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Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes 18.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Dozens of Native American-themed costumes are no longer available online.
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When public lands become tribal lands again 16.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
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When federal lands become tribal lands again 16.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow it’s own laws.
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Vien Truong: business leaders can catalyze environmental justice reform 22.7.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: How governments, businesses and NGOs can work together toward environmental equity
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On 'unalienable' human rights 15.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Mercedes Allen On July 8, the U.S. State Department  announced the launch  of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, which is intended to rethink and reshape how human rights laws are applied around the world. This commission was deemed necessary to ensure that "human rights discourse not be corrupted or hijacked or used for dubious or malignant purposes," though in that  founding statement , the department failed to explain how this was supposedly happening, or who was said to be hijacking said discourse. Reporting  about this development  immediately  raised  concerns  that the commission's mandate could negatively impact and specifically target  LGBTQ human rights protections , and there could be dire ramifications for  reproductive rights , sex-based rights, and the rights of migrants as well. Although the wording of the announcement is vague to a degree, religious conservatives  clearly expect  the project "to address concerns about religious freedom and abortion," at the least. In  announcing  the ...
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The Canadian Green New Deal and migrant justice 4.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar The Canadian Green New Deal movement is picking up steam, as prominent activists join forces with over 80 organizations to demand radical change. On June 11, Indigenous lawyer Pam Palmater and journalist Naomi Klein were two of the speakers at a Green New Deal town hall in Toronto. More town halls are planned in the next few weeks, with an open invitation to organize events to anyone committed to building the movement.  Modeled after the demand for a Green New Deal in the U.S. , the Canadian version aims to build a mass movement that can pressure government to take bold actions.  Instead of implementing temperate solutions such as the carbon tax, the Canadian Green New Deal calls for an economy that redistributes wealth and resources to benefit the vast majority of the population while drastically reducing emissions. That translates into transformative action on "systems of transit, energy, housing, agriculture, and public services" as well as addressing migrant justice. "The migrant ...
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Historicizing whiteness -- or not 1.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Raluca Bejan Whiteness is a hot topic nowadays. From BuzzFeed to the New York Times, there seems to be a never-ending fascination with discussing privileged societal positions derived from skin colour appurtenance, seen, in return, to universally cut across all imaginable distributive axes of allocating group advantages and disadvantages. Yet talking about whiteness mainly benefits those doing the talking. Careers are created, such as the one of  Robin J. DiAngelo , whose bestseller book on White Fragility aims to show that a white woman can explain to other whites what they "don't get about whiteness and race"; status positions are continually juggled, as shown by many examples of racialized, tenured academics, who fail to see the contradiction between cashing in sunshine list salaries while simultaneously playing the subaltern card (although their class status offsets the adjacent material effects of such racialized positioning); and new markets unendingly affixed, to broadly disseminate the white ...
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One way to decolonize this Canada Day 27.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll In 2017, I wrote that I would not be celebrating  Canada's 150th birthday . Instead, I encouraged settlers to read, watch, or listen to an Indigenous viewpoint each week for the rest of the year in order to work towards meaningful reconciliation with the true founding Nations of this land. Then, in 2018, I checked in to see how settlers were doing and to offer a list of books, documentaries, movies and music that could help them on their  truth and reconciliation  journey. Well, July 1 is here again and I'm still unable to celebrate Canada's birthday so long as celebrations ignore the reality that the creation of this nation meant the demise of the Indigenous nations that were living and thriving here for generations before first contact and colonization. And because Canada and Canadians continue to journey down a path that fails to acknowledge our history of genocide, systemic racism, broken treaties, and dearth of meaningful remedial action that's needed before true reconciliation can ...
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Extinction Rebellion stages 'bitumen spill' outside prime minister's office 25.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
In response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approval of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline on June 18, Extinction Rebellion Ottawa organized a "bitumen spill" the following afternoon outside his office in downtown Ottawa. Extinction Rebellion billed the action as "taking the Trans Mountain fight to the prime minister's doorstep." There are many reasons to oppose the 890,000-barrels-per-day tar sands pipeline. It violates Indigenous sovereignty and lacks the free, prior and informed consent of numerous First Nations. There are 133 First Nations on or near the route of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline. Almost 520 kilometres of that route would cross the Secwepemc Nation without their consent. Furthermore, only 43 First Nations have signed "mutual benefit agreements" (which should not be confused with their free, prior and informed consent for the pipeline). The pipeline would emit massive amounts of carbon pollution. It would produce an estimated 26 million tonnes of upstream and 60 million tonnes of ...
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Massive protests shake up politics in Hong Kong 23.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China with its own set of laws and regulations separate from most of mainland China. Hong Kong is in a transition period following the withdrawal of the U.K. as its colonial power in 1997. Since then, the city state has seen spikes in political activities and protests when major changes to its laws have been proposed. In the last few months, the Hong Kong government, headed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, proposed to introduce a new law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China. APC talked to Carol Ng, the Women's Officer of the Confederation of Hong Kong Trade Unions, earlier in the week as to the reasons why this proposed law saw demonstrations of up to two million people flood the streets of Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by  Australia Asia Worker Links , in the studio of  3CR Radio  in Melbourne, Australia. Image: Demonstration against ...
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Instead of squabbling over scarce jobs and incomes, we should jointly strive for a fair economic system 20.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn There's an African proverb that is becoming uncomfortably apt to apply to many workers and citizens: "As the waterhole becomes smaller, the animals get meaner." In other words, as basic needs dwindle, so does the willingness to share what's left. The merits of community and co-operation are superseded by a selfish survival-of-the-fittest mentality. A big difference, however, exists between what happens at a shrinking waterhole in Africa and what happens in Canada when good-paying jobs are reduced, incomes fall or stagnate, and government services are cut back. The African waterhole gets smaller because of a drought. It's a natural and unavoidable phenomenon. In Canadian society, however, the necessities of life for the most vulnerable among us are being deliberately restricted. Our welfare "waterhole" is being siphoned away, its contents inequitably transferred from the pockets of the poor into the bulging bank accounts and stock portfolios of the rich and powerful. There is no shortage of money ...
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U.S. Congress marks Juneteenth with historic hearings on reparations and poverty 20.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. The name comes from a combination of the two words in the date, June nineteenth. On that day in 1865, 250,000 slaves in Texas were freed by a Union Army general who had arrived with troops in Galveston the day before. The Civil War had ended more than a month earlier, but word of the war's end took time to reach parts of Texas. By the end of 1865, the 13th Amendment had been ratified, formally outlawing slavery across the United States. It was an incredible victory, but the trajectory of systemic racism in the United States did not end there, as we know all too well. Indeed, the real-world impacts of slavery on today's African-American population were front and centre in Washington, D.C., this week, as historic hearings and public gatherings convened to discuss, debate and organize around reparations and poverty, and to offer a vision for a more just and equitable nation. On Wednesday, Juneteenth, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 40, ...
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Five actions to take on National Indigenous Peoples Day 18.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar On June 21, 2019 Canada commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day. Earlier in June, the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls report came out, calling Canada's treatment of Indigenous peoples "genocide." So now, what do we do? On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Activist Toolkit is highlighting organizing that's being done to stop the continued discrimination. Stand with these organizers. 1. Stop exposure to toxic waste. On June 6, the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics issued a report based on his eight-stop visit of Canada staying that: ...he was "quite disappointed" with a lack of clear answers from Ontario and Ottawa regarding why a remedy has not been found for the community of Grassy Narrows half a century after the discharge of 10 tonnes of mercury upstream from the First Nation, located about 100 kilometres northeast of Kenora, Ont. -- Olivia Stefanovich, CBC  Read his complete findings here . FreeGrassy.net lists ways in which you can continue to support the complete clean-up of ...
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Human rights, access to remedy and stakeholder engagement 17.6.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Companies have a very real role to play in resolving grievances but are struggling to respond.
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Ford government erodes workers' safety; labour unites against racism; immigrant employment reaches new Canadian high 13.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar Help make rabble sustainable. Please consider supporting our work with a monthly donation and join us as we take on the 2019 election.  Support  rabble.ca  today for as little as $1 per month! #UniteAgainstRacism on Labour Day The 2019 Labour Day will be premised on anti-racism as 13 Canadian labour council presidents signed onto an open letter at the urging of Migrants Rights Network (MRN). The alliance of migrant rights groups across the country has called for a national day of action on June 16, as the campaign fights back against increasing xenophobia and racism. "Right now, what's happening in Canada is we're seeing a slate of right-wing governments being elected across the country," says Preethy Sivakumar of MRN. "And what are all these right wing governments doing? They're using racism as a weapon to win votes. Once they gain power, what they're doing is pushing austerity budgets , deepening poverty , and attacking workers' rights . Unions have an active interest in ensuring that ...
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We have no time to waste 12.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson Dear fellow rabble rousers, We're at an important juncture in activist history. With the unprecedented level of extreme heat, forest fires, flooding and other symptoms of the climate crisis we have no time to waste. But at the same time, I am inspired by the upswing of climate justice and protest across the country, taking form at every level and from people of all ages (with a particular push from youth movements). I couldn't be happier that rabble.ca is here, and stronger than ever, equipped to cover the stories I tell and the stories of so many individuals taking action. Will you stand with climate activists to spread their messages on rabble.ca? Thanks to the activism and resilience of so many strong Indigenous and climate leaders, and the emergence of new grassroots groups, like Extinction Rebellion, we know the worst of climate change is not a forgone conclusion. We know of course that every community in Canada and in the world face incredible challenges. We also know that we have ...
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5 things we learned about urban transformation 11.6.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The participants in the WRI Ross Prize for Cities showed how innovative new visions for cities' futures can be.
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Some tools to help implement the MMIWG report findings 10.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar The  National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  has released its conclusion in the form of a  two-volume report  (MMIWG report) that called the violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people a "deliberate, often covert campaign of genocide" and blamed the Canadian government and Canadian society for it. A lot of work remains to be done to reverse the effects of what the inquiry called "cultural genocide" enacted upon First Nations. Many of us were actively involved in supporting the inquiry, now it is up to us to make sure that the lives of women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people and of Indigenous communities are positively impacted.   The report directed  231 "Calls to Justice"  at the government, social-service providers, the private sector and Canadian people intended to remediate the persistent inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians and safeguard and promote Indigenous culture and people. Read through these and share them. What ...
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What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line 10.6.2019 High Country News Most Recent
A new book humanizes the work America’s poor must go through to try and stay afloat.
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What's at stake in this federal election? 4.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Kim Elliott "Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. [...] I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." - Greta Thunbeg, Swedish climate activist Dear readers, These are urgent times. Times of extremes. With the surge of right-wing populism and the political and corporate class propelling us toward climate breakdown, we know that we're not alone in believing that a better, more just world is possible. But only if we work together. Our mobilized community of readers, from coast to coast -- and outside Canada too! -- has stood with rabble from the very beginning as we took to the frontlines to cover social movements across Canada. From the anti-globalization movements of the early 2000s, to Occupy, to Idle No More, the Maple Spring, and Black Lives Matter, and the growing movement for a Green New Deal, we've been your source for independent, activist-fueled news. When times get tough, we don't retreat. We work ever harder to ...
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