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Aaron Rodgers, Turn Down Pro-Sweatshop Nike

| by Jerome McCollom

Aaron Rodgers, who may be an even greater quarterback for the Green Bay Packers than Brett Favre, is going to get a mega endorsement deal with Nike. If anyone deserves it, it is him. He truly is one of the most outstanding players in the NFL.

But I wish he would turn Nike down. I know it is easy for me to say that. A mega corporation isn't offering me millions of dollars. But Nike is a corporation that has gotten fat off of selling overpriced shoes made by workers who make make less than $2.50 a day in Indonesia. Less than $1.60 a day in Vietnam. These workers make shoes that average over $100. 

There are no Nike factories in the U.S. Nike relies upon unfree nations such as China and Vietnam to ensure that the labor force is in line. Nike's tag line is "just do it", but it should be "just exploit it." It, being whatever work force in whatever dictatorship it can utilize.

We do not allow products to be made in such awful conditions anymore in the U.S. We don't allow workers to be treated as indentured servants anymore. So why are we buying products from such a horrible company that had a huge influence in destroying the American-made shoe market, let alone other sports clothing market? I would love to see a mega-star such as Aaaron Rodgers urging young people not to buy Nike, but that isn't likely to happen.

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Global exchange is an organization that fights sweatshop abuses, and workers being abused, such as in the production of cacao beans, which are used to make chocolate.

New Balance makes a large quantity of their shoes in the United States, if you are looking for an alternative to Nike. You owe Nike no amount of loyalty because they aren't loyal to you as a potential worker.