Portside Snapshot - August 6, 2017

   
 

 


US Military Burns Its Waste, a Tiny Black Community Pays the Toxic Price

Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica
When a stockpile of aging explosives blew up at a former Army ammunition plant in Minden, Louisiana, the U.S. military had a public relations disaster on their hands. What were they going to do with the remaining 18 million pounds of old explosives? They shipped it to a plant in Colfax, a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana, the only commercial facility in the nation allowed to burn explosives and munitions waste with no environmental emissions controls.



GE’s Switch

Stephen Maher
Jacobin
Jeff Immelt’s resignation as CEO of General Electric shows that we cannot think of industry as finance’s opponent.



A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

Jason Horowitz
N.Y.Times
The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.



A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action

George Lakey
Waging NonViolence
What follows is a different manual from the one we put out over 50 years ago. Then, movements operated in a robust empire that was used to winning its wars. The government was fairly stable and held great legitimacy in the eyes of the majority.


 
 
 
 
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