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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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What's at stake in this year's 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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What's at stake for the next 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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Vancouver hosts world's biggest women's conference 3.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Penney Kome Women Deliver is a global non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 to help achieve millennium development goal 5 -- reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health. Vancouver's June 3-6 event, with the theme of "Power. Progress. Change." will be the fifth triennial international conference. Announced speakers include billionaire Melinda Gates; Julia Gillard, former Australian prime minister, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, and Kate Gilmore, UN deputy high commissioner for human rights. At least some attendees will be there to hear grassroots groups like "Girl Be Heard" with programs in NYC and Trinidad, or survivors like Hauwa, who escaped Boko Haram when she was nine months pregnant. In all, the conference features more than 7,000 speakers from 150 countries. Organizers intend each talk to be a working session rather than just a lecture. The website advises that, "Women Deliver plenaries are not about speeches and presentations -- they're about ...
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Where our past 30 Under 30 honorees are today 3.6.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Here's a sampling of the latest activities from among the 120 outstanding young professionals we've named since 2016.
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Beyond corporate philanthropy: How steel company ArcelorMittal evolved its community engagement 1.6.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With executive director for corporate responsibility Marcy Twete, the company is expanding impact and moving the industry.
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First Black women elected CUPW president; women's hockey players start union; and hospital workers protest cuts 28.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar First Black woman elected as CUPW president Jan Simpson became the first Black woman to be president of a national union in Canada, when she was voted into office at the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) convention in Toronto in May. According to CUPW's press release , a record number of women were elected to the union's national executive board this year. Women's hockey players start union More than 200 of the world's top women hockey players have now formed a union , under the umbrella of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association. The association, which represents players from Canada, the U.S. and Europe, was formed in the aftermath of the Canadian Women's Hockey League shutting down . Whistleblower report reveals devastating impacts on Ontario's injured workers A new report based on freedom of information requests digs into the Ontario compensation board's practice of " deeming " -- whereby injured workers' benefits are reduced based on the board's arbitrary ...
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The struggle for LGBTQ rights in Honduras continues 26.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The struggle against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia continues in Honduras. The statistics are grim. Between 2009 and mid-2018, 296 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Honduras were murdered. Honduras also had the highest per capita number of transgender murders in the world between 2008 and 2014, according to a report by Transgender Europe. And there is a high level of impunity. Of the 141 violent deaths reported between 2010 and 2014, less than one-quarter (30) of the cases have been prosecuted in the courts. The Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project accompanies the advocacy group Asociación LGTB Arcoiris de Honduras (LGTB Rainbow Association of Honduras) in the vital -- and dangerous -- work it does in this context to advance equal rights. From June 2015 to March 2016, six members of Arcoíris were killed, including Paola Barraza who was shot five times when she opened the front door of her home in January 2016. Other Arcoíris activists have ...
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Energy equity: bringing solar power to low-income communities 23.5.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
From New York to California, states are adopting “community solar” programs that bring solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households.
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Beware pro-choice memes normalizing Islamophobia 22.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada When a group of white, male, fundamentalist Christian Alabama legislators passed the most restrictive women's reproductive health law in the country last week, many seemingly progressive people immediately reacted in the logical fashion of a society in which Islamophobia is the default: they blamed Muslims. Indeed, you may have found yourself liking the memes that said "Sharia Law Arrives in Alabama" or "Meet the American Taliban." Maybe you were one of those who posted the inflammatory meme that posited a scenario in which an "Iranian court" ruled that an 11-year-old girl who'd been raped had to carry the baby to term, followed by the interruption that this is in fact a scenario being played out by Ohio Republicans. Part of the illogic of racism is that white people can never see themselves as capable of producing such outrageous injustices without first being perniciously infected with some kind of foreign ideological agent. While everything from flash floods to teen promiscuity was ...
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Unconditional support for Israel is unconditional support for injustice 15.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Sheryl Nestel On Monday, May 20, members of the Toronto Jewish community will participate in the United Jewish Appeal's annual Walk with Israel, which is taking place in the Bathurst and Wilson area. Independent Jewish Voices Canada, a national organization which advocates for human rights and peace with justice in Israel-Palestine, will once again be present with allies from other groups to demonstrate that the Jewish community in Canada is not unified in its attitudes towards the state of Israel. Indeed, like tens of thousands of Jews worldwide, we oppose Israel's ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and its regime of violence, intimidation and incarceration aimed at the Palestinian population of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. We challenge those who offer unconditional support for Israel to ask themselves if they would support the same violations of human rights and international law anywhere else in the world. We affirm that our criticism of Israel comes from an embrace of both ...
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Maude Barlow speaks on poverty, populism and envisioning economic justice on our shared planet 10.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Resh Budhu On May 23, the seventh annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College welcomes activist, author and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow as its keynote speaker on Poverty, Populism, Planet: Envisioning Economic Justice. Nearly two decades into the 21st century we are witness to a number of unsettling realities. In an unprecedented display of wealth inequality, 26 of the world's richest individuals own and control as much as the bottom 50 per cent of the global population. Billionaires grow their fortunes at an accumulated rate of $2.5 billion a day, while wealth and opportunity are siphoned from everywhere else; leading to growing rates of poverty, precarity and a raft of social insecurities for so many others (in employment, shelter, health care, education, and the list is increasing). As populations in some parts of the world must either contend with the ravages of war and want or flee them altogether, reactionary politicians campaign on promises of stronger borders ...
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Nearly a century after its introduction, U.S. Equal Rights Amendment may finally get passed 9.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," the Founding Fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Of course, they didn't really mean "all men," excluding slaves and Indigenous Native Americans. And they certainly didn't include women. The U.S. Constitution that followed a dozen years later maintained the inequality. Over the intervening 240 years, this governing document, the oldest written constitution in the world still in use, has been amended many times -- but never to extend the guarantee of equality to women. The Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, first introduced in 1923, seeks to correct that, and may now, nearly a century later, be close to passage. As with all significant progressive advances achieved over the history of this country, grassroots organizing has brought the ERA this far. Whether it gets passed and included as the 28th Amendment depends on the strength of the intersectional movements demanding equality for women. "Why ...
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6(1)a All the Way! Equality for Indigenous women 7.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Judy Rebick 6(1)a all the way! If you thought that Indigenous women won equal rights to Indigenous men under the Indian Act in 1985 when Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force, you'd be wrong. You might be aware of the Mohawk activist Mary Two-Axe Early who, in 1967, founded Indian Rights for Indian Women and worked with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in support of ending discrimination under the Indian Act. Or perhaps you remember Jeannette Corbiere Lavell and Yvonne Bedard, two Indigenous women whose Bill of Rights discrimination claim over the Indian Act was rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada in a split vote in 1979. Or Sandra Lovelace, a Maliseet woman (now a senator) who took her case to the United Nations in 1979 and helped lead a march of Indigenous women from the Tobique reserve from Kahnestake to Ottawa -- 110 miles to protest the 110 years of sex discrimination under the act. The 1985 amendment to the Indian Act, Bill C-31, did reinstate ...
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