Activism Is The Only Hope Of Restoring America’s Democratic Principles

http://www.nationalmemo.com/activism-is-the-only-hope-of-restoring-americas-democratic-principles/ The place to focus our intense activism is where the action is already happening — right in the communities and states where we live. Yes, Trump, Inc. is out to turn Washington into a plutocratic Heart of Darkness and, yes, we must rally together to resist the horrors it promises. The post Activism Is […]

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From Raising Consciousness to Raising Hell

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/sunday/from-raising-consciousness-to-raising-hell.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Activism today is “still women sitting in a circle with each other.”

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Op-Ed Contributor: Taking a Stand at Standing Rock

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/opinion/taking-a-stand-at-standing-rock.html?partner=rss&emc=rss My Sioux tribe opposes a pipeline that risks the clean water of millions.

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Native Americans Mount Protest Against N. Dakota Oil Pipeline

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18082016/native-americans-sioux-tribe-protest-north-dakota-access-bakken-oil-pipeline-fossil-fuels Construction halted after more than 1,000 people swarm to protest the Dakota Access pipeline they believe threatens the Missouri River. By Phil McKenna A groundswell of Native American activists has temporarily shut down construction on a major new oil pipeline with an ongoing protest that has drawn approximately 1,200 people to Cannon Ball, N.D. […]

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Climate changers

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/05/climate-changers/ The scale of climate change can seem so overwhelming that some people conclude there is nothing an individual can do – so instead of taking action, they may face this problem with dread or indifference. ARMSTRONG: “I’d rather spend my […] The post Climate changers appeared first on Yale Climate Connections.

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Lawmakers call for hearings on bills demanded by Democracy Spring protesters

http://www.southernstudies.org/2016/04/lawmakers-call-for-hearings-on-bills-demanded-by-d.html Following the arrests of over 1,200 people in Washington, D.C. during nonviolent protests against big money in politics, members of Congress are demanding hearings on legislation that aims to protect voting rights and curb corporate influence over elections. Image: <img height="750" alt="&lt;p&gt;Protesters recently marched in Washington, D.C. demanding limits on big money in politics […]

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The Fight Against Offshore Drilling That’s Unifying Towns Along The East Coast

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/03/3743887/atlantic-drilling-opposition-along-east-coast/ Over 100 towns have pledged their resistance to the Obama administration’s plan for drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast. The post The Fight Against Offshore Drilling That’s Unifying Towns Along The East Coast appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34745-flint-whistleblowers-who-exposed-their-poisoned-water-we-re-just-getting-started The actions of a small group of dedicated activists in the Coalition for Clean Water led to the revelation that Flint, Michigan, residents were being poisoned by lead-contaminated water. The activists had been living with the yellow, brown, and red water flowing from their taps even as government officials denied it and the same […]

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Romania’s Prime Minister Resigns After Protests Over Deadly Nightclub Fire

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640350/s/4b39a9c0/sc/11/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C110C0A50Cworld0Ceurope0Cromania0Evictor0Eponta0Eresigns0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm Already being investigated for graft, Victor Ponta quit after more than 20,000 people marched in Bucharest, the capital, to demand his resignation.

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Texas Activists Form Statewide Coalition to Confront Fracking Despite Pushback From State, Industry

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33393-texas-activists-form-statewide-coalition-to-confront-fracking-despite-pushback-from-state-industry Vantage Energy’s subcontracted oil and gas workers with Weatherford International mockingly pose with the large, wooden sign displaying the City of Denton’s former fracking ban ordinance, which was used in a civil disobedience action defending the fracking ban in June by anti-fracking activists. (Photo obtained via open records request. The photographer remains unknown.) Anti-fracking […]

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Women in Grassroots Movement Respond to Climate Change

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33007-women-in-grassroots-movement-respond-to-climate-change In an event hall in the small village of Sirsi, on the edge of the Western Ghats in the Indian state of Karnataka, more than a hundred women gather to participate in the Malnad Mela, a decade-old festival organized by Vanastree, a seed saving collective of women farmers. These participants, as well as the […]

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Noam Chomsky on the Potential for Ordinary People to Make Radical Change

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33023-noam-chomsky-on-the-potential-for-ordinary-people-to-make-radical-change Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Andrew Rusk) First published at Jacobin magazine, a print and online magazine offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. Throughout his illustrious career, one of Noam Chomsky’s chief preoccupations has been questioning – and urging us to question – the assumptions and norms that govern our society. Following a talk […]

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Will Grassroots Movements Change the Political Discourse in Iowa?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32581-will-grassroots-movements-change-the-political-discourse-in-iowa Presidential elections are an opportunity for grassroots movements to punch above their weight – especially in states like Iowa. Social movements there and around the United States are pushing candidates to state their positions on policies that will promote racial, social and economic justice.Minnesota-based immigrant rights group Asamblea de Derechos Civiles disrupts a soapbox […]

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Protestors Occupy Lignite Coal Mine in Germany

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32515-protestors-occupy-lignite-coal-mine-in-germany Four months before world governments meet in Paris to negotiate the deal they claim will “save the climate”, 1500 protestors took matters into their own hands by entering an opencast lignite mine owned by energy provider RWE in western Germany. With this massive act of civil disobedience on 15th August they successfully blocked four […]

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Which Pipeline Inspired Protesters To Stage A Sit-In At John Kerry’s House? Hint: It Wasn’t Keystone

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/26/3695133/alberta-clipper-pipeline-expansion-youth-protest/ On Tuesday morning, over 100 protesters gathered front of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Georgetown home, urging him to stop a pipeline that would carry thousands of barrels of tar sands from Canada into the United States. But the pipeline in question wasn’t Keystone XL — it was the Alberta Clipper, an expansion project […]

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The Uber-ization of Activism

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/opinion/the-uber-ization-of-activism.html?partner=rss&emc=rss By using customers as lobbyists, companies like Uber are cheapening grass-roots activism, and getting a free ride.

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Seattle Led the Country’s Minimum Wage Revolution. Can It Do the Same With Rent Control?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32160-seattle-led-the-country-s-minimum-wage-revolution-can-it-do-the-same-with-rent-control Major cities across the country may soon be finding inspiration from Seattle, the same city that last year sparked the movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The progressive push this time is for what affordable housing proponents see as a necessary antidote to skyrocketing rents, a phenomenon plaguing major cities across the country. Seattle […]

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Report Fuels Fracking Ban Push in California

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/17072015/report-fuels-fracking-ban-push-california-governor-brown-oil-gas-drilling-new-york Activist groups have launched a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking like New York’s after a study shows how little is known about its dangers.By Zahra Hirji A new state-mandated report underscores how little is known about the risks associated with fracking in California, fueling a push by activists to temporarily halt the […]

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Kentucky’s Anti-Fracking Movement Deals Setback to Pipelines

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31865-kentucky-s-anti-fracking-movement-deals-setback-to-pipelines Some recent victories against powerful energy companies have given environmental activists in Kentucky a reason to celebrate. In late May, Bluegrass Pipeline LLC was denied eminent domain by the Kentucky Court of Appeals following a legal battle against environmental lawyer and renowned activist Tom FitzGerald, whose efforts succeeded in blocking a natural gas transport […]

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In the Shadow of Big Oil: Walks Unite Frontline Refinery Communities

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31575-in-the-shadow-of-big-oil-walks-unite-frontline-refinery-communities Community healing walks organized by Native American environmental activists are drawing increased attention to the high rates of asthma, cancer and environmental racism experienced by neighbors of the five large oil refineries in the northeast San Francisco Bay area. The healing walks are organized by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Idle No […]

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Thousands March In The Midwest’s Largest-Ever Anti-Tar Sands Rally

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/06/3666931/tar-sands-midwest-rally/ Protesters march against tar sands oil in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, June 6, 2015. CREDIT: courtesy of the Sierra Club Thousands gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota Saturday afternoon to march in protest of the growing network of tar sands pipelines in America, singling out one pipeline — the Alberta Clipper — in particular. […]

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Exhausting Legal Options, Residents of Texas Town Take Direct Action to Enforce Fracking Ban

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31132-exhausting-legal-options-residents-of-texas-town-take-direct-action-to-enforce-fracking-ban Adam Briggle, Tara Linn Hunter and Niki Chochrek sit at the entrance gate of a Vantage Energy gas well site on the edge of Denton, Texas’ west side. (Photo: David Goodman/Don’t Frack With Denton) For years, environmental philosophy professor Adam Briggle has opened his ethics classes at the University of North Texas in Denton […]

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Sister Megan Rice, Freed From Prison, Is Unapologetic for Anti-Nuclear Activism

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640350/s/46aaa316/sc/7/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C0A50C270Cscience0Csister0Emegan0Erice0Eanti0Enuclear0Eweapons0Eactivist0Efreed0Efrom0Eprison0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm The nun, who spent two years behind bars for splattering blood and antiwar slogans on a nuclear plant in Tennessee in 2012, said she had “no qualms.”

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Grassroots organizing shapes North Charleston’s response to police killing of Walter Scott

http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/05/grassroots-organizing-shapes-north-charlestons-res.html Why was the killing of an African-American man by a white police officer in a South Carolina city met with such a different response than similar tragedies in the North and Midwest? Camera footage made a difference, but so did the years-long building of a community of resistance. Image: <img height=”640″ alt=”&lt;p&gt;A protest at […]

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Reclaim the American Dream – It’s Up To Us.

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So Washington’s Stuck. Here’s How We’re Moving Ahead

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/campaignforamericasfuture/~3/R0QGhGOv5rY/so-washingtons-stuck-heres-how-were-moving-ahead Recent developments around the country raise the question of whether we are beginning to see the slow, early, inchoate, piece-by-piece emergence of a new progressive period.

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Not Lovin’ It: Thousands Storm McDonald’s Head Quarters to Protest Low Wages

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30968-not-lovin-it-thousands-storm-mcdonald-s-hq-to-protest-low-wages In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters on May 20 to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices, and start paying workers a living wage. McDonald’s cashiers and cooks came to the company’s shareholders meeting, at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. More […]

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“Shell No”: From Sea to Land, Seattle Residents Fight Oil Giant’s Plans for Arctic Drilling

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30922-shell-no-from-sea-to-land-seattle-residents-fight-oil-giant-s-plans-for-arctic-drilling A major campaign is underway in Seattle against oil giant Shell’s plans to drill in the remote and pristine Arctic this summer. On Monday, hundreds blocked the entrance to the the city’s port, where Shell has docked its 400-foot-long, 355-foot-wide Arctic-bound Polar Pioneer drilling rig. On Saturday, about 500 environmentalists and indigenous leaders took […]

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Thanks To Community Protest, EPA Won’t Burn Huge Stockpile Of Explosives In The Open

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/08/3656941/epa-camp-minden-no-open-burn/ Community opposition in Minden was key to the decision not to burn the explosives in the open, an EPA spokesman said. CREDIT: Photo Courtesy Chris Broussard The Environmental Protection Agency has effectively abandoned a plan to conduct an open burn of 15 million pounds of volatile military explosives in Minden, Louisiana, following six months […]

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Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/13/3658187/seattle-port-vote-shell-delay/ CREDIT: AP In response to mounting pressure from protesters and public officials, the Port of Seattle voted Tuesday to ask for a delay in the arrival of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs. The vote itself does not delay the arrival of the rigs, nor does it rescind the lease that the Port of […]

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Grabbing Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640350/s/46324a2e/sc/31/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C0A50C120Cus0Cgrabbing0Epaddles0Ein0Eseattle0Eto0Eward0Eoff0Ean0Eoil0Egiant0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm Protesters hope to attract 1,000 kayaks or other small boats in a show of solidarity against Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to use the Port of Seattle for its Arctic drilling fleet.

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Grass-Roots Push in the Plains to Block the Keystone Pipeline’s Path

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640333/s/460961d3/sc/31/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C0A50C0A60Cus0Cgrass0Eroots0Epush0Ein0Ethe0Eplains0Eto0Eblock0Ethe0Ekeystone0Epipelines0Epath0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm A new round of hearings on a state construction permit for the Keystone XL project is expected to pit South Dakota activists against pipeline supporters eager for construction to begin.

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Grass-Roots Push in the Plains to Block the Keystone Pipeline’s Path

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640350/s/4609c435/sc/31/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C0A50C0A60Cus0Cgrass0Eroots0Epush0Ein0Ethe0Eplains0Eto0Eblock0Ethe0Ekeystone0Epipelines0Epath0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm A new round of hearings on a state construction permit for the Keystone XL project is expected to pit South Dakota activists against pipeline supporters eager for construction to begin.

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How a Small Quaker Group Forced PNC Bank to Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29732-how-a-small-quaker-group-forced-pnc-bank-to-stop-financing-mountaintop-removal After five years of action by Earth Quaker Action Team, PNC Bank announced a shift in its policy on March 2 that will effectively cease its financing of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. This marks a major turnaround for the nation’s seventh largest bank, which for years refused to budge on this issue. […]

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El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29670-el-salvador-farmers-successfully-defy-monsanto Farmers drive through the “coffee lands” of El Salvador, November 6, 2013. (Photo: Stuart) Multinational giant Monsanto has been thwarted again by farmers in El Salvador. Local officials, seed producers and farmer’s rights advocates have prevented the giant bioengineering company from forcing its chemical-laden products into the country.Farmers drive through the “coffee lands” of […]

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New Documentary Trailer Shows How Denton, Texas Upstaged the Oil and Gas Industry

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29836-new-documentary-trailer-shows-how-denton-texas-upstaged-the-oil-and-gas-industry Garrett Graham and his partner, Truthout’s Assistnat Editor/Reporter Candice Bernd, are producing the forthcoming documentary film, Don’t Frack With Denton, which chronicles how their hometown became the first city in Texas to ban fracking after a landslide election victory last November. The film will premeire this coming May. The short documentary showcases how their […]

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Louisiana Residents Convince EPA That Burning Explosive Waste Outside Is a Bad Idea

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29869-louisiana-residents-convince-epa-that-burning-explosive-waste-outside-is-a-bad-idea More than 18 million pounds of hazardous explosives are still sitting in bunkers at Camp Minden in Louisiana, after an explosion happened there more than two years ago. Officials haven’t agreed on how to clean up the wartime leftovers, but they have decided not to burn them in the open air.A handout photo of […]

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Grassroots Movement Blocks Water Privatization in Mexico

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29955-grassroots-movement-blocks-water-privatization-in-mexico The ruling party (PRI) and its allies, the National Action Party (PAN), the Partido Verde and New Alliance, were forced to back down in the Chamber of Deputies. The privatization offensive launched this time against water, will have to wait for another day—preferably for its promoters, not around elections. The procedure to rule on […]

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Minden Journal: Louisiana Parish Fights Plan to Burn Tons of Propellant No One Wants

http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640350/s/44856849/sc/14/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C0A30C190Cus0Clouisiana0Eparish0Efights0Eplan0Eto0Eburn0Etons0Eof0Epropellant0Eno0Eone0Ewants0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm Webster Parish residents and others said they would not shy from a confrontation if the authorities proceed with a plan to openly burn an abandoned stockpile of M6 propellant.

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