Kate Aronoff

Kate Aronoff is a History major at Swarthmore College active in the climate justice movement, including Swarthmore Mountain Justice's campaign to divest the college's endowment from fossil fuels. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Responsible Endowments Coalition. Find her on Twitter @KateAronoff.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 2:15pm
Industry Backlash Against Fossil Fuel Divestment Forces the Question: Which Side Are You On?
If you’ve been to a major protest in the last 10 years, chances are you’ve heard the iconic chorus of “Which Side Are You On?” floating out from the crowd. While it’s been covered many times, the song’s potent message originally emerged from Appalachia’s brutal Coal Wars, labor struggles between...
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Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 9:30am
Black Lives Matter Deserves Credit for NYPD Officer Indicted in Fatal Stairwell Shooting
After the quick release of police officers Darren Wilson and Danny Pantaleo from criminal charges, the indictment of the N ew York Police Department’s Peter Liang by a Brooklyn grand jury Tuesday came as something of a shock. Following the decision, Liang, 27, plead not guilty yesterday to second-...
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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Global Capitalism's Terrifying New Math
McKinsey, one of the world’s preeminent business consultants, released a sobering new report this week detailing that, worldwide, total debt has risen by 40.1 percent — or $57 trillion — since the financial crisis of 2008. “Debt,” here, can mean many things: debt to other countries and...
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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:15am
Must You be a ‘Work Martyr’ to Change the World?
An article at CNBC this week described the phenomenon of “work martyrs,” employees who routinely work more than 50 hours a week, many without overtime pay. One Gallup poll found that four in 10 Americans work more than 50 hours a week, and that the national average work week is an astounding 47...
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Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 9:15am
Why Movements Should Care About Azealia Banks
In what might be the longest viral video since KONY 2012, New York City radio station Hot 97 last week did a filmed interview with seminal 23-year old rapper Azealia Banks. Banks’ much-anticipated, long-delayed debut LP “Broke With Expensive Tastes” may be one of the year’s best albums, but the...
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 3:00pm
Kinder Morgan Leaves Burnaby Mountain in Win for Pipeline Protesters
On the morning of November 28, after weeks of sustained protest , energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan packed up the equipment it had planned to use in the construction of a new pipeline on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, and left without finishing the job. Weeks earlier, the company...
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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:15am
Fossil Free Canada Convergence Deepens an International Movement
As a junior in college, I helped to organize a conference at my alma mater, Swarthmore. A number of us had traveled to Appalachia two years prior on a school-funded trip to visit with communities resisting mountaintop removal coal mining there. Upon returning, we decided to start what would become...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:45am
Movements Need Whistle-Blowers, Whistle-Blowers Need Movements
In the last scene of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’s acclaimed new documentary about National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he and Glenn Greenwald are shown chatting over scribbles on pieces of paper. The implication is that there’s a new government whistle-blower, someone higher up...
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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:30am
Remembering Iraq — Why the Pentagon Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis
On October 13, in Peru, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. military would begin treating climate change as an immediate threat to national security. The press conference was planned to coincide with the release of the Defense Department’s 20-page 2014 Climate Change Adaptation...
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Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ferguson Organizers Carry Momentum Into the Fall
Michael Brown’s murder this summer prompted a new wave of popular interest in state violence against communities of color. In mid-October, organizers from around the country gathered outside of St. Louis for the kick-off of what’s being called “ Ferguson October .” Wednesday, or “O22,” marked a...
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