Friday, 23 December 2011

Slaves to Branding - Justice and Peace Conference

Are you a slave to branding?
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton will host its annual Justice and Peace Assembly on 21st January 2012 at the Christian Education Centre, Crawley. The title of the Assembly will be "Slaves to Branding" and will focus attention on the exploitation of overseas workers in the clothing industry.
Our keynote speaker will be John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want. He has worked in the field of global justice for the past 20 years, and is the author of numerous publications on globalisation, trade and development issues.
Also speaking at the Assembly will be Anna McMullen, Campaigns Co-ordinator, Labour Behind the Label, an organisation supporting garment workers worldwide. John and Anna will highlight the current campaigns of “Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops” and will also focus on the exploitation of workers stitching sportswear for companies associated with the 2012 London Olympics. Factories supplying the sportswear industry are some of the worst offenders. Hence in 2012, it is particularly relevant to raise awareness of organisations, both local and international that are dealing with the problems of this injustice and the associated problems such as inequality, human trafficking, poverty, violence against employees, the living wage etc.
The aim of the Assembly is to ensure attendees become more familiar with how individual voices calling for justice in the workplace can combine to make a huge impact and to consider practical ways for these voices calling for an end to sweatshop labour to be heard. We also need to understand how we can help, support and protect the innocent victims of such injustice.
Diocesan Justice and Peace Adviser, David Thomson said “I am really looking forward to hearing John and Anna speak. I know they will enthuse those attending and enliven our day. Indeed the whole day will be one that the Catholic parishioners and others can come along to and learn from.”
Also involved in the day will be the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Kieran Conry.To book your place at the assembly please contact Ruth Gerun or telephone (01293) 651164

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