Persecuted and Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun and activist against nuclear arms, in Knoxville, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2012. Rice and two male accomplices await an October trial after breaching security at the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee on July 28. (Photo: Shawn Poynter / The New York Times) Free speech protests often met with police actions, arrests By Samantha Sarra, Truthout | Op-Ed – As the world celebrated Earth Day on April 22, we also marked a half century of environmental resistance and recrimination. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962 and is widely regarded as the genesis of the environmental movement. It also marked the beginning of persecution for those trying to protect planet Earth. A naturalist and prolific author who warned against the effects of synthetic pesticides, Carson’s work was met with aggressive opposition, and she was labeled a communist with sinister intentions employed by the Soviet Union. The peasant women...

Read More...