart.”