by Kyle de Beausse
I’ve reached the next modest benchmark in my campaign to raise awareness about Chiquita. 20 blogs have educated their readers about Chiquita pleading guilty to paying almost $2 million to recognized terrorists groups in Colombia. I would like to use this opportunity to make a humble plea for help, and put forth a passionate defense about why this cause is the right one to take on.
It was an article in the Christian Science Monitor that inspired me to act. This article made clear that Chiquita was not only paying protection payments, but it might have actually been providing actual physical support by transporting over 3,000 assault rifles. It also made the human costs of funding paramilitary organizations very clear to me. Since reading this article I have become even more convinced of the necessity to raise awareness about this injustice and take action.
I’m not going to play any games in this post. The primary reason I think it is important to act on this is because I believe this case illustrates global inequity more than any other. This inequity that is not only tacitly accepted, but is actively enforced by the governments of our nations. The citizens of different nations are not born equal and I believe this campaign has the potential to bring this reality to light and inspire people to do something about it.