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toyota bringing down the automotive world

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Here is a letter that you can use to pass the info on to your local media. Make sure to read the report and check out the video. I think ANY automotive fan would find it of interest.

I have a news story that I think would intrigue many viewers. There is a product purchased by "A" celebrities to show they are "green". This product violates human rights and most people don't know it.

The story is about workers rights on a company that many people in the US associate with an environmentally positive company.

Please check out

http://lauraflanders.firedoglake.com/2008/...t-worker-abuse/

and

http://www.nlcnet.org/admin/media/document...N_FINAL_WEB.pdf

Thank you,

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Yeah, I read the whole report on Autoblog quite some time ago, It's a shame really.

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This is no surprise to me at all : there have been occasional glimpses over the years that toyota -and many other japanese companies- has a careful spit-shined hide covering a fetid, slimy underbelly.

No celebs are going to speak up- they're not smart in general and they're primairily concerned with image over everything else- nothing is real to them. They'll poo-poo the reality of toyota's human trafficing to bask in the perception of being 'green'. It's all bullsh!t & meaningless on that front.

toyota has so much cash... their cars, their factories, their dealers, their benefits should be world-class, second to none. They should set the standard for even the highest stratosphere of auto brands- definately in the area of workers rights & conditions- not terrorizing, robbing & brutalizing them.

You can be damned sure that if this was a U.S. company, all we would be hearing is 'boycott' and 'punishment', but even in the above clip, the attitude sounds more like 'let's "encourage" toyo to treat the workers better (meanwhile keep buying all their products non-stop)'. Par for the course.

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You can be damned sure that if this was a U.S. company, all we would be hearing is 'boycott' and 'punishment', but even in the above clip, the attitude sounds more like 'let's "encourage" toyo to treat the workers better (meanwhile keep buying all their products non-stop)'. Par for the course.

Oh please. Plenty of American companies treat their workers terribly. Walmart comes immediately to mind. Even trendy companies like Apple have been exposed to be running horrid plants in China but no one cares.

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This is no surprise to me at all : there have been occasional glimpses over the years that toyota -and many other japanese companies- has a careful spit-shined hide covering a fetid, slimy underbelly.

No celebs are going to speak up- they're not smart in general and they're primairily concerned with image over everything else- nothing is real to them. They'll poo-poo the reality of toyota's human trafficing to bask in the perception of being 'green'. It's all bullsh!t & meaningless on that front.

toyota has so much cash... their cars, their factories, their dealers, their benefits should be world-class, second to none. They should set the standard for even the highest stratosphere of auto brands- definately in the area of workers rights & conditions- not terrorizing, robbing & brutalizing them.

You can be damned sure that if this was a U.S. company, all we would be hearing is 'boycott' and 'punishment', but even in the above clip, the attitude sounds more like 'let's "encourage" toyo to treat the workers better (meanwhile keep buying all their products non-stop)'. Par for the course.

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Where do these sort of despicable, deplorable conditions exist in the U.S.? That's right; they don't.

Since when did japan revert to being a 3rd world backwater (no excuse) ? That's right; it hasn't... or so we were led to believe. Yet here we have outright slave labor within their own borders.

It's 2008, not 1938- how can a company banking billions a quarter possibly explain this ?

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It's 2008, not 1938- how can a company banking billions a quarter possibly explain this ?

Like they explained the FJ Frame issues, Tacoma Rust Issues, and all those other things... Like the ministry of truth.

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Where do these sort of despicable, deplorable conditions exist in the U.S.? That's right; they don't.

Since when did japan revert to being a 3rd world backwater (no excuse) ? That's right; it hasn't... or so we were led to believe. Yet here we have outright slave labor within their own borders.

It's 2008, not 1938- how can a company banking billions a quarter possibly explain this ?

Tell that to seasonal fruit farmers in California and Florida, or many of the other awful jobs that are mainly immigrant-staffed in this country.

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Tell that to seasonal fruit farmers in California and Florida, or many of the other awful jobs that are mainly immigrant-staffed in this country.

that's cause of nafta, they choose to do that.

story submited to local paper.

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>>"Tell that to seasonal fruit farmers in California and Florida, or many of the other awful jobs that are mainly immigrant-staffed in this country. "<<

So those workers are stripped of their passports/ paperwork, forced to live in hideous shelters at exorbitant rents, forced to work 60-80s/wk, forbidden to leave company property, literally petrified to talk to any outsiders or even identify the name of where they work, and deported if they open their mouths to complain about even the most minor issue? Do you really believe that goes on in this country?

Do you have any condemnation of toyota's practices, or can you only lamely redirect in an attempt to heap more blame on American companies ??

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Tell that to seasonal fruit farmers in California and Florida, or many of the other awful jobs that are mainly immigrant-staffed in this country.

There is a huge difference between a local fruit farm and a multinational corporation like Toyota. The fruit farmers have the choice to leave and find jobs elsewhere. Toyota workers in Burma have been held hostage by having their passports stolen from them.

There is no comparison. Toyota's reputation should suffer severely for this.

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I told my teacher about this and he read the article. He WAS a huge supporter of Toyotas and always told everybody to buy them. We always had arguments as he didn't like GM but he is also into social justice. The day after he read this, a fellow teacher and him both sold their 2008 Yaris' and he bought a Cobalt and the other teacher bought a Malibu. I got a kick out of that after he always complained about GM but so far he loves his new Cobalt.

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The day after he read this, a fellow teacher and him both sold their 2008 Yaris' and he bought a Cobalt and the other teacher bought a Malibu. I got a kick out of that after he always complained about GM but so far he loves his new Cobalt.

That's great!

I'm submitting this to local Radio and TV as well.

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Just sent to news outlets in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

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