Anniversaries

We present anniversaries as an opening to our weekly program. Over time, we'll be building up quite an archive of significant anniversaries.

As far as we know, there is no other online archive of Eco-Defense related anniversaries/timeline... so building this one up will be a process of time itself. If you'd like to contribute or suggest an anniversary for Eco-Defense Radio, email nic@ecodefenseradio.org

Killer Coke is introduced as a patent medicine

By Ryan Clover

On May 12, 1886:  In Atlanta, American pharmacist John Pemberton first sold his carbonated beverage Coca-Cola as a patent medicine, claiming that it cured a number of diseases. At the time, Pemberton was a wounded confederate colonel, struggling with morphine addiction. Over the years, Coca-cola product went from drug store counters to global markets. Now…

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International Workers’ Day

By Ryan Clover

May 1st is International Workers’ Day, a celebration of worker’s rights and the struggle for equality and labor justice. Known also as May Day, the celebration also includes a recognition of immigrant rights and worker solidarity across borders. Now we’re going to take a moment to explore the history of International Worker’s Day, starting in…

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Goldman Environmental Prize 2017

By Nic Belott

Instead of a traditional anniversary post I would like to highlight the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize this year. There’s a way to support each fight. Check out the links associated with each environmental activist and the website.: Goldmanprize.org mark! Lopez a community organizer from East LA who, with the organization East Yard Communities for…

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April 22, 1970 Earth Day

By Nic Belott

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. On April 22,1970, twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the destruction of the environment. Groups…

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April 2012- Maple Spring- Student Strike Rocks Montreal

By Nic Belott

In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this tumultuous spring, the numbers in the streets would reach…

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April 13, 1962 Silent Spring Published – Critiquing the Chemical Industry

By Nic Belott

Rachel Carson, a scientist with the US Fish and Wildlife service published Silent Spring on April 13th 1962. The book detailed the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT, which had won the nobel prize decades earlier.  A native of rural Pennsylvania, Carson held an ecological view of nature, describing the complex web of life this…

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April 3rd, 1967 MLK gives “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

By Nic Belott

A year and a day before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, He gave a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.” The speech called for an end to militarism, materialism, and racism… A worldwide movement towards peace placing life above profit. This is an excerpt from this famous speech, QUOTE  “The words of the late John…

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April 5, 1977 Sit-ins for Inclusion of Differently-Abled Folks in the Civil Rights Act

By Nic Belott

On April 5th 1977, the longest sit-in of a federal office in history began. Protesters occupied what is now known as Health and Human services buildings around the country urging the secretary of the department to sign regulations that would protect the civil rights of people with various disabilities. Four years earlier, a senator had…

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March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Fire

By Nic Belott

March 25th is the anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Company fire. The fire was the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City, killing one-hundred and forty-three people, mostly immigrant women and young girls, age thirteen to twenty-three. They were working in sweatshop conditions, locked inside the building by the company owners in order…

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March 29, 1987 Veterans March and Organize for Peace

By Nic Belott

As the United States destabilized Nicaragua by funding the terrorist Contras, Veterans for Peace organized and flew to the country to show support. On March 29th 1987, they marched from Jinotega to Wilculi, interviewing hundreds of people and compiling a forty page report for the United States which was sent to over five thousand stakeholders…

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