I found some people to admire in the year 2012. Here’s my top four and more:
Chief Theresa Spence
Bradley Manning has been tortured by his own government and stands as a warning to others: Don’t Fuck With Us. We see how accused whistleblowers are treated. The government still has no decency.
Paul Watson bought a Japanese whaling ship to use against Japanese whalers. Sea Shepard, Watson’s organization, actually enforces the laws that governments pass. For some odd reason, governments do not appreciate the assistance – which says a lot about governments, don’t you think?
Katherine Forrest is the federal judge who has stood up to the Obama administration over the constitutionality of the NDAA, in a suit brought by Chris Hedges, et al. No way to know how it will all play out, but her courage in going against the man who appointed her is the first instance I’ve seen of someone actually putting the good of the people of this country over politics and power.
Chief Theresa Spence has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks, protesting Canada’s failure to honor the treaties made with indigenous people. Prime Minister Harper has refused to meet with her; but many others have joined or support the Idle No More movement she’s started.
All of the people fighting against the tar sands have my admiration and support. There are people living in trees, locked down to equipment, sitting in jail, or figuring out the logistics of how to support the people doing these things and to all of them, I say thank you.
I have many reasons to believe that 2013 will not be a great year. Poor people are going to start starving in even greater numbers due to the drought of last year, which will continue into this year.
Disasters are coming. Fukushima isn’t over. The one percent will continue to ratchet up the extraction of resources, adding more carbon and other pollutants to the air and water.
Is 2013 the year that people finally say enough?
That is the question.