Good Reads: 10/22/14

There’s been a lot of stuff out there that I’ve been wanting to post to this blog but haven’t gotten a chance to, so I thought a weekly roundup of noteworthy articles might be a good project to start. This list is not by any means exhaustive, so please drop us a comment with other interesting/important articles & petitions! Anti-Oppression Forum folks are working on publishing our first ever zine, Wildcat, so I’ll be sure to post all the original content from that when it’s out in early November. -Schuyler

Kobane

Why is the World Ignoring the Revolutionary Kurds in Syria? by David Graeber, The Guardian

The Struggle for Kobane: An Example of Selective Solidarity by Leila al Shami, leilashrooms.wordpress.com

Call for Solidarity with Kobane by Gezi Platform NYC, Facebook.com/GeziPlatformNYC

Syrian Refugees

Take Action: Tell Europe to Resettle More Syrian Refugees, The Syria Campaign

Detroit

UN Officials ‘Shocked’ by Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs by Laura Gottesdiener, Al Jazeera America

Palestine

Prominent Palestinian Activist Convicted of Obstructing Israeli Military by Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera America

Iraq

Take Action: Tell U.S. to Stop Opposing UN Resolutions on Depleted Uranium in Iraq, Roots Action

Climate Activists Launch 30-Foot Inflatable Bomb Near West Point

by Ellen Davidson, The Indypendent

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Activists launched a 30-foot long inflatable bomb Tuesday morning to highlight the U.S. military’s role as the world’s largest institutional emitter of global warming gasses

Canoers from SeaChange 2014, activists from Veterans For Peace, and inflatable art creators Tools for Action launched a 30-foot inflatable bomb over the Hudson River in Garrison, NY, across from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lettering on the side of the blimp read “U.S. Military: Largest Consumer of Oil, Largest Emitter of CO2.” The blimp was created for the Sept. 21, 2014, People’s Climate March in New York City with the intention of drawing attention to the role of war and the military in contributing to climate change and other environmental problems. While the Pentagon refuses to release fuel usage data, it’s been estimated that the U.S. military is responsible for five percent of total global greenhouse emissions, making it the largest institutional polluter in the world.

SeaChange 2014 is a flotilla of canoes, some made from paper, on a two-week trip down the Hudson holding educational events along the way. “On this voyage we will be visiting communities and ecosystems along the river and convening feasts and dialogs to open a channel for conversation about what is causing our local, global, ecological, and social degradation, and how we can cultivate resilience and resistance. No one is alone in this struggle; we all live downstream,” say organizers of the flotilla.