50 Years Later: Why Dreams Still Matter

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 11:46 am

Today, thousands from across the country (and perhaps the globe) will venture in Washington D.C. on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King´s ¨March on Washington¨ that had 250,000 people in attendance. One might ask themselves, if they are unaware of the significance of this event, why marching still matters. It is indeed a question that is relevant and should be discussed.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Souder, On A Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

By: Sunday May 5, 2013 1:59 pm

“Environmentalism” and “going green” are so pervasive today it’s hard to imagine a time when those concepts were largely absent from popular discourse. When Rachel Carson released Silent Spring 50 years ago, it changed everything; not just for Carson, whose already-successful career took a dramatic turn, but for the emergence of the modern environmental movement.

William Souder’s insightful portrait of Carson, On a Farther Shore, is an account of her life and work, but it’s also a vital addition to our understanding of the current environmental crisis.

FDL Movie Night Double Feature: “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” & “Racing Dreams”

By: Monday February 13, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight we have a special double feature. Co-directors Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman will discuss their Academy Award nominated film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front for the first two-thirds of Movie Night before Sam leaves us, and in the final half hour we’ll delve into Racing Dreams, a look at three ‘tween NASCAR hopefuls during a season of the World Karting Association races, which Marshall directed.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Upski Wimsatt, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 1:59 pm

William Upski Wimsatt is one of those writers that one tends to either not know, or feel passionately about – there is little if any middle ground. If you’ve read Wimsatt’s cult classics No More Prisons and Bomb The Suburbs, then you already know why his work inspires so much feverish devotion, along with why his earlier, fearless examinations of race, power and politics were bound to instigate the occasional controversy. You also, if familiar with Wimsatt’s work, have made up your mind on reading through this salon. So rather than write to those folks already in the know, I’m going to provide a quick introduction to Please Don’t Bomb The Suburbs as a standalone work, distinct from his previous efforts, that has something to say of singular importance to progressives working in this historical moment.

FDL Book Salon Welcome Douglas Bevington, The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:59 pm

Douglas Bevington’s The Rebirth of Environmentalism comes at a very important moment. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history. Then another in Michigan. Heat waves and record temperatures across the South and along the East Coast. Massive fires in Russia, that ripped into wheat supplies and sent prices soaring. Floods in Pakistan that have displaced at least 20 million people, one-fifth of that country’s population.

Economism and The Idolatry of The Oil Industry

By: Sunday June 27, 2010 7:36 am

It seems clear that the environmental devastation of an entire region should take priority over the continued operation of an industry that is mired in corruption and recklessness. Perhaps it is fair that they lose some profits and some jobs as a result of this disaster.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Amanda Marcotte, Get Opinionated

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 2:00 pm

Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action) is a primer for how to get your activism on. Not how to participate in someone else’s vision, but how to figure out where you stand on progressive issues and how to take that position out into the community to make social change. The book is full of advice on how to get up on the issues, find the facts in a sea of spin and make sense of it all.

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