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The water justice movement's fight against commodification and extractivism 19.3.2019 - News for the rest of us
Emma Lui Last month, I gave a keynote presentation called "Come Hell or High Water: The Water Justice Movement's Fight Against Commodificaton and Extractivism ." The presentation was part of  the Institute of Political Economy's 20th Annual Grad Conference at Carleton University. The conference theme was "Perspectives of Power," and speakers where asked to grapple with questions like: how is power manufactured and deployed? How is power contested, transformed and embodied?Panel topics included labour, (de)colonization, inequality and food.  This blog is part one of a three-part blog series based on my presentation at this conference. This part includes an overview of the water justice movement in Canada and the ways in which power is manufactured and deployed in water governance. Water is a cross-cutting issue among many social movements in Canada and in Indigenous nations. The water justicement movement here is diverse and includes grassroots groups, individual activists, Indigenous nations and groups, ...
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How the violence of white supremacy becomes white noise 19.3.2019 - News for the rest of us
Azeezah Kanji In the Christchurch mosque massacre and its aftermath, two forms of racism have been put on display: a far-right Islamophobia that kills Muslims and a mainstream Islamophobia that normalizes the deaths. Initially, the mass killings barely made the front page of The Globe and Mail: the news was relegated to page four the first day after the atrocity, and the day following confined to a small black box at the top of the front page (which was dominated by a picture of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, not connected to any pressing news story). Even the car advertisement at the bottom was given more space on the front page than the planned and targeted gunning down of Muslims in prayer (the death toll at the time was 49 and has since risen to 50). While the shootings were allocated greater prominence in the paper following widespread criticism of The Globe's coverage, they have primarily been framed as a problem of gun control -- not the white supremacist ideology of the man wielding the ...
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White nationalist groups increase recruiting and propaganda across the west 19.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Anti-Defamation League says white supremacist propaganda has increased by over 180 percent in the last year, as they seek to recruit disaffected white kids looking for community.
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Massive democracy movement challenges a dictator in Algeria 19.3.2019 - News for the rest of us
World A political uprising in Algeria has caught the attention of much of the world. Massive street demonstrations have succeeded in forcing ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to withdraw his candidacy for re-election . What has not been settled is when he will step down, and what will happen next. The 82-year-old president suffered a stroke in 2013 and has not spoken in public since 2014. While his campaign for a fifth term was underway, Bouteflika was getting medical treatment in Switzerland. Though he is back in Algeria, there is much speculation about the current state of his health. Elections are scheduled for April 18. Demonstrators want assurances that Bouteflika will leave office when his current term ends on that date. In his March 11 statement withdrawing his candidacy, Bouteflika indicated a national conference was needed before setting a date for new presidential elections. This was widely interpreted as a ruse by the president to hold onto power for at least the rest of the year. It ...
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Christchurch happens every day in the war of terror 19.3.2019 - News for the rest of us
World As we mourn the victims of the terrorist atrocity in New Zealand -- where at least 50 Muslim worshippers were mowed down by a white supremacist partially "inspired" by Donald Trump -- many are looking for answers to the inevitable questions of why and how. To answer those questions, and explore how we might prevent such terrorist acts, it may be helpful to recognize that what happened at Christchurch -- mass murder produced as the logical result of a long-running political epoch that is almost singularly defined by the dehumanization and demonization of Muslims, Arabs, and anyone perceived as such -- happens every day. As in any war, atrocities are the norm, not the aberration. In the war of terror that has been waged by so-called Western democracies for decades -- long before 9/11 -- governments and militaries, their compliant media partners, the so-called entertainment industry, and a host of others have played the role of initiators, accomplices, and accelerants to a fiery hatred of all things ...
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Trump Spreads Fear, Hate and Degradation: Gillibrand 19.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Gillibrand, who is one of a number of Democratic 2020 hopefuls, blamed Trump for helping to spread hatred and bigotry in the U.S.
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Why the youth climate movement is a bright light during troubled times 19.3.2019 Design & Innovation |
If history is a judge, the recent climate strike by more than a million school kids bodes well for future climate progress.
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A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris’ identity 19.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid. Running for student office in 1982 at Howard University — the school that nurtured Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison and Stokely Carmichael — was no joke.

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Man charged with murder in shooting death of Adams County deputy appears in court 19.3.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
A 23-year-old man facing the death penalty as a defendant in the murder of an Adams County deputy appeared in court Monday.
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Southern Poverty Law Center picks former Michelle Obama aide to investigate workplace complaints 19.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Southern Poverty Law Center has tapped Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff to lead a “top-to-bottom” examination of its workplace culture, less than a week after the anti-hate nonprofit fired co-founder Morris Dees for misconduct and its staff complained of discrimination against women and...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo 18.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and dolls,...

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Kellyanne Conway Defends Chelsea Clinton 18.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"I think the treatment of Chelsea Clinton was outrageous and ignorant and tremendously unfair. She should not have been yelled at."
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Anti-vaccine activists have doctors ‘terrorized into silence’ with online harassment 18.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Dr. Dana Corriel wrote on Facebook in September that the flu vaccine had arrived and encouraged patients to come to her office for a shot.

Within hours, the post was flooded with thousands of comments from people opposed to vaccines. Corriel initially decided to allow the postings to continue,...

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Longmont police say woman held knife to child’s chest 18.3.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
A Longmont woman faces domestic violence, child abuse, felony assault and other charges stemming from a Friday night incident during which police say she held her 3-year-old child at knifepoint.
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A 'mainstreaming of bigotry' as white extremism reveals its global reach 17.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings, experts who monitor hate groups say violent white extremism is on the rise and is the most prominent threat.
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These 5 People Are Bringing Equity to the Fight Against Climate Change 17.3.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Climate change doesn’t discriminate, but systems created by people do. Policies and other decisions put some closer to the frontlines of disaster than others: communities of color breathe more toxic fumes, people with disabilities have no easy way out of increasingly common natural disasters, and […]
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Students Launch Global Climate Change Strike 17.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The demonstrations, which starkly illustrated students' frustrations with adult apathy, pushed an unsettling message: Save our planet, save our futures.
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The problem with LAPD's predictive policing 16.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The Los Angeles Police Department embraced predictive policing in 2015, but it has taken until now for the department’s assortment of once-shadowy data-based operations to be thoroughly vetted in public.

In the end, that’s the essential problem to be solved — the lack of transparency and public...

New Zealand Attack Underscores Social Media Sites’ Tolerance of Anti-Muslim Content 16.3.2019 Mother Jones
Nearly a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress that Facebook does not allow hate groups on its platform. “If there’s a group that—their primary purpose or—or a large part of what they do is spreading hate, we will ban them from the platform,” he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, 2018. […]
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Students in L.A. join downtown walkout on day of global climate change protests 16.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Students in Los Angeles joined a worldwide walkout from school Friday as part of a global day of action to demand that more be done to combat climate change.

The protest, which began around noon outside City Hall, was part of an international youth movement calling for swift action to prevent or...

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