H & M Protest in Chicago October 6

Friday, October 05, 2007

Who doesn’t love a good protest?

A protest will be held this October 6 in Chicago from 10-11AM, outside H&M on Michigan Ave . If you want to help out e-mail the point person charlenehaze@gmail.com - they need people to help and coordinate the logistics.

The protest

Late this September, an H & M store worker called a Filipina woman a “mail order bride”, made fun of her English - you know - the usual Asian bashing repertoire - as she was shopping at the store:

A Filipina woman is suing the H&M Store on the Magnificent Mile on allegations of harassment. Frannie Richards said in her lawsuit that during a recent shopping trip to the H&M store, located at 840 N. Michigan Ave., employees called her a “mail-order bride” and made fun of her ability to understand English. The Asian-American Institute also filed a complaint with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

The unfortunate thing about this is that you know this happens all the time in other stores and other places, and for the most part it just goes on without notice - that’s why if you can - show your support and hopefully this can help make a difference.

Read the Asian American Institute’s Press Release.