The New(s) Standard - January 31st, 2017
Protests in Bangladesh Lead to Labor Activist and Workers Arrests
Bangladesh garment workers began protesting in December demanding wage increases and better working conditions. Since then, police have arrested several activists for inciting vandalism and other crimes while garment factories have pressed charges against many of their workers forcing them into silence. Read the full story in the New York Times.
Make America Great Again: The Robot Edition
President’s Trump’s core message to “Make America Great Again” is primarily based on the reshoring of manufacturing jobs. The plan does little to address the increased automation and the role robotics play in replacing people and their jobs. This article addresses the role of the United States and China in the robotics race and the need to invest in our own robotics industry before “American Made” becomes “American Made by Chinese Robots.” Read the full article in The New York Times.
The Women Opposing President Trump
The New York times takes us into Repair Cafes that serve as local meeting places where volunteers, repair coaches and members of the local community can come together to repair and restore items that would otherwise be thrown away. The increasing availability of low-cost, mass-produced clothing has led to the virtual disappearance of a generation of consumers that valued clothing alterations and repairs. When clothing costs so little it is easy to throw it away without a second thought. Repairing clothing and investing in tailoring services can give closets new life and is an important component of conscious consumerism. Read the Full Article in New York Magazine