In recent weeks, a parcel of land that had been vacant for two decades in the southern portion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was seized by New York City environmental direct action group Time’s Up, and converted into what the collective called the “Nothing Yet Community Garden.” It was an action that fell within the group’s quarter-century history, recalling collaborative work to defend community gardens similarly establi
This past week, Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism, spoke at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Alperovitz spoke about his new book, What Then Must We Do? Democratizing Wealth and Building a Community-Sustaining Economy from the Ground Up, and described the potential of worker-owned enterprises in the US to build a political movement and challenge the trend of neoliberal capitalism.
Global capitalism, based on corporate power and militarism, is destroying our economy, our society and our planet. Economic democracy that economically empowers people and communities allows us to share the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone. Discover positive examples of economic democracy that are taking place in Latin America and in the United States.
All kinds of indigenous movements draw their inspiration from the Zapatistas, using direct action to secure their rights. Nearly three hundred indigenous families, more than a thousand people, have occupied a large tract of land near the center of the city since last June. In 2009, they first invaded the land, which once housed the National Indigenous Institute (INI), a government body dedicated to helping indigenous people. The governor of Chiapas convinced them to leave after signing documents promising to give them housing elsewhere. When he did not fulfill his promise, they returned.
It seems that the biggest thing holding back eco-art these days is the lack of information about their practices. People always seem receptive to artists’ innovative ideas. On January 18th, 2013, at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, a release event was held for the book Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots. Here, we bring you a panel discussion about issues raised by the book.
Most of us know St Louis as the home of the Gateway Arch, of Budweiser and of the Cardinals baseball team. But the city also serves as the headquarters for Arch, Peabody and Patriot, which rank among the most environmentally and socially destructive coal companies in the US.
It’s hard to listen to reports on the UN climate conference in Doha without feeling like I’m listening to a broken record. Properly dealt with, climate change presents us with an opportunity to make the world a safer and fairer place. This is why much of the global justice movement (notably Naomi Klein) has diverted much of its efforts to climate activism. But UN Conference of Parties (COP) summits represent how not to react to the climate crisis. It’s clear where priorities lie, not just for the United States, but also for many of the other countries at the table: with the oil and gas industry.
On November 15th, 2012, Patriot Coal Corporation announced that they would immediately begin to halt large scale surface mining in Appalachia, a practice which many know as: Mountaintop Removal (MTR). Patriot Coal is the one of the largest mining companies in the region and the second largest miner within West Virginia (the state most dramatically impacted by MTR). Environmental groups herald this as an overwhelming victory in the fight to stop this environmentally destructive practice.
With the dystopic, unreality show "Jersey Shore" in its waning sixth season, residents of the long Atlantic Coast in New Jersey have some rather more pressing concerns. Last week, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record crashed into the coast, plunging more than 8.2 million people into darkness, and flooding thousands of homes.