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  1. Petroleum coke on the Detroit River: An eco-catastrophe waiting to happen

    July 10, 2013

    1001061_495785647167782_974856080_nMy latest for Socialist Worker, an article on the storage of petroleum coke (tar sands waste) on the Detroit River, went up yesterday.  I’ve posted a brief excerpt below.  If you want to find out more about petroleum coke, what’s being done to fight it, and what socialists have to say about the fight against the capitalist war on the environment, come check out the International Socialist Organization and Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands meeting on July 17th at the Anchor Bar at 450 W. Fort in Detroit.

    IF YOU visited the Detroit riverfront just east of the Ambassador Bridge before, you wouldn’t see much more than Windsor, Ontario, and a handful of people killing time with some beers and a fishing rod. Since last March, however, something has suddenly interrupted the relatively serene atmosphere: three-story-tall mountains of toxic black dust.

    Petroleum coke (or petcoke)–sometimes called “the dirtiest of dirty fuels”–is a waste byproduct of tar-sands oil often used as an inexpensive substitute for coal. It is being stored by the tons on the Detroit riverfront. Left uncovered, virtually any wind stronger than a breeze can carry the fine powder into the homes of nearby residents.

    You can read the rest here.

  2. A photo I took got published!

    January 29, 2012

    I took this photo at a demonstration at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum, and it was used for the cover of this book by Routledge. The book is finally out and the cover looks great!

    Since it’s from the UK and a textbook publisher, the book is pretty pricey, and I haven’t read it all, but it looks really good. You should probably buy it.

    I’ll have a real blog post coming up soon. I’ve been pretty busy with various projects and life and whatnot. Mostly stuff like this.

    I also started this ridiculous tumblr.

  3. Photos from Ambassador Bridge action, Oct. 27th, 2011

    October 29, 2011

    Occupy Detroit, community members and organized labor joined forces last Thursday to block freight traffic on the Ambassador Bridge, the largest point of trade between the U.S. and Canada.  Almost a quarter of all U.S.-Canadian trade crosses the Ambassador Bridge.  The action was in protest of stalled plans to construct a new ramp to the Ambassador Bridge that would direct truck traffic, and the subsequent noise and air pollution, away from the neighboring community who’s been fighting growing freight traffic for years.  The action successfully blockaded truck traffic for a little under an hour — stalling potentially millions of dollars in international trade, and drawing tons of attention from local media [WXYZ, MLive].

    Particularly notable was the willingness of up to potentially 150 people to risk arrest in blocking the bridge.  Even though two separate “routes” were proposed for those to march along — a low-risk route, and a higher-risk civil disobedience route — eventually almost everyone participating joined in in blocking the traffic.  Negotiations were made with the police to not make any arrests after they were told that the protest was planned to end promptly at 6PM.  Arresting all 150 participants, the day after the Oakland Police beatdown on Occupy, would likely be more trouble than it was worth.

    A puppet was made of Mattie Moroun, the infamously greedy owner of the Ambassador Bridge. A robber baron if there ever was one, he could make Montgomery Burns or Ebeneezer Scrooge blush.

    This man immediately made his stand directly in front of the truck traffic, bringing his dog along on the leash. A member of the National Lawyers Guild volunteered to hold on to his dog in the case that he was arrested.

    Detroit Police, possibly off-duty and paid by the bridge company to act as security, waved semi-trucks to move foward into the crowd in hopes of dispersing the protest.

    As the protest ended, dozens truckers honked and waved in support of the protest.