The stunning battle against oil and gas pipelines is now front-page news, thanks to the publicity that fierce resistance to them has created.
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Readers respond to articles on … fracking and earthquakes; the U.S. dollar; and healthcare. Also: notes on a farewell event for Rasmea Odeh, and a call to release human rights activists in Turkey. Plus: Freedom Socialist fund drive success.
The Puyallup tribe and other environmental activists are waging a heroic and determined fight against a disastrous liquid natural gas (LNG) plant at the Port of Tacoma, Wash.
“Nuestra salud no está a la venta” — Un barrio del sur de Los Ángeles se rebela contra las prácticas racistas de perforación
El descubrimiento del “oro negro” en Los Ángeles en el siglo XIX, dio lugar a un paisaje urbano en el que las plataformas de perforación gigantes proyectan su sombra sobre barrios enteros. A medida que la industria del petróleo se expandió también lo hicieron las plataformas. Las sucesivas generaciones crecieron con esta industria venenosa al… Read more »
“Our health is not for sale!” A southern Los Angeles neighborhood stands up to racist drilling practices
The discovery of “black gold” in Los Angeles in the 1800s gave rise to an urban landscape where giant drilling rigs cast long shadows over entire neighborhoods. As the oil industry expanded so did the rigs. Successive generations grew up with this poisonous industry next door. Now, while the city’s population grows, Big Oil resorts… Read more »
In May, the Lummi nation won their 5-year battle to stop a massive Gateway Pacific coal export facility proposed for Cherry Point near Anacortes, Wash. The tribe’s environmental leadership and defense of their treaty rights to fish in the area was backed by 50 other tribes and massive public support. The port would have been… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Indian-led encampments on Standing Rock Sioux territory are digging in for the North Dakota winter. They are determined to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. And they are not alone, as thousands upon thousands join their bold struggle to save planet resources and peoples. Already they have won a temporary victory from the government to halt… Read more »
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 »