Andrew C. Asmus, Arts and Sciences (going to transfer to the
School next winter)(
Coal, Corporate Corruption, and the Destruction of the Community of
I am conducting research on human rights violations at the hands of multinational corporations, specifically ExxonMobil, with the local, non-profit organization called Pressurepoint. Through the UW Society and Justice program, I am interning with Pressurepoint during the 2002 Spring quarter, and currently focusing on the destruction of the town of Tabaco in the Guajira Province of Colombia. Tabaco was located on the edge of ExxonMobil's 50% coal mine, El Cerrejon Norte, and was destroyed by company bulldozers with complicity from local legal officials in order to expand the mine. I have been working closely with representatives and residents from Tabaco, and have recieved a video recording of the August 9th and 10th attack on the community. Already, I have had the content of the video tape translated from Spanish into English, and now must enter subtitles, and cut the length of the video down from 100 to 40 minutes. After completion by mid April, I, through Pres! surepoint, will distribute the finished film internationally to spread awareness about the human rights violations committed by and for multinational corporations like ExxonMobil, and their legal impunity for such offences.