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Old 01-16-2006, 08:02 PM   #16
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Today my leadership professor told the class that I'm going to be the first woman president. This was me:

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Today my leadership professor told the class that I'm going to be the first woman president. This was me:
May I suggest you reply that as soon as you´re President, you will speak with President Sirleaf about kicking Firestone - who has been exploiting the country with its rubber planations for 75 years - out of Liberia as soon as possible.

"In many cases, activists say, Firestone overseers not only know about the massive use of child labor, but also compel it. "Workers are told that if they can't make their daily quota, they should put their children to work," the lawsuit charges.

According to the ILRF, each official worker at the Firestone plantation is required to deliver 450 pounds of latex per day to meet quota, an amount many adult workers fail to produce.

"They work for $3.19 a day and work close to 20 hours every day," Verdier told a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York Wednesday.

Most plantation workers, according to the lawsuit, remain "at the mercy of Firestone for everything from food to health care to education. They risk expulsion and starvation if they raise even minor complaints, and the company makes willful use of this situation to exploit these workers as they have since 1926."

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