Archive for June, 2007

kenneth rexroth / sacco & vanzetti

June 29, 2007

“…for the kind of society you might want to live in…”

June 20, 2007

Neoliberal Appetites, by Brian Holmes, is an essay exploring how neoliberal theory has shaped our food systems. Holmes also discusses how the larger dehumanizing and unhealthy effects of this theory are kept out of sight. Once this system is seen for what it is, what are the stratagies resistance can utilize in creating more human centered systems? Read the essay here.

This essay is from AREA Chicago, an interesting project connecting art, activism, and grassroots community organizing.

the war on secularism

June 19, 2007

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A beautiful and complex series of prints by Liz Ensz. More images on flickr. (more…)

bush administration = gang of torturers

June 19, 2007

More proof of the sad truth about the gangsters who are trying to control, terrorize, and profit off us all. From DemocracyNow!.

AMY GOODMAN: New details have emerged in the Abu Ghraib scandal and with them new questions that reach right to the top. In his first interview since leading the Pentagon’s investigation into Abu Ghraib, Major General Antonio Taguba has revealed he disclosed key findings and photographs of the abuses as early as January 2004. That’s months before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush say they first learned of what went on at the Iraqi prison. Taguba also says he was forced to retire because his report was too critical of the US military.

He says the military has unpublished photographs and videos that show the abuse and torture was even worse than previously disclosed. That includes video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female prisoner and information of the sexual humiliation of a father and his son. Taguba says he was blocked from investigating who ordered the torture at Abu Ghraib. (more…)

Daniel McGowan

June 13, 2007

From DemocracyNow!:

AMY GOODMAN: Last week, the court sentenced environmental activist Daniel McGowan to seven years in prison, for his role in two arsons in Oregon in 2001. The judge ruled, one of the fires was an act of terrorism. McGowan was one of six environmental activists arrested in December 2005 in coordinated multi-state raids dubbed “Operation Backfire.” A month later, they were indicted together with five others by a grand jury on charges of property destruction, arson, and conspiracy relating to actions going back nearly a decade, which were attributed to the underground Earth Liberation Front. No one was hurt in any of the actions.

The eleven activists were threatened with life sentences if they refused to cooperate with the government and serve as informants. After months of negotiation, in November of last year, McGowan and three others pled guilty to some of the charges, on the condition they would remain non-cooperative with the state. As a result, the government has sought a “terrorism enhancement” for their sentences. The National Lawyers Guild called the terrorism sentencing enhancement issued to Daniel McGowan an unnecessary and excessive government tactic to discourage the exercise of free speech.

I am joined now in our Firehouse studio by Daniel McGowan, sentenced to seven years in prison last week. He begins his term July 2. This is his first national broadcast interview since the sentencing. We welcome you to Democracy Now!, Daniel.

DANIEL MCGOWAN: Thanks for having me, Amy.

AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go back to 2001. What happened?

DANIEL MCGOWAN: Well in 2001, I was involved with the Earth Liberation Front and I was involved in two separate arsons in one year. One was at a company called Superior Lumber Corporation that was a logging an old growth forest in Oregon and the Northwest. The other was a company called Jefferson Poplar Farms, which, I believe, was involved in genetic engineering tree research. So I was involved in this group; we did these two arsons. I had severe reservations about being involved in destroying property, but I felt very strongly about the issues. I felt at the time, we were not getting anywhere with sort of polite protests, very disenchanted with the whole political process. And we targeted these two facilities for um, you know, using fire, and destroyed a significant portion of them. The actions were intended to destroy corporate property. We took extreme precautions in these actions so we wouldn’t harm anyone. But after the second arson, I became incredibly disenchanted with the use of fire. I saw the rebound effect; I thought about how dangerous it was and the life, the lives that we put at risk by igniting basically a million and a half-dollar arson at Jefferson Poplar Farms. Along with some other issues it just lead to me leaving the group and moving on with life, getting back to the activism that I had been involved with for the last ten years.

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