March 3, 2009

I'm as mad as hell!

In news reports from around the world, police are expressing concern about a Summer of Discontent. It is anticipated that citizens will take to the streets this summer (northern hemisphere) to voice their anger at the systems that have eroded our environment, living standards, personal privacy and peace.
Perhaps police think that predicting a revolution will quell it, since prophecies rarely come true. At any rate, we'd like to use this opportunity to inform you about a few interesting community-based action groups that are rising up to make a difference. Some of them use Yes Men-style tactics. Others test the boundaries of legality even more. We support them wholeheartedly:

ACORN - Home Defenders
In the US, the government has given billions upon billions of dollars to the banks which caused the economic catastrophe, while ignoring the millions of people being evicted from their homes due to foreclosures.
ACORN is a group that defends people about to be evicted by forming blockades around their houses when authorities come knocking. Check out their website, or this recent video.

Home defenders save homes from foreclosure from Bink on Vimeo.

Plane Stupid - Airport Activists
Would you cut fences and storm an airport to protest the increasing number of commercial flights? Plane Stupid does exactly that. They're frustrated that, in light of the evidence that commercial jets are a huge cause of environmental degradation, airport authorities in Europe are actually trying to increase passenger numbers.
Today activists effectively shut down the Aberdeen airport in Scotland by cutting the fence and playing golf on the runway while dressed as Donald Trump. Why? Because Trump is trying to build a luxury golf course nearby, and as a result the airport authority has been given authority to increase passenger numbers to 1.5 million per year.
"Despite a catalogue of scientific reports warning them that they can't keep on with aviation growth, they continue with disregard for all of us who will end up dealing with the impacts of the climate crisis," Plane Stupid told The Guardian today.
"The reality is that our generation's future is vanishing so that people like Donald Trump and his super-rich friends can jet into Aberdeen for a round of golf." The same group held a similar stunt at Stansted Airport. Gutsy stuff, since they were all arrested. Read their website to see if you support their stance.