Brown Bag: Golden Palms? A Look at Liberia’s Work Conditions

Brown Bag: Golden Palms? A Look at Liberia’s Work Conditions

ILRF and IPS are excited to welcome Edwin Cisco, Vice-President of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL), to discuss the rapid expansion of palm oil and FAWUL’s efforts to engage and organize palm oil plantation workers in Liberia.

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

This long-awaited verdict against the former Liberian strongman brings some measure of justice to a region ripped apart by brutality, greed, and proxy wars.

Emira Woods and Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Emira Woods and Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Attend a screening and discussion of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary about the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. The post-screening speaker will be IPS Foreign Policy In Focus co-director, Emira Woods, who is from Liberia.

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – second screening

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – second screening

Join us for a preview and panel discussion of the October 18 episode, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. The post-screening discussion will feature IPS Foreign Policy In Focus co-director, Emira Woods, who is from Liberia and Dr. Carl Patrick Burrowes, Associate Professor of Communications and Humanities and also from Liberia.

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – first screening

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – first screening

Join us for a preview and panel discussion of the October 18 episode, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. The post-screening discussion will feature IPS Foreign Policy In Focus co-director, Emira Woods, who is from Liberia and Dr. Carl Patrick Burrowes, Associate Professor of Communications and Humanities and also from Liberia.

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Attend this lunchtime briefing with Austin Natee, who heads the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL). Under Austin’s leadership FAWUL has been fighting to end the abuse of child labor and advance the rights of the workers in Firestone’s operations in Liberia, West Africa. Earlier this year, FAWUL received the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor. The award was established by Congress to recognize the work of an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labor. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said “This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union to combat the worst forms of child labor internationally.” Austin is here in the U.S. for the annual convention of the United Steelworkers which represents Firestone workers in the U.S. and has been working in solidarity with the workers in Liberia.

Super Bowl of Shame

Super Bowl of Shame

Instead of splurging on sponsoring the Super Bowl halftime show, Bridgestone Firestone should start paying its Liberian rubber workers a living wage.

The New Military Frontier: Africa

The New Military Frontier: Africa

The battle for African hearts and minds will not be won if it’s clear that it is being waged more for the sake of U.S. strategic interests than African needs.