Conscientious Objectors: Until after World War 2, Americans could only conscientiously object to military service on a religious basis. I would research the rhetoric that allowed for the transition to secular objection.
Homophobia in Poland: Research the rhetoric used in protest of homophobia, e.g. the repeated burning of the Warsaw rainbow (a gay pride symbol in Poland.)
Abortion in Poland: Research the rhetoric used to protest the proposed sweeping ban on abortion.
Fossil Fuel Stanford: Research the rhetoric used by FFS to encourage the Stanford Management Company to divest from fossil fuels. Research analogous arguments elsewhere and determine the validity of arguments with this structure.
Pebble Mine: The Pebble prospect is a stretch of land in Alaska containing North America’s largest un-mined gold and copper reserves. Mining would have a variety of positive effects, including job creation, increased local economic activity, and increased state tax revenue. However, the prospect is located next to wetlands that connect to one of the largest remaining salmon runs in Alaska. Mining requires the creation of huge amounts of acidic wastewater, which would have to be stored in a pit. Were this pit to leak, it would cause large amounts of damage to the nearby salmon run. Many activists, with good reason, argue that the potential damage to the salmon population and its resulting effect on the ecosystem are far too large a risk to allow mining to begin. Other activists also argue that it would destroy the way of life of fishermen and Native American descendants who rely on salmon for their livelihood.
I will hone in on this second argument, analyzing its rhetoric, and then trying to determine its validity. While obviously there is no merit in anyone losing their livelihood, this second argument seems to conflict with Jordan’s statement that activism must be forward-looking. I would also take a closer look at Jordan’s argument claiming “all differences are mere differences” (141). If it can be determined that not all differences are equally different in the context of activism, than this argument could hold.
The outcome of the battle for the Pebble prospect is likely to have huge implications, and thus debate is well-known to Alaskans. The project would also be timely because the project seems fairly likely to advance with the implementation of a new EPA director. Connections could also be made to other Native American activist movements seeking to protect the environment, such as the NDPL.