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Angela Davis returns to Birmingham in her struggle for human rights 21.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Political Action "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his Letter From Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963. King was arrested there for his role in organizing nonviolent protests against segregation, which were being led by the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. "Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States," King also wrote in that famous letter. Civil-rights campaigners were so frequently targeted with bombs by the Ku Klux Klan that the city was often called "Bombingham." Five months after King's letter, one of those bombs went off at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four little girls. Today, across the street from that church sits the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), which for more than a quarter century has educated and inspired millions of visitors. Last October, the BCRI announced it would bestow its 2018 Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award on Angela Y. Davis , the legendary civil-rights ...
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Capitalism worst possible economic system for a planet ravaged by climate change 20.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
            Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,             Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.                                     --Oliver Goldsmith. Twenty years ago, I wrote an op-ed in which I described free-market capitalism as "the most unjust and barbaric economic system ever devised, and one that now oppresses and abuses most of the world's people." I was scorned and vilified by neoliberal pundits, and even chided by some progressives who thought that calling the dominant economic system "barbaric" was going too far. This is how I responded to my critics at that time: Look up the word "barbaric" in your dictionary, and you'll find several synonyms, including brutal, cruel, and savage. They all apply to the current capitalist system -- and even more so to its leaders. These suave chief executives don't look or act like Attila the Hun. They dress smartly, talk smoothly, and their table manners are impeccable. But strip away the glossy veneer, and you find the ruthless autocrats ...
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NDP campaign targeting Jason Kenney presumes attack ads work and sometimes they're necessary 15.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga One of the enduring myths of our era is that Albertans (or Canadians, or whomever) don't like negative political advertising, and therefore that political attack ads won't work here. Now that Alberta's New Democratic Party has published a website attacking Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's record as a federal Conservative MP, cabinet minster and lifelong social conservative activist, with digital advertising spots on the same theme, we are bound to hear that notion repeated a lot. "Mr. Kenney has spent his entire public life trying to impose his personal beliefs on people," Transportation Minister and former NDP leader Brian Mason told a news conference called by the party in an Edmonton hotel yesterday afternoon to introduce the website and campaign. "He has bragged about his work to stop same-sex couples from visiting their dying loved ones in hospital, and he has described his efforts in Ottawa to restrict women's reproductive rights his 'most distinct privilege,'" said ...
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Fortuna Silver mine opposed by community of Santa Carina Minas in Oaxaca, Mexico 15.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson In November 2018, Peace Brigades International-Canada brought two human rights defenders from Mexico to share their concerns about the intentions and impacts of Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver Mines in the south-eastern state of Oaxaca. Salvador Martínez Arellanes and Neftalí Reyes Méndez visited Toronto and Ottawa with firsthand information and updates about the concerns being expressed by the residents of Santa Catarina Minas, a community in the Central Valleys Region of Oaxaca. Martinez Arellanes is an Indigenous leader from Santa Carina Minas, while Reyes Méndez is with the Oaxacan Territorial Defense Collective and EDUCA, a non-governmental organization based in the city of Oaxaca that promotes justice, equality and social participation. Virry Schaafsma, the Mexico City-based Advocacy Coordinator for Peace Brigades International – Mexico Project , travelled with them to Canada. Large parts of the territory in Oaxaca have been granted to Fortuna Silver without the consent of local ...
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NDP campaign targetting Jason Kenney presumes attack ads work and sometimes they're necessary 15.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga One of the enduring myths of our era is that Albertans (or Canadians, or whomever) don't like negative political advertising, and therefore that political attack ads won't work here. Now that Alberta's New Democratic Party has published a website attacking Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's record as a federal Conservative MP, cabinet minster and lifelong social conservative activist, with digital advertising spots on the same theme, we are bound to hear that notion repeated a lot. "Mr. Kenney has spent his entire public life trying to impose his personal beliefs on people," Transportation Minister and former NDP leader Brian Mason told a news conference called by the party in an Edmonton hotel yesterday afternoon to introduce the website and campaign. "He has bragged about his work to stop same-sex couples from visiting their dying loved ones in hospital, and he has described his efforts in Ottawa to restrict women's reproductive rights his 'most distinct privilege,'" said ...
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Youth climate conference builds momentum around Canadian Green New Deal 14.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Sophia Reuss Several hundred youth are gathering in Ottawa to kick off a recurring youth climate conference called PowerShift. This year's event, called " PowerShift: Young and Rising ," is a four-day convergence starting February 14 that draws young people from across the country for workshops and keynote lectures by prominent activists like Kanahus Manuel, Harsha Walia, Derek Nepinak, and Romeo Saganash. Organizers say the aim of the conference is to galvanize youth around the climate change and Indigenous rights movements. This year's PowerShift comes amid the youth movement that led to the recent launch of the Green New Deal in the U.S. and an upcoming federal election. "This is a moment to bring youth together and organize them in the leadup to the federal election, to demand much bolder climate action from the federal government and the kind of bold Green New Deal that we're seeing coming out of the U.S.," said Emma Jackson, an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and 350 Canada, in an interview ...
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Protests planned across Canada to demand universal health-care access 9.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Sophia Reuss Tremé Manning-Cere On February 12, people in 15 cities across the country will be demonstrating to demand that health care be made accessible to everyone living in Canada, regardless of immigration status. The national day of action, organized by a national coalition of migrant justice groups and spearheaded by OHIP for All, comes as a response to a United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) decision condemning Canada for restricting access to health care on the basis of immigration status.  The decision , issued in August 2018, gave the Canadian federal government 180 days to respond to the decision and "ensure the right to life extends to reasonably foreseeable threats and life-threatening situations that can result in loss of life." The 180-day period for response ended February 9. UN orders Canada to act The UNHRC based its decision on a case filed by Nell Toussaint in 2014. Toussaint moved to Canada in 1999, and as a result of financial barriers and medical issues, delayed filing her ...
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5 things to look for in the Green New Deal 6.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
From job losses to carbon taxes to just what clean energy means, anyway, here's what to watch in the new policy proposal.
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Obituary: Remembering Canadian activist David Vasey 5.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabbe staff Environmental activist and anti-fascist David Vasey passed away on January 27. He was 40 years old. Vasey was a committed fighter against injustice. He was first thrown into the public spotlight in 2010, when he was arrested and detained under the Public Works Protection Act during protests against the G20 summit in Toronto. Vasey was the first person to be charged under this bylaw. Following his arrest, he was held in a wire cage that served as a temporary detention area during the summit protests. However, when Vasey later appeared in court, he found his charge had mysteriously vanished from the court's computer system. "We were all excited to go to trial," Vasey said at the time. "That it was lost was pretty convenient for the powers that be." This run-in with heavy-handed policing didn't hinder Vasey's commitments to social and environmental activism. He stepped back into the public eye in 2011, when he played a leading role in organizing the Occupy Toronto demonstration. "Don't ...
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Impunity for human rights violations must be challenged from Guatemala to the Wet’suwet’en territories 4.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The term "impunity” is often used in reports about human rights violations in Latin America, but it should also be more commonly part of our political vocabulary in North America. The word itself has Latin origins (im poena -- not punished) and has been defined as “Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.” Impunity can refer to organized crime, government officials, the police and military, and corporations committing crimes and offences without being held accountable or brought to justice for them. Their human rights violations can include criminalization and intimidation, threats, torture, disappearances, forcible displacement, political imprisonment and killings. For example, Reuters has reported, “Activists and United Nations investigators have accused Mexican security forces of crimes. including murder, torture and disappearances. since the military was sent to tackle its powerful drug cartels in 2007.” Peace Brigades International-UK has ...
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Global warming is unstoppable while capitalism blocks prevention 1.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn The tenacious refusal of the world’s business and political leaders to heed the warnings of climate scientists about global warming raises the stark possibility that it may already be too late. The tipping point beyond which concerted preventive action becomes impracticable is just 12 years away, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s all the time the IPCC scientists give us to keep the global temperature from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius. If it rises higher than that, they warn, the consequent intensity of extreme heat, pollution, droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, rising sea levels, and consequent mounting hunger, poverty, and mass displacements will annihilate billions of people. Realistically, what are the odds that the scientists’ latest warning about global warming will be heeded, any more than their many previous alarms have been in the past? I’d put the odds against at 100-to-1, perhaps even 1,000-to-1. Starting with the Club of Rome’s seminal ...
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Opening doors of opportunity in the field of social justice 1.2.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
A Q&A with Vien Truong, president of the Dream Corps, who has dedicated her career to solving tough problems related to climate equity.
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Chicano groups are embracing undocumented immigrants. It wasn’t always this way. 28.1.2019 High Country News Most Recent
New alliances are forming in the face of racism and an unprecedented political moment.
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What killed Washington’s carbon tax? 21.1.2019 Current Issue
The curious death of 1631 and what it says about the future of addressing climate change.
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The downside of doing good with a market mindset 21.1.2019 GreenBiz.com
Philanthropic giving is not necessarily sustainable development.
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Report Report: Diversity, Disclosure, CDP and the SDGs 2.1.2019 GreenBiz.com
The latest crop of research reports on sustainable business, climate and cleantech topics.
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10Power aims to tap energy potential in this 'stand-out' island nation 27.12.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
In Haiti, solar energy and electric vehicles need to scale now, and fast. Here's where CEO Sandra Kwak's mission fits in.
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Fact check: the Goldwater Institute’s statements about the Indian Child Welfare Act 20.12.2018 High Country News Most Recent
The Institute’s claim that ICWA harms Indian children relies on dubious assertions and dog whistles.
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Hunting faces an ethical reckoning 18.12.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Gruesome social media videos show how far modern hunting has drifted from its roots.
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Uber is expanding and rebranding — is that a good thing? 11.12.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
As the ridehailing giant enters the multimodal market, will it maintain protections for consumers?
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