Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending

By Reuters The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three plaintiffs to put on hold a … Continue reading Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending

Under Utah bill, videotaping a factory farm equal to assaulting a police officer on second offense

By Will Potter / Green is the New Red Utah is the latest state to consider new laws targeting undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. A new bill would make photographing animal abuse on par with assaulting a police officer. Rep. John Mathis calls undercover investigators “animal rights terrorists,” and says … Continue reading Under Utah bill, videotaping a factory farm equal to assaulting a police officer on second offense

Activists occupying planned nuclear site in the UK

By John Vidal, The Guardian Environmental activists have occupied the site of what is planned to be Britain’s first new nuclear power station since 1995, and on Friday accused EDF of “ignoring democracy” and starting work on the £10bn project without permission to build the station. Eight people have occupied the semi-derelict Langborough farmhouse on … Continue reading Activists occupying planned nuclear site in the UK

Brazil’s plan to cut protected areas for dams faces constitutional challenge

By Mongabay Federal public prosecutors in Brazil have challenged a plan to strip protected status from 86,288 hectares of land to make way for five new dams, reports International Rivers. The challenge is set to be heard by Brazil’s Supreme Court, according to the group, which is campaigning against new hydroelectric projects in environmentally-sensitive areas. … Continue reading Brazil’s plan to cut protected areas for dams faces constitutional challenge

Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

By Environment News Service A natural gas drilling rush is on in rural North Dakota. And with it, residents are reporting growing numbers of respiratory ailments, skin lesions, blood oozing from eyes, and the deaths of livestock and pets. Elsewhere, residents of Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming and other states who thought they’d hit the lottery … Continue reading Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

Indigenous peoples suffering water pollution due to climate change

By Social Science and Humanities Research Centre Indigenous people around the world are among the most vulnerable to climate change and are increasingly susceptible to the pathogen loads found in potable water after heavy rainfall or rapid snow melt. These are the preliminary findings of Sherilee Harper, a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Aboriginal People’s … Continue reading Indigenous peoples suffering water pollution due to climate change

Judge won’t stop Sea Shepherd from pursuing whalers

By The Associated Press A US federal judge in Seattle has declined to immediately restrain the activities of the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group. Judge Richard Jones said he would issue a written ruling later, but that he’s inclined to deny a request for a preliminary injunction made by Japanese whalers against the Washington state-based Sea … Continue reading Judge won’t stop Sea Shepherd from pursuing whalers

Chicago prepares for G8 protests with aerial surveillance, face shields, and sniper rifles

By Yana Kunichoff Each time a new measure that the city of Chicago is preparing for the coming NATO and G8 summits is unveiled, the tension in the city ratchets up a notch. The latest news comes in the form of reports that Chicago has purchased face shields, and may be considering the implementation of … Continue reading Chicago prepares for G8 protests with aerial surveillance, face shields, and sniper rifles

Unsustainable Sustainability

The following piece was written by DGR Orlando member Chris Byron and appears in the February 2012 issue of  “Sounds of a Democratic Society.” It is the first submission of what will be regular (monthly) submissions to the local zine by DGR Orlando members. The mainstream media has an innate modus operandi of only reporting what … Continue reading Unsustainable Sustainability

Video: END:CIV – Resist or Die

END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the … Continue reading Video: END:CIV – Resist or Die

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