Author Archives: Peter Crownfield

Peter’s blog: Thanksgiving

At its best, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday—a chance to reflect and appreciate life. Unfortunately, it is often dedicated to watching football, arguing politics, and consuming vast quantities of food—and, in the process, celebrating the myth of the ‘first thanksgiving’. … more

Posted in Arts & Culture, Capitalism, Collaborative Efforts, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Honoring Lives, Industrial Food Production, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, The Americas |

Peter’s blog: Facts & Fiction

I saw my copy of A People’s History of the United States the other day, and it reminded me that many of the ‘facts’ we learn in school or read in the media turn out to be false—news & ‘history’ … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Community Rights, Democracy, Economic Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Immigrants' Rights, Justice System, Militarism, Minority Rights, People Power v. State Power, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Workers' Rights |

Peter’s blog: Freedom under attack — CitizenFour

CitizenFour, the acclaimed documentary about Edward Snowden, is widely available. Maybe we need to remind ourselves that the Snowden’s disclosures may have faded into the background, but the U.S. government’s all-out assault on democracy & freedom continues today, and the ongoing … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Liberties, Democracy, People Power v. State Power, Terrorism, War & Peace |

One More in the Long History of Lies by U.S. Leaders

On Sunday, the London Review of Books published a new account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seymour Hersh. His article shows that the story told by the Obama Administration is total fiction.  Hersh says it was nothing … more

Posted in Militarism, The World, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace |

Buy Local Challenge

Are you up for a challenge?? Take a pledge to buy local , buy fresh! Individuals – pledge to eat at least one food item from a local farm at least once a week from April-October. Food establishments – pledge … more

Posted in Going Local, Local Businesses, Local Food |

Summer Internships

Each summer, we offer 2 or 3 internships, usually focusing on a specific issue or project with a team of students from different colleges.  These are unpaid, but they are generally structured to require <15 hrs/wk so students so students can still hold … more

2 More Oil Train Derailments

Two trains carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire this week: one in rural Ontario on the 14th, and one in Fayette County WV on Monday the 16th. The Ontario fires were still burning on Monday. Each tank car carries … more

Posted in Climate, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds |

Anti-fracking activists targeted in PA!’

Remember a couple of years ago, when the state was compiling ‘intelligence’ about anti-fracking activists and environmentalists and then sharing it with the industry and using it to intimidate those opposed to fracking? Not much has changed, as a February 2 … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Distribution, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Students' Rights, Unsustainable Energy, Workers' Rights |

Health Concerns with Artificial Turf [updated]

Note: An expanded & updated post on synthetic turf has been added to to the Focus On… section as an Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf. This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem … more

Posted in Air, Asthma, Buildings, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |