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Michael Simms: Black Brick, Yellow Brick

I will die in Pittsburgh on a beautiful day…

March 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Scarf

The old man and the blonde woman smiled and waved at me, and I felt a surge of gratitude to be among such decent people in this lovely city in a dark time when the light of kindness seems so rare.

January 1, 2020 · 10 Comments

Rick Campbell: Archeology

I have come a thousand miles for this. J&L’s ruins, a gravel plain on the Ohio’s west bank. There’s little left but an archeology of memory—smokestacks, ovens, foundry, smelter, slag. … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Robert Gibb: Worker, Steel Mill

Photograph by W. Eugene Smith, c. 1955 . Bug-eyed in those glare-filled goggles, He’s gauntleted and cassocked, garbed To be garbed in fire, which forms a lake On the floor … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Gibb: Deskulling the Slag Pots

i.   You’d see them in the railyard, Coupled and waiting in line To be topped off with that cargo Tapped from the blast furnaces: Magma they’d freight nightly Along … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: ‘The Alarm Bells are Ringing’ — From Athletes to Environmentalists, a Universal Call for Racial Justice Emerges

While the protests over deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown refuse to stand down, leading environmentalists, labor protesters and others show their solidarity saying: “These issues are not separate.” … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

NRDC: Fracking Endangers Health and Water Supplies

The rapid expansion of natural gas drilling across the nation endangers human health and the environment. The oil and gas industry is seeking to expand natural gas production across the … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fracking Ban in Mora County, New Mexico May be Model for Other Communities

In April 2013, John Olívas led the charge to make his county of Mora, New Mexico the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking within its borders. “If … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Conversation with John Detwiler

Vox: John, unlike most environmental activists you have a strong background in industry and business. You received a PhD in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and you worked in the … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

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