Protests against BP and Federal actions leading to and responding to Gulf oil-pocalypse
While unfortunate, BP and the Obama administration’s response to this crisis has been anything but proactive, whether inept regulation and permitting leading to this disaster, advocacy of additional drilling just prior to the disaster which seems to be transforming into ongoing support, censorship and other misleading media management of the scope and impacts of the disaster and the slothful response to stop the flow and mitigate impacts.
This demands a response, both onsite and where we all live and work.
I’d like to start off the discussion with a link to an almost classic case of the Obama administration’s PR driven approach to responding to this disaster: 7 Greenpeace activists were arrested for boarding a drill platform and using spilled oil to paint anti-drilling messages on the side.
I wonder if Obama will try to send them to Bagram?
All seven will be transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where they will be booked with unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. The New Orleans Joint Terrorism Task force is reviewing today’s incident and all seven could face additional charges.
We must find and amplify *civil* ways of expressing our anger and frustration with the response to date. As Frederick Douglass once said in a different time and for a different cause but which seems to be ever more appropriate to the situation we see at hand (I’ve included a more expansive segment which contains the oft-quoted observation "Power concedes nothing without a demand…"):
Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.
Let’s not quietly submit. What’s going on out there? What do you think might be effective?
I reiterate that this is a forum for non-violent forms of protest.
Edits: Slight edit to title. Protests