Draft Proposal for Tuesday 11/8 General Assembly: Screen Printing Guild

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Our first GA approved budget was up to $4000 for T-shirt buying. We spent $3111. We’ve made that $ back over the weekend and would like authorization for up to $6000 more. It’s time sensitive because T-shirts take time to deliver and we’re already out of Men’s S-M-L. Finance has OK’ed the proposal. We may get some other styles for Kickstarter campaigns.

2 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Tuesday 11/8 General Assembly: Screen Printing Guild”

  1. LGNY

    Hi — the full text of this proposal is below
    The GA came to consensus on the proposal as written, with no amendments, for four $5000 allotments, totalling $20,000. http://www.nycga.net/groups/screen-printing-guild/

    WORKING GROUP: Screen Printing Guild
    PROPOSAL: buying blank Tshirts from a sweatshop-free source

    DESCRIPTION: The Screen Guild proposes to buy blank Tshirts (to screen with OWS designs) in bulk from a sweatshop-labor-free supplier. We were approved for up to $4000 in our first GA budget proposal. We spent $3111 on blank tshirts last week, and made that money back over the weekend. We’re already out of some sizes — 500 shirts is less than a week’s worth for us. We expect to – at minimum – double what we spend. So we have plenty of funds for the next batch of shirts as well as continuing to contribute lots of money to the general fund. The Screen Guild has already Netted upwards of $10,000 for OWS. (That’s NET, not GROSS.)

    This is a REVENUE-GENERATING INVESTMENT OF OWS FUNDS, and a great outreach and movement-building activity. Our designs are going all over the world from our prrinting station right here, and we’d like to provide starter kits for other Occupations to do what we’re doing.

    This is time sensitive because we have already run out of most of our blank tshirts from the first purchase, and 11/11 is obviously a big day for OWS, leading into the weekend. It takes a couple of days between ordering shirts and receiving them. AND we don’t have much temperate weather left for screen printing outdoors.

    We’re proposing the GA authorize our next month’s worth of expenditures, in four small batches. We’d like authorization to spend up to $5000 at a time, and each time we’ve made that money back, buy the next batch of garments. That’s for Tshirts, ink, and — this part is new — $300 to make two starter kits for Screen Guilds at other Occupations. We have contacts in Newark and Chicago that want to spread this project. A basic kit with a couple of screens, ink, and squeegees costs about $150 with shipping to the other city.

    WIth the last budget allocation we did a split between USA made NON-SWEATSHOP conventional cotton shirts, and POST-CONSUMER WASTE RECYCLED RAGS and UPCYCLED SODA BOTTLES shirts, made in an above minimum wage factory in Guatemala. We believe in Global Solidarity. There’s is an on-going discussion about ethical sourcing on our page on the NYCGA site, in the comments of our first budget proposal before the GA. We invite your suggestions, research, and resources.

    This time we’re trying USA-made RECYCLED SODA BOTTLE Tshirts,, from Royal Apparel. We consulted with the National Labor Committee about our sourcing.

    BUDGET: up to $5000, to include tax, shipping etc
    $200 INK: water-based textile ink $50/gallon, $20/quart w shipping = 2 gallons (one red one black) $100 + 5 quarts (assorted colors) = $100
    $100 SCREEN EMULSION (that’s how we make the screens. Use of the screens themselves have been donated.)
    $300 supplies for TWO STARTER KITS FOR OTHER OCCUPATIONS (screens, ink, squeegees, shipping)

    600 USA MADE RECYCLED BOTTLE SHIRTS – wholesale 5.40 each = $3240 + $150 shipping = $3390 + tax
    that’s just shy of $4000. $3990 to be exact. The UP-TO $5000 authorization is to account for tax, shipping charges that you only get exactly when you place an order. We only draw funds for what we spend, and OWS has paid directly to the supplier. We’ve worked with Finance and SIS at every stage of this process.

    Again, the vote is for up to $5000 now, and when we raise that money back, re-authorization of the next garment purchase without bringing it to the GA each time, for the next four cycles.

    BACKGROUND: The Screen Guild has been silk-screening textiles and Tshirts here at the Occupation for over a month for FREE, with donated OWS designs, screens, ink, etc. The primary function of our group is to generate PRINTS, not money. We are not the souvenir stand, although we are happy to generate money to help the Occupation thrive.

    We screen on donated shirts and what people are wearing and we will continue to do that. But not everybody can strip for us.
    For an account of our first weekend, read:http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2011/10/occuprint_everything_1.html

    GOALS: The Screen Guild provides both an outreach tool and an income stream for OWS. We want to expand both, and do it with materials we can be proud of.

    We consulted with the National Labor Committee about ethical choices in garment selection – if you’ve ever seen a story about sweatshop labor, they were probably the source of the investigation. When you start looking at how to make a positive impact (and try not to make a negative one) there’s many different social and environmental levels to balance. There are NO USA-MADE UNION-MADE ORGANIC or recycled materials Tshirts available for sale in the USA. So we’re doing a mix of things.


    1. LABOR – who sews the Tshirt? Who makes the fabric? Who harvests the raw materials? Union made? USA made? Fair wages? Subcontracted?

    2. MATERIALS – cotton? organic? This figures into labor in a big way — are the workers of that cotton soaked in pesticides? Is petroleum making the polyester in that shirt? Has all this been shipped around the world several times in manufacturing?

    3. RECYCLING – post-consumer recyclables, both rags and soda bottles are being made into new garments. Usually they’re blends – RPET polyester (Recycled PET plastic water/soda bottles) with cotton.

    4. FASHION – cut, color, fit, softness. We want to print quality shirts that people will wear, not shirts that will sit at the bottom of the pile until they get donated away or turned into rags.

    We get asked about hoodies pretty often — we’d like to do hoodies and thermals etc, but the blanks are a lot more expensive…