Topics and Guests: The Plight of Palm Oil Workers in Liberia; and African Heritage Month. A conversation with Liberian trade union activist Edwin Cisco about the working and living conditions of workers on the palm oil plantations in his country; and the effort to organize palm oil plantation workers in Liberia and prevent child labor and other worker rights abuses. Multinational corporations involved with the production of palm oil have acquired huge tracks of land with little transparency in the transactions in countries such as Colombia and Liberia. These land grabs have displaced farmers who have depended on the soil for many generations. Mr. Edwin Cisco is the Vice-President of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL).
Also on Africa Now! today is the African Heritage Month in September in Montgomery County, Maryland. The county was one of the pioneering jurisdictions in the U.S. to proclaim the African Heritage Month in 2008. The month will be filled with community activities and events celebrating African culture and heritage. To discuss this topic on Africa Now! is Mr. Daniel Koroma, Community Outreach Manager, Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County; and Ms. Fatmata Barrie, a member of the African Affairs Advisory Group in Montgomery County.
Originally broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM, Washington, DC. Tune into Africa Now! live on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or visit www.wpfwfm.org on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00PM (Eastern).