Occupy Unpaid Internships? Rumor Has It The Protest May Be Coming To A Fashion Week Near You

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According to an article by BuzzFeed.com, the Occupy Wall Street movement has a division for Intern Labor Rights that plans to protest unpaid internships at this season’s New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013, commencing February 7th.

BuzzFeed.com reports, “The protest is still in the planning stages, but organizers expect to have a visible presence at fashion show venues Friday, February 8 through Sunday February 10. Demonstrations will also take place at subsequent London and Paris Fashion Weeks.”

Protest Organizer Peter Walsh told BuzzFeed that the effort, which only went underway 10 days ago, has been gaining momentum, and although he doesn’t expect a turnout it the hundreds, they would like to have a significant presence. While in the spirit of Fashion Week and paid internships—we presume—the group plans to hand out swag bags “including a tote and pin that say ‘pay your interns.'”

Though the Occupy Unpaid Internships will be occupying global fashion weeks,  supporters from other arts and media industries are expected to rally behind the cause as well. “The fashion week protests are part of a larger fight for workers’ rights across the arts and media industries,” reports BuzzFeed.com.



-Tameika Lawrence

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