Tag Archives: activism

Congratulations to the #USMFuture movement

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Congratulations to the students and other community supporters who make up the #USMFuture movement. Despite the fact that USM President Theodora Kalikow suggests otherwise, it is evident that their agitation, along with the efforts of the Faculty Senate, resulted in the reversal of faculty “retrenchment” (the corporate euphemism that institutions use when they don’t want […]

Was the Back-to-the-Land “movement” a failure or a success?

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Portland-based author Joseph Conway wrote Get Back Stay Back, a book about the evolution of the back-to-the-land movement and its relationship with Maine. He tells the stories of 13 families based here in the state. Through his multi-generational conversations, particularly his exchanges with the children of the movement who are now running farms themselves, he […]

A chat with a 9-year-old water liberation activist

I met Luke Sekera-Flanders while interviewing his mother Nickie about her involvement with Burma activism a couple of years ago. He was 6 then and I knew him to be wonderfully smart, driven, and very funny. I recently caught a video of Sekera-Flanders at the Maine Public Utilities Commission, where he was testifying against the proposed […]

Will Potter on his book Green is the New Red and “the new McCathyism”

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Will Potter is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, The Vermont Law Review, and The Washington Post. His book, Green is the New Red (City Lights Books) tells the story of how animal rights and environmental activists became the FBI’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” Potter also teaches a class on […]

Was ‘Messin’ With Cops’ an exercise in activism or self-absorbtion?

WARNING: Language This is Kendra Dulac and her vehicle. They are featured in what was to be a low budget documentary style film called Messin’ With Cops. According to this blog entry—in which Director Jason Sherman refers to himself in the third person—the movie is a mix of Jackass, Punk’d and Cops. They failed to […]

Peter Staley Reflects on “How to Survive a Plague”

Peter Staley is one of many AIDS activists who worked to fight the stigma surrounding the syndrome and demand from the government funding for research and treatment at a time when many in this country had written it off as exclusively a gay problem. From a recent Out100 entry about Staley: A former bond trader, […]