Nestlé is STILL not OK and neither is Amy Coney Barrett

Nestlé is STILL not OK and neither is Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett is in the middle of her Senate confirmation hearing this week and her not getting confirmed is important. Voting Right Acts and the Affordable Health Care Act are on the line.

But there are more than just domestic issues that are coming up on the Supreme Court docket.

On December 1, 2020, the Supreme Court is going to hear Nestlé USA v. Doe I. The plaintiffs, Malian citizens, have filed a lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against Nestlé and Cargill. ATS is a US federal law first adopted in 1789 that gives the federal courts jurisdiction to hear lawsuits filed by non-US citizens for torts (a wrongful act or an infringement of a right, other than under contract —leading to civil legal liability) committed in violation of international law. 

The Malian citizens have stated that Nestlé and Cargill aided and abetted in child slavery. 

The Malians are formerly enslaved children. They were kidnapped in the Ivory Coast to work in cocoa farms. Those farms supply Nestlé and Cargill, Inc. with cocoa beans to make chocolate. Nestlé and Cargill control the world’s cheap chocolate. Deductive logic points to Nestlé and Cargill knowing exactly what was happening and providing farms with the monetary resources to kidnap and enslave children. 

The lower courts have claimed, get this, because Citizen United granted “corporations are people” status. Still, in THIS case, a lower court stated that Nestlé and Cargill, Inc can’t be sued under ATS, because they are a corporation.

Unbelievable, but yet very believable, because this isn’t about right. This is about corporations making as much as they can. Corporations exploiting as many people as allowable by domestic and international law. 

An excellent progressive Supreme Court ruling on this case would impose liabilities on US entities (including corporations) for aiding and abetting a third-party’s allegation of human rights violations overseas.

Does Amy Coney Barrett not getting on the Supreme Court guarantee a just ruling on this? Absolutely not. The US is still an imperialist country. But Coney getting on there would 100% guarantee, child slavery will continue with NO static from courts. 

Don’t be tricked by her 5000 children and southern charm. She has consistently engaged in evilness. Her anti-abortion stance is not about children. It’s about control. She dissented when colleagues wanted to put Trump’s policy to deny food stance, health care, and housing vouchers for immigrants (MEXICANS.) Don’t let her trick you. Coney doesn’t give a damn about kids, at least kids that aren’t hers and white, yeah I know, they are special. She also exposed those special kids to COVID-19. 

Who is running the United States does not impact JUST the United States. It affects the entire world. 


Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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