Bus Riders Union Engages in Direct Action (Photo Essay + Blog Post)

In a direct action held last Thursday at the Ronstadt Transit Center, members of the Tucson Bus Riders Union boarded a bus without paying their fares as a part of a campaign to pressure the city to take action to end the bus strike. Events transpired as follows (a fuller description of the events and …

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Film Review of Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: TheSustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary that was made with great skill by Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen, despite their tight budget. While Kuhn operates the camera, Andersen demonstrates in an engaging and sometimes humorous way just how bad animal agriculture is for our planet. Though Cowspiracy also touches on the cruelty involved in …

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On Bighorn Sheep in the Catalinas and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction

At the National Museum in Prague

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS The ongoing effort to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, like other programs designed to increase populations of endangered animals, has caused its share of controversy. Though only 13 of the 31 bighorns released last November are known for certain to be alive, and three mountain lions have …

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Snowpiercer and Earthmasters: Complementary Views of Geoengineering

Polar Bear

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film Snowpiercer is an allegorical — and sometimes phantasmagorical — science fiction thriller about a geoengineering climate fix that goes terribly wrong. When the film opens, we see planes releasing something called CW7 into the upper atmosphere to help cool a warming planet. As a result Earth freezes catastrophically, killing everyone except the few hundred people who have bought …

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Demonstration Against SB1070 Decision

Protesters gather outside the Arizona State Building holding signs rejecting SB 1070

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On Monday, June 25, in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision to uphold a key part of SB1070 that requires police officers to ask about immigration status during stops, more than eighty people attended a rally at the Arizona State Building in downtown Tucson. Carrying signs that said “Resistencia!” “We Reject …

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