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Building Collapse Encourages NJ Protest Of Corporate Giants

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Fletcher Harper is a New Jersey priest who’s advocating against corporate greed. His inspiration is 20-year Aklima Khanam, who survived a building collapse in Bangladesh over a year ago which killed close to 1200 people.

Khanam said that the working conditions are very bad in these factories which are allegedly used to manufacture clothing for major United States companies like Walmart and Children’s Place.

As a result, Harper staged a protest late last week in front of the Children’s Place headquarters and Walmart stores in hopes of bringing attention to the horrific working conditions and ask that these companies do more to help the victims.

“I’m all for honest success, but when it comes to essentially victimizing other people and using the enormous power that US corporations have to make it impossible for other people to live decently, that’s not success, that’s a moral failure,” Harper said.

Walmart responded to the protest by saying that workers in the Bangladesh factory have created clothing that sold in their stores throughout the county, but on the day of the collapse, clothing was not being made for Walmart. Regardless, Harper believes that this is still an issue for the people here in the states.

“Because we wear the clothes that people in Bangladesh make and I think most people don’t want to wear clothing that has blood on it, literally,” he explained.

Walmart has vowed to make a contribution of $3 million to the Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund. The Children’s Place has also contributed money to that same cause where $2.2 million in grant money will be put aside to specifically help the victims of the collapse.

In a statement from the Children’s Place they said: “We are committed to staying in Bangladesh and helping provide factory safety in a swift measurable and sustainable manor over long term and in addition to this commitment, in recognition of the tragedy that occurred at Rana Plaza we have committed to adding an additional $500,000 to specifically aid the victims of the tragedy and their families.”

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