By Educating the Gates Foundation. Rex Tillerson’s CEO of Exxon) viewpoint is anti-education, anti-American, anti-human. It’s a reminder that the education debates are not about Left versus Right or GOP versus Dems. The education debates are about the interests of the human beings who are citizens of a nation and stakeholders in its public institutions versus the interests of a those who believe their power and money entitle them to stripmine an entire nation in order to gather more power and money for themselves. The education debates are about democracy versus oligarchy. The education debates are about valuing the voices of all citizens versus giving voice only to the special few Who Really Matter.
By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. A protest in Pennsylvania against fracking near schools organized by grandparents turned into an event the exposed how moronic racists can be. Tom Jefferson, a photojournalist, caught the seen on video and became a target of the racist abuse. Jefferson described the incident on his YouTube channel writing: "I was photographing a peaceful protest aimed at Rex Energy in Mars, Pa, At one point during the day a worker showed up. He started by insulting the protesters. Then he turned his attention to me. I just let him talk and kept the camera rolling." Tom kept videotaping as the racist attack became more aggressive. He remained silent and let the racist, John Pisone, do the talking exposing himself. A protest in Pennsylvania against fracking near schools organized by grandparents turned into an event the exposed how moronic racists can be. Tom Jefferson, a photojournalist, caught the seen on video and became a target of the racist abuse. Jefferson described the incident on his YouTube channel writing: "I was photographing a peaceful protest aimed at Rex Energy in Mars, Pa, At one point during the day a worker showed up. He started by insulting the protesters. Then he turned his attention to me. I just let him talk and kept the camera rolling." Tom kept videotaping as the racist attack became more aggressive. He remained silent and let the racist, John Pisone, do the talking exposing himself. Here's the viral video, which at the time of this writing has had 266,245 views on YouTube: The video was shocking to many. When it went viral it made its way to Pisone's employer, MMC Land Management, which provides landscaping, erosion control, snow removal and other services to home builders, general contractors, real estate developers, or property and facility managers. The company took immediate action, firing Pisone.
By Staff of Transformative Justice Coalition - I am sure that you were as stunned and disappointed as so many of us were by the grand jury’s non-indictment of the officers involved in the download (1)death of Tamir Rice. However, this story is actually one of gross prosecutorial misconduct and pro-police bias. My statement below addresses this all too common problem and makes some policy and action step recommendations to address this national crisis of police officers not being held accountable for slayings of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. With your support the Transformative Justice Coalition can work in the years to come to make these vital reforms a reality.
By Brian Tokar for Popular Resistance. Clearly, it will require more than statements of ambitious climate goals to corral the overarching capitalist imperative to grow and expand, or even to rein in political pressures to keep diverting public funds to support fossil fuel corporations. This, of course, is where the worldwide climate movement comes in. My earlier discussion highlighted the potential convergence of “Blockadia” and “Alternatiba” that public actions in the lead-up to Paris were designed to symbolize. Opposition to new fossil fuel infrastructure has spread throughout the world in recent years, as have an impressive array of practical, grassroots alternatives to business as usual. The 350.org network and its global allies are now planning a worldwide mobilization against the fossil fuel industry for May of 2016. It will be preceded by countless local and regional rallies, marches, and direct actions, culminating in a unified focus on the world’s most destructive sites of fossil fuel extraction. Perhaps if enough people are in the streets to say no to continued fossil fuel dependence and yes to community-centered alternatives, grassroots pressure can succeed where diplomacy continues to fall short.
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for Think Progress - A mother and daughter are suing the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, alleging that Minneapolis police officers beat them with nightsticks during ongoing protests in November over the fatal shooting of a black man, according to a lawsuit obtained by the Star Tribune. Jamar Clark’s death sparked tense “Black Lives Matter” protests that fit the shooting into a longstanding pattern of police abuse in the city. At least one of the officers implicated in Clark’s death was previously “sued for police brutality by a black man who alleged that Ringgenberg had choked him,” City Pages reported.
By Tony Briscoe for The Tribune - A small group of protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home Tuesday, when he was expected to cut short a family vacation in Cuba so he could tend to another high-profile police-involved shooting. About two dozen activists chanted "Who gotta go? Rahm gotta go!" outside Emanuel's three-story colonial house in the Ravenswood community. Four uniformed police officers stood guard. "Today, we're asking you, right in front your house, for Rahm Emanuel to step down," said activist Ja'Mal Green, who until recently participated in the mayor's anti-violence campaigns.
By Sarah Spiller for Aljazeera - Canada's aboriginal women make up a small fraction of its population, yet for decades they have suffered disproportionally from abuse, exploitation and murder. Since the 1980s, over 1,000 indigenous women have been murdered in this developed North American nation, yet, according to campaigners and human rights groups, too few of these cases have resulted in arrests or prosecution. Amid mounting claims of official indifference to the problem that some say has its roots in racism and the country's colonial past, People & Power asks why police and the government are not doing more to tackle crimes against Canada's first nation females.
By Robert Burns for The Associated Press - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Late in a life lived unnervingly near the nuclear abyss, William J. Perry is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of nuclear doom. The 88-year-old former defense secretary is troubled by the risks of catastrophe from the very weapons he helped develop. Atop his list: a nuclear terror attack in a major U.S. city or a shooting war with Russia that, through miscalculation, turns nuclear. A terrorist attack using a nuclear bomb or improvised nuclear device could happen "any time now - next year or the year after," he said in an interview with reporters earlier this month.
By Rob Kampia for The Huffington Post - I don't often use superlatives, but it's easy to say that 2016 will be the most significant year yet in the battle to repeal marijuana prohibition in the United States. Up until now, the two biggest years were 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. 2016 will likely comprise a cornucopia of cannabis policy advances, which I'll enumerate in the form of predictions.
By Lexi Finnigan for The Telegraph - A group of 20 anti-capitalist squatters have taken over the former Royal Mint Building in protest over Britain's homelessness problem. The squatters, wearing V for Vendetta masks and hanging out of windows, have set up camp in the grade II-listed Johnson Smirke building, in the City of London, and are refusing to leave. They claim they will only be removed when the owners of the building arrive with a High Court order. Some of the protesters have taken to the roof of the building while others have hung banners with messages such as ‘anticapitalista’, as well as adorning the walls with 'End World Debt' posters.
By Katie Dupere for Mashable - One of the most common types of protests is a mass gathering, complete with handmade signs calling for change. But sticking to that format can limit the imagination — and activists have had enough of limits. When it came to protesting in 2015, advocates proved that wherever there's an issue, there's a powerful way to tackle it. Savvy protesters used creativity as a tool to break through the noise, highlighting social and environmental causes in the most eye-catching ways
By ELeanor Goldfield of Act Out for Occupy.com. We're back in the swing of things just in time to send you off for 2015. After watching our Best of Paris coverage last week, get a little glimpse of what's to come for the global climate movement in 2016. Also, I promised a while back that we'd get back to the Chamber of Commerce, so let's dig through the history of this corporate low life scum. And finally, Agunda Okeyo talks art and activism from the global, black female perspective. But first, inspired by Paris, let us walk on silent ground. tags: spoken word, Occupy, Act Out, silent ground, climate talks, sacred ground, people power, UN climate talks, Paris climate summit, 350.org, Break Free 2016, fossil fuel divestment, ende galende, mass mobilization, civil disobedience, Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Powell, Powell Memo, Citizens United, money in politics, systemic corruption, Agunda Okeyo.
By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - The seizure of political and economic power by corporations is unassailable. Who funds and manages our elections? Who writes our legislation and laws? Who determines our defense policies and vast military expenditures? Who is in charge of the Department of the Interior? The Department of Homeland Security? Our intelligence agencies? The Department of Agriculture? The Food and Drug Administration? The Department of Labor? The Federal Reserve? The mass media? Our systems of entertainment? Our prisons and schools? Who determines our trade and environmental policies? Who imposes austerity on the public while enabling the looting of the U.S. Treasury and the tax boycott by Wall Street? Who criminalizes dissent?
By Staff of Reporters Without Borders - A total of 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons in 2015, according to the round-up published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which is in a position to say that 67 of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting. These 67 deaths bring to 787 the total number of journalists killed in connection with their work since 2005. It has not been possible to clearly establish the circumstances or motives of this year’s 43 other deaths of journalists. Twenty-seven citizen-journalists and seven media workers were also killed in 2015.
By Michael Snyder for The Economic Collapse - Did you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless? And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030? All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe. In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed. At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all. The notion of a truly “cashless society” was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is “inevitable”...