News and Letters Committees invites you to a discussion on:
BP’s disaster in the gulf kills workers, devastates the environment, and exposes capitalist “development”
“From the start of the industrial revolution, fossil fuels have been key to capitalism, for the energy to drive its machines for production and, later, to power vehicles, whether for consumers, for global trade, or for its armies of destruction. Those industries combine extraordinary political and economic power with a recklessly lethal drive for production. They are heavily implicated in environmental racism across the world. In the Niger Delta in West Africa, Shell Oil pulls out billions in revenue while leaving the local peoples in poverty and pollution, and the Nigerian government, on behalf of Shell, viciously attacked the freedom movement, executing Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders. In the industrial corridor called “Cancer Alley” between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, predominantly African-American communities suffer high rates of cancer linked to the many oil refineries and petrochemical plants near them. Many of these communities were founded by former slaves after the Civil War, and today exemplify the inseparability of capitalism’s war against workers and against the environment.
“Marx’s Capital gives a good description of this aspect of development under capitalism: ‘Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth--the soil and the laborer.’”
SPEAKER: Franklin Dmitryev, author of “Gulf oil rig explosion kills workers, devastates environment, exposes capitalist ‘development’” (see http://newsandletters.org/Announce/oilRigExplosion.asp), Co-National Organizer, News and Letters Committees. His talk will be followed by free and open discussion