Nailing shut the case for fair trade recycling of used electronics ("e-Waste").
I'm working on getting a better quality copy. It's nice to finally see the subtitles of the interviews with 'Batman and Robin'.
"...This combination of white guilt, and white paternalism... And that the more I got to know these "Geeks of Color", these technicians, the more I realized - these guys are not only 'not doing anything wrong' - but they are actually the very best hope that these countries have."MIT, Memorial University, Arizona State, Middlebury College, UVM, Champlain College, University of Arizona, University of Peru PC, University of Amsterdam, Universite Paul Cezanne, Cornell, Boston College... Everyone looking into this finds that we are telling the truth, and that Basel Action Network is the one "dumping" (false accusations and defamation) on the poor.
They are parasites of the poor, and cowards for not responding to any of this. The universities will be calling and asking questions about the 80%. We have opened our doors. We have nothing to hide, we have made mistakes and we are going to show them. We do not pretend to be what we are not, and do not pretend to do things we cannot do. If we take the pictures of Africans, we give them a name and a say. Primitive? You disgust me for using that term to describe A+ technicians replacing faulty capacitors, or original design manufacturers who own the patent on your touchscreen device.
DISGUST. Basel Action Network is taking down reputable environmental organizations like Greenpeace and NRDC in their black hole of niggardly defamation. They have had more than three years to respond to the false arrests/accusations of PT Imtech and Joseph Benson.
For the opinion to the contrary, I urge you to contact the University of Washington, and ask why they have joined a boycott of the Geeks of Color, and why they did not get a peer review from universities on the East and West Coasts who have listened to both sides and chosen Fair Trade Recycling as a standard.
University of Washington, Communications Manager
Alex, if you want to meet the Chicas and tour our plant in Mexico, give me a jingle. For more background on the case why exports should not be defamed, read this piece in Motherboard, "Why We Should Ship our Electronic "Waste" to China and Africa".
We would love to have University of Washington's best scholars join the team, look inside, and tell us why we are wrong. I challenge you to take your surplus materials, divide them into two equal piles, and we will draw straws. Send one half to Total Reclaim (a friend and E-Steward), and one half to our Fair Trade Recycling partners at InterConnection in Seattle, allowing product to go to Retroworks de Mexico.
I have nothing to hide. And I trust Charles at Interconnection and Jeff and Craig at Total Reclaim. Do a whole mass balance, and see where the monitors, TVs, PCs, and hard drives wind up.
In 2013 I will close the case. E-Stewards will either change, change management, change message, or go down in history as a racist, xenophobic period of environmentalist history.
My mom in the Ozarks described the first interracial marriage I heard about this way.
"She's very brave."
She must love him very much to marry despite the southern recoil that surrounded interacial marriage in the 1960s. I am only brave enough to trade.
I don't want to speak on behalf of any of the researchers from any of the universities. I just want to change the presumption of guilt, and protesting innocence and opening doors seems like the best way to go about that. If the University of Washington wants to bring a camera and ask BAN what they should be aiming the camera at, that's fine by us. We dropped our bucket where it was, and will lift as we climb.