Posts in: environment

The Standing Rock fight is for all of us

October 2016

When a security company set dogs on people challenging bulldozers in North Dakota on Sept. 3, the scalding images recalled similar violence against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. And just as that Birmingham struggle was a defining moment, so too is the struggle for water and sovereignty by the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

Standing Rock: Report from the front lines

December 2016

The cold is settling in but the mood of Standing Rock is warm with solidarity. On Friday, Nov. 18, the International Indigenous Youth Council led a ceremony of 500 water protectors. We called for the release of Oglala Lakota tribal member Red Fawn Fallis, wrongly charged with firing at police and attempted murder. We then… Read more »

Voices from Standing Rock: Interviews with water protectors on the front lines

February 2017

Gina Petry of Radical Women and Patrick Burns of the Freedom Socialist Party traveled to Oceti Sakowin camp in November 2016 to cook, carpenter, and interview water protectors. On December 2, veterans began arriving to protect the camp, their numbers swelling to over 2,000. Pressure grew and two days later the Obama administration temporarily halted… Read more »

Solving climate crisis requires revolution

February 2017

Climate change, the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landmasses, is the pre-eminent issue facing humanity. 2016 was the hottest worldwide since record keeping began in 1880. The previous record year was 2015, and before that, 2014. The cause is clear: more than two centuries of unprecedented addition of carbon gases to the planet’s… Read more »

Ecuador: Indigenous Shuar resist corporate mining

April 2017

The echo of helicopters, enormous trucks removing tons of rock (with gold), military vehicles 24 hours a day, and periodic gunshots — all this has become common to the indigenous Shuar in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago in Ecuador. For months, the Shuar have been waging a fierce resistance against the government of President… Read more »

As Sahara grows, Africa’s land and people suffer

April 2017

Planet Earth is changing in many perilous ways. One of the most damaging shifts is desertification, which is essentially the expansion of barren desert climates. Nowhere is this desolation a more serious crisis than in the Sahel region of Africa, the latitudinal zone where the Sahara Desert gradually transitions to the tropical climates of the… Read more »

Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Warriors

September 15, 2016

To the Standing Rock Sioux Warriors, The Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) and Radical Women (RW) send you this statement of unwavering solidarity for your battle against corporate America that wants to destroy your sacred lands and waterways. Opposition to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline is important for all of us fighting to save the… Read more »