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

February 19, 1942 Japanese-Americans imprisoned

By Nic Belott

Ten weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor President Franklin Roosevelt issued a directive ordering all Japanese-Americans evacuated from the West Coast of the U.S., forcing them to live in concentration camps. Xenophobia was running high during this time and many business and neighborhoods posted signs to the effect of “No Japanese people welcome here.”…

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Feb. 17th 1975 Activists Occupy Planned Nuclear Site, WIN!

By Nic Belott

 In 1975, hundreds of residents in Wyhl, Germany occupied the site of a nuclear power plant to halt construction. The contractor had begun building in defiance of a court order. Police responded to the protestors with dogs, water cannons and arrests. By the following week however over twenty-five thousand had joined the occupation and police…

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Feb. 16th 1916 Emma Goldman Arrested

By Nic Belott

In 1916 Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control, a violation of the Comstock Law, which considered this material to be obscene. Goldman- An anarchist who was eventually deported for her radical beliefs, electrified crowds with her speeches. She refused to pay the fine and instead was sent to a workhouse for two…

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Feb. 13th 1837 Flour Riot in NYC protest Monopolies

By Nic Belott

In 1837, Andrew Jackson’s harmful policies closed more than half of banks–doubling the price of flour, coal, and meat while rents rose. In New York City posters were spread stating QUOTE “All friends of humanity, determined to resist monopolists and extortioners, are invited to attend. UNQUOTE”   Six thousand gathered in response. During the event…

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Feb. 11th 1978, The Longest Walk

By Nic Belott

“The Longest Walk” was a spiritual walk across the country to support tribal sovereignty and bring attention to eleven pieces of harmful legislation which would end treaties and limit water rights. The first walk began on February 11, 1978, with a ceremony on Alcatraz Island. The three-thousand-two hundred mile Walk’s purpose was to educate people about Tribal…

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Feb. 8th 1968 Orangeburg Massacre

By Nic Belott

Orangeburg, South Carolina’s only bowling alley, the All Star, was still segregated years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had outlawed discrimination based on race in public spaces. On February sixth, college students had entered the bowling alley, refusing to leave after they were not allowed to bowl. The following day the same action…

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Feb. 6th 1961 Civil Rights Jail-in Movement Begins

By Nic Belott

The civil rights jail-in movement began on February 6th, 1961 when ten black students in Rock Hill, South Carolina, were arrested for requesting service at a segregated lunch counter. The students refused to acknowledge any legitimacy of the laws under which they were arrested, refusing to post bail and demanded jail time rather than paying…

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January 31, 1865 13 Amendment Signed

By Nic Belott

  The U.S. House of Representatives passed (119-56) the 13th constitutional amendment which abolished slavery, and sent it to the states for ratification. The Kentucky legislature didn’t vote to ratify until 1976. Mississippi’s legislature finally ratified it in 1995 but failed to submit the paperwork to the federal government until 2013. The amendment states :…

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February 2, 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Signed

By Nic Belott

A border wall where and why? All this talk of the dangerous southern border often fails to contextualize how the border came to be. In 1845 Congress had voted to annex Texas, and President James K. Polk sent General Zachary Taylor and troops to patrol the new southern border, defined by Congress as the Rio…

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January 31, 1993 Berliners Rally for Immigrants

By Nic Belott

Three-hundred thousand Berliners rallied to protest attacks on immigrants, and against racism and renewed support for Nazism on the sixtieth anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. During the previous year there had been over TWO THOUSAND racially motivated attacks.    

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