It’s a snow day in Providence and at Brown University, but that doesn’t mean this high-stakes movement is put on pause! Instead, we took advantage of the extra down-time by organizing our Snow Day Phonebank, asking our members and social media-followers to call Rhode Island representatives to indicate their support for the bill. Our sponsoring representatives didn’t get a day off either! The same day, our bill, H5411 The Rhode Island Transparency in Supply Chains Act was introduced by Representatives Ajello, Walsh, and Regunburg, and referred to the House Committee on Corporations! The date of the hearing for the bill is not yet announced.
President Obama just closed an 85-year old loophole that allowed the US to import items produced by enslaved workers overseas if domestic demand for these products surpassed domestic supply. This statute bans products made with slave labor in unethical conditions, like Thai fishing boats or garment factories in Bangladesh. Part of our organization’s goal is to hold companies accountable for this federal legislation by demanding compliance through supply chain transparency.