This is the second entry in a series examining the relationship between environmentalists and labor unions. It was 1967. United Auto Workers executive board member Olga Madar went to Congress on behalf of her union and asked the federal government to curb air pollution by putting tighter emissions regulations on the auto industry. The testimony … Continue reading What’s Next for Blue-Green Relations?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JKs8aSb7eo Spain's official submission to this year's Academy Awards, También la lluvia, is a film that draws parallels between the historical European colonization of Central and South America and the more ambiguous economic colonization by multinational corporations today. The common denominator in both is access to natural resources. The plot follows a fictional film crew … Continue reading Movie Review: Even the Rain
A perfect storm of economic malaise, the sudden publicity around the Keystone XL pipeline and the Occupy Wall Street protests have dredged up pockets of lingering acrimony between the labor and environmental movements in the US. But while the media and corporate interests are quick to slap a pre-printed “jobs vs. environment” sticker on the … Continue reading A Timeline of the Labor Union – Environmental Relationship
Each year, thousands of visiting Michigan school children file through the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US Capitol building past an imposing statue of Lewis Cass, Michigan’s territorial governor from 1813 to 1831. The guide likely throws out brief factoids on his tenure, leaving the students with some vague impression that this portly, serious-looking … Continue reading Book Review: Rites of Conquest
I'm in the midst of watching the visually-stunning PBS documentary The Story of India in which we're told of the 3rd century BC King Ashoka and his progressive governing style. After pillaging the city of Kalinga he regrets his actions and turns to Buddhism. Ashoka's edicts, which were posted throughout his empire on stone pillars, … Continue reading Profile: King Ashoka