Faramarz Farbod The year 2018 witnessed the passing of William Blum, the author and fierce critic of U.S. imperialism. He died on December 9, at a hospice center in Arlington, VA., at age 85. The news was not entirely unexpected as he had suffered an injury from a fall at his home two months earlier. Blum had ceaselessly researched and exposed in meticulous detail the … [Read more...] about Remembering William Blum
Martin Boksenbaum Audiences made up of community activists and college students were treated to one-night-only showings of two important new documentaries: Invisible Hand on October 21st at Lehigh University and Unfractured on October 23rd at Northampton Community College. Both films focused on significant examples of efforts to protect communities and ecosystems from … [Read more...] about Community and Ecosystem Protection: Two Films
Abrupt and extreme climate crisis requires all-out emergency mobilization This is a call for General Mobilization. We must respond with our utmost will power and intention to mitigate the existing extreme climate emergency crisis. Well-informed local citizens have carefully looked into rapidly escalating climate changes caused by excessive burning of fossil fuels. These … [Read more...] about Mobilize Now!
I think we all owe a debt of thanks to Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden, for her speech calling out 'leaders' for their failure to lead! Some excerpts from her remarks (at COP-24 in Katowice, Poland): We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for … [Read more...] about Thank you, Greta!
On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on 'Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities'. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by the geology in some of the areas on the route for the PennEast Pipeline and … [Read more...] about PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities
From Berks Gas Truth re: Saying No to Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania. Take The Pledge We will fight for our air. We will fight for our water. We will fight for our food. We will fight for our HEALTH. We will fight for our families. We will fight for our homes. We will fight for our farms. We will fight for our COMMUNITIES. We will fight for our safety. We will fight for our … [Read more...] about “Pennsylvanians’ Pledge to Fight Shale Gas Industry Encroachment and Pollution”
The Occupy movement has sparked new levels of discussion of critical aspects of U.S. government, economy, and power structures. While people may quibble over the exact numbers, the 1%/99% image does clearly reflect the fact that economic & political power is held by a tiny percentage of people. It seems as if discussing this has been taboo for years, even though it's common … [Read more...] about Why the Occupations are so important
Did you see all the major headlines or national news stories about the amazing happenings with the OccupyWallStreet movement? Neither did I. Here a few of the happenings that have at least been mentioned, although not really covered in detail: A police captain walked up to a young woman and sprayed in her in the face with pepper spray for no reason. A few minutes later he … [Read more...] about OccupyWallStreet – Media Silence on Major Story
by Julia Ward In my opinion, fair trade is just that. The fair trade market itself has been progressing and becoming more popular but because of its popularity, it has attracted not just individuals, but communities and organizations to make it become more of a movement. By buying products that have a label saying "Fair Trade Certified", you are guaranteed that the money from … [Read more...] about Not a Market, But a Movement
I've been following coverage of the protest at GenOn's Portland Generating Station and the local officials who tried to deter it. The protest, which was held last Saturday, called attention to the harm this plant does to local residents and the thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] it spews into the air, thus increasing global warming. According to organizers, … [Read more...] about Protesting the Dirty Power Plant in Portland