The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
This fight is about the water. And because the messaging is that water is life, so many people can connect with that. Whether you're native or non-Native, whether you're from Chicago or Detroit or New Orleans or up in the Bakken, we all understand the importance of protecting the water. That brings us together.
Sunday, September 11, 2016(3 comments)
Obama Pipeline Plot Twist Is Not a Victory -- And Could Erase the Struggle
What's happening with Standing Rock? It's the same old con game. Federal authorities are going to give a very serious matter very serious consideration, and then...we'll see. The formula couldn't be clearer. Obama will be celebrated as having "stopped a pipeline" when the project has, at best, been paused. By erasing an ongoing struggle, you're helping to build a pipeline.
Glenn Greenwald on Government Snooping: Why It's Dangerous and What We Can Do About It
U.S. tech companies like Facebook and Google and Microsoft and Cisco and Yahoo are genuinely petrified about the effect that this surveillance will have on their future. Why would people around the world want to use U.S. tech companies if they know that those companies will turn their data over to the NSA? It can be paralyzing. It can engender paranoia. It can make you refrain from doing things that you ought to do.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
A study that compared two rural West Virginia communities, one with mining and one without, found that self-reported cancer rates were twice as high in the mining areas. In areas with mountaintop removal (or surface mining), rates of lung, bladder, kidney, and colon cancer, along with leukemia, are all higher than in non-mining areas.
Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone"
We must reject all these forms of extreme energy for their effects on the climate and the injustices they bring to the people at every stage of the extraction process. Our work must be broad so as to connect fights across the continent into a movement that truly addresses the root causes of social, economic, and climate injustice.
Monday, September 30, 2013
"The Other Keystone": Seattle Gears Up for Direct Action Against Coal Export Plan
The climate movement is focused on Keystone XL, but the outcome of events in Seattle, where multiple fights converge, also holds implications for the movement's future and strategy. Seattle could emerge as the center of a climate showdown between the residents of Washington state and powerful, moneyed, fossil-fuel interests.
Sunday, August 18, 2013(5 comments)
Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes
Saleh is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit targeting six key members of the Bush Administration: George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz. In Saleh v. Bush, she alleges the Iraq War was not conducted in self-defense, did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, and therefore constituted a "crime of aggression" under international law.
Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination?
he widespread push against exploitative resource extraction in North America -- such as the Tar Sands Blockade, protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and movements to stop fracking -- has forged collaborations unlike anything that had existed before. Everyone needs to speak up and support the movement. Because it's a human issue.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a "Highly Effective Campaign"
Communities working to stop a controversial gas drilling process are getting what sounds like encouragement from an unlikely source: a report prepared for the oil and gas industry on the risks posed by those communities themselves. Even more bizarre than a risk assessment about grassroots activists is one that basically admits the activists are right.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
3 Ways to Make Your Vote Count in a Money-Soaked Election
It's easy to be discouraged about a political system that seems so out of reach. Think of your vote as an act of protest and vote for candidates who vow to change the system. In the 1950s through the 1970s we had an expanding middle class and a fairer election system. We can make those changes again. But only if we get engaged and informed, and vote.
A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities
Passing a new bill of rights is a way for activists to "occupy" their cities with new legal structures that empower community majorities over corporate minorities, rather than the other way around.