On April 29, We March for the Future

We’ll either save or doom the planet during the Trump administration. Don’t sit the Peoples Climate Mobilization out.

by Bill McKibben

 

It is hard to avoid hyperbole when you talk about global warming. It is, after all, the biggest thing humans have ever done, and by a very large margin. In the past year, we’ve decimated the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest living structure on Earth. In the drought-stricken territories around the Sahara, we’ve helped kick off what The New York Times called “one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.” We’ve melted ice at the poles at a record pace, because our emissions trap extra heat from the sun that’s equivalent to 400,000 Hiroshima-size explosions a day. Which is why, just maybe, you should come to Washington, DC, on April 29 for a series of big climate protests that will mark the 100th day of Trumptime. Maybe the biggest thing ever is worth a day.Read More »

Climate Change Refugees

How a tiny Alaska town is leading the way on climate change

by Joe McCarthy

Global Citizen | 18 April, 2017

KIVALINA, Alaska — Dolly’s home is warm and spacious. Snow gear sits by the door. Illustrated Christianity posters are on the walls. A Mario game is being played on the TV. It could be any house in the throes of a Midwestern winter. Until, that is, Dolly serves maktaaq — small strips of frozen bowhead whale skin and blubber. Despite it being late at night, sunlight bounces off the walls. That’s because this is Kivalina, Alaska, some 70 miles above the Arctic Circle and 1,000 miles from Anchorage.Read More »

#MarchForScience: Thousands protest in over 600 cities around the world

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Source: March For Science

Thousands of people around the world took part in the inaugural March for Science as part of this year’s Earth Day celebrations.

In over 600 cities, from Washington to Sydney, scientists and science enthusiasts marched in what is seen as a global response to anti-science, climate change-denying rhetoric and policies from governments around the world.

The main event began in Washington DC at 10:00am local time, Saturday.Read More »

The Next Generation of Democratic Socialists Has Started Winning Local Elections

Campaigning for economic and social justice, they are winning municipal races in states like Illinois and Georgia

Dylan Parker

Dylan Parker, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic and DSA member who was recently elected to the city council of Rock Island, Illinois. (Neighbors for Dylan Parker)

The Nation | 20 April, 2017

Democratic socialists have advised presidents and cabinet members; they have been elected as members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, and as state legislators, judges, sheriffs and school board members. But their primary service has been at the municipal level, as mayors and city council members — leading not just big cities such as Milwaukee but mid-sized cities like Reading, Pennsylvania, and small towns like Girard, Kansas.Read More »

Timeline: October Revolution

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April 3

Lenin, Zinoviev and other Bolsheviks arrive in Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.

At Byelo-Ostrov railway station they are met by a delegation of Petrograd workers and a large contingent of jubilant workers, soldiers, and party members.

Late in the evening, Lenin arrives in Petrograd. He is given a grand welcome at the Finlandsky Railway Station by the Petrograd workers, soldiers and soldiers. On the square facing the station, Lenin makes a speech from an armored car in which he greets the Russian revolutionary proletariat and the army, and calls upon them to fight for the socialist revolution. Read More »

Armed Gangs Attack Maternal and Child Hospital in Venezuela

teleSUR | 21 April, 2017

Mothers and children being evacuated from hospital attacked by the opposition.

Mothers and children being evacuated from hospital attacked by the opposition. | Photo: @madeleintlSUR

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on her Twitter account that “armed bands hired by the opposition attacked a maternal and child hospital with 54 children (inside).”

She also said that President Nicolas Maduro ordered the evacuation of the hospital, adding, “We will defeat the coup attempt.” The Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Maternal and Child Hospital is located in the El Valle neighborhood of Caracas.

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Africa in the 21st century: Legacy of imperialism and development prospects

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The Return of Commercial Prison Labour

by Christoph Scherrer and Anil Shah

Prisons are seldom mentioned under the rubric of labour market institutions such as temporary work contracts or collective bargaining agreements. Yet, prisons not only employ labour but also cast a shadow on the labour force in or out of work. The early labour movement considered the then prevalent use of prison labour for commercial purposes as unfair competition. By the 1930s, the US labour movement was strong enough to have work for commercial purposes prohibited in prisons. In the decades following, the number of prisoners decreased to a historic minimum. But with cutbacks in the welfare state, the prison population exploded from about 200 000 in 1975 to 2 300 000 in 2013 (Scherrer and Shah, 2017: 37) and prison labour for commercial purposes became legal again. Today, about 15% of the inmates in federal and state prisons perform work for companies such as Boeing, Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret. Migrants detained for violating immigration laws are one of the fastest growing segments of prison labour. Under the Trump administration, their numbers are most likely to increase.

 

Using the example of the US, we will discuss drivers of the return of commercial prison labour.

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Two-Thirds of Americans are losing sleep over their financial woes

A Journal of People report

A CreditCards.com survey finds:

Two out of three Americans lose sleep at night thinking about their finances. Some 65% of those polled say they toss and turn in bed thanks to money worries, up from 62% the last two years and 56% from before the Financial Crisis 10 years ago.

The most common concern was the cost of health care and insurance, which kept 38% of participants awake into the night. Only 29% reported being worried about health care a year ago. The health care situation surrounding Obamacare and its Republican replacement seems have played a large role in shaping this unease.Read More »

Dow Chemical asks Trump officials to ignore pesticide reports

A Journal of People report

Dow Chemical asked three high-ranking Trump administration officials to ignore government scientists’ studies on the environmental risks posed by a major class of pesticides, said an Associated Press report.

The AP had seen the letters that Dow sent to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke, respectively, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt – a noted opponent of environmental regulations and climate change skeptic who has already moved to scrap Obama-era restrictions on certain pesticides.

Last month, Pruitt reversed his own agency’s proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to brain damage in children exposed to the pest-killer.Read More »