Kate Aronoff

Kate Aronoff is an organizer and freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, PA. While in school, she worked extensively with the fossil fuel divestment movement on the local and national level, co-founding Swarthmore Mountain Justice and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network (DSN). She is currently working to build a student power network across Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter @katearonoff

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 2:15pm
Obama's Climate Plan Won't Save the Planet, But It's the Result of a Movement That Will
In Thursday’s marathon prime-time Republican debates, climate change was not at the top of the agenda. Aside from a few mentions of “the energy revolution,” a buried and affirmative reference to the Keystone XL pipeline, and some broad-strokes jabs at regulation, the GOP’s candidates for president...
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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 2:00pm
Reports of Capitalism’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Late last week, economic journalist Paul Mason, whose Channel 4 blog has been one of the best English-language sources for making sense of the ongoing Greek crisis, published an excerpt from his forthcoming book in The Guardian . It announces that the end of capitalism has begun and that (spoiler)...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:30am
Why Climate Activists Should Care About Greece
After months of conflict and a marathon 16 hours of negotiations on Sunday, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Troika reached an agreement on the country’s future: a third bailout and a distant promise of debt restructuring in exchange for draconian austerity measures , deregulation and...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:30pm
Occupy Had Its Shortcomings, But It Was Hardly Forgettable
Last week, Quartz’s Shelly Banjo wrote an article obliquely titled “Remember Occupy Wall Street? Probably Not.” Her first point of evidence is that a longitudinal search of headlines reveals that those about “Occupy Wall Street” more or less dropped off by 2013. More damning, she writes, is the...
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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 1:15pm
Movement Builders Should Listen to Bernie Sanders — Focus on Mass Action, not Candidates
Is Bernie Sanders a more progressive presidential candidate than Hillary Clinton? Undoubtedly. Will he single-handedly catalyze a united left front in the United States? Probably not. Unchallenged, Hillary Clinton is likely to run a campaign chock-full of populist optics, but thin on any real...
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 2:45pm
Crisis, Opportunity and Climate Austerity in Drought-Stricken California
In the midst of a severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown has enacted the state’s first mandatory water cuts. The restrictions are aimed at curbing municipal water consumption by 25 percent from 2013 levels, acting on 400 local water-supply agencies. Noticeably exempt, however, is the state’s...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:15pm
Ready for Hillary? How About a Mass Populist Party Instead?
Following Hillary Clinton’s long-heralded announcement Sunday that she’ll be “Getting Started” on a 2016 run, American progressives are facing a tough choice about who, if anyone, to support in the next presidential fracas. Thankfully, there are more choices available to today’s movements than...
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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 11:00am
Backlash to Anti-Gay Laws Not a Movement, But the Result of One
There was a showdown this week in Indiana and it had nothing to do with the Final Four — well, almost. Last Friday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Senate Bill 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. While most of the bill’s language consisted of relatively benign...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:00am
Quebec Students Strike Against Austerity and the Petro Economy
While the U.S. media have remained relatively quiet about it, students in Quebec are in the middle of what may become the country’s biggest series of demonstrations since 2012’s Maple Spring — and potentially the largest strike in Canadian history . Organized primarily by the province-wide student...
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:30pm
Swarthmore Students Launch First Indefinite Occupation for Fossil Fuel Divestment
In 1630, aboard a creaky wooden ship bound for the coast of what would later be known as New England, English settler and future Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop gave an address to the vessel’s weary passengers: “We must consider ourselves as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us,...
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