On this day … 10/22


1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
In a televised speech of extraordinary gravity, President John F. Kennedy announces that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites-under construction but nearing completion-housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United… read more »
1775
Peyton Randolph dies »
1965
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Highway Beautification Act »
1864
Hood at Guntersville, Alabama »
1962
Kennedy announces blockade of Cuba during the Missile Crisis »
1934
Pretty Boy Floyd is killed by the FBI »
1913
Coal mine explodes in New Mexico »
1797
The first parachutist »
1975
Gay sergeant challenges the Air Force »
1964
Sartre wins and declines Nobel Prize »
1811
Pianist and composer Franz Liszt is born »
1903
Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell »
1962
JFK announces a blockade of Cuba »
1992
Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber dies at 84 »
2012
Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles »
1957
American forces suffer first casualties in Vietnam »
1965
173rd Airborne trooper saves comrades »
1972
President Thieu turns down peace proposal »
1914
Germans capture Langemarck during First Battle of Ypres »
1942
Allies confer secretly about Operation Torch »

Peru: Stop the Oil Spills! Amazon Watch


Peru’s indigenous peoples are defending Amazonian rivers from oil spills and need your solidarity today!TAKE ACTION TO STOP PERU OIL SPILLS »

Yesterday, Amazon Watch visited Saramurillo, a town along the banks of the mighty Marañon River, where hundreds of indigenous water protectors are demanding an end to the contamination of the Amazon. Seven oil spills have been reported this year alone in the Peruvian Amazon, adding to dozens from prior years. The spills have leaked thousands of barrels of oil and directly affected indigenous communities like the Awajún and the Wampis. These are the kinds of spills that the Standing Rock Sioux are fighting to prevent their North Dakota territory.

After the third spill of this year the pipeline was shut down, yet spills continue. Fed up by continued spills and government inaction in the face of over 40 years of oil contamination, many affected communities rose up on September 1st, blocking traffic up and down the river demanding that the government take adequate action to stop further spills. We were able to visit them at their camp near Station 1, the beginning of the pipeline, to show our support.

Because the government strategy thus far has been to try to pacify the mobilization without actually taking substantive actions, the communities need international support for their demands.

Please send Peru’s new president an email today, encouraging a high-level delegation to travel to the Marañon River and dialogue in good faith with the affected communities.

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