Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is an historian, author, and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. A new edition of his most recent book, Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival, is available for free download at his personal website. His previous books include: Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action; Strike!; Globalization from Below; and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt).

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Many of the millions of jobs required to protect the climate will be infrastructure jobs that generally require skills acquired through apprenticeship, education, advanced training, and opportunity to work in favored jobs and industries. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Climate Jobs for All: A Key Building Block for the Green New Deal
It was an iconic moment: Young people occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work making a climate-safe economy—when suddenly newly-elected Congressional representative and overnight media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them with a resolution...
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"While judges very often resist such necessity claims, since the 1970s hundreds of people who have committed civil disobedience in service of the public good have been acquitted on the grounds that their actions were taken to prevent a greater harm." (Photo: Peg Hunter/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets
What’s the Constitution got to do with climate? Current legal cases are now addressing that question. They are using the U.S. Constitution to bring climate protection into the courthouse. These cases range from youth demanding their constitutional right to a stable climate to activists who block...
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Monday, May 14, 2018
The New Poor People’s Campaign: Seeds of a Non-Party Opposition?
This Mother’s Day a convergence of unlikely bedfellows launched a Poor People’s Campaign -- echoing the Poor People’s Campaign Martin Luther King, Jr. initiated half a century ago aiming to “ transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.” Is there a strategy that can make...
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Another proposal to create millions of good jobs is “domestic production” of advanced energy systems and “decreasing reliance on imported clean-energy goods.” Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change
At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on “Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.” [ https://aflcio.org/resolutions/resolution-55-climate-change-energy-and-union-jobs ] The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address...
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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Building a Trump-Free, Fossil-Free Future
As the thousands of foot-weary protesters leave the April 29 Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. — and its scores of sister marches around the country — one question will no doubt be foremost on their minds: How can a march, or indeed any other action they take, force a reversal in the world’...
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Friday, March 10, 2017
As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting "Valve Turners" Say "Shut It Down" Is "Necessity"
Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era? The new American president has asserted that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by the Chinese to steal American jobs; threatened to ignore or even withdraw from the Paris climate agreement; and pledged unlimited burning of...
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Friday, February 24, 2017
Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against 'Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life'
Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged 9-20 won a court ruling that may be just as important as that election in determining our future. As the world hurtles into climate catastrophe, the decision by Judge Ann Aiken in the federal district court in Oregon sets the stage for...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others...
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Monday, January 09, 2017
'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism
Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the...
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Climate Emergency: Global Insurgency
( Common Dreams editor's note : The new, updated 2016 edition of Jeremy Brecher’s Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival , from which the following is drawn, can be now be downloaded for free at the author's website here .) The Lilliputian defenders of the earth’s climate have been winning...
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