Activism

All forms of advocacy, esp. environmental groups.

Mossville Community to Confront a Former Apartheid Company on MLK Day

Residents of the historic African American community of Mossville in southwest Louisiana plan to protest pollution from a chemical palnt nearby run by SASOL, a petrochemical company that helped prop up the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Source: American Press, 01/18/2016

"DDT Wars: Rescuing Our National Bird, Preventing Cancer, and Creating the Environmental Defense Fund"

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"DDT Wars: Rescuing Our National Bird, Preventing Cancer, and Creating the Environmental Defense Fund"

By Charles F. Wurster
Oxford University Press, $24.95

Reviewed by BILL KOVARIK

In April of 1963, Charles Wurster and a small group of fellow scientists decided they would monitor a planned DDT spraying in Hanover, N.H. They hadn’t read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” published the year before; nor had they looked at much of the scientific literature.

"Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Disrupts Conservation Efforts"

"The armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon has interrupted important habitat restoration work that must be completed before spring migration — when hundreds of thousands of birds descend on the area’s vast wetlands, conservationists and bird-watchers say."

Source: Aljazeera America, 01/12/2016

"Paiute Indians Assert Legacy on Occupied Wildlife Refuge Land"

"BURNS, Ore. — Hundreds of residents crammed into a building at the Harney County Fairgrounds here on Wednesday night, far surpassing the capacity of the rows of brown metal folding chairs set up on a concrete floor, to talk in often deeply emotional terms about their community — and just who should be in charge of its destiny."

Source: NY Times, 01/08/2016

"Militia Takes Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters"

"The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns [Oregon] for years."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 01/04/2016

"Environmental Rights Leader Assasinated in Peru"

"Rojas Gonzales was fighting dam constructions which many say would displace thousands and destroy the Amazon.

A community leader and environmental activist was killed in Peru in a suspected repression tactic earlier this week, local media reported Monday.

Hitler Ananias Rojas Gonzales, 34, was struck by five bullets in his hometown Yagen in northern Peru, the Indigenous rights portal Servindi reported.

Rojas Gonzales was an adamant opponent of dam constructions on the River Marañon carried out by the Brazilian corporation Odebrecht."

Source: teleSUR, 12/30/2015

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