Tag: human rights

Mount Rushmore

How to Co-opt an Indigenous Struggle

The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota by a now-estimated 300-odd indigenous nations and tribes and allies can be viewed from many perspectives. Perhaps the least helpful or accurate interpretation is one that seeks to explain the contest through the lens of Western environmentalism. The Washington […]


Standing Rock: New Life to Old Struggles

The teeth marks of attack dogs and the pepper-sprayed faces of indigenous land defenders in North Dakota are fresh on the minds of dozens of dancers gathered on the stone plaza in front of the Alamo. Tying on rattling ayoyote-seed leg bands and colorful feathers, members of two San Antonio […]

Alex, New York City

Child of Aleppo: ‘He will be my brother’

A reminder here that there is a time before self-interest and fear comes to rule over our hearts. A time before self-preservation seizes our sense of morality and friendship. A time called childhood. Yesterday, the White House released news of a six-year-old boy who wrote to President Obama offering a […]


World Peace Day: ‘War Has No Future’

Syrian-born Catholic priest Gregory Chahin, a faculty member at Assumption Seminary, addressed a small gathering of students and faculty at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, today. He lamented the condition of those caught up in violent conflict around the world-particularly in Syria and the broader Middle East-and urged […]


Voices: #SATX Energy Transfer action

Around 20 area residents gathered outside Energy Transfer Partners offices in San Antonio, Texas, today to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline. Dallas-based ETP is a majority partner in the project along with Sunoco Logistics, whose Nederland, Texas, refinery is […]

Analysis, Reporting

Saving ‘natural resources’ won’t save us

For most of middle America—or most of America, actually—protests of any sort demonstrate questionable behavior. People are suddenly “out of their place,” different kinds of people, people made strange by their willingness to do unfamiliar and possibly illegal things to advance their message. They draw attention to themselves, and thereby, […]


DOJ intervenes in Standing Rock pipeline fight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 9, 2016 Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the […]


Showdown over oil pipeline becomes a national movement for Native Americans

CANNON BALL, N.D. — The simmering showdown here between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the company building the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline began as a legal battle. It has turned into a movement. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the country […]


Good Robot! The Upside to Automation

Sure, robots might kill us. They also could rescue us from land mines, natural disasters and collapsing buildings. Aerial drones can be used to locate disaster survivors – or to pepper-spray protesters. Their earthbound robotic cousins can help rescue victims of events like a building’s collapse – or make fresh […]


Mi’kmaq Warrior Society Shuts Down Houston Fracking Company

“Even the corporate monsters are envious of what we have, because we have all the love…” More information at Halifax Media Co-op.


Margo Tamez, Environmentalism Failures, and Indigenous Dignity

Climate action in the U.S. will not come from some mass conversion of the largely white middle-class deniers, whose representatives even now hold the nation hostage in hopes of preventing universal health care. Neither will the righting of human relations with the planet be delivered by an enlightened political class of city […]

Constance Okollet

SXSW ECO: ‘Climate Wise Women’ Hold Key To A Just Climate Movement

Prior to 2007, life in Constance Okollet’s small Ugandan village was tranquil. It was, as she told a gathering at SXSW ECO in Austin on Tuesday, an “easy” life. “We had a lot of food. Our bodies were healthy. We used to eat wild food,” she said. But in 2007, […]