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UN Experts to United States: Stop DAPL Now
Backing up the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies , a United Nations expert has called on the United States to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline . Echoing pipeline opponents' concerns , the statement from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, cited the...
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How You Can Support Standing Rock
I am a settler on this land but have spent the past couple of years supporting indigenous battles against new oil pipelines. These are the front lines of the struggle to end the desecration of Mother Earth, the catastrophes of climate change, and the ongoing genocidal occupation of Indigenous lands...
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Standing Firm in the Face of Violence
Another week, and another unarmed black man has been shot by police, with video footage of the macabre incident available for all to view from various angles. The shooting death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., at the hands of a white police officer, Betty Shelby, is sickening. The footage has...
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From Syria to Russia, Right Livelihood Honors 'Immense' Risk-Takers
The recipients of the 2016 Right Livelihood Awards —more commonly known as "alternative Nobel Prizes"—include a Turkish newspaper, an Egyptian feminist, a Russian activist, and the renowned Syria Civil Defense team, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced on Thursday. This year marks the...
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Seizing Electoral Power, Women Demand 'Solutions as Complex as Our Existence'
More than 1,000 activists and organizers are gathering this week in Maryland to help advance a comprehensive economic agenda for women—one that calls for universal healthcare, affordable child and elder care, wholesale immigration and criminal justice reform, reproductive justice, and sensible gun...
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Real Change in Democracy Comes Not in the Voting Booth But Activism at the Grass-Roots
Many years ago, the late Judy Guay, a low-income woman from Bangor, founded the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods in order to advocate for the neediest in our state. I remember she said “democracy is not a spectator sport.” But each time I turn on the television, listen to the radio...
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Outraged Miami Residents Shut Down Town Meeting Over Zika Pesticide Spraying
Outraged Miami Beach residents shut down a city commission meeting on Wednesday evening over the city's widespread spraying of the controversial pesticide naled to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. "If you're going to spray, we want a say!" the protesters shouted. The activists and...
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Water protectors attached themselves to construction equipment and brought the pipeline's construction to a stop on Tuesday. News
Peaceful Dakota Access Protesters Face Felony Charges, Escalating Police Action
Water protectors battling the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are now facing felony charges for peaceful direct actions that halted construction at two sites on Tuesday and Wednesday—a sign that law enforcement appears to be escalating its response to the water protectors. "They...
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Arrests After #KeepItInTheGround Activists Occupy Interior Department
Update: More than 40 Indigenous activists, Gulf Coast residents, and other climate leaders have reportedly occupied the U.S. Department of the Interior, demanding no new fossil fuel leases on public lands and waters. Several arrests have also been reported. The protesters entered the lobby of the...
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Stung With 'Profound Betrayal,' ITT Tech Students Launch Debt Strike
Former students of the recently shuttered, for-profit ITT Technical Institutes announced Wednesday they have no choice other than to not make payments on their federal student loans, as they denounced the "immoral system that profits from our aspirations." As of the writing of this article, 176...
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