Ed Schultz covers the new Koch Brothers Exposed investigation on Georgia-Pacific and the connection to cancer in Crossett, Arkansas. Ed comments, “Every person in this country who cares about democracy should care about this work.”
Robert Greenwald, Filmmaker, political activist and founder of Brave New Foundation joins Thom Hartmann on RT America/The Big Picture. Robert says the Koch brothers have been linked to political bribery, funding right wing think tanks, financial ties to foreign businesses and now…cancer!
A provocative new video from Brave New Films exposes what appear to be serious environmental crimes in Crossett, Arkansas, caused by waste product at a Georgia-Pacific plant. Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries.
In the video, the citizens of Penn Road, a residential neighborhood behind a channel into which the Georgia-Pacific plywood, paper mill, and formaldehyde resin plants are dumping their wastewater, are seen suffering from the effects of poor air quality and carcinogens in their environment. David Bouie, a pastor at the local church for 22 years in the area, says in the video. “We have 15 homes in this area, and maybe 11 people have died with cancer. Something is wrong on this street, Penn Road, where I live.”
The Brave New Films project may ring a bell with DeSmogBlog readers. Earlier this year, I wrote about a previous installment in the series taking a look at how the Kochs stand to profit from the construction of the Keystone XLpipeline, if it is ever built. (That video is even more interesting to watch on the heels of a must-read InsideClimate News article from earlier this week indicating that the Kochs have offered misleading explanations to Congress and the media about how much they stand to benefit from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.)
Thom Hartmann talks with Robert Greenwald, Filmmaker, political activist and founder of Brave New Foundation, about Robert’s latest documentary that exposes a connection between the Koch brothers and a small community dying of cancer.
Brave New Foundation’s Koch Brothers Exposed investigation gets picked up on MSNBC “The Last Word.” Guest host, Melissa Harris-Perry, connects the Koch brothers and AFP-North Carolina’s involvement in re-segregating public schools in North Carolina.
A controversial new eleven-minute video titled, “Why the Koch Brothers Want To End Public Education,” produced by Robert Greenwald for Brave New Films, alleges that Koch brothers dollars indeed helped to fuel 2009 Wake School Board Republican candidates John Tedesco; Deborah Pickett; Debra Goldman and Charles Malone. The goal was resegregating Wake Public Schools, increasing the number of high poverty schools after dismantling the system’s socioeconomic diversity policy, and ultimately privatizing the school system once the white population deserted it.
Brave New Foundation releases its latest video in the Koch Brothers Exposed series, focusing on the Koch brothers attempt to re-segregate public schools in Wake County, North Carolina. Robert Greenwald discusses on MSNBC “The Ed Show.”
After Brave New Foundation’s searing video, exposing the role Koch-funded organizations like Americans for Prosperity are taking in the re-segregation of schools and the undermining of public education’s very foundations, began circulating on the internet, the group naturally expected some blowback.
And naturally, it came, albeit poorly and someone incoherently, from AFP branches around the country.
[UPDATE: In an August 16 letter to Brave New Foundation Robert Greenwald, Dallas Woodhouse, Americans for Prosperity's North Carolina state director, attacked the premise of Greenwald's film, saying it "falsely claims" AFP was involved in the 2009 Wake County school board elections. Woodhouse asserts that AFP "did not spend a single dime on those elections" nor did it engage in any get-out-the-vote or voter education efforts. "AFP played no role in the 2009 WCPSS election," Woodhouse asserts. Read his full response.
Even for the Lincoln Centre it was an unusual show, and an unscheduled one. Several hundred protesters turned up outside the arts complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last week for the guerrilla screening of a short film. From a hotel on the other side of the street, a video was projected on to the centre’s walls. The unwitting stars of the films were David and Charles Koch, the reclusive rightwing billionaire brothers whose secretive empire and network of influence and funding is emerging as a liberal rallying cause in America.
NEW YORK — Eight years after the Dance Insider first exposed to the arts world how New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre benefactor David Koch was more than just an arts philanthropist, writing about his company’s questionable environmental record and efforts to debunk global warming science, the Reverend Billy, a.k.a. comedian Bill Talen, was arrested Wednesday night for ‘trespassing’ in front of the “David H. Koch Theater” as he lead 500 supporters of the Brave New foundation in a “Guerrilla Rebrand” of the space formerly known as the New York State Theater, home to the NYC Ballet and City Opera.