Flint Mom-Turned-Activist Describes City’s Disturbing Declining Health

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By Mnar Muhawesh for Mint Press News – MINNEAPOLIS — For almost three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan, have had poison running through their pipes. The city’s water supply has been tainted by lead and other dangerous pollutants since the city started drawing its water from the polluted Flint River in April of 2014 in an effort to cut costs in the economically depressed city. By January of 2015, city officials were ensuring their own supplies of clean bottled water. And the governor’s office was informed of the toxic water in February. But it wasn’t until October that year that residents were warned to stop consuming the city’s toxic water.

19 Democracy Activists In The Congo Released

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By Staff of News 24 – Kinshasa – Nineteen pro-democracy activists arrested during a protest against the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president Joseph Kabila were released on Tuesday, their organisation and a UN official said. “Lucha confirms that 18 comrades arrested during a sit-in in Goma (in eastern DRC) on December 21 … were released on Tuesday,” the opposition movement’s Ghislain Muhiwa said. “Another Lucha activist, Gloria Senga, who had been kidnapped on December 18 in Kinshasa, has also been freed,” he said. Seven other Lucha activists are still behind bars, he added.

Nine Nifty Notes For Scholar Activists

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By Staff of Climate Justice Report – Below I have put together what I hope is an illustrative, but by no means exhaustive, list of the kind of best practices scholar activists may wish to adopt in their work. These notes will hopefully help scholar activists reflect upon our work to ensure that our research and activism can be carried out critically, accountably, with integrity and in useful and engaging ways. There are many different ways of doing scholar activism, and of being a scholar activist, so this list will likely be more relevant to some kinds of scholar activsts than to others.

We Can No Longer Hope To Win This By Simply Voting Or Speaking Out

The five climate activists that shut down tar sands pipelines Tuesday include: (L-R) Emily Johnson, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Michael Foster and Ken Ward. (Photo: Shut It Down)

By Emily Johnston for Common Dreams – Annette and I have been charged with felony property damage and aiding and abetting felony property damage, as well as trespass and aiding and abetting trespass. Along with our friends engaging in the same acts in other states, we took every precaution to ensure the safety of our actions, including two safety calls to Enbridge, and in fact—as a result of these calls—it was the company which actually shut the pipelines down.

In Peru, This Young Activist Is Sparking A Movement For Climate Justice

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By Sabrina Imbler for Grist – Majandra Rodriguez Acha was 19 when her country erupted in protests over Amazonian oil. The year was 2009, and Peru’s president had just opened the jungle to oil development, ensuring the displacement of thousands of indigenous people. Enraged by the violent clashes she saw on television, Acha attended a protest on her own. The police released tear gas on Acha and the other protesters as they shouted “La selva no se vende, la selva se defiende.” In other words: You don’t sell the jungles, you defend them.

How One Artist Put Climate Activism On Paper

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By Emma Foehringer Merchant for The Grist – In 2011, artist Rachel Schragis found herself in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Initially, she was struck by the protesters’ spirit of collaboration. But she was also captivated by the art spilling out of every corner of the park: a puppet of Lady Liberty; the sign-making station with its constant flow of well-cut cardboard, markers, and paint; and the work of illustrators like Nina Montenegro, whose print of a police officer brandishing a night-stick at a dandelion became an emblematic image.

Anti-War Activist And Member Of ‘Chicago 7’ Tom Hayden Dead At 76

Peace activist Tom Hayden, left, and actress Jane Fonda inn 1987.

By Staff of Reuters – Veteran social activist and politician Tom Hayden, a stalwart of America’s New Left who served 18 years in California’s state legislature and gained a dash of Hollywood glamour by marrying actress Jane Fonda, has died aged 76, according to media reports. Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness, The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site.

‘Get A Life’: Clinton Bashed Anti-Fracking Activists During Private Labor Meeting

The People's Climate March during the Democratic National Convention in July. (Photo by Becker1999)

By Kevin Gosztola for Shadow Proof – At a private meeting with the Building Trades Council, Hillary Clinton bashed environmentalists who oppose natural gas fracking and insist the United States must keep all fossil fuels in the ground. She said these environmentalists need to “get a life.” A transcript of a part of the meeting, which took place on September 9, 2015, was published by WikiLeaks. It was attached to an email from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account, which he claims was hacked.

Dedicated Activists: The Next Big Threat For North-American Oil


By Nick Cunningham for Oilprice – Oil producers and pipeline developers are having a rough time trying to get their product to market, running into resistance from protestors and seeing projects fall by the wayside. The latest came from Royal Dutch Shell, backed out of a plan last week to build an oil train terminal in Washington State. The rail terminal would have received 400,000 barrels per day of oil from the Bakken…

Texas Activists Who Lost One Pipeline Fight Set Sights On New Battle

Protesters chant in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

By Tom Dart for The Guardian – It looks to Lori Glover “like a long snake going across the whole desert”. For David Keller, it is “like having a very beautiful historic home and having someone run a bulldozer through the kitchen”. And in Yolonda Blue Horse’s view, it is another example of disrespect from an industry that does not care about native people. Before the Dakota Access pipeline sparked continuing protests that led to national attention and an Obama administration intervention, a feisty group of activists in remote west Texas waged a long battle against the same company

Uprising Activists: Charlotte Mayor, Police Chief Should Resign

Tamika Lewis, a member of the Uprising coalition, read a list of demands in the aftermath of Keith Lamont Scott. Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

By Ann Doss Helms for The Charlotte Observer – Local and state activists called Monday for Police Chief Kerr Putney and Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts to resign, as the city’s latest round of tension between police and the black community moves into its second week. At a Monday news conference held by Charlotte Uprising, a coalition that emerged during last week’s protests, speakers said both officials have failed to protect the city’s African American and working class citizens and withheld information about two fatal shootings last week.

Here’s What Activists In Charlotte Want From City’s Police Department

Protesters sit in front of police in riot gear during the Charlotte uprising.

By Julia Craven for The Huffington Post – CHARLOTTE, N.C. ― Sixteen North Carolina-based activist organizations dedicated to ending police violence released a list of demands to increase transparency in the death of 43-year-old Keith Scott on Friday. Charlotte Uprising, the designation for the recently founded collective, revealed its demands after Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers on Tuesday.

IRS Goes After Pastors For Peace For Sending Aid To Cuba

In this file handout photo from IFCO/Pastors for Peace, a delegation from Pastors for Peace pose for a picture with Cuba's Fidel Castro, second from left, in Havana. Delegation members are, from left, Rev. Lucius Walker, Ellen Bernstein, and Rev. Tom Smith. Walker, the founder of the New York-based church group that opposes the U.S. embargo of Cuba. AP

By Nora Gámez Torres for In Cuba Today – For years, the U.S.-based Pastors for Peace defied the embargo on Cuba with “caravans” of humanitarian aid hauled across the U.S.-Mexico border that were then shipped to the island. In Havana, its founder, the Rev. Lucius Walker, was received like a hero. Although the organization never applied for a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control to bring aid to Cuba, it did not face reprisals, although U.S. authorities occasionally tried to withhold the shipments on the Mexican border.

Ferguson Protest Leader Darren Seals Shot And Found Dead

Darren Seals, top center, awaits the decision by a grand jury on whether to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown in November 2014. Photograph: Robert Cohen/AP

By Lois Beckett for The Guardian – Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they were investigating his death as a homicide. The 29-year-old’s death sent waves of shock and grief through the community of activists in Missouri who protested the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. “We have lost a great champion of civil rights in our community,” said Bassem Masri, a friend who had live-streamed the Ferguson protests, sometimes with Seals walking behind him to protect him as he filmed.

Glitter Activists Found Not Guilty In Oklahoma

A service truck drives past an oil well in North Dakota, November 2014.

By Staff of GPTSR – Judge Phillipa James announced today a Not Guilty Verdict in regards to last month’s Disorderly Conduct trial of local environmental activists Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner. Stephenson and Warner were arrested nearly two and a half years earlier when glitter spilled off of a Hunger Games-themed banner that the activists hung in the open-to-the-public atrium of the Devon Energy building.