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Illegal? Seriously?
Earlier this year, Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec planted this fabulous, edible front yard kitchen garden. In the name of codes, town officials say they have to rip up most of it. In the name of sanity, we say sign a petition . Goethe: "There is nothing worse than...
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Is Union Busting to Blame for Power Outages in D.C.?
On Thursday, 15,091 Washington, D.C.-area residents were without power for the sixth day in a row, according to utility company Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal. As D.C. residents face record heat waves, many are upset and attribute the lack of power to incompetence on Pepco's end. However,...
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1st: Protect Obama's Health Care Reform. 2nd: Move Toward a Public Option
It’s relatively easy for Americans to understand that parks, sidewalks, the environment or the Internet are all part of the commons. That’s because no one owns them. But it’s more of a stretch when it comes to elements of the commons that have traditionally been under private ownership. Access to...
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Quebec Court Rejects Students' Challenge to Bill 78
In a ruling on Wednesday the Quebec Superior Court upheld Quebec’s controversial Bill 78, after the first legal challenge to the law. Bill 78 was passed on May 18, 2012 in response to the ongoing protest movement and student strike in the province. The 'emergency law' restricts freedom of assembly...
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The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity
Last week, nurses rallied, bank staff marched, conservatives coalesced and finance professionals petitioned—all in support of a global tax on Wall Street speculation. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines ( Financial Times: “Push for EU-wide ‘Robin Hood Tax’ ends ”), but by week’s end, that...
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Translating the Quebec Student Protests
Compared to its current clamor, the Quebec student protests began last year with a whimper. In March of 2011, Finance Minister Raymond Bachand announced that Quebec student tuition would increase by $325 every year for five years. By August, student organizations were debating the possibility of an...
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Echoing Quebec's 'Law 78' Russian Parliament Passes 'Draconian' Anti-Protest Law
In a move that echoes Quebec's recently enacted Law 78, the Russian parliament has just passed a law that skyrockets fines for "illegal" protests. Opponents see the law as "draconian" and believe it will only serve to further catalyze the protest movement. While Article 31 of Russia’s Constitution...
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Voices from the Global Uprising
Tom Morello played a concert in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday in solidarity with the effort to recall Governor Walker. In advance of the concert he solicited messages of solidarity from around the world, and they came pouring in from Spain, Quebec, Chile, Greece, Tunisia and Egypt. The following is...
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American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests
In the past four months, the Canadian province of Quebec has become a hotbed of Occupy Wall Street-style protests—marches with hundreds of thousands of protesters, and battles with tear gas throwing, pepper-spraying police. And it all started over proposed tuition increases at Quebec's public...
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Northern Light: Why Canada's 'Casserole' Movement is All of Ours
I gave a talk last week at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences . Many in the audience had pinned small red squares of felt to their clothing. The carre rouge, or red square, has become the Canadian symbol of revolt. It comes from the French...
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