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Sunday, June 17, 2012

RIVERDALED


"...I need to make very clear that 
what has happened here is profoundly wrong."

"...I would encourage us not to forget that 
while Riverdale was first and foremost 
about the human rights of its residents,
 it is also about the rape of the environment for fracking."
Wendy Lee


"Beautiful 10-year-old children who are now living in what amounts to a prison replete with chain link fencing, construction machinery, the decimation of their community and its grounds, the loss of all of their new friends among the activists, and the loss of all of their old friends evicted from their homes. I can’t even imagine what this experience has been like for them."


"These are kids"

"The stress Aqua America has created for them is one of the ugliest, most revealing, and most damning aspects of this story. Look at the pictures of their handprints on our barricades reconstructed after the former owner, Skip Leonard, mowed them down. Imagine what it must be like for them to see what remains of these brightly painted walls now that Aqua America machinery has destroyed them. Imagine what they are learning about being an American."


"...everything we need to know about corporate fascism, the valuing of property rights over human rights, and the crass drive for profits is contained in the fact that Aqua America is so determined to build their water-withdrawal-for-fracking-station that they’ll risk the lives of two little girls on their bicycles rather than wait until they leave. And we cannot forget that this “leaving” is naught but the forced ejection of children from their homes, their friends, potentially their school, and their lives."


"That, Aqua America, 
is conscienceless."

Quotes & Photos by Wendy Lee
Raging Chicken Press
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Mother, father please explain to me
Why forests march to desert speed
While snowcapped mountains melt away
What do we tell our babies, when do we say, oh


Mother, father please explain to me
How this world has come to be so
Twisted between time and dreams
Oh, mother, father please explain to me
Oh, whats all this talk about?
All this talk about it
Spinning down, down, down, down, down
All this talk about
Endless words without
Nothings done



Mother, father ...
Do you know?

3 comments:

  1. Another great article on fracking here, this one by Xian Chang-Warren over at Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/06/pa-fracking-eviction

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  2. This video is beautifully done--I sincerely appreciate the use made of my pictures and my words. This human and environmental tragedy continues to this day--there are still people at Riverdale trying to find a way to get resettled out of the park, and the park is now a demolition site under investigation for the potential violation of asbestos survey and abatement law. For more, please see:

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/06/15/the-police-raid-on-riverdale-how-kevin-june-didnt-mean-to-break-my-heart/

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/06/18/riverdale-aqua-americas-incarceration-of-children-photos/

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/06/21/the-demolition-of-riverdale-this-is-not-my-america/

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/06/26/riverdale-a-story-of-two-very-different-nights-and-two-very-different-kinds-of-light/

    http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/07/08/in-the-way-of-aqua-america-you-aint-nothing-but-disposable/

    Wendy Lynne Lee
    wlee@bloomu.edu

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  3. "Those with the gold make the rules" The gold they seek is the energy we use. Effort needs to be put into making our own. Is there any other way to stop the madness and insure it never returns? The technology exists and we can produce the products to get the job done. If we wait much longer there will be no chance of reversing the destruction of our world or free the people from the grip of those with the gold.

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