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The Disturbing Exploitation Behind the Fashion Industry’s Glitz and Glamour

After a good hard look at the fashion industry, there may be more to consider than a price tag or label, because the dollar value and capital lettered MADE IN CHINA or MADE IN THE USA does not tell us about the countless victims and ecological footprints of the fashion industry.

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Connecting the Dots. Taking Action.

Youth can spark massive movements that fundamentally change society despite institutionalized power and oppression. Do we have to wait until the guns start firing and the square starts burning until we begin to pay attention and act?

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Globalization, Migration, Shopping and the Richmond Youth Art Mart

What do we as consumers of materialistic things do about the issue of globalization, poverty and sweatshops? How can we even know whether or not these companies participate in unfair, unsafe, unclean, and unjust labour?
Here’s a few things you can do: 1) Be informed. Do your research. 2) Be a smart shopper, shop locally.

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Commodity Fetishism in Macklemore’s “Wings”

Macklemore’s thought provoking song “Wings” is an excellent way to introduce students to Marx’s theory of commodity fetishism. Commodity fetishism is the process of ascribing magic “phantom-like” qualities to an object. In “Wings,” Macklemore associates these qualities with Nike Air Max shoes.