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Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia

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This exploratory presentation shows a snapshot of rubber tapping at Firestone Rubber Company in Liberia. This project is part of the course Ecologies of Resistance, Transformation and Alternative …

This exploratory presentation shows a snapshot of rubber tapping at Firestone Rubber Company in Liberia. This project is part of the course Ecologies of Resistance, Transformation and Alternative Development at Clark University.

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  • 1. Ecologies  of  Resistance,  Transforma3ve  Change  and  Alterna3ve  Development:   Rubber  Tapping-­‐the  Case  of  Firestone  in  Liberia   Jenkins  Macedo     Spring  2012  
  • 2. Rubber Tappers in Liberia Firestone Stop Child Labor!
  • 3. Map of the Firestone Rubber Plantation
  • 4. Built 1942 by the USG
  • 5. Brief History of Firestone In Liberia ² 1926 GoL and Firestone signed a 99-year contract for $5M for 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) for rubber plantation. ²  4% of the country’s territory with 10% of its arable land. ²  24o square miles ²  7, 000 employees (rubber tappers) ²  8,000 undocumented workers ²  Latex produced assist the Allies to defeat the Axis Powers during WWII.
  • 6. Socio-economic & Health Implications ²  Monthly latex production US/$2,296.80 in Liberia ($3,915.00 US) ²  Paid $125.00 ²  Workers live in dilapidated housing built in the 1930s. ²  Chemicals Application include both fungicide, herbicide and stimulants ²  Tappers and their families are expose to carcinogenic substances, e.g. Asbestos and chemicals used on the plantation. ²  Lack of cleaning drinking water ² Poor sanitary conditions
  • 7. Illegal Rubber Tapping ²  Illegal rubber tapping on “no man’s land” a phrase common among ex-combatant rubber tappers. ²  Reinforces insecurity
  • 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdvqcckCREQ Has Firestone Liberia Gone Far Enough in Workplace Reforms?

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