Posts by Nic Belott

March 29, 1987 Veterans March and Organize for Peace

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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March 28, 1979- Three-Mile Island Meltdownl

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

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

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

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

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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This Week’s News

Today’s moon waxes gibbous – just over half full – or half empty, depending on how you look at it.  Could that be an apt metaphor for the rest of life?  Temperatures continue to fluctuate in extremes.  Trees in downtown Ithaca are budding while Cayuga inlet has frozen back up, leaving waterbirds to float far…

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