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Inside the Activist Studio with Winona LaDuke
by Liz Moore
I loved talking with Winona LaDuke at Inside the Activist Studio at EWU at the end of April. I had heard her speak at EWU when she was campaigning for Vice President as Ralph Nader’s running mate. As the saying goes, I don’t remember what she said, but I do remember how she made me feel: excited, hopeful, like change was possible and regular people could make it happen. As soon as I met Winona, I began to feel calm and looked forward to talking with her more. She’s very warm and down to earth, not ego-oriented.
For me, Inside the Activist Studio capped off my second year as the Activist in Residence at EWU, a new program based in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Just this year, over 600 EWU students were exposed to PJALS and social justice work; about 150 attended my panels and workshops on mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, and 200 joined our email list. Several will participate in our internships and Young Activist Leaders program, and of course some connections will last a long time and flower later. It is a position with a lot of freedom, and I’ve really enjoyed building relationships with some faculty and learning more about the campus culture. It was a huge treat to end my time in that role by talking with Winona LaDuke. Read more »
What I wanted to say…
“If corporate interests cared about ‘creating’ jobs in the U.S., NAFTA and subsequent greased skids for ‘Made in the USA’ would be dismantled, and Americans would be building solar and wind power components for global energy needs.”
Rusty Nelson on Peace and War
It’s exciting to watch PJALS cram meaningful meetings, public events, and activist opportunities into your monthly schedule. It reminds me that, halfway through our tenure at PJALS, Nancy and I realized Spokane had undergone drastic changes regarding things to do, places to be, and live and interactive education and information. These days, of course, I have options. Sometimes, I feel free to simply stay home or even be detached about significant issues. But there are times I miss the action, being in the trenches or on the street.
One week in December, there were two opportunities I couldn’t resist. Read more »
PJALS statement on Coal
See below to RSVP for the Dec 4 hearing on the impact of coal trains & exports.
PJALS advocates leaving both coal and uranium in the ground, in order to accelerate as much as possible the rapidly growing deployment of solar and wind energy technologies. Only these (and a couple of other) proven renewables can swiftly eliminate energy scarcity, the key necessary condition for peace. Only swift transition to them can reverse the global warming trend and minimize its already manifesting impacts, like the $50 billion cost of New York’s “climate change hurricane.”
These renewables deliver the most jobs per unit of energy delivered. They are the least cost option when sensible economic analysis (which means the inclusion of externalities like health and environmental costs) is used. And they are the most readily available as they can be brought online much faster.
Coal benefits only a small fraction of the 1% (like the Koch criminals bringing us the Keystone pipeline) and harms virtually all other sentient beings on this planet, rapidly destroying their environmental, health, economic and strategic security.
This is a critical peace and justice issue. We support this position in concert with powerful cohorts like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Rocky Mountain Institute and 350.org. Read more »
Energy Abundance — a Cornerstone for Social Justice
By Mike Nuess
Use of nuclear and fossil fuels has become humanity’s folly. In contrast, renewables like solar, wind and water (mainly geothermal) are abundant, clean, safe, democratic and durable. We’ve been lied to by powerful interests whose servile economists play the deceitful game of keeping so-called externalities out of the equation, because otherwise we would swiftly, urgently and competently develop the engineeringly proven renewable energy infrastructure available to us today.
But nature doesn’t ignore what the economists externalize: the costs of energy scarcity (endless war), increased food and water scarcity from climate turbulence, disease escalation, large uninhabitable areas of irradiated earth, etc. are part of nature’s equation.
It is essential to have a sense of scale. Read more »