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Weekly Update: 3 July

On the Schedule

Next week we will bring you writing from Rhyd Wildermuth, Dr. Bones on “The Magic of Crime,” more of the “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” from Sable Aradia, and an essay on Brexit and racism by Yvonne Aburrow.

beautifulfirefrontcoverThe Digital Edition of A Beautiful Resistance 2: The Fire Is Here is now available! Order your copy here. Those of you waiting for the print edition do not have much longer to wait…. it should begin shipping soon. Watch this space for updates.

News and Other Reading

Holocaust survivor, writer, and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who was known for his lifelong stands against bigotry, denouncing genocide and repression in many countries, has died. In his Nobel acceptance speech, he said:

. . . I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget, because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.

. . . We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

May his example be followed a thousand thousand times and more.

Manny Tejeda-Moreno writes at The Wild Hunt about recent horrible events, an extremely endangered amphibian, and a way to survive and thrive in uncertain, upsetting times inspired by that creature.

The Susitna River is the fourth longest dam-free river in the United States, and looks to remain that way after the proposed, and protested, Susitna dam project was cancelled by Alaska’s governor last week, due to budgetary concerns and a great deal of opposition by people concerned about the proposed dam’s impacts to the river, several salmon species, and other wildlife, as well human uses of the river (like tourism and fishing).

And, twelve years after it was first proposed (and objected to) Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would have carried tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia, had its approval overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal, which found that the government “failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline.” Enbridge says it is still committed to the pipeline, but “At every turn you’re going, you are seeing nails in the coffin of the Enbridge project,” said Peter Lantin, president of the council of the Haida Nation, one of the parties that appealed. “I don’t think there’s enough room for another nail in the coffin.”

It’s up to you now, and we shall help you – that my past does not become your future. -Elie Wiesel, Speech at UN World Peace Day, September 21, 2006

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