March 22, 2012

The American Spring in DC

Margaret Flowers didn't disappoint. As one of the initiators of the Occupy DC movement this fall, Margaret described the following event this Spring.

The American Spring: A Time for Occupy To Blossom

National Occupation of Washington, DC Will Bring Occupiers Together to Share Experiences, Educate Each Other and Build an Independent Movement to Shift Power from Concentrated Wealth.
It is certainly a tall order against an entrenched and increasingly violent state opposition. But it is all we have to restore democracy to the United States. And sometimes mass movements can create magical changes.

March 15, 2012

Just how long do we have to pack up and escape a nuclear meltdown from Indian Point. Manna Jo, Environmental Action Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, said it just depends on the wind that day. If it is blowing in your direction, look at the wind speed and your distance from the plant. Within 20 to 50 miles, you are risking your life by not evacuating before the wind gets to where you and your family are.

Was it greed or ignorance that resulted in these plants being built in the first place? Maybe greed breeds ignorance.

March 1, 2012

GUEST: Dalit Baum, co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, a research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, speaks to us about using boycotts to win human rights.

I got to know Dalit when she posted the following to a BDS website. That was lucky for the listeners of Activist Radio, as she turned out to be a wonderful guest.

Dear Fred

As you might know, we have a 5-year research project in Israel called "who Profits" - where we publish a database of companies involved in the occupation. We have a complete mapping of all settlement products and we have put a lot of effort into investigating dead sea products such as Ahava. It is crucial for our work to be very precise with our facts, and not to fall into exaggerations and all sorts of false information on the web, which can discredit our campaigns.

Check out our new whoprofits website:

On your website I see this quote: "CVS should stop selling Ahava, as well as other products made in Israel's illegal settlements. These include L'Oreal's Natural Sea Beauty, Dead Sea Salt Foot Soak, and Swisa Beauty Esensuals." This is not precise. Of these, only Ahava is a settlement product, it is produced in a settlement and partially owned by two settlements. Also, the mud they sell (as mud, not extracts) is excavated in the occupied area, in contradiction with international law (forbidding pillage of natural resources). The dead sea minerals used by Ahava as well as by other companies are excavated in the south of the dead sea by Dead Sea Works, which is officially in 1948 Israel.

I would also encourage you to look for sales of SodaStream in your area, as it seems that they are gaining momentum in the US. This is also a settlement product, and now, for the first time, the is a cheap alternative we can offer to this product. See where they sell near you:

Good luck in all and let me know if you need anything... Dalit