united fruit corruption: what chiquita, dole, and fresh express are up to

the United Fruit Company (and its given factions -- chiquita, dole and fresh express) have a history of horrible human rights abuses and imperialism. this zine contains information on the history of United Fruit. see other pdf attachments for a sticker campaign against them.

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From the author:

It’s been a while since I wrote the information in this zine or looked it over for revision. However, some nice folks kindly pointed out some misinformation that needs to be corrected.

The second to last sentence of the information on United Fruit in both the zine format and blog reads: “Silence is consent.” In hindsight, this is a really problematic misconception that I don’t wish to perpetuate. Let me clarify.

At the time that I wrote it, I meant that in this specific situation, silence passively permits corporations to commit horrible human rights abuses… This is, as it turns out, not the same thing as consent. Consent is an overarching concept that tends to be sought out in order to respect the autonomy of individuals. This is very important, particularly in the work of dismantling dominative hierarchies built on false authority. Practicing good consent is a learning process that never ends.

Consent is especially important in, but not limited to, the context of love, relationships and sex. Here good consent can be most basically defined as the presence of a verbal “yes” with all body language in agreement. If someone says “yes” but their body says “no”, consent has not been obtained. (Note that this cannot go the other way – positive body language does not negate a verbal “no”.) Silence is one of the many things that does not equal consent.

As unbelievable as it may (or may not) sound, I’ve only recently been introduced to good consent. I grew up in a community where the very concept of consent, let alone a working understanding of honest good consent, very rarely (if ever) came up, and all of my relationships existed in environments of coercion. Finding a community where good consent is highly valued and widely practiced has been a surprisingly eye opening experience. Learning about good consent has helped to clarify my own internalized power imbalances. I still have a lot of learning to do.

While apathy, complacency, or inaction (silence) may passively enable human rights abuses to occur, SILENCE DOES NOT EQUAL CONSENT.

Good zines on the subject are:
Ask First, Learning Good Consent and Don't Be A Dick, all available on zine library.