99 Pickets, in collaboration with Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous and filmmaker Nathan Fitch, began demonstrating outside of New York Fashion Week to demand that brands whose clothing was made at Rana Plaza or Tazreen pay full and fair compensation to the workers who were injured and to the families of workers who were killed.
The Rana Plaza factory collapse killed at least 1,135 workers in April 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Tazreen factory fire killed at least 112 in November 2012 in Savar, Bangladesh.
Among the brands which have failed to compensate victims are: Children’s Place, Walmart, JC Penney, and Mango. The group will also call on all apparel companies that have not yet signed onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to sign immediately.
Among the companies that have not signed on to the Accord are VF Corporation – the largest apparel company in the world – and Gap Inc., which owns the brands Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta.
The protest includes a public, visual component outside of the Lincoln Center followed by a march to several area retailers. Ferdous and Fitch’s documentary work records the RanaPlaza tragedy and its aftermath.