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

March 28, 1979- Three-Mile Island Meltdownl

By Nic Belott

On March 28, 1979 a portion of the core melted in the second reactor at the Three-Mile Island nuclear power plant. In the months following the accident, Americans staged numerous anti-nuclear demonstrations across the country. The public was told there was no need to evacuate anyone from the area. Even though Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh…

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March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

By Nic Belott

March 24, 1989 became known around the world as one of the worst oil spill disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez oil tanker hit a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling nearly eight-hundred-thousand barrels of crude oil.   Initial responses by Exxon and the Alyeska Pipeline Company were insufficient to contain much of the…

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March 20, 2003 SF shut down to Protest Iraq Invasion

By Nic Belott

In 2003, the US invaded Iraq. Big oil corporations desired Iraq’s nationalized oil and corporate globalizers wanted to force Iraq and the entire Middle East into the corporate globalized marketplace. Global protests—the biggest in history— took place on all seven continents, and in more than one-hundred nations in February in protest of the coming war.…

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March 17, 1966 Farm Workers March

By Nic Belott

In September of 1965, Filipino-American grape workers walked out on strike against table and wine grape growers, protesting years of poor pay and cruel conditions. The Filipino workers asked the latino workers to join their strike.   Cesar Chavez and other leaders believed it was too soon to strike, but also knew how growers historically…

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March 15, 1970 Occupation of Fort Lawton

By Nic Belott

On March 8th, 1970 one hundred members of the United Indians of All Tribes organized to reclaim one thousand acres of unused federal land at Fort Lawton in Seattle.   The claim to Fort Lawton was based on treaty rights promising reversion of surplus military lands to their original owners. The goals of the occupation…

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March 8th 1908 Garment Workers Strike, International Women’s Day

By Nic Belott

Thousands of workers in the New York garment industry demonstrated and began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor. Those who organized, primarily immigrant women defied the labor leaders who believed they were unable to advocate for themselves. Their rallying cry, QUOTE “We’d rather starve quick than starve…

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March 7, 1965 Bloody Sunday, Selma March

By Nic Belott

Fifty-two years ago, hundreds of civil rights activists and community members began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the capital, Montgomery. The march would be the first of three organized in protest of voting intimidation and segregationist policies. Just after crossing a bridge on the outskirts of Selma, the marchers were brutally attacked…

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March 3, 2003 Global Theatrical Dissent Opposing Iraq War

By Nic Belott

In the first-ever worldwide theatrical act of dissent, at least one thousand-twenty nine stagings of Lysistrata, the Ancient Greek anti-war comedy, were presented on the same day to oppose the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Performed in fifty-nine countries (including Iraq), the play tells of Athenian and Spartan women who unite to deny their lovers sex…

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Feb 27th, 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee

By Nic Belott

The Occupation of Wounded Knee began on February 27, 1973, when approximately two hundred Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The protest followed the failure of an effort of the Oglala Civil Rights Organization to…

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Feb. 22, 1943 Sophie Scholl is Executed

By Nic Belott

At the age of 21, Sophie Scholl was executed in Germany on Feb. 22, 1943, during the Holocaust, for her involvement in The White Rose, an organization that was secretly writing pamphlets calling for the end of the war and strongly denouncing the inhuman acts of the Nazis.   When the mass deportation of Jewish…

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