Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is a historian whose new book Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action, published by Paradigm Publishers, addresses how social movements make social change. His previous books include 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). He has received five regional Emmy Awards for his documentary film work. He currently works with the Labor Network for Sustainability.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Where Should the Divestors Invest?
The stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. Almost daily, new universities and foundations are committing to redirecting their endowments from companies that are destroying the planet into ones that are not. Now, on the heels of their successful...
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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:45pm
The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century
Forty years ago I published a study of peak periods of American labor conflict - what I dubbed periods of “mass strike” — called Strike! As I have updated the book for the fortieth anniversary edition, I have had the opportunity to review the strikes and labor struggles of the last fifteen years in...
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:47am
Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change
On Mother’s Day, 2011 a legal campaign was launched in fifty states and in Federal court arguing that global warming violated the rights of the plaintiffs — young people and their posterity.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:16am
A Second Ecological Revolution?
The summer of 1988 was long and hot. One scorching day I casually said to a deliveryman, “Awfully hot.” He responded, “I talk with old-timers who can’t remember anything like it in 60, 70 years.” He continued, “It’s probably this ‘greenhouse effect.’ If you ask me, it’s a warning.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:20pm
Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement
Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:15am
What Does 400 PPM Mean for American Labor?
In 1940, as Nazi armies marched across Europe, United Automobile Workers Union (UAW) president Walter Reuther made a stunning proposal: Retool the Depression-ravaged auto industry to build 500 planes a year for national defense. Many scoffed.
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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:26pm
Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap
It happens over and over again. A company proposes some big project, environmentalists oppose it, but unions say it will create jobs. Or a government agency proposes new regulations, environmentalists say it will halt pollution, but unions say it will destroy jobs. The result is billed as a conflict of “jobs vs.
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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:04am
Patriot Coal Miners ask: "Who's Going to Stand for Me?"
This is a call for environmentalists and other critics of coal to come to the aid of America's miners.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12:10pm
How EPA Climate Protection Can Be America’s Greatest Jobs Producer
As our country is devastated by more and more severe droughts, floods, fires, and superstorms, the public is demanding regulation of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change. The corporations that profit from coal, oil, and gas fear such regulation will reduce their profits and the value of their investments. They and their political mouthpieces have a solution, however: persuade the public that regulation of greenhouse gasses will destroy American jobs. The truth? Climate change is destroying American jobs right now — but climate protection will produce
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:26am
Do the Math: Invest While We Divest
Do you want your college tuition or tax dollars invested to increase droughts, storms, forest fires, and crop failures -- and an unending series of Katrinas and Sandys? Or do you want them used to lower greenhouse gases on your campus and in your community? That is the stark choice both students and taxpayers will soon be facing.
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