STOP COP CITY UPDATE - PROTESTS, DEFORESTATION, MILITARIZATION
We're going to start the show with two good news stories.
Plastic-eating mushrooms are already being used to eat plastic waste.
Several successful tactics are being used to bring coral reefs back from 98% destruction.
The first environmental activist assassinated by the police has left the mainstream news cycle, but not the Eco-Logic News Cycle. Doing research for this show, we found that a page on MSN with an article on “Justice for Tortuguita” had been taken down—“This page no longer exists; a new search page will be loaded”.
Protests against Cop City have been met with tear gas and extraordinary police presence. The militarization of the police has been a common topic on WBAI, including Eco-Logic. Most police officers do not carry tear gas. The fact that Atlanta police brought tear gas to an ordinary protest contradicts the first amendment of the United States and shows Atlanta’s attitude toward its own citizens that disagree with their policies. This same police force gets “credit” for being the first U.S. police force to murder an unarmed environmentalist, Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, known as Tortuguita, on January 18, 2023.
Tortugita was protesting the destruction of Weelaunee Forest in Atlanta, Georgia to build “Cop City”, a training ground for militarizing police forces. Already, 85 acres have been clear cut. A proliferation of Cop Cities across the country has been proposed.
We called on Priscilla Grim and Hadley to bring us up to date with their personal knowledge of the situation. Anger and sadness are turning into determination. People are not giving up! Get more information now by listening to our April 22nd and July 26th shows.
There will certainly be a lot of reminiscing about John F. Kennedy on this, the 60th anniversary of his assassination. The most important environmental contribution in his short term was the Above Ground Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which got some of its momentum from Rachel Carson, who is called the founder of the modern environmental movement, and is an inspiration to all three of us.
We also have environmental music: Become America is one of the last songs Michael Been wrote for The Call.
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ? Max Lucado
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