If you've read this blog or listened to the CD, you know that I believe "another world is whispering still". No Sweat Apparel is one of the sponsors of 5N2, and has a creative, fair-trade, solution that promotes peace and echoes the dreams and words of Jesus.
No Sweat Apparel’s organic cotton T-shirts are produced at a sweatshop-free Palestinian owned factory on Virgin Mary Street in Bethlehem. Here’s a link to an al Jazeera segment about the project.
The Jewish, Israeli and US mainstream press has been just as positive. Apparently No Sweat has found an elusive piece of common ground-more good jobs for Palestinians in Palestine will help the situation. While economic development is no substitute for a diplomatic settlement, no settlement can survive without a sustainable Palestinian economy. So, while waiting for a diplomatic resolution, No Sweat created a mechanism for ordinary citizens of good faith to build good will on the ground and support the peace to come. The concept behind the t-shirts is simple. When faced with an apparently irresolvable conflict, if there is any one thing all parties agree on-do that one thing and see what happens.
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny.”
Dr. Martin Luther King
Watch the video, it's cool.