Posts Tagged ‘alcohol impact zones’

Anheuser-Busch, drunk on greed

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

By JIM HIGHTOWER / May 16, 2012 / NATION OF CHANGE [for audio]

Big brewers like Anheuser-Busch frequently admonish us imbibers of their grain products to “drink responsibly.” Well, I say back to them: Lobby responsibly.

In particular, I point to a disgusting binge of besotted lobbying by Anheuser-Busch (now owned by the Belgian beer conglomerate InBev) and other beer barons this year in the Nebraska legislature. (more…)

Can a Bud boycott help the Pine Ridge Reservation?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

By  MICHAEL YUDELL (associate professor at Drexel University School of Public Health)/ May 8, 2012 / THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof called for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch (maker of beers like Budweiser, Rolling Rock, and, for the fancier among you, Stella Artois) for its role in selling alcohol in the tiny Nebraska town of Whiteclay. According to Kristof, the stores in Whiteclay (population: about 10) sell more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually, most of it by Anheuser-Busch. (more…)

Indian beer bill stalls; industry money flows

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

By Timothy Willams / April 11, 2012 / NEW YORK TIMES

Legislation in Nebraska that would curtail alcohol purchases to residents of a dry Indian reservation has stalled in a key committee whose members have received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the alcohol industry, according to state records.

The bill, which would allow the authorities to establish “alcohol impact zones” in areas prone to alcohol-related crime, appears doomed, with the legislative session scheduled to end Wednesday. (more…)

Editorial, 2/18: New ideas on Whiteclay

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


With millions of cans of beer continuing to flow unabated year after year from Whiteclay across the border to the Pine Ridge Reservation, it’s encouraging to hear some new ideas for addressing the problem.

A long-shot civil lawsuit filed by Omaha lawyer Tom White for the Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks $500 million from defendants ranging from major breweries to the little stores in the village of Whiteclay, population of 10 or so, that sell all that alcohol. (more…)

Nebraska bill targeting Whiteclay faces scrutiny

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A proposal to allow for stricter alcohol rules in certain parts of Nebraska would give local governments the tools they need to fight public drunkenness, a state lawmaker said Monday.

But the bill faced skepticism from some state lawmakers and industry leaders, who questioned whether the measure unfairly singled out certain areas. Critics also said they doubted the measure would solve persistent alcohol abuse in problem areas. (more…)

Lawsuits and alcohol impact zones target Whiteclay

Friday, February 10th, 2012


A few bystanders stood on the fringe of a State Capitol news conference last week to hear about a lawsuit that aims to alleviate alcohol problems caused by beer sales in the unincorporated village of Whiteclay, Neb.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe by Omaha lawyer Tom White, goes after the global brewers, the Nebraska distributors and the Whiteclay stores that sell beer to a population truly devastated by alcohol. (more…)

Indian Tribe Suing Beer Companies for Alcohol Abuse Problems

Friday, February 10th, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An American Indian tribe sued some of the world’s largest beer makers Thursday, claiming they knowingly contributed to devastating alcohol-related problems on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the nation’s most impoverished counties. (more…)

Bill would let Nebraska target alcohol problem areas

Thursday, January 12th, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Advocates fighting alcohol problems in Omaha and the tiny Panhandle town of Whiteclay believe a bill in the Legislature would help curb public drunkenness in both areas, but lobbyists for the alcoholic beverage industry said Tuesday that the proposal was too broad. (more…)

Nebraska lawmakers mull alcohol problems in Whiteclay

Saturday, September 17th, 2011


Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking at the alcohol problems in the Panhandle town of Whiteclay.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission director Hobert Rupe encouraged lawmakers Friday to look at the “alcohol impact zones” in places like Washington and Tennessee. (more…)