All Views Articles for 2020-06-12

Friday, June 12, 2020
So we wait and hope, while speaking truth to power and doing our best to re-imagine a truly transformational way of living that can take us into what Quinn calls "humanity's next great adventure." (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) Tom Valovic
America Needs Deep Cultural and Political Renewal—Is it Even Possible?
Perhaps we have seen the beginnings of this with huge numbers of Americans waking up and taking to the streets to protest the economic and racial injustice of our train-wrecked society.
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Ireland and Norway endorsed the Basel Ban Amendment on eliminating the export of waste from rich to poor countries. Canada has refused to support the initiative, which became binding last year after 97 countries ratified it.  (Image: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute) Bianca Mugyenyi
Canada Isn't the Right Choice for the UN Security Council
For progressive Canadians the message is simple: Better than the USA is not good enough.
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One of the biggest problems we have in the US is that the police have tremendous power, and the systems of accountability to keep that power from being misused are incredibly weak.  (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Cynthia Kaufman
Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account
This is a moment where we can all work to make the power that is given to police forces more accountable, while we also work to take that power away.
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 Estimates of the number of civilians killed in the current war against terrorism, now in its 19th year, range from hundreds of thousands to over 2 million. (Photo: Shutterstock) Brett Wilkins
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna Introduce Bill to Increase Military Accountability for Civilian Casualties
Since waging the world’s only nuclear war at the end of World War II, the United States military has killed more foreign civilians than any other armed force on the planet, by far.
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In the little more than two weeks since George Floyd’s brutal death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the idea of defunding the police was mentioned on the nation’s TV networks and in its national newspapers at least 300 times. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Media Acknowledge Drive to Defund Police—But Seek to Blunt Its Radical Edge
Media wave away this possibility as absurd, but how to move beyond the US’s racist, shockingly violent criminal justice system is a discussion our country not only can but desperately needs to have.
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To effectively combat the pandemic, we need a just response guided by science and accurate data. (Photo: CC) Derrick Z. Jackson
A Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms Large—and It’s Not Because of Protests
The far greater concern is the rampage on science and public health now underway by governors and the White House.
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"The money that comes out of this bank literally kills poor people in the same community they’re operating in," said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. during the sit-in at a Chase Bank branch in Washington, DC. "There’s too many reasons to stop this madness." (Image: TheYearsProject.com/Hip Hop Caucus) Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
All We're Asking Is to Let Us Live: Stop the Money Pipeline Now
If you continue to fund projects that are literally putting our planet, our existence on the line, and defining the existence of our children, then you have left us no choice: that we must put our bodies against the gears of the machine and bring it to a grinding halt.
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A Miami Police officer watches protestors from an armored vehicle during a rally in Miami, Florida on May 31, 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images) Maritza Perez
The Congressional Police Reform Bill Fails to Meet the Moment
It continues to fund police departments rather than redirect resources to communities, particularly Black and Brown communities that have been most harmed by over-policing and the war on drugs.
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