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Civil Rights: An Uncertain Present
Life since the 1964 Civil Rights Act
In late 1990, the 20th-anniversary edition of a book of monumental importance was released.
A Tale of Two Citizens
Two changes of note in the Capitol
It All Depends On Your ...
What to watch this summer
With Drum and Cup
George Tinker talks of white myths and Indian spirituality
Unsettled Scores of History
America still needs to discover justice for Native Americans
Just What Is Grumman Selling?
Commercials and what they tell us
When Left Unaccountable
The media reports of recent DC political events
The Greenwashing of America
To attack the corporate buyout of Earth Day 1990 is somewhat like shooting at a house with a BB gun. It's an easy target. Many U.S. mega-corporations were none-too-subtle in their attempts to have their names and logos attached to anything that was worn, watched, eaten, or heard by the Americans who went outdoors on April 22 to clean up a little plot of God's creation.
Most people saw the irony in it all. Some corporations spent more money advertising their commitment to the environment than they did on improving the environment. You couldn't find an unopened can of green paint anywhere on Madison Avenue.
Recently at a conference for alternative press people and environmental activists sponsored by The Utne Reader, much of the discussion centered around the effects of corporate involvement with environmental organizations: Who gains? What is lost? One presenter, A.J. Grant, president of Environmental Communications Associates, Inc., convinced Burger King executives, whose annual advertising budget is $215 million, to use $7 million of it to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. In this way they would be encouraging others to be concerned, she thought, while still serving their own needs. But is that the best use of $7 million for the environment?
The American Petroleum Institute spent some of its cash on a half-page ad in The Washington Post explaining why the Clean Air Act's gentle encouragement of ethanol is "An Environmental Frankenstein." The API advertisement begins, "We want cleaner air. So do all Americans." That's as convincing of their environmental sensitivity as the ad in Newsweek by the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness which informed readers that "every day is Earth Day with nuclear energy."
A Homemade Debt Crisis
The debt crisis on the minds of most Americans these days is the trade imbalance between the United States and Japan.
The Strings of Power
Barry's political positions more indicting than personal life
With Heart and Hands
Living in God's covenant on a farm
'Together We Can Save Our Homes'
"Good afternoon! Welcome to the second annual Southern Columbia Heights Tenants Union (SCHTU) Neighborhood Congress. Today is an important day in the life of our tenants union. We will elect our new officers, celebrate our victories--and they have been many--and set the agenda for the issues and problems we will take on in the coming year."