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              AN APPEAL TO USERS OF CONSUMERS OF ELECTRONICS AND FLAT SCREEN MONITORS
                                                                           HELP ROSA MORENO
                                                  Rosa lost her hands in unsafe work conditions.

Judith,
 
I took your two quilts to Rosa Sarmiento Moreno and her family in Reynosa, Mexico. Rosa was working for LG electronics in Reynosa, Mexico stamping out backs for big screen TVs when the press went off by itself and stamped her hands off. Under Mexican labor law all LG owes her is two years worth of back wages at $1 an hour for  a total of $4500. She refused to accept that pitiful amount as payment for both of her hands. NAFTA does nothing for her or any workers. More of her story is on my web site. I found a lawyer in Austin who is trying to sue LG USA on her behalf. I hope that works.  The legal process will take will a long time, if it works at all. In the meantime I am helping to raise money for her and her six children. Her husband is in prison.
 
The family liked the quilts very much.
Alan Pogue

                   This quilt was created at a workshop at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. Often in our quilts students draw hands to show reaching out, caring, spirit.

This quilt was made at Hillsboro High School, with Oasis teens, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was made in an effort to reach out to English Language Learners, in a high school class to built comraderie, cooperation and caring individuals.

Rosa and Her Family
Rosa says, "Thanks for everything."

Rosa and her twins.
All photograph's and information provided by Alan Pogue
for more information and to donate by Paypal or check:

 
Alan Pogue
Texas Center for Documentary Photography
2104 E. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702
 
alanpogue@mac.com
Although not slavery, as Rosa got paid, Rosa's situation in the television factory, reminds me of a quote from Disposable People from Kevin Bales, " If you eat rice, if you watch tv, you are part of the problem."
 
 
What can we do to not be part of the problem?
      
Be part of the solution.
            
~ Judith Biondo Meeker

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