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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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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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00am
Occupy Democracy Brings London a Blast From Its Past
Inspired partially by Occupy Central in Hong Kong, London’s newly formed Occupy Democracy is being called a revival of Occupy London, which for a brief time in 2011 served as a major center of the global Occupy movement. The new occupation began shortly after an 80,000-person march organized by the...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:15pm
Philadelphia Students Go on Strike for Teachers’ Benefits
Typically when you hear about people striking in schools, it’s the teachers on the picket line. This week in Philadelphia — and potentially for many more — it’s the students who are on strike. At a surprise meeting called on Monday, the School District of Philadelphia unceremoniously cut its ties...
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"[A]n economy based on endless growth doesn’t work for either people or the planet." (Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:15am
Long-Standing Economic Resistance Went Mainstream at People’s Climate March
Writing for Vice earlier this week, Natasha Lennard argued that, while newsworthy, the People’s Climate March should not earn the title of historic: “Taken in isolation, mass marches — even when truly massive — do not history make.” Lennard’s analysis is exactly right, but it doesn’t apply to this...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:45am
Non-Union Market Basket Workers Bring a Complicated Victory for Labor
This Labor Day, there’s an unlikely workers’ victory to celebrate. Late last week, employees of Market Basket, a New England grocery store chain, ended a successful two-month strike and consumer boycott not for a contract or higher wage, but to reinstate their beloved fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas...
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:47am
Our Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign's Math Is Sound
Christian Parenti checks the math of the growing fossil fuel divestment movement on college campuses in his piece, "Problems with the Math: Is 350's Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?," published recently at Common Dreams .
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