1. According to the State Department, cotton from the Chinese territory of Xinjiang is being harvested with forced manual labor

Is that cotton in the products you buy?

We decided to ask major clothing brands to find out.

Follow along if interested.

2. Popular Information contacted 17 consumer clothing brands and asked them to clarify whether their products contained cotton produced in Xinjiang.

Only one provided a response

There is a reason why companies don't want to answer this basic question

3. Most major clothing brands are members of the Better Cotton Initiative. Up until last year the BCI was "certifying" cotton from Xinjiang.

In October 2020 that stopped, citing "sustained allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses"

4. Around the same time, individual clothing companies, like @hm, began to express "concern" about practices in Xinjiang

This year, the Chinese government struck back

5. @hm was targeted by the ruling party on Chinese social media, store locations removed ride-sharing apps, products pulled from online retailers.


6. So this helps explain why the companies we contacted didn't want to provide a clear answer about whether their products contain cotton from Xinjiang

They don't want to be targeted by the Chinese government

They want access to Chinese consumers

7. But the State Department describes what is happening to Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang as "genocide."

Are companies really trading our ability to speak clearly about moral issues for access to Chinese consumers?

8. Here are some of the companies we didn't hear from about Xinjiang cotton:


9. In some cases these companies have released statements, but there is still ambiguity.

None have agreed to the demands of the End Uyghur Forced Labor Coalition to exit the region.

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1. You may have heard something about the "audit" of votes being conducted right now in Maricopa County Arizona.

But I don't think there is a full appreciate for just how BONKERS it is

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2. It's important to establish that the votes in Maricopa County were already counted, audited, and approved by the REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED BOARD that administers elections there

Lawsuits challenging the count were thrown out of court

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Top corporate donors to the sponsors of SB90:

@UnitedHealthGrp (180K)
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NONE of these corps publicly opposed the bill
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1. CHAOS in Texas today as Republicans pull out all the stops to push a voter suppression bill over the goal line.

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One Democrat, on a hot mic, called it "bullshit"

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So Cain was forced to abandon his plan, at least for now.


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1. Have corporations suddenly gone "woke"?

You won't find the answer in Marco Rubio's column in the New York Post.

Instead, let's look at the FACTS.

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But talk is cheap.

What are corporations DOING?

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- Support H.R. 1 & the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

- Encourage biz partners to oppose state legislation

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They've rigged the game

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