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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...

Vote for Your Favorite Fossil Fool!

Well, it’s that time of year…time to select your Fossil Fool of the Year!! Voting is just underway here, and we've got a vested interest in the outcome, so, please, go vote, and pass the link on to everyone you can. This year, we’ve pulled out all the stops. We've created five categories to cover every type of fossil fool offender: 1) Fossil Fool of the Year, 2) Most Inauspicious Newcomer, 3) Lifetime Achievement, 4) Biggest Human Toll, and 5) Outstanding Performance in Corporate Greenwashing. Some candidates were chosen by RAN, others were nominated by Energy Action, Co-op...

Youth re-defining environmentalism (way better than we are)

It's not a secret. Environmentalism has a bad name with a lot of people – and for lots of good reasons (check the article “Soul of Environmentalism” if you are not on the same page with me on this). The mainstream, majority white environmental movement has a checkered history of ignoring (or working against) the interests of people of color and working class folks. So time and time again when I give presentations to young people in public schools about the work we do, they want to make sure I’m not a "regular environmentalist"- because, as they tell me, environmentalists are racist. That’s right all you environmentalists out there- youth from urban settings, who have a lot more on their plate than whether or not to recycle, consider environmentalists irrelevant and sometimes racist, or at least clueless about social justice. RAN has been working to challenge white superiority in...

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 yet there is something that has evolved simultaneously in many of these separate communities - a consciousness that they share despite the isolation. The unfortunate commonality between them is a fear and loathing of industrial soy production. How it is possible that the internal discourse in so many communities has independently turned to the problems with industrial soy is a demonstration of the crop's pervasiveness, in fact, invasiveness in Paraguay. In reaction to soil, air and water contamination from pesticides; birth defect, disease and miscarriages from agrochemicals; as well as deforestation and displacement, campesino communities are organizing themselves to fight the colonization of their lands...

Ole King Coal Joins Hillary and Energy Industry in Houston

Houston is stepping off on coal and global warming. This week, various energy companies hosted a "Presidential Forum" on energy issues in Houston Texas. You may be surprised to find out that none of the remaining presidential contenders support moratoriums on coal fired power plants and, generally, have pretty weak positions on energy and global warming. So this week, in the midst of a heated primary election in Texas, Hillary Clinton joined a bunch of industry bigwigs for dinner and, for what I am sure was, sassy conversation. Outside the more elite circles of power and privilege, local organizers held a counter-forum on energy, coal and climate called "Coal Moratorium Now". Folks fighting coal from around the country met and educated one another about the different struggles to stop strip mining, polluting of communities and the burning up of the atmosphere. The "Coal Moratorium Now" conference topped of their...

Great News for the Old Growth Campaign!

What happened: Boise announced yesterday that it “wishes to honor the request of Chief Fobister to discontinue sourcing fiber from the Traditional Use Area of Grassy Narrows”. Check out their letter here: boises-letter.pdf AbitibiBowater, the world's largest paper company, clear-cuts trees from Grassy...

Great News for the Old Growth Campaign!

What happened: Boise announced yesterday that it “wishes to honor the request of Chief Fobister to discontinue sourcing fiber from the Traditional Use Area of Grassy Narrows”. Check out their letter here: boises-letter.pdf AbitibiBowater, the world's largest paper company, clear-cuts trees from Grassy...

Great News for the Old Growth Campaign!

What happened: Boise announced yesterday that it “wishes to honor the request of Chief Fobister to discontinue sourcing fiber from the Traditional Use Area of Grassy Narrows”. Check out their letter here: boises-letter.pdf AbitibiBowater, the world's largest paper company, clear-cuts trees from Grassy...

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