Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.
Indigenous women led movements have continued to disrupt the construction of Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline with over a thousand arrested. Police have escalated in a multitude of ways (felony charges, high bails, rubber bullets, tear gas, etc) against water protecting pipeline opponents.
Scott’s and Bob’s 2nd The Week in Review (if you have an idea for a snappier name, please email us) show is up. We began by briefly mentioning a few notable events from these dates–the Attica uprising, the coup in Chile, and the 9/11/01 attacks.
Then Scott in particular griped and ranted about the climate crisis–with flooding in both New Orleans and New York–and wildfired, and about the failure of a lot of left environmental groups to take effective action. After that, we had some fun talking about the California (Scott’s home state) recall, where the corporatist Gavin Newsom needs to stay in office , as bad as he is, because his main opponent is an African-American who believes in reparations……..for slave owners, as well as being a Trump clone who might end up appointing a U.S. senator.
Finally, Bob got in a good rant about liberal fear and weakness led them to run away from Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police even though those issues were popular in the fall of 2020, and then blame advocates of Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police when they did badly in the elections of 2020. Lot going on here, so please subscribe to the Green and Red YouTube channel and follow us on all other social media. Have a great weekend too.
It’s been a summer of wildfires from the Mediterranean to the Amazon to the American West. We’ve seen hurricanes travel thousands of miles to ravage the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. We’ve also seen ravenous fossil fuel companies and complicit state actors wage war against non-violent water protectors in Minnesota and Appalachia.
This fall, attention will be turning to the U.N. Climate Talks in Glasgow, Scotland. The story will be about Biden, policy, climate finance and more. But at Green and Red Podcast, we want to lift up the voices of those organizing fossil fuel resistance and climate resilience.
Last week, Hurricane Ida, a category four storm, made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Over a million people were without power and 16 were killed. The hurricane then moved up the east coast hitting New York and New Jersey with powerful winds and floods. At least 52 people are reported dead in the Northeast. Ida made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina was a category 5 storm that caused over 1800 deaths and $125 billion in damage.
Two weeks ago, we’ve seen the Taliban seize Kabul abruptly ending the 20 year war and occupation of Afghanistan. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The sudden and dramatic Taliban gains came as the U.S. withdrew its ground troops from Afghanistan.
Aid groups are warned of the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding. Since January, nearly 400,000 have been displaced. Over 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured in fighting over the past month. The images of U.S. helicopters flying over the U.S. embassy brought back memories of the April 1975 evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon. Continue reading “Our Series on the End of the War in Afghanistan”