Biodemocracy 2005 Statement of Unity

Our survival, well-being, common heritage and democracy are currently under attack by the biotechnology industry. Without the knowledge or consent of the public, biotech corporations and government collaborators are making sweeping decisions about the future of life and human society on earth. We, a coalition of diverse groups and individuals, call for democratic participation in all such decisions, and for an immediate halt to the use of biotechnologies that threaten and harm the natural world, human health, and our prospects for a sustainable future.

Biodemocracy Teach-In, June 18 – 20

This 3-day teach-in will offer something for everyone. There will be workshops and panel discussions on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals and Human Genetics, Biowarfare and Bioweapons, Sustainable Alternatives, and the Corruption of Science, plus a special screening of the film The Future of Food introduced by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, along with some of the key people interviewed in the film. Confirmed teach-in speakers include Medea Benjamin, Ignacio Chapela, Percy Schmeiser, Anuradha Mittal, Sheldon Krimsky, Carmelo Ruiz, Judy Wicks, Brian Tokar, and many more!

By ISE | February 22nd, 2011 | Current Movements, Philadelphia 2005 | 0 Comments |

Summer Solstice Day of Action: Tuesday, June 21st

On the Summer Solstice, rise up in Philadelphia’s streets and gardens for the “Longest Day (of Action) of the Year!” Shine a light on biotech and pharmaceutical hotspots in central Philadelphia and spark non-violent resistance to business as usual at BIO 2005.

Food Not Bombs 25th Anniversary Gathering

Founded in 1980, Food Not Bombs is now celebrating its 25th Anniversary! The Anniversary Gathering will begin on Thursday and Friday, June 16th and 17th, with workshops, discussions and skill-shares. We’ll also brew scrumptious foods for everyone who attends BioDemocracy! Full details at:

By ISE | February 22nd, 2011 | Current Movements, Green & Food Politics | 0 Comments |

Green and Black Urban Gathering

sous les pavés, la plage!

Philadelphia’s Under the Pavement Collective will strengthen this mobilization’s perspective of critiquing biotechnology in the context of our resistance to all forms of domination. Monday, June 20th will include a full day of skill-shares for sustainable, post-capitalist urban living.

By ISE | February 22nd, 2011 | Current Movements | 3 Comments |

Mass protests in WI against union-busting plan

Matt H. has traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the widespread protests against the Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to cut the bargaining rights and benefits of public workers. Matt posted the photo below, taken earlier this morning (Saturday February 19th). He reports “People from all across the country have been calling in pizza …

By ISE | February 19th, 2011 | Current Movements, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Consider the case of Wisconsin…

Brian T. commenting on Matt H.’s “Neoliberalism and the Politics of Social Ecology”: Right wingers continue to attack ‘big government’ and aim to drastically reduce its size while, with few exceptions, supporting the continuing build-up of the repressive apparatus. My question is whether it’s conceptually feasible to do the opposite: to support the safety net, …

By ISE | February 18th, 2011 | Current Movements, Social Ecology Blog | 6 Comments |

Site updates and article links

Please do comment and participate in discussion on posts to this blog. In particular, there have been and continue to be many thoughtful comments made in response to both Matt H’s “Neoliberalism and the Politics of Social Ecology” and Karl Hardy’s “Social Ecology Needs Development, Dissent, Dynamism” as well as J. Kelvyn Richards’ “A Social Ecology.” …

By ISE | February 17th, 2011 | Current Movements, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |