If your mouths are dropping to the floor, don’t be surprised or feel you are alone. Many of us scoffed at the idea of embracing gay and lesbian marriage as achievable in our lifetime. As activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement in Boston, MA, we focused on a gay rights bill that addressed discrimination in housing, the workplace, and everyday living. We shifted at one point to the rights of gay and lesbian youth who were being forced out of their homes or held captive after parents found out they were gay. Dialogue in gay newspapers and other forums involved heated discussions introducing marriage at attainable. Many of us did not agree that emulating what was often a failed institution was in our self-interest. Many of us had already been married and did not want any part of … Read More »
Larry Gibson, founder of Keeper of the Mountains, participated in a protest against mountaintop removal mining by shaving the heads of women who wanted to make a statement about their concern and outrage against the occurrence of bone cancer and the “poisoning” of their children. They call themselves the Queens of Appalachia taking on “King Coal.” Donna Branham, Tori Wong (above), and Paula Swearengin had their heads shaved and were featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Sierra Magazine.
After listening to both presidential candidates discuss the use of coal as a continued source of energy in the debates, one could not help but wonder what these courageous women were thinking as they continue to advocate for the elimination of mountaintop removal and strip mining in West Virginia.
Eighty-two-year-old Sister Megan Rice has been a peace activist who has been arrested many times for her acts of civil disobedience and antinuclear protests. She and two male activists accomplished a huge security breach when they got through to an inner sanctum of the US storage of nuclear parts and fuel. On July 28, they broke into the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee and splashed blood on the enriched uranium parts to earmark their entry. The facility is valued at over almost of a billion dollars’ worth of arms with guard towers and other elaborate security measures. In spite of government’s efforts to lock down nuclear materials as a precaution against atomic terrorism, the activists’ theft proved to them to be “no more challenging than a romp in the Tennessee woods.” Sister Megan Rice has spent much of her life … Read More »
A professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Wendy Lee teaches environmental philosophy, feminist theory, bioethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind/brain.
My mother was born in 1896 before most of what we know of the world was possible, except war and violence. These two constants really didn’t seem to bother her much. She never talked about the world situation.