The Human Thread

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Our globalized economy brings us into relationships with people around the world. Yet, the marketplace hides these connections and the consequences of our consumption choices.

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE CLOTH

As baptized members of the body of Christ, we are called to enter into solidarity with one another, or to be “clothed with compassion” (Col. 3:12).

“Solidarity helps us see the ‘other’…not just as some kind of instrument, with a work capacity and physical strength to be exploited at low cost and then discarded when no longer useful, but as ‘our neighbor,’ a ‘helper’ to be made a sharer, on a par with ourselves, in the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.” (St. Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 39).

TAKE THE PLEDGE

I pledge to:

Pray for the cultivation of solidarity between the consumers of clothing with the people who produce them in order to create sustainable communities through a more just economy. Learn about and educate others on the real consequences (both negative and positive) of globalized supply chains, especially in the clothing industry. Assess how we — as individuals and in our families, faith communities and places of employment — are able to confront the ’globalization of indifference” in the clothing industry by taking greater responsibility for the unintended consequences of our behavior as consumers. Act to change our choices and behaviors as consumers to improve the lives of the people who make our clothing and other goods in the global economy. Advocate for Catholic principles, priorities, and values with retailers, brand owners and government bodies concerning the wages and working conditions of the people who make our clothing.

Take The Pledge

ADVOCACY: ADD YOUR VOICE NOW

We lift a united Catholic voice to support sensible, faith-informed voice for policies that protect and improve the wages and working conditions of those who make our clothing.

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