On February 22, 2007, the unionized BJ&B garment factory in the Dominican Republic suddenly announced that it was closing and would lay off all workers. The owners of the factory are shifting the work to Vietnam, where independent unions are banned, and possibly to Bangladesh, where unions are banned in "export processing zones."
"I'm often asked whether there aren't big differences between the Iraq War and Vietnam. And I'm always quick to say, of course, there are differences. In Iraq, it's a dry heat. And the language that none of our troops or diplomats speak is Arabic rather than Vietnamese." -Daniel Ellsberg
The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) isn't what most experts think of as a site of research on militarization and demilitarization. But that oversight may be due to many militarization experts' narrow views of ''expertise.'' The WCRC is an energetic organization located in downtown Oakland, California, that develops programs for Asian- American, African-American, Native American, and Latina women in the San Francisco Bay Area.