Today, one of the most significant Supreme Court cases of our time starts to determine whether corporations can literally get away with murder.
When the Ogoni people of Nigeria began to nonviolently protest Shell’s oil development, Shell cooperated with the Nigerian military regime to violently suppress opposition through extrajudicial killing, torture, and crimes against humanity. More than 60 villages were raided, over 800 people were killed, and 30,000 more were displaced from their homes.
This precedent-setting Supreme Court case could finally bring justice for the Ogoni people of Nigeria, but corporations like Dole Foods filed briefs to the Supreme Court in support of Shell to protect their own interests and make sure they can’t be held accountable for human rights abuses abroad either.
Dole has a lot at stake with this court case. If Shell wins, Dole will no longer be able to be held responsible for the countless atrocities it committed across Latin America and Asia, including forcing workers to use a chemical that was known to cause cancer and sterilization, and hiring paramilitary groups to murder farmers, and intimidate and murder trade union leaders.
That’s why I signed this petition to Dole Foods to own up and immediately pull its name from its amicus brief in the Kiobel v. Shell case. Will you join me?