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A Fond Farewell to New York's Peace Pentagon
Nearly 20 years ago, as I left the War Resisters League , or WRL, offices in lower Manhattan for the first time, I noticed that my fingertips were covered in black soot and ink. My hands were full of tracts and leaflets, and I had been looking through nonviolence training materials for the last...
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After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Deal Reached
After a nearly six-week strike, Verizon workers are celebrating a huge victory on Friday after a deal was reached in principle with the telecom giant that will bring gains for union members and end one of the nation's largest work stoppages in recent history. The deal, announced Friday afternoon by...
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In Memory of Michael Mariotte—Activist, Journalist, Musician
Long-time anti-nuclear activist, journalist and punk rock drummer Michael Mariotte died May 16 at the age of 63 in his home in Kensington, Md., after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mariotte was executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in Takoma Park, Md...
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Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission
Amid ongoing blockades and intensifying clashes with police, protests against President François Hollande's controversial set of labor reforms deepened on Thursday as workers in France's nuclear plants joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in a nationwide strike. Fueled by "a...
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Official RNC Protest Rules Designed to Stifle Demonstrators, Groups Say
The city of Cleveland's rules for the Republican National Convention (RNC), released Wednesday, are "unacceptable and far too restrictive," according to advocacy groups and protest organizers. The convention, which runs July 18-21, is expected to attract scores of protesters. For example, a...
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Hope and Burnout in the Anthropocene
Between May 3 and May 16, thousands of people gathered in 20 acts of civil disobedience spanning 6 continents, to protest society’s continued reliance on fossil fuels. Dubbing their collective action “Break Free 2016,” they placed themselves in the paths of oil trains, coal ships and mining...
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Amid Election Chaos, Communities Show Where the Real Power Is
A year ago, it looked like we were in for a tedious election with yet another Bush pitted against another Clinton. Not so, as it turned out. I nside the Beltway, they didn’t see it coming, but I wasn’t surprised that millions of voters defied the political establishment and chose to support Donald...
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Student Activism Pushes UMass to Become First Major Public University to Divest
University of Massachusetts students—who just over one month ago were arrested for demanding that their school divest from fossil fuels—were validated on Wednesday after it was announced that the school would become the first major public university to pull its direct holdings from polluting...
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We Stopped Keystone, Canada Can Stop Energy East
Since I last visited Canada to share my experiences dealing with TransCanada as a rancher along the proposed Keystone XL path, and as a member of Bold Nebraska, a lot has changed. President Obama has since put the final nail in the coffin of Keystone XL, listening to the voices of ranchers,...
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Demanding 'What We Need to Survive,' Workers to Descend on McDonald's Shareholders Meeting
As McDonald's prepares to hold its annual meting on Thursday, low wage workers—buoyed by successes from the " unstoppable " Fight for $15 movement—are gearing up to confront the burger giant and again demand a decent wage and union rights. On Wednesday, in addition to a mid-day strike at the...
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