Oil By Safer Trains? By Trucks? Better Yet, Divest

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:55 pm

Just a few weeks ago, the public learned that Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway had states sign confidentiality agreements “or otherwise pledged not to release [specific] information” about the millions of gallons of volatile crude oil rolling by rail through US countrysides, communities and cities. Immediately, in some affected places, people began organizing protests (here, here and here) against these shipments of crude oil with visions of the Lac-Megantic conflagration still fresh in memory.

 

“Rethink Divestment” – Pomona College, May 1, 2014

By: Sunday May 4, 2014 6:55 pm

The movement to pressure colleges to divest from fossil fuels is important because colleges claim to be in the “knowledge business” while at the same time they are handmaidens of capital. The real knowledge, the knowledge that the colleges ought to be producing and that therefore their trustees ought to know, is that capitalism (and especially fossil fuel capitalism) is the driver of a process that will, if carried far enough, wreck global ecosystems and make human life much more perilous here on planet Earth than it is now.

Meanwhile, in College Campuses Across America

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 5:45 pm

Given the role of college in the continuum of American life — as college students pivot from high school to postgraduate existence — a college protest movement can be an important part of any overall movement to change society. It’s easier to feel that one is “making a difference” when one is outside of the economic and political structures of the “real world” in which “difference-making” appears as such a daunting goal.

The 2011 WellPoint/Anthem Shareholders’ Show: “One Thing You Can’t Hide is When You’re Crippled Inside.”

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 1:10 pm

My wife and I bought 5 shares of WellPoint (or Anthem, or Blue Cross) in 2005 and have been coming to these annual meetings since. We’re all getting to know each other. Many of the WellPoint employees seem to genuinely like us. But not all.

Progressives and Conservatives Agree: Single Payer Healthcare Is Inevitable

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 4:30 pm

Everyone loves to pick on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and well they should, having been written by and for the health care industry. We must keep the pressure up on the health care industry as long as its fiduciary responsibility to investors requires finding ways to avoid caring for the sick while sucking billions out of taxpayers’ pockets.

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