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Ecologies	
  of	
  Resistance,	
  Transforma3ve	
  Change	
  and	
  Alterna3ve	
  Development:	
  
Rubber	
  Tapping-­‐the...
Rubber Tappers in Liberia
Firestone Stop Child Labor!
Map of the Firestone Rubber Plantation
Built 1942 by the USG
Brief History of Firestone In Liberia
² 1926 GoL and Firestone signed a 99-year contract for $5M for 1
million acres (405...
Socio-economic & Health Implications
²  Monthly latex production US/$2,296.80 in Liberia ($3,915.00 US)
²  Paid $125.00
...
Illegal Rubber Tapping
²  Illegal rubber tapping on “no
man’s land” a phrase common
among ex-combatant rubber
tappers.
²...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdvqcckCREQ
Has Firestone Liberia Gone Far Enough in
Workplace Reforms?
Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia
Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia
Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia
Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia
Ecologies of Resistance, Transformative Change and Alternative Development: The Case of Rubber Tapping in Liberia
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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 Development at Clark University.

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

  1. 1. Ecologies  of  Resistance,  Transforma3ve  Change  and  Alterna3ve  Development:   Rubber  Tapping-­‐the  Case  of  Firestone  in  Liberia   Jenkins  Macedo     Spring  2012  
  2. 2. Rubber Tappers in Liberia Firestone Stop Child Labor!
  3. 3. Map of the Firestone Rubber Plantation
  4. 4. Built 1942 by the USG
  5. 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. 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. 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. 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdvqcckCREQ Has Firestone Liberia Gone Far Enough in Workplace Reforms?

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