Local fashion powerhouses Kristine Vejar, Kimberly Almeida, and Jennifer Hammock are here to help you answer a question on all of our minds: #WhoMadeMyClothes?
Kimberly Almeida, Senior Program Manager, Levi Strauss & Co.
With a Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, Kim Almeida leads Levi Strauss Foundation’s commitment to improve the wellbeing of people working in clothing factories around the world. From Haiti to Sri Lanka, she has listened to the needs of the women who make Levi Strauss & Co. products and set up programs to help address the challenges faced by factory workers, be it access to reproductive health information or reducing harassment and gender inequity in the workplace. Hailing from Guatemala and fluent in Spanish and German (with proficiency in Portuguese), Kim loves working across a truly global team on an issue she cares deeply about: the wellbeing of the people who make our clothes. Her advice to anyone interested in a sustainable career: “Be patient, embrace every opportunity as a chance to grow and be humble but ambitious in your career. . . . Also, find something that you’re passionate about. For me, my personal and professional interests are one and the same.”
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Jennifer Hammock, Entrepreneur, Women’s Director, New Life Community Church
Jennifer, better known as Lady Jenn, is an award winning servant leader, empowerment coach, author, and sought-after speaker, with a sincere heart to uplift women. She is known as “The Press Play motivator” for her ability to press play on her personal dreams while inspiring others to do the same. She prayerfully inspires, encourages, and challenges women to live a life beyond comfort zones, possess active faith, and become the whole person God created them to be. Jennifer also serves as the Women’s Director of New Life Community Church, where she serves alongside her husband, founder and lead pastor, Darnell Hammock. Together, they lead a life-changing and thriving congregation in the city of Oakland. In addition to being a supportive wife, Jennifer is a mother of two sweet boys and one destined girl. Twitter | Instagram | Website
Kristine Vejar, Owner, A Verb For Keeping Warm
Kristine Vejar is the owner and founder of A Verb for Keeping Warm, a 1700 square foot space in Oakland consisting of a shop dedicated to yarn and fabric, an indoor and outdoor natural dyeing studio, and an indoor and outdoor classroom. Kristine has two main goals: to help people cultivate the skills to make their own clothing through a series of classes offered at Verb. And to create the most ethical and conscious materials possible for people to make their clothing from. She is engaged in every step of the process of making materials - from farming to natural dyeing. Kristine believes that making one’s own clothing is an act of resistance and alternative to purchasing clothing made from large clothing chains.
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Time For Some Action: Reach out to your favorite clothing retailer or brand and contact the customer service department and ask them #WhoMadeYourClothes?! Ask "Who is the woman behind your clothes, what can you tell me about her, and what are the working conditions like for her." If more of us ask these questions of our favorite retailers, we can hopefully ensure they are working to get the answers for us!
What’s the 411? Local headlines from around the Bay Area!
- Billionaire donates $5 million to aid San Jose flood victims Kieu Hoang, the 214th richest person in the United States, handed the oversized check to San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, at an announcement with city officials.
- Just 9 percent of California still in drought The study analyzes rainfall, reservoir levels, soil moisture, groundwater levels and other factors. A year ago, only 5% of California was classified as “free of drought.”
- Phone Calls To Congress Are Up 146 Percent During Trump's First Month Senator Feinstein was the only Democrat on the list of the Top 10 calls #NoOnSessions
- Sen. Harris’ 1st bill seeks legal counsel for refugees Harris’ Access to Legal Counsel Act is being co-sponsored by six Democrats: Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Tom Carper of Delaware, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both of Massachusetts.
- The Knicks And Lakers Top The NBA's Most Valuable Teams 2017 Our Warriors (15-11) are in 3rd, valued at $2.6 BILLION
- Colin Kaepernick to opt out of his contract with the 49ers to become free agent
- And while you may not be a collegiate or professional athlete… this Interactive Map Shows How Healthy (or Unhealthy) Your Neighborhood Is
- In business and economic news… Uber has had the worst month ever, fighting the PR battle over a first person article detailing how HR ignored claims of sexual harassment, the discovery that they were using technology to avoid law enforcement, video of the CEO yelling at a driver, and finally being sued by Google around self-driving car technology
- Spotted: Castro Scalper Asking $14,000 For 'Hamilton' Tickets Fliers have been popping up in the Castro advertising seats… that apparently comes with “SUPREME BRAGGING RIGHTS”
The Top 5 Events that Caught Our Eyes!
- CAAMFEST (Celebrating Asian American Film, Music, and Food) March 9-19 at various venues in San Francisco and Oakland. The nation’s premier event showcasing and celebrating bold and vibrant Asian American stories and storytellers.
- The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation on March 11 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In collaboration with U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging, The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation will be emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge
- “Without Mercy” at Off Broadway West through March 25 at the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco. World premiere by playwright Patricia Milton, Without Mercy explores the passions and complications around the death penalty. Tickets- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/279229
- BRAZA! Brazilian Funk Dance Party on Sat, March 25 at The Chapel in San Francisco, featuring featuring Antonio Guedes & The Chillaquiles, Pleasuremaker, Zebuel, and DJ Smash.
- The Power of Her Brunch, on April 8 at the Mira Visita Golf Club in El Cerrito, hosted by Jennifer Hammock. The brunch will featured speakers, including former 360BayArea guest RyanNicole
Production: Sound Design by Courtney Grace, Production Assistance by Jen Huynh with Hosts Christianne Harder, LT and j-
360BayArea Intro Music by Courtney Grace with vocals by ElleT
BigB & Courtney Grace “Feel It All Around”
DD Sakora “Bill Gates”, “3 Pointer”, “Wanna Be Us”, “Malibu”, “All We Got”, “Outta This World”, “El Diablo”, “One Chance”
John Blaze “New Pajamas”
Bensound “Moose”, “Funky Suspense”, “House”
Danny Swain “Oh My”
Illfigure “Only If Your Heart In It”
Courtney Grace “Hip Hop Piano Beat”
Featured Quick clips:
Mary J Blige “What’s the 411”
Drake ft Future “Grammys”
Redman “Time 4 sum Aktion”
Organic Cotton Patagonia
Emma Watson on Sustainable Fashion
E-40 “Choices (Yup) Warriors Edition”
A$AP ROCKY “Fashion Killa”
Lady Gaga “Fashion”
Mason “Fashion Killa ft. Stefflon Don”
Brazil Party Samba Dance Music
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