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— The Editors
THE NEW POLITICAL dispensation following the November 1992 election marks, in the first place, the end of an era, and good riddance to it. Not only is the Reagan-Bush administration "history," but--at least temporarily--the ascendance of the fanatical religious right in political influence and social policy has been checked. It is perfectly understandable that, at the moment of the electoral result, so much of the country and particularly the left felt that a gigantic weight had been removed...
— Samuel Farber
TWO ELECTIONS were held in this country in early November.The first election witnessed the replacement of the head of General Motors. In this case, there was not even the pretense of democracy; a handful of very rich capitalists made the key decisions that we will all have to live with. GM's workers and the consumers of the products manufactured by that corporation had absolutely no say in the matter.
The 1992 general election took place a couple of days later. As it has been said over and over...
— Catherine Sameh
THE BATTLE AROUND Measure 9, Oregon's anti-gay initiative (see "The Rebel Girl," ATC 41) is far from over. Though it went down to defeat state<->wide, Measure 9's defeat by a slim margin of 53%-47% leaves activists considerably less comforted than was anticipated. Moreover, Measure 9's success in 21 of 36 counties makes an already shaky victory bittersweet.
Now pro-gay activists are dealing with the fallout, wondering where to go from here. The Oregon Citizens Alliance already has a plan:...
— Mike Zielinski
PRESIDENT-ELECT BILL Clinton's first official statement stressed the continuity of U.S. foreign policy. Is this one area where he should be taken at his word? Are Bill Clinton and George Bush foreign policy twins separated at birth, or will a Democratic administration distinguish itself from Republican policies steeped in militarism and interventionism?
The end of the Cold War has left the established political parties with little to differ over when it comes to foreign policy. The Republicans...
— Cecilia Green
WE HAVE ALREADY identified two tendencies within the slave community, both of critical social significance and impact, but actually involving minorities within the slave community: (a) concubinage with white men, resulting<197>especially in extra-residential or tenuous co-residential situations--in a species of extended matrifocal family (socially elevated by biological and symbolic, even if not social, white fatherhood), and (b) patriarchal, male-headed (extended) families, whose chief...
— Justin Schwartz
ON JANUARY 9, 1905, the workers of St. Petersburg marched peacefully on the palace of the Czar with a petition seeking "justice and protection,"(1) and were met by the fire of the guard regiments of the capitol. After "Bloody Sunday," workers and peasants rose in the first Russian Revolution, and by October had actually created a workers' soviet as an alternative government. The 1905 Russian Revolution was crushed, but it laid the ground for 1917. The workers' petition, and the revolutionary...
— R.F. Kampfer
WE DON'T EXPECT to gain anything by Clinton winning, but we enjoyed watching Bush lose. If most politicians deserve to be taken out and shot, Bush and Quayle fall into the category that should be tortured first.
That's President Bozo to you, George.
Mario Cuomo says we need to get back to the time when his immigrant father would "kiss the hands and feet" of anybody who would give him a job digging ditches. Spoken like one who expects to be the kissee this time.
Celebrity Newsshorts/Royal Pains...
— Rick Wadsworth
IN HER CLOSING remarks to the Southern Community/Labor Conference for Environmental Justice, Anne Braden, southern civil rights and social justice activist since the 1940s, said  "I feel we are on the verge, or just past the verge of a new movement in the South. The Southern Movement has changed the country in the past,
and can do so again."
The conference, held on the December 4-6 weekend at Xavier University, a primarily African-American campus in New Orleans, exceeded all expectations....
— Kathryn Savoie interviews Bunyan Bryant
BUNYAN BRYANT, an associate professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, was a delegate to the First People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and a member of its advisory committee. He is the co-editor with Paul Mohai of the newly published Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards (Boulder, CO: Westwood Press). He was interviewed for Against the Current by Kathryn Savoie, who attended the Leadership Summit as an observer and is the...
— Maby Velez
Maby Velez, a Puertoriquena activist, is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Latina/Latino program, teaching courses on environmental politics and environmental racism. She is a member of Solidarity, an advisory editor of Against the Current, a member of the Puerto Rican organization Taller de Formacion Politica (Workshop for Political Education), and a co-founder of the Puerto Rico Solidarity Organization at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
In June 1992, she travelled to...
— Hugo Blanco
METAL MINING ACTIVITIES began in the south of Peru in the 1960s, in copper deposits at Toquepala and the foundry at Ilo. With it began one of the greatest problems of environmental contamination from which our country still suffers. This increased in 1976 with the exploitation of deposits at Cuajone and the enlargement of the smelter at Ilo.
All of this has been carried out by a North American transnational, Southern Peru Copper Corporation Inc. (SPCC), with the complicity of government...
— Hugo Blanco
THE JUNGLE AND cloud forest have been inhabited for thousands of years by people who know how to coexist with, and be part of, their environment.
They know that their crops need to copy nature and that beside an avocado they must have a "pacay," a palm, a gourd growing along with beans. They know when they will need to leave one place and move on to another, and they know much, much more.
In this region the people knew to build terraces to avoid erosion; they knew that the weeds are not bad but...
— Jennifer Viereck
NUCLEAR TESTING has always taken place on indigenous peoples and their traditional lands. The United States first tested on Pacific Islanders, and now tests on the western Shoshone nation of Newe Segobia. Britain has tested on aboriginal Australians, and now joins the United States in Nevada. France tested in Algeria, and then Tahiti. China tests on native Ugyur lands, and the Russians have tested in areas heavily populated by the Kazakhs, and to the north, on Nenet lands. But indigenous people...
— Chris Gaal
TWENTY-THREE YEARS after the original Earth Day, most environmental problems have not improved, and many have indeed become much worse. There is an increasing awareness in the environmental movement that the tools used so far in the struggle have fallen far short of the task. Among many grassroots activists there now seems to be a genuine interest in searching for the deeper roots of the problem.
Getting to the roots of the problem implies that we examine the social aspects of how we live, and...
— Chris Gaal
THE ENVIRONMENT IS now in a state of general crisis. Why is it that despite the reforms of the past twenty years, things have not improved? Despite the petitions, the demonstrations, and the letters to the editor, the conclusion is now dawning on vast numbers of activists that in fact citizens are nearly powerless in most situations which attempt to regulate the power of corporations. How is it that the corporations behind the plunder, from Westinghouse with their PCB contamination to...
— Don Fitz
1 FOR EIGHT YEARS did reign Mikeeomousus, who wished to fell all Ancient Forests; and, during his reign, impoverishment spread far and wide and there was a great poisoning of all air and land and sea.
2 When the rule of Mikeeomousus was over, Petroliomiah came to power and he yearned to become Lord of all Empires, West and East.
3 In the second year of the reign of Petroliomiah, the People of Mud did go into the Forests of Redwood and Shawnee and there they did rejoice; but the armies of...
— E. San Juan, Jr.
Control of the Media in the United States:
An Annotated Bibliography
Edited by James Bennett
New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1992), xxviii + 819 pp. $125 cloth.
IN MASS COMMUNICATION and American Empire (1969) and The Mind Managers (1973), Herbert I. Schiller, among others, called our attention to the intensifying domination of the mass media and other institutional forms of communication by the corporate state and the power behind it: the emerging complex of transnational corporations. Other...
— Nora Ruth Roberts
p>ONE OF THE best bits in John Sayles' story "At the Anarchists' Convention" involves a flock of Barnard students who descend upon the aging anarchists, oral history equipment in hand. Although I had known Elinor Ferry since 1957, it was not until a few years ago that I began taping her life story and, after that, sitting with her over a tub of wine coolers. Even without oral history equipment, I was enthralled.
Headstrong, iconoclastic, indomitable when ultrafemininity prevailed, Elinor...