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As China Plays Waiting Game, 'Umbrella Revolution' Vows Escalation
Leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong on Wednesday used China's National Holiday to announce their determination to escalate tactics against what they see as unjust rule by the pro-Beijing government that now controls seven million people who live in the former British colony. Though...
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What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March
Last Sunday, we joined 400,000 people in the People’s Climate March (PCM) to demand action on climate change. The next day, we joined with 3,000 others to participate in Flood Wall Street (FWS), disrupting business as usual and naming capital as the chief culprit of climate change. In the days...
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Sick-Outs and Walk-Outs: Students and Teachers Escalate Fight Against Censorship of History
A passionate coalition of teachers and students in Jefferson County, Colorado are continuing their fight against censorship this week, employing some of the very tactics the conservative school board wants to eliminate from history textbooks. Seventy-two of 102 teachers at Golden and Jefferson high...
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How We Win on Climate Change
Okay, so we had this historic march a little while ago. It was.... ...joyous, beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring, life-confirming...and in many ways turning point. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can see that it will change things for a long time to come. It proved to ourselves and the...
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Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Dig Deep, Hold Ground in Hong Kong
The pro-democracy crowds in central Hong Kong are growing, not shrinking, after more than three days of sustained protest. Even heavy rains and thunder storms that soaked the city on Tuesday could not shake the determination of the crowds. As the South China Morning Post reports on its live...
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Feeding the Roots, Building Democracy: On Painting Peter Kellman
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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After the People’s Climate March, It Is Time to Demand More
The 400,000 people who packed Manhattan’s Central Park West for the People’s Climate March on September 21 have all gone home to their apartments, farms, cabins and lobster boats. They’ve returned to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia, to the...
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Pro-Palestinian Protesters Thwart Israeli Cargo Ship Again
Protesting Israel's recent war and ongoing apartheid against Palestinians, activists thwarted an Israeli cargo ship at the Port of Oakland on Saturday by forcing the boat to depart the Bay Area unloaded. According to reports, at least 75 and possibly as many as 200 protesters dispersed across the...
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'Umbrella Revolutionaries' Sweep Riot Police From Hong Kong Streets
Despite deployment of increasingly harsh tactics over the weekend aimed at forcing pro-democracy protesters off the streets of Hong Kong, by Monday it was police units forced into retreat while the number of those backing democratic reforms and promising to hold 'central' areas of the city appear...
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Police used tear gas to break up massive pro-democracy demonstrations Sunday night in Hong Kong. (Photo: Twitter) News
Hong Kong Protests Turn Chaotic as Police Fire Tear Gas
Police in Hong Kong unleashed tear gas on a massive, peaceful protest outside of government headquarters on Sunday morning, where tens of thousands of activists had gathered to demand free elections and universal suffrage. The sit-in, which started Friday night, was part of a continuing series of...
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