- Returning to work after tropical storm Bonnie, poor people's
human rights continue to be violated in the Gulf of Mexico lethal oil
and chemical dispersant operation. The Obama administration knows and
is condoning these violations.
- One former BP worker said that all the workers are sick
and that she quit so she can live to care for her children, even if that
means unemployment and homelessness. (See: Lean TV Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YuhJsat4z0&feature=related)
- Desperate for work, mostly people of color, many undocumented
aliens, many prisoners - at least 2,400 workers are destined to suffer
and die early due to these abusive conditions.
- Of the 30 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
Articles, Article 23 states:
- "(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice
of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection
- Ex-BP employees report that before signing contracts,
they are promised protective gear, only to be denied it once they begin
- While recently investigating the Gulf events, Wayne Madsen
reported that BP has been hiring the poor in Mexico and Jamaica and transporting
them through Texas.
- Madsen has photographic evidence of illegal alien workers
and other low-paid workers not afforded respirators that workers have in
more affluent areas of the clean-up project.
- On July 14, "WMR witnessed clean-up crews wearing
respirators cleaning oil from the shore line of a lagoon in Gulf Shores,
Alabama, a neighborhood surrounded by expensive condominiums and vacation
- "Other beach communities where the median income
is not as high have not seen such meticulous cleaning operations that include
protection of clean-up workers and the careful deployment of booms."
- WKRG recently reported that the NAACP President Ben Jealous
sent a letter to BP expressing concerns that minorities helping to clean
up the oil spill on the Gulf Coast tend to be assigned tougher and lower
paying jobs and re not being provided with protective clothing and masks.
- Julianne Hing for ColorLines has reported:
- ... up on the water's surface, the cleanup effort is
being hampered by the many health issues cleanup workers have been dealing
with. On top of that, temperatures in the Gulf Coast hit 110 degrees yesterday,
prompting fireboats to start spraying water on the oil-slicked surface
to combat the toxic fumes that the combined oil and chemical dispersants
- If Gulf workers become ill, it is attributed to heat
- Work conditions are so abusive, ex-BP employee Kellie
Fellows said on Lean TV (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YuhJsat4z0&feature=related)
that she will face homelessness on the street with their children - and
live - rather than die working in the Gulf clean-up project and leave her
children without a parent.
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