In Cochabamba Bolivia in 2011, tens of thousands were present on Mother Earth Day as the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth was declared in response to the “privatization” of nature by the corporate state. This was in alignment with Indigenous worldviews that have accelerated the development of rights of nature law. Both Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as numerous local jurisdictions, have amended their constitutions to include a “rights of nature.”
In this episode, we talk with Pennie Opal Plant (@PennieOpal) and Shannon Biggs (@ShannonKBiggs), co-founders of Movement Rights (@movementrights), about the growing movement around the rights of nature. We discuss the legal, political and cultural aspects of the growing rights of nature movement. We also discuss the recent news that oil has begun to flow through Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline after 8 years of resistance, the Indigenous rights movement and the climate movements in the U.S. and globally. Continue reading “Mother Earth Doesn’t Negotiate. On the Rights of Nature w/ Pennie Opal Plant & Shannon Biggs”
A clip from our larger interview with the great critic of American Empire Andrew Bacevich, a professor emeritus and retired army colonel–we talked about the pernicious effects of American Exceptionalism, the belief that god ordained the U.S. to be the greatest country in the world and demanded that America go abroad to “civilize” other areas.
“There is new crop of forest defense climate activists feeling a new sense of urgency that the traditional environmental advocacy isn’t doing it…”
— Daniel with Cascadia Forest Defenders
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.Continue reading “Cascadia Forest Defense and the Climate Crisis”
Well-known critic of U.S. foreign policy (and Retired Colonel and Professor) Andrew Bacevich gave us his thoughts on the recent revelations of JCS Chair General Mark Milley’s role in preventing Donald Trump from trying to steal the election, and thus involving himself in domestic politics.
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.
For 25 years, since the epic timber wars of the 1990s in places like Warner Creek, Oregon, Cascadia Forest Defense (CFD) has been at the forefront of challenging the logging industry, complicit politicians, federal agencies and, in general, capitalism. In the past month, CFD has put up new tree-sit blockades to disrupt logging operations in the Willamette National Forest. Continue reading “Oregon’s Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense”
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Nicolas Reimann of Forbes writes: “Former President Donald Trump sent a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday asking him to “act now” to conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential election in the state, which he carried by a comfortable six percentage points.”
But Texas activists warn that it’s part of a bigger attempt to maintain political power.
Robert Buzzanco is a professor of history who teaches courses in political history at the University of Houston, a long time resident of Harris County and has extensive media experience. He currently co-hosts the Green and Red Podcast, which discusses politics and history. Email at email@example.com or text at 713.269.1508.
Scott Parkin is a native Texan, a campaigner and organizer in social justice and environmental movements for two decades and has extensive media experience. He is also the co-host of the Green and Red Podcast. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at 415-235-0596.
Buzzanco and Parkin in response to the announcements of the announcement of a 2020 election audit of four Texas counties by the state government said: “Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the state’s Republican Party see the writing on the wall. Demographic trends in Texas are making a bleak future for the power holding elite of the state. Voting rights bills, anti-protest bills, the Texas National Guard at the border, disempowerment of women with extremist anti-abortion laws and now the an election audit of four counties that went blue in the 2020 election are a blatant attempt to hold onto power as it continues to slip away. Extremists in the GOP want an audit of an election they won, but more broadly they want to re-segregate the state along racial, gender and economic lines. Sadly, Texas Democrats’ resistance to these actions remain tepid and inept.”
In this week’s Week in Review, we talk about the horrific assault by the U.S. Border Patrol on the Haitian migrant encampment in Texas. We talk about the roots of U.S. colonialism in Haiti, the social-economic-political turmoil that everyone from FDR to the Clintons to Trump has wrought there and why Haitians are trying to get out.
Green and Red had a great conversation with the well-known scholar (and Retired Colonel) Andrew Bacevich, whose new book is *After the Apocalypse.* We began by getting his views on the recent revelations regarding JCS Chair Mark Milley’s role in opposing Trump’s attempt to steal the election.