Talia Buford on Environmental Justice, Josh Ruebner on BDS Ban

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Houston (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

(photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

This week on CounterSpin: Paul Stair was a manager at a government land bank in Flint, Michigan, who resigned after he was caught on tape by a local activist saying the problem in Flint, site of the ongoing water contamination crisis, was: “Niggers don’t pay their bills.”

The point of the environmental justice movement is that you don’t need a Paul Stair. Flint could have protected its residents; the reasons they didn’t have everything to do with the race and class of the community, and their political voicelessness. For years, the existence of that sort of inequity, and the idea that it needs rectifying, had at least nominal government support; but now all bets are off. We’ll talk about Flint and the recent history of environmental justice policy with ProPublica reporter Talia Buford.

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BDS sticker, London (cc photo: David Holt)

(cc photo: David Holt)

Also on the show: Legislators might be backing off something called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which the ACLU said looked a lot like an unconstitutional assault on First Amendment rights. But there’s a lot of confusion about what the Act, introduced in both houses, would allow for, and why we should we be concerned—and US corporate media aren’t really the place to look for clarity. We’ll hear what’s going on from Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.