When Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised two environmental activists and reduced all criminal charges against them to civil infractions, it was an unusual and rare example of a prosecutor exercising his conscience and using prosecutorial discretion while still upholding the rule of law. And it led activists to praise him for his courage as someone who had linked his office to the need for leadership and action on climate change.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 11, 2014 10:05 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 7, 2014 12:50 pm|
Five residents from the Seattle area took direct action on September 2 and constructed a massive tripod that blocked trains transporting crude oil through a rail yard in Everett, Washington. The action was organized by the environmental action group, Rising Tide North America, and was initiated to call attention to the need to halt the transport of crude oil, which is at risk of explosions.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday May 18, 2014 5:20 pm|
During a rant about the latest Tory scheme of putting a price on the world and everything in it, another Kossack, James Wells, pointed me toward works by Paul Kingsnorth and, by extension, other Dark Mountain Project participants. He and his followers believe, given runaway consumerist capitalism, burgeoning population growth, and negligence by governmental authorities, that it may futile to participate in the environmental movement as it stands. On the whole, I disagree, but can understand their frustration and, having read their manifesto and the first of their published books, will continue to read subsequent volumes.
The conversations between those who believe they have an existential obligation to continue the fight despite the possibility of failure, and those who feel that it is time to prepare for the worst, are conversations worth having.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 29, 2013 6:45 am|
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher served twenty-one months in prison after disrupting a federal land auction that would have sold off the leasing rights to oil and gas companies. He stopped oil and gas companies from exploiting resources around the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah and nearby the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah.
He had not planned to buy the land, but when he was asked at the auction if he was there to bid, he saw an opportunity and said yes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 22, 2013 3:45 pm|
Climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher, who was given a two-year sentence in prison for making fake bids in a Utah public land auction that later was found to be corrupt, is finally free. He appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning to give his first interview since being released Sunday from the halfway house where he was finishing his sentence.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 1, 2013 6:30 pm|
An environmental activist, who was prosecuted by the Justice Department for engaging in acts the department considers to be terrorism, has found out through a lawsuit of which he is a plaintiff that he was transferred to a prison in Marion, Illinois, and held in isolation for his political speech.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 19, 2012 6:30 pm|
This morning four people in Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs.
The action was planned in “solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 1, 2012 5:45 pm|
Two young women from New England who attempted to start a second tree blockade to stop TransCanada’s construction of the Keystone XL pipeline have been charged with felonies. They were arrested in the last twenty-four hours.
As this blog reported yesterday, in Sacul, Texas, Pika of Vermont and Lauren of New Hampshire climbed up onto platforms in trees to halt construction near a highway crossing. Tar Sands Blockade media spokesperson Ron Seifert told Firedoglake heavy machinery was in the area to the destroy the forest and cut a path for the pipeline. The Blockade tied ropes to the heavy machinery. The ropes went up into the trees and over big tree branches. Hanging from the ropes were platforms for Pika and Lauren. That was how they would disrupt construction.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 31, 2012 11:15 am|
In an effort to connect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline being constructed by the multinational corporation TransCanada to extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein showed up to support the Tar Sands Blockade.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 29, 2012 6:30 pm|
As Hurricane Sandy thrashes the northeastern part of the United States, the connection between climate change and this extreme weather must be made. That connection must involve a reflection, especially one on the politics of the present that have only intensified the impact of climate change.