Slavery Ain't Dead, It's Manufactured in Liberia's Rubber

Emmanuel B. is 30, a slender five foot three, and a slave whose
piercing brown eyes tell unspeakable truths. He’s not the kind of slave
we’ve seen in the collective imagination of 19th century plantations in
the deep South of the United States. No, Emmanuel is a modern slave in
21st century post-conflict Liberia, and Firestone Rubber Company his
unyielding master.

Labor is Not a Commodity Collaboration Blog

We are organizations that hear the stories of people who have experienced unacceptable working conditions, often for the sake of consumers having access to cheap, convenient products precisely when they want them. The incredible rise of just a few corporations which allows for unchecked market power has continued a vicious cycle of exploitation. ILRF, STITCH, SweatFree Communities and USLEAP refuse to accept the status quo as the way things have to be. On the contrary, we are working harder than ever to develop strategic partnerships with NGOs and trade unions around the world so that workers can continue to organize and stand up for themselves in the face of increasing pressure to work longer hours for less money.

Firestone Pollutes

This latest news confirms the claims that have been made by members of the Stop Firestone Coalition both in Liberia and the US.  Firestone has spread misinformation about their environmental record, but you can read the Stop Firestone Coalition's response to Firestone here.  You can also send a protest e-mail here.

To see how Firestone's pollution effects Liberians directly, check out this photo essay by Michael Zumstein.

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