Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
RE:ACTION July/August 2005The Unforgiven
Home Sour Home
HomeOwners for Better Building supports stronger protections for new homebuyers. Its website tracks a variety of topics, from the sorry state of Texas home-building to the latest scourge of suburbia, toxic mold. Visit Consumer Reports website to read its investigation into shoddy home construction and for tips on how to spot and avoid problems when you buy.
The Business of Poaching
Traffic, a project of the World Wildlife Fund, tracks efforts to protect thousands of threatened species. Endorsed by martial-arts star Jackie Chan, WildAid sponsors antipoaching programs in Southeast Asia. For links to groups working to save wild tigers from extinction, visit forevertigers.com. Two new books further explore the bloody trade in animal parts: Richard Ellis Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn: The Destruction of Wildlife for Traditional Chinese Medicine (Island Press, 2005) and photojournalist Ben Davies Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia (Ten Speed Press, 2005).
Long Road Home
Ry Cooders Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch) was released in June. Don Normarks photographs of the neighborhoods ?nal days are collected in Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story (Chronicle Books, 1999). For a full Cooder discography, visit the comprehensive fan site ryland-cooder.com.
The Artful Codger
Calculate how much youd save if you bought your prescription drugs in Canada at Access to Benefits Coalition and the pharma-sponsored Together Rx Access. Keep an eye on lobbyists of all ages at the Center for Media and Democracys website, prwatch.org.
Pirates of the Corporation
The International Labor Rights Fund provides more information on the Alien Torts Claim Act, a vital tool for preventing corporations from violating fundamental human rights, at laborrights.org. EarthRights International, which participated in the suit against Unocal in Burma, is campaigning to stop the Bush administration and its corporate allies from weakening the law.
Amigos de Sian Ka´an is trying to protect the Banco Chinchorro Reserve. Oceana and Bluewater Network are ?ghting the cruise industrys nasty habit of dumping sewage offshore. You can urge Congress to pass the Clean Cruise Ship Act at stopcruisepollution.com.
Penny Allens War Is Hell will be published in World War 3 Illustrated in August. The muckraking website The Memory Hole ?rst published the photographs of soldiers cof?ns that the Pentagon tried to hide. A Shooting After Nightfall, Chris Hondros disturbing photos of civilians killed by American troops, are at newsday.com. For current stats on the wars toll, visit icasualties.org. Penny Allens War Is Hell will be published in World War 3 Illustrated in August; her work has been shown at Portlands Mark Wooley Gallery.
The Days of Bread and Roses
Paul Buhle and Nicole Schulmans feisty cartoon history Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World (Verso, 2005) features contributions by Harvey Pekar, Spain Rodriguez, Sue Coe, and others. Follow the debate over labors future at labornotes.org and the Service Employees International Unions unitetowin.org.
The Art of War
Joe Saccos stories Christmas With Karadzic and Soba appear in Wars End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96 (Drawn and Quarterly, 2005). Sorry, Sacco fans: He predicts that his next full-length book wont be out until 2008.