The year 2017 has been another active year for people fighting on a wide range of fronts. The Trump administration has brought many issues that have existed for years out into the open where they are more difficult to deny – racism, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy and the crises they create. There will be a backlash against overreach by the power holders on a number of issues, including wealth inequality, health care, Internet freedom, militarization at home and abroad, mass incarceration, climate change and human rights abuses. This backlash provides an opportunity to organize a broader movement of movements and clarify our demands so that we are well-positioned to demand transformative policies. We discuss two of these areas today in greater depth: US imperialism and the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure.
Relevant articles and websites:
Preparing for the Coming Transformation by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
New Campaign: Close All US Military Bases on Foreign Soil by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Another Pipeline Affecting Tribal Communities Heads Toward Final Approval by Indianz
North Carolina Hits the Brakes on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Johnathan Hahn
Groups Take Legal Action Against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Southern Environmental Law Center
Flawed Environmental Justice Analysis by Dr. Ryan Emanuel: Emanuel2017 (click on link to view and download)
Native Environment (blog by Dr. Emanuel)
Leah Bolger serves as the Chair of the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War. She retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. She was elected as the first female President of Veterans For Peace (VFP) in 2012, and in 2013 was selected to present the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. She is the Chair of the VFP working group on drones, and is the Coordinator of the Drones Quilt Project. She founded the Corvallis Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in January 2014. She is also a Board member of the War Prevention Initiative.
Dr. Ryan Emanuel is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University. His research team uses fieldwork, geospatial analysis and numerical models to study ecohydrology in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Ryan also works on environmental issues that have disproportionate impacts on American Indian communities. Examples of geoanalytical research within his group include studies of plant water use in the northern Rocky Mountains, runoff generation in the southern Appalachian Mountains, salinization of coastal environments of North Carolina, and climate change impacts on waters of cultural significance to the Lumbee Tribe. Ryan collaborates with teams of other scientists to study geospatial dynamics of processes such as the spread of mountain pine beetle and the distribution of soil microbes involved in methane cycling. Follow him on Twitter @WaterPotential.