Oil and Anguish: Alaska, Nigeria, and the Gulf Coast

Within a week of the Exxon Oil spill in 1989, currents and winds pushed the slick 90 miles from the site of the tanker, out of Prince William Sound into the Gulf of Alaska. It eventually reached nearly 600 miles away from the wreck contaminating 1,500 miles of shoreline – about the length of California's coast and was described as the "largest oil spill to date in U.S. waters." In June of 1989 I was dispatched to Cordova, Alaska in my new role as an advisor to a donor. Eleven million gallons of oil had spewed ...

The Danger of Intolerance

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me....

Tides CEO Statement on 580 Incident

Statement from Tides CEO Drummond Pike

We are greatly dismayed to learn from law enforcement officials that the man arrested over the weekend following a shootout with the CHP had targeted the Tides Foundation for violence. To the best of our knowledge, this person has never had contact with any Tides organization or program. As there is an ongoing investigation into this incident, we will not speculate as to what his motivations may have been.

We are relieved that no one other than the assailant was hurt...

The Story of Cosmetics: "N-Nitrosoethanolmaine?"

Here's a post which arrived in our inbox from the Story of Stuff Project, a project of Tides:

Remember 'Toxics In, Toxics Out'?

In The Story of Stuff, Annie explained that as long as we keep putting toxic chemicals into our production system, we'll keep bringing toxic stuff into our homes, workplaces, and schools. Which means we'll keep getting toxics in us.

We're revisiting 'Toxics In, Toxics Out' on July 21st with the release of The Story of Cosmetics, which...

The List Project Invites You

The List Project invites you to attend a U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing focusing on the current status of Iraqi refugees and the dangers faced by our Iraqi allies. Panelists include: Assistant Secretary Eric Schwartz (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration); Michael Newton, Professor of Law (Vanderbilt University) and former Brigade Judge Advocate (U.S. Army Special Forces); Craig Johnstone of Refugees International; and our founder, Kirk Johnson....

Celebrating Life and Championing Courage for a Decade

Colin Higgins Foundation, a cherished partner of the Tides Foundation, recently celebrated the tenth year of its Courage Awards program.

Colin Higgins left behind a lasting legacy after his untimely death of an AIDS-related illness in 1988 – from his unforgettable film characters who continue to inspire and touch the hearts of fans across the world, to the organizations and individuals receiving support from his foundation in areas of his concern, including LGBTQ youth empowerment and HIV/AIDS services and...