Description: A new documentary, “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” tells the story of environmental activist Daniel McGowan. Four years ago this month, McGowan was sentenced to a seven-year term for his role in two acts of politically motivated arson in 2001 to protest extensive logging in the Pacific Northwest—starting fires at a lumber company and an experimental tree farm in Oregon. The judge ruled he had committed an act of terrorism, even though no one was hurt in any of the actions.
Democracy Now! played an excerpt from the film and speak with the film’s director, Marshall Curry. They also speak with Andrew Stepanian, an animal rights activist who was imprisoned at the same CMU as McGowan, and with Will Potter, a freelance reporter who writes about how the so-called “war on terror” affects civil liberties.
To this day I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.” – Rosa Parks
Today, February 4th, is “Mother Of The Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks’ birthday. Her act of civil disobedience broke the Jim Crow laws of the time and launched Parks into the spotlight as a symbol of Black people’s frustrations overnight. As with most people launched into the spotlight overnight, it took more than one night for Parks to get there. Continue reading →
I am intrigued by the idea that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has a national holiday in his name, and yet on this day, for many, it’s not clear what we’re supposed to be doing to celebrate. Continue reading →
This is a huge, huge victory for myself and black farmers, many of whom have died waiting for justice. I have been working on this thing for 26 years. I’ve been hearing ‘no’ for so very long.” John Boyd of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA)
On Friday, November 12th the senate unanimously approved funding for a $1.15 billion settlement to compensate Black farmers who were racially discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading →