Posts in: environment

The Gulf crisis: beautiful planet versus deadly profit system

June 2010

“It’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from.” This is how Danielle Brutsche described the plight of Gulf of Mexico residents at a May 30 rally in New Orleans demanding that the government take control of managing BP’s disaster. The horror grows day by day as the cover-up by BP and its government co-conspirators… Read more »

Who are the pro-earth, antinuclear people and what do they want?

Summer 1978

In May, thousands of Live Without Trident protesters provoked the latest in a series of mass arrests by trespassing on the nuclear submarine base at Bangor, Washington. This alliance of pacifists and environmentalists is only one of various nationwide and international coalitions focusing world attention on the perils of nuclear energy and industrial waste. Environmental… Read more »

Fishing wars: Blood on the riverbanks

Winter 1978

From the beginning, Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest derived from a fishing-centered way of life. This culture is being systematically relegated to oblivion. Greedy corporations, assisted by the government, steal the fish and Indian lands, and terrorize fisher families, while a vicious anti-Indian campaign is propagated to justify the genocide. The courts and Congress… Read more »

Labor and Environmentalists: A significant dialogue

Winter 1978

A powerful fight can be waged to insure the safety of all life when labor and environmentalists work together to make big business clean up the workplace and the world outside of it. This was the conclusion of a promising dialogue between labor and environmentalists initiated at an October 30th forum at the Seattle Labor… Read more »

Alaska: where the natural people and the natural resources face extinction

Spring 1979

Last summer, four Native Alaskan men, ages 67 to 98, were arrested by Alaskan Fish & Game wardens for attempted salmon fishing on the Copper River. The fishermen were seeking food for their households. They did not know that a weekday fishing ban had been imposed by the State because of the limited salmon run,… Read more »

The energy crisis: Blackmail at the gas pumps

Summer 1979

In California, the lines of customers waiting for gasoline stretch for miles. The price of petroleum products rises almost daily. And the giant oil corporations, pretending helplessness over the phony “crude oil shortage,” are using American workers as hostages and raking in record profits. Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter, the willing captive of the energy barons, poses… Read more »

The great nuclear reaction

Summer 1979

The near-disaster at Three Mile Island on March 28 riveted world attention onto the hornet’s nest of nuclear energy production. As a reactor in the plant spilled 250,000 gallons of radioactive effluent and vented unknown quantities of lethal steam over the surrounding countryside, the world press descended nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Reversing its 20-year disparagement of… Read more »

Farmworkers: ¡Viva la Huelga!

Spring 1980

Farmworker militance, cultivated through decades of back breaking toil, poverty and discrimination, has scored major victories for the United Farm Workers Union in the Salinas and Imperial valleys of California. Chicano/Mexicanos and women, who make up the bulk of agricultural workers, have defended their union magnificently in a fifteen-month battle against the union-busting growers and… Read more »

Cowboy Reagan rides a Trojan horse

Spring 1981

Not since the Nixon years has Washington, D.C. glittered so brightly with the diamonds, furs and tuxedos of the visibly rich. The Republicans are back, and with them comes the gloss of snappy dress guards at the White House and unrestrained pride in the global network of terror, intrigue, economic thievery and political repression that… Read more »

Survivors, by Karen Brodine

February 1988

Survivors. Reading about the glow boys this morning. The unemployed enticed with $60 to fix the core of the nuclear plant. In space suits they jump down into it. Acid rain, acid fog. “Just brush it off.” The screen I stare at, typesetting, low level, the low lying words. Statistics for jumpers: only one fatal… Read more »