A Nation Shamed, A People Betrayed

George W. Bush’s response to the Katrina disaster that sowed death and destruction in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities has demonstrated to the American people his incompetence, arrogance, and callous disregard of human life. This President has forfeited the last vestiges of his credibility, legitimacy, and authority. He has been revealed not only […]

For a People’s United States

Progressives vs Reactionaries and Liberals I am for the tradition defined by the progressive credo – the people, the United States, freedom. I am opposed to the reactionary credo of God, America, liberty. Freedom empowers the people; liberty empowers the rich and powerful. The progressive tradition of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. […]

Black Destiny

I am deeply honored to be able to participate in this gathering of elders, and to address the urgent task of protecting our young children. To achieve this goal, we shall have to empower our communities politically and economically. And to achieve this, we shall have to challenge the present political system at its roots. […]

Labor of love thrives on the Chesapeake Bay

I can recall the days nearly a half century ago when around Labor Day weekend, fishermen of the upper bay started to think about putting their boats up for the season. There weren’t that many blues and sea trout around, hardheads were just about gone, perch weren’t nearly as plentiful as in recent years and […]

“Fixing” the Endangered Species Act

There was some speculation that he wouldn’t actually appear, but there, in a polo shirt, sat House Natural Resources Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA), just inches away from Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. The Sierra Club’s Carl Pope and House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA): making nice in Austin. © Jim Motavalli The setting was […]

Big Oil, Big Profits: Are We Sharing the Pain?

It’s great to know that we’re all in this high-gas-prices thing together, consumers and oil companies alike. “If each of us took just one small step toward conservation, the impact would be huge,” says a recent Chevron ad campaign, which adds that the company is “working around the clock” to get oil back to pre-Katrina […]