create-iconAlong with direct action and other forms of resistance, a transformational movement must also have a constructive program that builds new institutions based on the values that the movement aspires to achieve. These may eventually replace the old systems. From small, worker-owned cooperatives to national advocacy groups, hundreds of thousands of people around the country are working to create democratic and sustainable systems that meet the basic needs of all people.

Make Normalizing Relations With Cuba A Priority

By Medea Benjamin, Foreign Policy In Focus. -

Silvia from Miami, Eduardo from Hialeah, Abel from Lakeland. The names pour in on the donations page for “Syringes to Cuba” as Carlos Lazo promotes the campaign on his popular Facebook livestream. An energetic Cuban-American high school [...]

Discovery Of Mass Graves Reinforces Need For Truth And Reconciliation

By Equal Justice Initiative. -

One hundred years after the Tulsa Massacre, a team of scientists has discovered the remains of 27 people believed to be murdered by the white mob that destroyed the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. The [...]

California Reparations Committee Confronts Harms Of Slavery

By Jackie Botts, Cal Matters. -

For more than three decades, Black members of Congress have introduced legislation to study the lasting harms of slavery on African Americans, and propose remedies. Year after year, the federal proposal languished. Now, California is going it [...]

Public Banking Can Improve The Lives Of Workers And Help Save The Planet

The movement to create public banks is gaining ground in many parts of the U.S., particularly as part of an effort among activists and progressive lawmakers to extend banking access to low-income communities and communities of color in the [...]

Maine Lawmakers Pass ‘A Gift To The Planet’

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. -

Climate action advocate Bill McKibben welcomed a development he called "a gift to the planet" after Maine state lawmakers on Tuesday passed a groundbreaking bill committing the state to divesting its assets from the fossil fuel industry. LD [...]

Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised To Write A New Chapter In Peru’s History

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores, Popular Resistance. -

With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher’s pencil held high, Peru’s Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: “No más [...]

Together, We Can Choose A Different Future For Appalachian Communities

By Joanne Kilgour, Pennsylvania Capital Star. -

Over the course of my career, I have been humbled by what the people in the Ohio River Valley have given to me. I recall those community members who kindly served me coffee made with bottled water because their wells had been compromised by [...]

Outside Amazon Fulfillment Center, Workers Demand Tax Fairness

By Michael Moore, Workday Minnesota. -

Minnesota workers unfurled a “Tax the Rich” banner outside Amazon’s MSP1 fulfillment center here today. It was a not-so-subtle suggestion to state lawmakers about how they might pay for investments in child care, paid family leave, education, [...]

You Can Ditch Uber For A Driver-Owned Rideshare App

By Whitney Kimball, Gizmodo. -

The thank-you banners are down, but New York City residents have a real opportunity to show their appreciation for a population of low-paid, primarily immigrant frontline workers. New York City residents can help now by ditching Uber and Lyft [...]

Illinois Set To Become First State To Bar Police From Lying To Minors

By Zack Linly, The Root. -

The state of Illinois is on its way to becoming the first in the nation to bar police officers from lying to minors during interrogations. In an effort to prohibit the manipulative tactics cops often use to coerce confessions that often turn out [...]

Democratic Unions Get the Goods

By Alex N. Press, Jacobin Magazine. -

A new report coauthored by labor analyst Jane McAlevey presents overwhelming evidence that democratic unionism that puts workers at the center of collective bargaining wins strong contracts. Just as important, such unionism also has a [...]

Canadian Union Pushes For A Greener, Better Postal Service

By Derek Seidman, Labor Notes. -

With its contracts expiring in 2022, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is stepping up the fight for its own vision of the post office of the future. It’s a model for exactly the kind of Green New Deal campaign that U.S. unions should be [...]

Kamloops discovery prompts call for framework to investigate mass graves

By Simon Little, -

The discovery of a mass grave at a former Kamloops residential school highlights the need for a formal, legal and human rights framework to investigate similar sites in Canada, says a B.C. legal scholar and advocate. Mary Ellen [...]

The Healing Web Of Solidarity

By Alice F. Thompson and Kenneth S. Thompson, MD, Working-Class Perspectives. -

As most of us sat at home during the past year, seeking safety from the pandemic and isolated from each other, we had little to protect us from the onslaught of historic national traumas and anxieties. We watched in horror as over half a million [...]

Hundreds Of Palestinians Volunteer To Clean Up War-Ravaged Gaza

By The New Arab, Palestine Chronicle. -

Hundreds of people have taken part in a volunteer campaign that aims to clear Gaza of debris left behind by a deadly 11-day Israeli assault, the Arabic news website Arabi 21 reported.