Presentations by Freedom Socialist Party representative Patrick Burns and Seattle Radical Women Organizer Gina Petry about their November stay at Standing Rock, including video of interviews with members of the International Indigenous Youth Council and Labor for Standing Rock. If you would like to interview Gina or Patrick or invited them to speak to… Read more »
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While at Standing Rock, Freedom Socialist Party representative and union carpenter Patrick Burns talks with Liam Cain, member of Laborers Union Local 1271 and the Industrial Workers of the World, about labor’s role in defending Native rights and fighting the pipeline companies. To see Patrick Burns and Gina Petry’s report-back from Standing Rock, click here.
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.
“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 »
LUMMI TRIBE WINS Complex coal issue handled well I was delighted when I opened the recent mailing from Freedom Socialist and came across Lois Danks’ article [“A big win for Indian treaty rights: Lummi tribe stops North America’s largest proposed coal port,” Vol. 37, No. 4]. While I am not Lummi (I am Aleut), I… 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 »
We live in times so poverty stricken, turbulent, repressive and violent that the majority of people can hardly breathe. That’s why they’re rising up in every corner of the world. Syria’s insurrection, a proud part of the Arab Spring in 2011, is a breathtaking example. A people who had lived four decades under a deadly… Read more »