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How many sins are in your mission statement?

The Vatican, in an effort to modernize the Catholic Church, has revised the list of mortal sins. Even those of us who fell asleep in the pews could recite the old list thanks to its archaic but charismatic words (sloth, wrath, avarice, etc.) but the new list has a decidedly contemporary character: Genetic modification Human experimentation Polluting the environment Causing social injustice Causing poverty Obscene wealth Taking drugs I'm not a Catholic, so I didn't know that there's a whole department of the Catholic Church put in charge of managing sins (the Apostolic Penitentiary) but...

Rainforest ag and kids stick it to world's most powerful CEOs-- Video Edition

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal has video of RAN activists confronting ADM CEO Patricia Woertz! http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Three RAN activists-- Levana Saxon, Annie Sartor, and I-- made Patricia Woertz, CEO of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) feel really uncomfortable in front of her peers today. The Wall Street Journal is currently putting on a conference called the ECO:nomics conference (www.economics.wsj.com) at the incredibly posh Bacara Resort right outside of Santa Barbara. It is, essentially, an opportunity for the most powerful CEOs in the world—including the CEO of Wal-Mart, BP Energy, and of course ADM—to network about how they can profit off...

ClimateGroundZero.org - Citizens Direct Action Camp June 1st - 6th

“We All Live at Climate Ground Zero” It is time for American citizens to take leadership & direct action and make our politicians accountable to us. To this end we announce a Citizens Direct Action Training Camp in June 2008 in Montana to oppose and confront the massive fossil fuel development of the Rocky Mountain Corridor from Fort MacMurry, Alberta all the way to New Mexico. We oppose: Alberta Tar Sands and Coal Development Development of Coal in Montana and Wyoming feeding America’s electricity appetite Montana Governor Schweitzer’s plan to import...

A Cargill Tale: Spray it, Buy it, Ship it

Final Dispatch: Andrea and Jodie writing from the South American soy frontier On the way back from visiting the threatened Yaguarete forest and the community of Tava Guarani, we happened upon a soy plantation called Laguna Blanca. It wasn’t hidden; in fact, a large billboard outside the plantation gate proudly advertised it, and called our attention with the words “Corredor de Conservación” (conservation corridor). Various NGO sponsors that in some way or another lend their assistance to the “project” were listed at the bottom. Among them was US AID--the U.S. government’s foreign aid institution. We got out of the car in order to peak through the front gate and also to take a few pictures of the sign. We were interested in how this soy plantation, or what aspect of it, could be considered a conservation corridor. All of a sudden we realized that...

Students Fight Coal, Not Hangovers at Mountain Justice Spring Break

Mountain Justice Spring Break has been kicking it up in southwest Virginia this week. I got here Tuesday night and through the week over 100 students, youth, environmentalists and activist-organizers have been working on building that better world we all work to see. Folks from all over Appalachia, the Mid-West and the Southeast are here. Folks from Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington DC and California are here getting their activism on as well. I've helped facilitate a lot direct action and direct action trainings for the youth climate movement in the past few years and things are really building. Some this week's activities have included: -A whole bunch of workshops, trainings and skillshares. -Strategizing for campus campaigns. -Community service projects like working in local area damaged by a recent tornado in Big Stone Gap, VA. -About 25 MJSBr's joined an Appalachian Blue Grass band for an action at...

Appalachian Blue Grass Band Jams at Bank of America

Our friends at Mountain Justice Spring Break have been busy this week. Perhaps we can get a Blue Grass day of action at Citi and Bank of America branches soon. "At noon on Wednesday, March 5th, approximately two dozen Mountain Justice activists visited a Bank of America in Boone North Carolina to protest the bank's funding of mountaintop removal coal mining and coal-fired power plants. Today's event was the third bluegrass-themed protest in a week in which Action Jackson, an Appalachian string band from East Tennessee, staged a traditional fiddle and banjo jam inside a BoA branch while others rallied in opposition to Bank of America's investments in coal. During the demonstration, three account-holders already present in the bank chose to close their accounts in protest, informing the branch assistant manager that they would not allow their hard-earned money to destroy Appalachian communities and ecosystems. After a few minutes...

From Dekalpar to Toropiru

Dispatch #2: Jodie and Andrea writing from Paraguay Rural campesino communities in Paraguay are isolated from each other by many conditions: poor roads, distance, lack of bus fare (or lack of buses), shoddy communication, and a self-reliance that keeps them bound to the land. And...

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