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Indigenous Guatemalan women face violent oppression over cement factory

Since 2007, 12 indigenous Kaqchikel communities in Guatemala have been fighting against the construction of an enormous cement factory they say will hurt the local environment, contaminate the water and destroy their flower industry. Like indigenous resistance groups around the world, they faced violent government repression and were placed under a “state of exception” last year which I wrote about here. Under the state of exception the Guatemalan constitution was suspended, and public protests, meetings, and gatherings were prohibited, all enforced by 2,000 police and military personnel.

Now a year later, the state of exception has been lifted, but the military presence remains in San Juan Sacatepequez and surrounding communities. Women are being sexually harassed in their communities, and intimidated on their way in and out of the town. When 1,000 women ...

Since 2007, 12 indigenous Kaqchikel communities in Guatemala have been fighting against the construction of an enormous cement factory they say will hurt the local environment, contaminate the water and destroy their flower industry. Like indigenous resistance groups ...

My feminism, my planet

I am a feminist and I am an environmentalist. I don’t really appreciate being asked to compromise one to support the other.

Yet, this is what the campaign “Ethical Oil” is asking me to do in this new ad.

The message they’re passing is simple enough (if you support women’s rights, you must not buy anything from Saudi Arabia, therefore you should demand oil from Canada instead), which is why we should be weary of it.

First, increasing production from Canada’s tar sands is not going to reduce demand from Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. What is going to reduce demand is, amazingly enough – to reduce demand:  put in place strong standards for fuel efficiency, improve public transport and facilitate alternative means of ...

I am a feminist and I am an environmentalist. I don’t really appreciate being asked to compromise one to support the other.

Yet, this is what the campaign “Ethical Oil” is asking me to do in this new ...

Those scary, reproducing brown billions: a primer on population boom alarmism

The panic is coming, y’all.

In the past few weeks, there’s been a resurgence of population boom alarmism and photo journalism of lots of brown folk taking over the planet. All this comes on the heels of revisions to the population projections by the UN Development Program. Which, if one READS them, say that in fact there is a decline in fertility rates in many countries and that there is in fact a complicated picture being painted here. According to Hania Zlotnik, director of the UN Population Division, “the population as a whole is on a path toward nonexplosion—which is good news.”

Now, that’s not to say that over-consumption and environmental sustainability aren’t problems. But there ...

The panic is coming, y’all.

In the past few weeks, there’s been a resurgence of population boom alarmism and photo journalism of lots of brown folk taking over the planet. All this comes on the heels ...

What We Missed


More Weiner, Less Boehner.

The Amazingly Queer Race for Economic Justice is as amazing as it sounds.

On the Community site, an extremely moving (albeit upsetting) story told by an incredibly brave young person about his recent experience as the subject of a hate crime.

Dillard’s department store is holding a fundraiser for the media company that is responsible for creating the racist anti-choice billboards across the country — sign the petition to get them to cancel the event.

Registration is open for Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richard’s Feminist Summer Camp!

A lot of readers have been asking me lately about the role feminism can play in environmental justice — ...


More Weiner, Less Boehner.

The Amazingly Queer Race for Economic Justice is as amazing as it sounds.

On the Community site, an extremely moving (albeit upsetting) story told by ...

The dignifying power of design

I had the great fortune to go to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly constructed headquarters for GEMS last week. For those who don’t know, GEMS, which stands for Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, is an organization that serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. It was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a survivor herself.

The space was designed, pro-bono, by an architecture firm called Perkins + Will. The firm has a robust Social Responsibility Initiative which means, according to their site, “Every year, Perkins+Will contributes the equivalent of a 15-person firm working full-time to provide pro bono services to organizations in our communities who would otherwise not have such access.”

While ...

I had the great fortune to go to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly constructed headquarters for GEMS last week. For those who don’t know, GEMS, which stands for Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, is an ...

In praise of Anna Bligh

What would Anna Bligh do? That’s the question some Australians have been asking as the flooding in the northeastern state of Queensland becomes one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history.

Bligh is the Premier of Queensland, a position she has held since 2007, a member of the Labor Party, and the country’s first popularly elected female state Premier. As heavy rains pummeled rural Queensland throughout late 2010, resulting in the rising rivers, spilled banks and flash floods that have now killed more than 20 people and destroyed thousands of homes, Bligh has emerged as something of a heroine in the midst of a crisis.

On Wednesday, the Sydney Morning Herald described Bligh as “indefatigable” in her involvement and engagement ...

What would Anna Bligh do? That’s the question some Australians have been asking as the flooding in the northeastern state of Queensland becomes one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history.

Bligh is the Premier of ...

Is mother nature trying to tell us something?

First there were the thousands of red wing blackbirds who died on New Year’s Eve in Beebe, Arkansas.

Then there was 2 million dead fish in the Chesapeake Bay.

And yesterday, Sweden reported that another alarmingly large number of dead birds were found in the city of Falkoping.

As the risk of sounding like Chicken Little, doesn’t it sort of seem like the sky is falling? I’m not trying to push any sort of apocalyptic conspiracy theory, but I do think we’ve got to take these kinds of things seriously. The frightening and unexplained trifecta reminds me of Naomi Klein’s critical piece in the Guardian about the BP oil spill and the testosterone-fueled hubris that caused it:

In the arc ...

Tuesday Morning Truth: New Video from Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold”

Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold” from Sam Ellison on Vimeo.

If you need some Tuesday morning truth, I highly encourage you to check out this brand new video for the Reflection Eternal track “Ballad of the Black Gold”. The song is one of my favorites off their new album, and the video was directed by a very talented up and coming filmmaker named Sam Ellison around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Plus, it brings a timely– and feminist– message about the negative consequences that can come as a result of our collective dependence on oil- the BP oil spill in the Gulf being one of them. For more on the negative effects of the oil spill ...

Reflection Eternal “Ballad of the Black Gold” from Sam Ellison on Vimeo.

If you need some Tuesday morning truth, I highly encourage you to check out this brand new video for the Reflection Eternal track ...

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