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350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

In the 1980s, nearly two hundred colleges and universities across the United States agreed to divest — that is, stop investing their endowment funds — in businesses involved in the deeply racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. In this decade, the Fossil Free movement is organizing students and faculty on college campuses, who are in [...]

June 2012 Protests: A Partial List (Add to It)

The June 2012 protest calendar of World Can’t Wait is empty. The June 2012 protest calendar of United for Peace and Justice is empty. The June 2012 events list for the ANSWER Coalition consists of nothing but screenings and internal discussion events. These organizations no longer appear to be the vanguard of social movement activity [...]

Hitting the Bottom Line: Where Activism has an Impact

Corporations are artificial entities that are constrained under law to prioritize the maximization of their stock value above all other values. This means that if people want to alter the behavior of corporations, they have to either force corporations’ behavior by changing law or by changing what corporations have to do to keep their stock [...]

Stop the Frack Attack Rally against Fracking July 28 in Washington, DC

If you say enough with the earthquakes (yes, earthquakes), enough with the spills, enough with the carcinogenic drinking water, enough with plans for drill rigs on campus, enough with cozy insiderism going all the way up to the Obama administration, rally July 28 in Washington, DC.

When people stand up, declare they’ve had enough and [...]

Remember Acid Rain: Environmental Change for the Better is Possible

For those who say that everything’s getting worse and nothing can get better as long as the corporate moneygrubbing duopoly maintain their tight grip on the neck of the American political la dee da dee da, so we might as well do nothing, Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe has a strong rejoinder. Under a [...]

Canada Pushes for Georges Bank Oil Drilling Ban. What Will Maine Do? Ask Paul LePage.

Bob Gustafson of Working Waterfront reports this week that fisheries officials in Canada are pulling together a coalition to promote a permanent ban on oil drilling in the Georges Bank that lies offshore in the Gulf of Maine, south of Nova Scotia and southeast of the state of Maine. Georges Bank has historically been one [...]

Good Shirts Doing Good: The Four Corners of Skreened’s Ethical Foundation

Yesterday afternoon, the print-on-demand t-shirt outfit called Skreened renewed its commitment to ethical practice, issuing this statement:

1. Ethically made – inside and out. We start with only American Made garments. That’s our baseline for treating workers at the beginning of the process with respect. Money is our way to vote our conscience daily and [...]

Senator Akaka's Remarkable Nuclear Climate Bill

The Energy Development Program Implementation Act addresses poverty, climate change, nuclear proliferation, treaty obligations and international relations through simple, achievable means. It’s a brilliant piece of work that ought to be passed. Please contact your U.S. senators, and ask them to cosponsor S. 1675. [...]

Fact Check: Environmental, USITC Deception in the U.S. Outdoor Act

The U.S. Outdoor Act is clear in its practical effect: by lowering import tariffs on “recreational performance outerwear” (high-tech pants and jackets made for outdoorsy activities), the bill would lower the cost of making those products in factories overseas. But in trying to justify those lowered import tariffs, the bill (S. 1439 in the Senate, [...]

Ohio State Beats Michigan State Where It Counts: In Buckeyes, For Now

I’m not talking about basketball. Ohio State beats Michigan State for now in a competition of greater long-term significance than some game over who can put a ball in a hole. Some creative environmentalists are shamelessly exploiting the Ohio-Michigan rivalry to point out that according to gardening experts, it won’t take but a few degrees [...]

Skreened Goes Biodegradable With Its T-Shirt Shipping

I’m impressed by the extent to which Skreened makes an effort to minimize the environmental impact of its shirt-printing business. It uses less-impactful water-based inks. It prints on shirts made in the USA, which therefore aren’t shipped across an entire ocean. Its production center and storefront in Columbus, Ohio are integrated, making for a more [...]