Monthly Archives: May 2009

Justice in the Environment

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Jim Boyce of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst talks about the new report, Justice in the Air.  It looks at EPA data showing that the toxins spewing from company smokestacks hit minorities and the poor hardest.  And Leslie Lowe of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility talks about Chevron’s refusal to disclose the $27 billion liability it faces in a court case happening in the Amazonian rainforests of Ecuador.  The company is accused of dumping toxic oil byproducts from years of drilling, damaging the environment and the health of residents.

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Mining for Disclosure

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The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, or EITI, is the focus of today’s show.  First, we hear from Bennett Freeman, who serves on the EITI board.  Then, we hear from Arvind Ganesan of Human Rights Watch, who shares some concerns about EITI with Sea Change Radio Co-Host Bill Baue.

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Prescription for Single Payer Health Care

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Sea Change Radio Co-Host Francesca Rheannon speaks with Dr. Quentin Young, pioneer in the movement get America a universal single payer health care plan.  And Sandy Eaton of the Massachusetts Nurses Association explains why he’s for single payer in today’s Sea Change ViewPoint.

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ViewPoint: Nurses for Sustainable Healthcare

 

"We need more police." Sen. Max Baucus
"We need more police." Sen. Max Baucus

It’s National Nurse’s Week. Commentator Sandy Eaton, RN — the Massachusetts Nurses Association representative to MassCare, the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer — shares his thoughts on what nurses want for their patients.

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Empowering Citizens To Protect Their Local Community

steveviedermanLongtime shareowner activist Steve Viederman discusses the notion of community governance, where communities reclaim democratic power of self-determination from corporations and other external forces.  Exemplifying community governance is the Fair Trade Towns movement, where communities commit to supporting Fair Trade commodities such as coffee and cocoa.   Continue reading

ViewPoint: Communities Going Sweat-Free

lianafoxvogCurrently, communities are unwittingly supporting sweatshop labor when state and local governments use tax dollars to buy things such as firefighter uniforms.  Liana Foxvog, National Organizer of the advocacy organization SweatFree Communities, discusses findings of Subsidizing Sweatshops II, the latest research on sweatshops perpetuated by government contracts. Continue reading