Maura Stephens is a generalist with deep background in journalism,
international human rights, organic farming and food, performing arts, humanities, and sciences. She's passionately committed to justice, independent media, environmental common sense, and the principles of democratic socialism.
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Invasion of the Black Snakes
Everyone in the USA has heard about the Keystone XL and especially the Dakota Access pipelines, thanks to the prayerful unarmed indigenous people of Standing Rock Reservation, who with relatives from more than 300 other Native American societies and tens of thousands of white, black, and brown allies stood long against these powerful corporations in cahoots with "law enforcement" agencies of North Dakota and many other states.
But did you know that similar atrocities against people and planet are happening around the continent and indeed the globe?
Maura's home state of New York is being crisscrossed by fossil fuel pipelines and related other infrastructures intended to bring methane ("natural" gas) from Pennsylvania and other fracked regions to foreign markets -- under the guise of helping local communities.
Although New Yorkers won't benefit from cheaper gas, they might pay the
ultimate price, for the short-term
enrichment of some corporate bigwigs, high-stakes investors, and the
politicians in their pockets.