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, 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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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:15am
Striking Oil Workers Emerge Victorious Thanks in Part to Green Group Solidarity
Yesterday afternoon, the United Steelworkers reached a tentative contract agreement with negotiators from Shell Oil Co., which has represented Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil companies affected by the union’s now nearly six-week strike. Even as the strike continues in many workplaces, yesterday’s...
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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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