Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is an historian, author, and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. A new edition of his most recent book, Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival, is available for free download at his personal website. His previous books include: Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action; Strike!; Globalization from Below; and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt).

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Friday, March 10, 2017
As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting "Valve Turners" Say "Shut It Down" Is "Necessity"
Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era? The new American president has asserted that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by the Chinese to steal American jobs; threatened to ignore or even withdraw from the Paris climate agreement; and pledged unlimited burning of...
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Friday, February 24, 2017
Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against 'Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life'
Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged 9-20 won a court ruling that may be just as important as that election in determining our future. As the world hurtles into climate catastrophe, the decision by Judge Ann Aiken in the federal district court in Oregon sets the stage for...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others...
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Monday, January 09, 2017
'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism
Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the...
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Climate Emergency: Global Insurgency
( Common Dreams editor's note : The new, updated 2016 edition of Jeremy Brecher’s Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival , from which the following is drawn, can be now be downloaded for free at the author's website here .) The Lilliputian defenders of the earth’s climate have been winning...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor
As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the pipeline. By this summer nearly 200 tribes around the country had passed resolutions opposing the...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jobs, Justice, and the Clean-Energy Future
Today, there are 400 parts per million (PPM) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, far above the 350 ppm climate scientists regard as the safe upper limit. Even in the unlikely event that all nations fulfill the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction pledges they made at the Paris climate summit at the end...
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Saturday, June 04, 2016
This Is What Insurgency Looks Like
In a small church in the Albany, NY’s low-income, predominantly African-American South End, forty people were gathered for a community meeting. They were organizing a protest against trains carrying potentially explosive oil – dubbed by the residents “bomb trains” — that were running through their...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Using the “Public Trust” to Frame “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Actions
Thousands of us in the climate movement will engage in civil disobedience for “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” and other climate actions. We may be arrested and face legal consequences. What if we defined ourselves – to the movement, the public, and the courts – not as law-breakers but as law-...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
One in six Americans say they would personally engage in nonviolent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. That’s about 40 million adults. The fate of the earth may depend on them — and others around the world — doing so. Such actions are about...
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