Chelsea Green Publishing

Plastic Pellets in Lavaca Bay

Okay, folks, here's a simple riddle:  What's twice the size of Texas and floating in the ocean?  Answer:  The great Plastic Vortex! Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic toys. Plastic plastic!  Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and one of the world's greatest advocates of the sea, said "Far and away the most abundant, troublesome, persistent, deadly debris in the sea is composed of plastic." Now sitting down here in Calhoun County, twix the bays and the live oak, you might ask yourself what the heck that's got to do with us 'cause  out of sight is out of mind. Right?  It's way out there in the ocean. We don't actually see that Plastic Vortez.  Well, think again.  We've got a giant PVC plant in our midst that's got a problem with controlling  pvc dust and pvc pellets. Just check out the latest OSHA and EPA inspections at Formosa Plastics.  PVC dust was everywhere.  On the workers, in the storm ditches, and all over the unit. There was so much pvc dust at Formosa a few scant mon
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What it Takes to Shut Me Up

A woman from the Texas coast discovered civil disobedience was the only way to change things. She put her own boat on the line and inspired others to join her for the sake of Lavaca Bay. By Diane Wilson Editor’s note: Diane Wilson of Seadrift, Texas, is a fourth generation shrimper. In March of 1994, […]
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The Naked Truth of It All…

One of our first actions as Unreasonable Women of the Earth was to support the Bhopal hunger strike. Bhopal, India is the site of the worst environmental disaster in the world. Over 20,000 people have died from the insecticide-like poison that was released from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984. In 2002, the survivors of Bhopal began another hunger strike to wrestle justice from the Indian government and also the Union Carbide Corporation. But they fell ill. The Unreasonable Women of the Earth heard about their plight and decided to begin a USA leg of the hunger fast.
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An Open Letter to OSHA

We are the Injured Workers United from Calhoun County, Texas. We are writing this letter in the hope that we can have a meeting with you to express our concern about the Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas. We are former and current workers of Formosa who formed a group in order to support each other through our disabilities, illnesses, financial hard times, and the experience of working under a company that, we believe, has shown, and continues to show, a high disregard for its workers, community, and the environment.
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Conquered by Petrochemicals? Taiwan’s Disgrace! Formosa Plastics Wins Black Planet Award!

As people come and go from the Taipei City bus stop in front of the Formosa Plastics Group Headquarters and Changgeng Memorial Hospital on Dunhua North Road, they can't help but note the words of an advertisement: "A million bus trips doesn’t add up to a single smokestack." A large bright red Chinese character for "shame" stands out against a dark gray background portraying the smokestacks of Taiwan's Sixth Naphtha Cracker Plant. The forlorn expressions of three Yunlin County children cry out "Give us back our clean soil, air, and water." This bus-side advertisement was created and sponsored by environmental groups to mark Formosa Plastics Group’s winning of the International Black Planet Award. But on the day before the award ceremony, the word for “shame” was ripped out from one of the ads and while the bus company said “it wasn’t us” Formosa is threatening to sue the advertising agent. With everyone wondering who has the incentive to interfere with the right to speak the truth, environmental groups are undeterred, launching an international union to uncover the truth about the FPG (www.fpgtruth.org.tw) and choosing 19 May, "Y. C. Wang Day", to hold the award ceremony.
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CODEPINK Brings Public Outrage to BP in Houston Exposes the Naked Truth Behind “Drill Baby Drill”

Naked, dripping with oil and dragging nets full of dead fish, CODEPINK activists will expose the atrocities of BP's latest and greatest drilling disaster on the Gulf Coast.
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An Open Letter from Taiwan Civil Society to the Formosa Plastics Group

On 19 May 2010 as civic groups in Taiwan present the ethecon 2009 Black Planet Award to the Formosa Plastics Group we collectively appeal to that enterprise to use its money in a manner that promotes dignity and a sense of responsibility.
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Climate Justice Fast, Day 10: Why I am fasting

When I talk about my reasons for going on a long hunger fast, people often look at me like I’m crazy and I’m reluctant to correct them because fasts are difficult to explain. But I will explain, again.
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Pregnant In A Texas Lock Up

Being pregnant in a Texas lock up can be hell. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the practice of shackling women during childbirth and recovery is still done in some Texas jails even though the United States Bureau of Prisons has banned the practice. Texas jails are able to use restraints on women as a […]
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Airports and Hunger Strikes

This is day 6 or 7 of the hungerstrike. I dont know which. I just came back from a Stop Blackwater Conference in Stockton, Illinois and i did ok dragging my suitcase up 3 or 4 ramps and i stayed awake during the conference. i think i rated pretty good. I was freezing but that […]
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Eight Days in a Texas County Jail

I have been transferred three times. The first cell (a 20 x 150 ft. cinder block) had 9 women inmates and they all slept on bottom metal bunks but kept their ‘stuff’ on the top bunk. That was their shelf. They didn’t want nobody up there. Especially a new cell mate. They told me I […]
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