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SAS's cause is a worthy one

By Kristie Taylor
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 29, 1999
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To the editor,

I am writing in response to Justin Ferris' letter yesterday. The argument of Mr. Ferris' letter is that SAS and ASUA are not representing the interests of UA students. Mr. Ferris then goes on to suggest that the majority of students might prefer that SAS end the sit-in, that ASUA should not support it, and that Likins "has done enough."

Mr. Ferris does not speak for me, and he is wrong to suggest that he speaks for the UA student body. I am in full support of the sit-in and of SAS goals. I would also support any endorsement of those goals that either the ASUA or GPSC voted to make.

I find it offensive and shameful that UA clothing is made by sweatshop labor. I know that the sit-in has lasted a long time, perhaps longer than anyone thought it would. However, the cause is a worthy one.

The inconvenience that some students suffered at the Bursar's office when SAS briefly moved its protest to the downstairs of the Administration building is minuscule compared to the lifetime of deprivation and harassment faced by sweatshop workers.

It is a mistake to assume that the problems of overseas workers do not affect us here in the U.S. The world is a global community (as I'm sure we are all tired of hearing), and it is time that we acted as good neighbors by ending sweatshop labor.

Kristie Taylor
Sociology graduate student