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Civil Rights: An Uncertain Present

by Bob Hulteen 08-01-1991

Life since the 1964 Civil Rights Act

To Everything

by Bob Hulteen 08-01-1991

In late 1990, the 20th-anniversary edition of a book of monumental importance was released.

A Tale of Two Citizens

by Bob Hulteen 07-01-1991

Two changes of note in the Capitol

It All Depends On Your ...

by Bob Hulteen 07-01-1991

What to watch this summer

With Drum and Cup

by Bob Hulteen, by George Tinker 01-01-1991

George Tinker talks of white myths and Indian spirituality

Unsettled Scores of History

by Bob Hulteen 01-01-1991

America still needs to discover justice for Native Americans

Just What Is Grumman Selling?

by Bob Hulteen 12-01-1990

Commercials and what they tell us

When Left Unaccountable

by Bob Hulteen 10-01-1990

The media reports of recent DC political events

The Greenwashing of America

by Bob Hulteen 08-01-1990
Corporate buyout of Earth Day

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

by Bob Hulteen 06-01-1990

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

by Bob Hulteen 04-01-1990

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'

by Bob Hulteen, by Gayle Turner 02-01-1983

"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."