Author Archives: Sparki

About Sparki

Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

Requiem for Solidarity: From Flint to Spain an Important Era Has Passed

This past week, two participants in an important era of solidarity passed along. Richard Wiecorek, the last of Flint sit-down strikers died at the age of 99 in Michigan. Within the same week, Delmer Berg, the last known living member … Continue reading

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Climate Verdict: Delta 5 Found Not Guilty of Obstructing an Oil Train, Guilty of Trespass– Judge Throws Out Necessity

Today in Lynnwood, WA, five climate activists who blockaded an oil train in September 2014 were found “not guilty” of obstructing an oil train and “guilty” on a more minor trespass charge. The obstruction charge was the more serious charge … Continue reading

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Day One: Climate Trial with Oil By Rail Blockaders Kicks Off

Today was the first day of the Delta 5’s week in court. Back in September 2014, the Delta 5 blockaded a mile long oil train from reaching an oil refinery in Everett, WA. The five were arrested and charged with … Continue reading

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Blockadia On Trial: Climate Activists Go To Court For Oil By Rail Blockade

It is on. Tomorrow in Lynnwood, WA. In September 2014, as the rest of us were preparing to march in New York and Flood Wall Street, these five courageous folks  blockaded an oil train for eight hours with a tripod … Continue reading

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Putting Keystone XL in Retrospect

There are a number of important lessons learned from the fight against Keystone XL.  Perhaps most importantly, that the climate movements picked a fight scoffed at by lobbyists, politicians and pundits, dug in, fought hard and won (at least partially). … Continue reading

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Demanding the Impossible: Saying “No Compromise” in the Climate Movement, And Meaning It.

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” — Utah Phillips In the summer of 2003, my friends and I launched a campaign called Dirty South Earth First! (DSEF!) … Continue reading

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Warning: Greenwash Ahead

Great new article out by Pratap Chatterjee at Corpwatch about the greenwash boom going on in American business. The coal, oil and gas industries have finally woken up to the political discourse around global warming. Instead of actually looking for … Continue reading

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