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May 2016

Co-operative Alternatives To Uber And Airbnb Developing

By Cat Johnson for Shareable - As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake. Platform cooperatives, which share the value they create with the users they depend on, are on the rise. As Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo writes in How Platform Co-ops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy...

Irish, Dutch, Swedish Governments Speak Out For Right To BDS

By Staff of Palestinian BDS National Committee - The Dutch and Irish governments have publicly stated that calls for a boycott of Israel are legitimate, with the Dutch foreign minister saying that advocating and campaigning for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are “protected by the freedom of expression”. The statements dealt a serious blow to Israel’s relentless war of repression that has led governments in the UK, France, Canada and state legislatures across the US to introduce anti-democratic legislation

An Activist Wants You To Burn Confederate Flag On Memorial Day

By Tom McKay for Policy Mic - Most Americans celebrate Memorial Day with a delicious barbecue. But here's something some are adding to their grill list: the Confederate flag. South Florida activist John Sims is leading an effort to turn Memorial Day into Confederate flag-burning day, reported Think Progress on Sunday. Sims previously organized 13 small flag-burning events across the 13 states of the Confederacy earlier this month, according to IBT, with the justification "the Confederate flag is the N-word on a pole."

Prisoners Met With Legislators On Reform, Put In Solitary

By Staff of Solitary Watch - Three men incarcerated in Massachusetts who were working with a prison reform caucus of state legislators have been thrown in solitary confinement, in an apparent retaliation against their activism and an attempt to disrupt further communications. In the middle of the night on March 23, 52-year-old Timothy Muise, 44-year-old Shawn Fisher, and 39-year-old Steven James were taken from their cells at the medium-security prison MCI Shirley, handcuffed, and transported by van to three separate prisons spread across the state..

Major Democracy Mobilization In West Papua, Police Crackdown

By West Papua Media. Indonesian police have arrested scores of West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat) members around Papua on May 30, as Papuan civil society is gearing up for a day a mass mobilizations to sustain pressure brought on by the massive May 3 rallies, where Indonesian security forces beat hundreds of people and arrested close to 2300 people. KNPB members across Papua were handing out pamphlets calling on West Papuan society to rally on May 31 for international mediation to allow West Papuans to exercise their universal human rights of Self-Determination, long denied by Indonesia. The May 31 rally will also be demonstrating Papuan support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) bid for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which was due to meet in Port Moresby this week, but the meeting has been postponed.

TPP Advocates Playing The Fear China Card

By Vicki Needham for The Hill - Trade supporters are pushing the geopolitical importance of a sweeping Asia-Pacific agreement in an effort to save the deal from defeat on Capitol Hill. Proponents are arguing that passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will demonstrate U.S. leadership in the region and will define future economic relationships that assure the long-term stability of the Pacific Rim. “TPP recognizes both America’s concrete economic interests in Asia and demonstrates U.S. steadfastness,” Robert Zoellick, the former World Bank president and U.S. trade representative...

Big Gains For Striking Verizon Workers In New Agreement

By Staff of Stand Up To Verizon - Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after reaching a tentative agreement with the company. After 45 days of the largest strike in recent history, Verizon will add 1,300 new east coast call center jobs, and reverse several other outsourcing initiatives that will create new field technician jobs. The four-year proposed agreement provides 10.9% in raises, a $1250 signing bonus in the Mid1Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus a $250 healthcare reimbursement account

Veteran’s Apology To People Of Vietnam, Cambodia And Laos

By Staff of Mendo Coast Current - There will never be a day when the Vietnam War is not on my mind. It was one of the worst mistakes America has ever made. Vietnam was fought for big money interests and promoted under the guise of nationalism. The war should have taught us a humbling lesson, but we let it slip away. Peace has become the enemy of corporate-run America. Our nation is accustomed to viewing life through the crosshairs of a rifle scope. We are a society in search of constant battle.

Unstoppable Force Or Immovable Object: Which Are You?

By Annie Leonard for Green Peace - For too long, fossil fuel dinosaurs have followed a business-as-usual plan of pillaging and polluting. Stubbornly sticking to the lies they’ve had to tell, in order to keep the profits pouring in. This past week has seen two sickening oil spills by Shell, violating the waters of the Gulf and the fields just outside Tracy, California. In the face of such blatant disregard for nature and the people whose livelihoods depend upon it being clean, safe and plentiful, it’s easy to give in to despair.

Teenagers Got Police To Remove Military Weaponry From Schools

By Sarah Lazare for AlterNet - A coalition of Los Angeles high school students and grassroots organizers just accomplished the unthinkable. After nearly two years of sit-ins and protests, they forced the police department for the second-largest public school district in the United States to remove grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle and other military-grade weaponry from its arsenal. But the coalition did not stop there. Members took over a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting in February to call for proof that the arms had been returned to the Department of Defense...

Scientists Say Canada’s LNG Port Threatens Paris Climate Accord

By Nika Knight for Common Dreams - Ninety climate change experts from around the world urged Canadian government officials to "take urgent action" and reject a proposed, "unjustified" liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminal to be built on the British Columbia coast, joining with fierce local Indigenous opposition to the controversial project. "The carbon emissions of the proposed PNW LNG terminal and associated upstream natural gas development would be 'high in magnitude, continuous, irreversible and global in extent.'"

Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Minister Quits Over Leaked Recordings

By Brad Brooks and Guillermo Parra-Bernal for Reuters - BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira resigned on Monday after leaked recordings suggested he tried to derail a sprawling corruption probe, the latest cabinet casualty impacting interim President Michel Temer’s administration. Silveira, the man Temer tasked with fighting corruption since he took office on May 12, announced his plans to step down in a letter, according to the presidential palace’s media office. No replacement for Silveira has yet been named.

Nestlé Just Gained Control Over This Town’s Water For Next 45 Years

By Nathan Wellman for US Uncut - Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine helped Nestlé secure a contract that gives Poland Springs, a Nestlé subsidiary, permission to take the small town of Fryeburg’s groundwater for the next 25 years for their own profit. The deal could stretch to 45 years due to built-in extensions. Today that deal was upheld by Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, essentially cutting off activists’ last attempts to scuttle the deal.

Operation Condor: Cross-Border Disappearance And Death

By J. Patrice McSherry for teleSUR - Operation Condor was a covert, multinational “black operations” program organized by six Latin American states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, later joined by Ecuador and Peru), with logistical, financial, and intelligence support from Washington. In the Cold War climate of the 1960s and ’70s, when U.S. leaders and Latin American militaries regarded popular movements and political dissidents as “internal enemies,” any methods were considered legitimate in the “war against subversion.”

Chicago Releasing Recordings From 100 Ongoing Police Violence Investigations

By Hannah Gold for Gawker - Local governments and police departments are known to be worse than shady about making records of police violence public, but releasing an overwhelming amount of information all at once can also be an obfuscating tactic. According to a memo obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority plans to release recordings that document about 100 incidents of police violence...
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