June 2, 2012

Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops has announced his candidacy for the District 40 Indiana State Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Vi Simpson to run for lieutenant governor. What follows is his announcement speech, which he delivered at a news conference on May 31, 2012.


Thank you all for coming out this afternoon. My name is Mark Stoops, and I am officially throwing my hat in the ring for the Democratic candidacy for the State Senate District 40 seat of the Indiana General Assembly.

June 1, 2012

Peace & Justice News is a collection of news items collected by Bloomington Alternative contributor Linda Greene. Today's edition includes:

  • Policing U.S. Schools and Criminalizing Childhood
  • Thai workers in near-slavery supplying Walmart with food
  • Women’s benefits from the Affordable Care Act
  • Abuse of youth in for-profit prisons
  • National Nurses United wins Florida contract
  • Female immigrant farm workers facing sexual violence and harassment
  • Support grows for Wilmington 10 pardons
  • Traveler forced to miss her flight because of her t-shirt
  • Secret Services attempts to hide prostitution-related expenses
  • Attack on women’s health organization in New Orleans

May 28, 2012

News release 

Citizens Action Coalition 

Citizens Action Coalition joined a network of consumer and environmental organizations from the Midwest today and launched a new website to track developments at the controversial and problem-plagued Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) coal-fired power plant, currently under construction in southern Illinois.

The website is located at www.prairiestatecoalplant.org.

Texas studies show chemical-induced genetic changes passed on to offspring

May 27, 2012

The pernicious impact of toxic chemicals in the body, from suspected roles in autism to human response to everyday stress, can manifest themselves in future generations, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas (UT) and Washington State University (WSU).

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the animal study found DNA changes wrought by a common fungicide are passed down from parents to offspring, according to a May 22, 2012, UT news release. The researchers studied how the animals respond to stress.

“The ancestral exposure of your great-grandmother alters your brain development to then respond to stress differently,” said WSU professor Michael Skinner.

May 26, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes:

  • Mercury from coal-fired power plans ruining Indiana’s waterways
  • Sad state of recycling in Indiana
  • Military burn pits threaten the environment and troops’ health
  • KFC destroying Indonesia’s rainforest
  • Chemical industry determined to undermine HHS listing of styrene as a potential carcinogen
  • Impending risky schemes for 'dirty bombs on wheels'
  • Malaysian “Penan Peace Park” combines forest protection with socioeconomic development
  • Global climate change in mind
  • Increase in plastic waste polluting the North Pacific
  • Nanotechnology threatens firefighters

Citizens packed meetings, confronted the mayor, ran for office

May 26, 2012

On an unremarkable day in July 2009 the residents of Scottsburg and surrounding Scott County, in southern Indiana, read an unusual notice in the Scott County Journal.

The notice announced a public hearing, only 10 days away, on a request for a zoning exception and development-plan approval for Liberty Green Renewables, LLC (LGR), which wanted to construct and operate a 32-megawatt incinerator in Scottsburg to convert biomass to electricity.

May 19, 2012

Peace & Justice News is a collection of news items collected by Bloomington Alternative contributor Linda Greene. Today's edition includes:

  • Sham Violence Against Women Act guts protections
  • U.S. trade representative receives Corporate Power Tool Award
  • Voter sues Pennsylvania over voter ID law
  • Counting and naming all drone strike victims
  • Lockout at Sotheby’s enters its 10th month
  • House votes to slash food aid but fund the Pentagon more
  • Former Citigroup executive receives honorary doctorate
  • Feds designate “martial law red zone” around Chicago’s Loop
  • Lawsuit targets NYPD stop-and-frisk practices
  • Florida’s color- and gender-coded justice system

The Powell Memo: A roadmap for the 1 percent revolution, Part 2

May 15, 2012

Lewis Powell Jr. identified by name only a handful of "Communists, New Leftists and other revolutionaries" as enemies of American business in his now-infamous 1971 memo "Attack on the American Free Enterprise System." Foremost among them was consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who, in the soon-to-become Supreme Court Justice's view, was the single most effective antagonist of American business. Nader was a "legend in his own time and an idol of millions of Americans," Powell wrote. He quoted a May 1971 Fortune magazine piece that cast the leader of Nader's Raiders in abject terms:

"The passion that rules in him -- and he is a passionate man -- is aimed at smashing utterly the target of his hatred, which is corporate power. He thinks, and says quite bluntly, that a great many corporate executives belong in prison -- for defrauding the consumer with shoddy merchandise, poisoning the food supply with chemical additives and willfully manufacturing unsafe products that will maim or kill the buyer. … He emphasizes that he is not talking just about 'fly-by-night hucksters' but the top management of blue-chip business."

May 13, 2012

Occupy Chicago and other social justice groups have developed a coalition-built People’s Summit that will be held in the city the week before the May 19-21 NATO meeting. The summit is organized to educate the public about the NATO and Group of Eight (G8) summits, develop workshops for actions of dissent for the weekend and mobilize a mass march and rally on May 19.

“The People’s Summit is an opportunity to participate in education, democracy and debate that is missing from our political system and from NATO,” said Coalition Against NATO/G8 (CANG8) spokesperson Jesse McAdoo. “… While NATO meets behind closed doors, surrounded by riot police, the People’s Summit will be open to everyone.”

May 12, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes:

  • Carcinogens in Monroe County’s environment
  • ALA’s pollution rankings of Indiana’s cities
  • Clean-energy advocates are the U.S. majority
  • Silica dust a newly revealed health risk from fracking
  • EPA ignores the science of the carcinogen atrazine
  • Why Fukushima is a greater disaster than Chernobyl
  • Two grocery chains earn top grades for seafood sustainability
  • Fetal exposure to the pesticide chloropyrifos lowers intelligence
  • Monsanto buys company that blames it for bee deaths
  • United States draws up plans for nuclear-powered drones