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The People Behind Kinder Morgan Protest

Lynne Quarmby Photograph by: HO , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Quarmby, a science professor at Simon Fraser University and chairwoman of SFU’s molecular biology and biochemistry department, was arrested on Friday. She is named as a defendant in a Kinder Morgan lawsuit and has been the public face leading the opposition to the pipeline in Burnaby. Quarmby has been quoted as saying that the National Energy Board process “is a sham.” She argues the process does not allow any consideration of climate change at a time that climate change is the biggest problem facing society. A mother and an environmentalist, Quarmby’s concerns lie with the environment and protecting it for future generations.

OccupyDemocracy Activist Locked To Houses of Parliament Railings

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At about 3:30pm this afternoon occupydemocracy supporter Arran locked on to the railings of Houses of Parliament. Arron has a bicycle D-lock around his neck linking himself to the House of Parliament railings. He was arrested at the previous occupydemocracy protest in October for sitting on a piece of Tarpaulin on Parliament Square. The focus of the occupydemocracy demonstration has now moved directly in front of the Houses of Parliament where our constructive programme of talks and debates continues on the pavement. Explaining his decision to take this act of nonviolent civil disobedience he said: “The oppression of my free speech during Occupy Democracy in October was so extreme I feel this is the only way to get my voice heard “

Former Amazon Employee Set For Hunger Strike At Seattle HQ

A UK order fulfillment centre for online retailer Amazon. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”. Kivin Varghese plans to start his vigil on Tuesday outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle in order to raise awareness of what he alleges are poor business practices and employee treatment by the company. “I think if Amazon customers took a few minutes to look at this and see how Amazon treats employees they’d be shocked,” he said.

Lawyer Condemns Arrests Of Burnaby Mountain Protesters

Photo by Jackie Davis

A Vancouver civil rights lawyer says it’s “dangerously wrong” that protesters on Burnaby Mountain are being arrested while the courts are still evaluating the legality of a U.S.-owned energy company’s actions. “There is the uncontroversial right of the citizens to protest, which is one of the key planks of a democracy,” Gail Davidson told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “And the right of Kinder Morgan hasn’t been determined.” Davidson said that she thinks that the Kinder Morgan subsidiary, Trans Mountain Pipeline, is, in effect, “defying the court process” by conducting geotechnical survey work on Burnaby Mountain while the issue is before the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Why Occupy Democracy In London Again?

Occupy protesters gathered outside parliament. Photo: Morgan Elder

Part of the global Occupy movement, Occupy Democracy campaigns against corporate corruption, austerity and privatisation. The occupation drew a diverse crowd, including a number of “Occupy virgins”, students and of course the usual die-hard activist folk. Asad Khan, a women’s wear fashion-designer was not your usual suspect. Incensed by what he saw as the police brutality of last month’s Occupy protest, Khan was at home when he came across a YouTube video of the occupation. “I saw a video of the police dragging people off parliament square for simply sitting down, I thought it was absurd and grotesque so I came down to see what was going on straight away”.

5 Arrested In Lumpkin During Stewart Detention Center Protest

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Five human rights activists were arrested Saturday morning as they protested at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin. For 8 years, hundreds of protesters have called for the closure of one the largest immigrant detention centers in the country. This year, five activists were arrested trying to get their voices heard. It was a silent message that spoke volumes as five activists crossed a restricted line and were arrested in Lumpkin Saturday morning. One of those activists was Anton Flores. “Right now in the United States, there are 34,000 immigrants that are detained in detention centers around the United States. We want to see that number decrease and we want to see this facility shut down,” said Anton Flores.

London Police & Occupy Activists Conflict Over Democracy Encampment

Occupy London protesters, Real Democracy protest at Parliament Square by Anthony Devlin, PA Wire 11-22-14

Occupy London activists defied police warnings and gathered in central London on Friday to set up camp outside parliament. Demonstrators converged on Parliament Square despite being told by Scotland Yard that they are banned from putting up tents or sleeping overnight by the landmark. About 100 demonstrators formed a blockade in the road around the square, unveiling banners reading “real democracy now” and chanting “the police should be helping us”. Long tailbacks formed along Whitehall as motorists sounded their horns, while scuffles broke out between protesters and police as the demonstration moved towards Downing Street. Author Donnachadh McCarthy, 55, said: “It’s outrageous that in Parliament Square free speech is being suppressed by Boris Johnson’s officers. If you don’t have free speech in front of parliament, you don’t have free speech.” After marching back down Whitehall toward the square, protesters were met by a police blockade and gathered near the Nelson Mandela statue, playing Free Nelson Mandela by The Special AKA. Nearby, around 80 activists gathered outside the supreme court.

Activists Arrested In Battle Against Fracking “Gateway Drug” In NY

Seneca Lake protest from We Are Seneca Lake

“These are just ordinary people who have exhausted every possible means of expressing their opposition and are at wits’ end,” says Yvonne Taylor, a co-founder of Gas Free Seneca, a group formed in 2011 to oppose the Crestwood projects. One major concern cited by the protesters is the geological stability of the salt caverns where the gas would be stored, and the risk of a disaster such as an explosion or collapse in the salt caves, that could lead to human casualties and ecological devastation. “These caverns were never designed to hold hydrocarbon gases,” says Steingraber, who lives with her family in nearby Trumansburg and is one of the organizers of We Are Seneca Lake, the group that is staging the blockades. “If you wanted to design a structure to safely store a whole bunch of compressed, explosive hydrocarbon gases underground, the architect wouldn’t come up with this plan. This is just accidental space that’s left over.” This year, Rob MacKenzie, the former CEO of Cayuga Medical Center, performed a risk analysis of the Crestwood LPG project. According to his findings, there is a more than 40 percent chance that a disaster of “serious or extremely serious consequences” will occur over the next 25 years, whether in the caverns themselves or during the transport of the gas to the facilities via truck and rail, another fear of the opponents of the project.

Civil Disobedience And The Fossil Fuel Monster


Thoreau would be proud of you! You are a living example of his famous injunction on civil disobedience, written from the jail cell that served as his bastion of protest against slavery and a war he knew was wrong: “Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” The machine of our time is the fossil fuel industry. It is an industrial monster, with mining claw arms, a drill bit mouth and a huge bloated body belching stinking carbon smoke. It has no eyes to see the destruction it causes, nor ears to hear the screams and wails of the innocent creatures—including human beings—mown down in its path or sickened beyond recovery.

Protests Against State Violence Go Worldwide

Mexico protests November 2014

Mexican activists were joined yesterday by solidarity protests in the United States and around the word. Under the banner of “Todos Somos Ayotzinapa – Todos Somos Ferguson,” a number of demonstrations in the States were intended to stand with Mexican organizers and the 43 students abducted, along with the U.S. community of Ferguson, Mo. Any day, a grand jury there is expected to decide whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. At a rally in New York’s Union Square last Sunday, protesters held signs in Spanish saying, “Your son could be number 44” — eerily reminiscent of an earlier rallying cry: “I Am Trayvon Martin.” Protesters also called attention to the role of U.S. policy and trade agreements — including the proposed and controversial “Plan Mexico” — in fueling the drug war that has terrorized the country over the last several years, and was accelerated under the presidency of Felipe Calderon, beginning in 2006. Simultaneous protests for Ayotzinapa were held in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Mexico’s Military & Political Class In The Eye of Ayotzinapa Storm

Ayotzinapa Mexico protests

Mexico’s political class and governing institutions are suddenly under attack and discredited on a scale not seen for generations. The poor, angry, politically savvy and mostly rural families of the murdered and disappeared students are at the lead of a fast growing dissident movement that has the attention and sympathy of tens of millions of Mexicans. It should have the attention of the U.S. public and foreign policy decision makers as well. A confrontation looms. Last week the families of the 43 disappeared students rejected the findings of the Mexican Attorney General who declared the students dead. His findings were based on the confessions of alleged participants, who described mass slaughter and the burning of corpses at a garbage dump. Instead, the families announced that three caravans would simultaneously crisscross the country to gather allies in the continued fight for their children. Their organized fury represents a genuine threat to the image-dependent, investor-friendly regime of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who brought the notorious PRI back to power just two years ago.

Ferguson Grand Jury Has Reached A Decision, Announcement Sunday AM

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A St. Louis County Grand Jury returned Thursday and with them a decision whether or not to levy charges against Darren Wilson for the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown Jr.. Despite having the decision, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, for logistical purposes, has opted to announce the jurors’ conclusions on Sunday morning. Area schools have responded by announcing closures for next week, and over the next 48 hours, the media, who has once again descended upon Ferguson, MO, will repeat iterations of the same lede, variations of hysterical accounts, or ominous foreshadows of impending violence. Few will ask how locals about their desires to create a more equitable Ferguson and even fewer will provide a platform to those who already laying the foundation for that prospect. We set out to fill this void.

TPP Talks Come To DC: Time To Release The Text!


We’ve just learned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are coming to Washington, DC in early December so that the President can finalize the text. As you may well know, the parts of the TPP that we’ve seen show that this agreement will severely undermine our ability to protect our communities and the planet. The TPP extends way beyond a traditional trade agreement and puts in place laws that would not pass through Congress in the light of day. The TPP deregulates corporations and gives them enhanced power to sue from the local to the national level if laws interfere with their expected profits. And the court that would be used operates outside of our legal system and can’t be challenged. Imagine life if the TPP passes: we would not be able to ban fracking or stop corporations from other toxic practices; we would not be able to give preference to local producers of goods and services; and we would lose more jobs to countries with lower wages and worker protections which would hasten the race to the bottom.

Neil Young Announces Starbucks Boycott Over GMO Labeling Lawsuit


I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one. Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling. Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit — we have a right to know what we put in our mouths. Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out. Hiding behind the shadowy “Grocery Manufacturers Association,” Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.

Colorado High School Students Refuse Statewide Tests

Boulder Valley School District senior CMAS participation  Number eligible to test, number tested, refusal rate  Boulder Valley total: 1,852, 293, 84%  Arapahoe Ridge: 58, 0, 100%  Boulder High: 414, 2, 99.5%  Boulder Universal: 40, 2, 95%  Broomfield High: 290, 198, 32%  Centaurus: 221, 10, 96%  Fairview: 530, 9, 98%  Monarch: 352, 36, 90%  Nederland/Chinook: 45, 38, 16%  Peak to Peak: 149, 142, 5%  Source: Boulder Valley School District  More than 1,500 Boulder Valley high-school students — 84 percent of the district's seniors — refused to take the state's new science and social studies tests Thursday in a widespread protest against how much classroom time is devoted to standardized testing.  At Boulder's Fairview High, nine out of 530 eligible seniors took the test, while about 200 seniors showed up at the school to wave signs, collect food and school supplies for holiday drives, and write letters to policymakers.  "That we had so many students out there in the freezing weather really shows how committed we are," Fairview senior Jessica Piper said. "We had a really good turnout."  Seniors, for the first time, are taking state science and social studies tests, with Boulder Valley and many other districts in the state scheduling the test for Thursday and Friday. In previous years, ninth- and 10th-graders took state tests, while juniors took the ACT and seniors were exempt.  Students in other districts also failed to show for the tests, with parents in both Boulder Valley and elsewhere agreeing to opt them out.   Those parental refusals were concentrated in a few of the state's highest-performing and most affluent school districts.  At nine Douglas County high schools, nearly 1,900 students did not take the tests, or more than half the overall student population at those schools, according to preliminary data provided by the district.  The student protests come as educators and parents are raising concerns that too much time is now spent on testing, with Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger agreeing that the state hasn't found "the right balance."  He added that the students did a good job of demonstrating their concern.  "We hope it will generate good discussion around these assessments," he said.  'Protesting in the freezing cold'  A state task force, with a report due to the state Legislature by Jan. 31, is now investigating testing cost, timelines, impact on instruction and opt-out options.  In a statement Thursday, Colorado Education Commissioner Robert Hammond said he hears the concerns about the timing and volume of testing.  "I understand the frustration," Hammond said. "I am fully committed to evaluating how the testing goes and working with districts and policymakers to identify ways to improve. I know that together we will find the best pathway forward that yields the best results for students."  Along with protesting, seniors at Fairview, Broomfield High and Centaurus High wrote an open letter — complete with footnotes — to the community about the reasons behind the protest.  At Fairview on Thursday morning, senior Cody Limber said students wanted to make their displeasure over the standardized tests heard.  "We're not happy with not only the money being spent, but with the time being spent," he said.  Added senior Emma Boelts, "We're all out here protesting in the freezing cold for our educational rights."  The students are planning to continue the protest Friday.  Students 'were very thoughtful'  Fairview Principal Don Stensrud said he was "very proud of the students for exercising their rights."  "They were very thoughtful in their planning," he said. "They wanted to make sure it wouldn't cause any harm to the district."  While this first round of senior science and social studies tests won't count for school accountability measures, districts will be held accountable for reaching a 95 percent participation rate. If Boulder Valley's participation is lower, Messinger said, the district will need to show that it made an effort to get students to test or face a lower state accreditation rating.  Schools gave new state science and social studies tests in elementary and middle school in the spring. New online tests in reading and math will debut in the spring of 2015.  The Colorado Department of Education estimates that third-graders will spend 490 minutes on tests, fourth- and fifth-graders 800 minutes, sixth graders 570 minutes, seventh- and eighth-graders 840 minutes, ninth- and 10th-graders 600 minutes, juniors — who take the ACT along with state tests — 795 minutes, and seniors 540 minutes.  The Denver Post contributed to this report.  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Maybe they should save their protest signs... like "the man can't keep me down" one student is holding Report Reply35 replies · active 4 days ago -46 SwimminCow's avatar - Go to profile SwimminCow · 1 week ago "organized and protested against taking exams" is going to look great on a college application. I hope these entitled kids realize that in college they *gasp* will be asked to do a lot more than apply for schools AND prep for the SATs. They are so overworked. Report Reply18 replies · active 5 days ago +77 notNed's avatar - Go to profile notNed · 1 week ago Good for them. Right, or wrong they are engaged in changing something where they see no value.   Students should question everything. Report Reply5 replies · active 6 days ago -59 Wordsmith's avatar - Go to profile Wordsmith · 1 week ago The only reason they are protesting is they know they'd fail the science section. Report Reply31 replies · active 4 days ago +24 SmackMyHead2's avatar - Go to profile SmackMyHead2 · 1 week ago In addition to the impact on seniors, underclassmen will not report to school until 12:30 on Thursday and Friday. school on Tuesday, late start on Wednesday, 2 periods only on Thursday and Friday. I want a refund! Report Reply4 replies · active 6 days ago -3 danila22's avatar - Go to profile danila22 · 1 week ago I am a foreign exchange student here in Colorado and I can't help but feel as though these students do not realize how special the opportunities they have are. The fact that you have people who actually care about your success enough to spend time and effort in making such a test is incredible... Report Reply12 replies · active 4 days ago +43 EvanRavitz's avatar - Go to profile EvanRavitz · 1 week ago The Kids are All Right! Report Reply -56 homelessphilosopher's avatar - Go to profile homelessphilosopher · 1 week ago Seriously, these obnoxious, self-entitled Fairview High brats are running all over town throughout the day -- every school day -- when they should be in class, they're stoned, and I've almost had to put my hands on several of 'em because they're so rude they don't want to let anyone get off the SKIP bus at King Soopers on Table Mesa, nor will they get out of the front seats which are reserved for the handicapped, like me, when I'm boarding the bus. Of course, I have a way of persuading them to do what they should do, since their parents and the schools have failed in that regard. Report Reply13 replies · active 6 days ago -30 elgordo111's avatar - Go to profile elgordo111 · 1 week ago If someone gave me the option to protest against exams in high school - I would too! But guess what, that's what school is about - learning and taking tests. "The man can't keep me down" is just kids joking about this whole thing anyway.. they know this is all BS. Report Reply2 replies · active 1 week ago -18 Lincolnwood660's avatar - Go to profile Lincolnwood660 · 1 week ago Any college counselor will tell you they are having to create remedial classes for freshmen and sophomores who simply didn't get the basics they should have gotten in high school. These tests are meant to help the students and school districts to make sure basic requirements are met.  Kids get athletic scholarships which don't rely so much on S A T scores. Many kids from other states are tested more rigorously than BVSD and so why wouldn't you want to know your ability to be on a level playing field in college classes?  We moved here from the Midwest and standards were much higher even in early grade levels. Report Reply2 replies · active 1 week ago +18 retepc1's avatar - Go to profile retepc1 · 1 week ago We've seen the result of forcing people to take too many meaningless tests...they eventually have to be rescued from wall cavities. Report Reply 0 Bing987's avatar - Go to profile Bing987 · 1 week ago Okay, so I am still confused as to what these kids are protesting. As far as I can tell, their only complaint is that they take too many tests.   Is that really all it is? Report Reply24 replies · active 6 days ago +39 jphu8414's avatar - Go to profile jphu8414 · 1 week ago The American testing system is complete and utter BS, the system is just totally broken.  Good for these kids taking a stand Report Reply -4 greatgarloo's avatar - Go to profile greatgarloo · 1 week ago These kids are probably geniuses already, and standardized testing insults not only their intelect, but delicate sensitivities as well. Report Reply8 replies · active 6 days ago +34 TE123's avatar - Go to profile TE123 · 1 week ago A ton of money is being funneled to companies that write these tests and educational consulting firms. If you are looking for ways to spend money for good education, neither of the aforementioned are good places for a school district's dollars. Sadly, that's where a lot of the money is going, and it's not always easy to track.   Additionally, these kids are tested quite a bit and the people writing the test questions are pretty far removed from the classroom -- often they are people who couldn't take it in the classroom, so they found jobs writing test questions. Sort of like someone who can't manufacture an item being put in charge of quality control for it -- although, this analogy isn't quite strong enough. Report Reply -26 diseasedliberal's avatar - Go to profile diseasedliberal · 1 week ago Do not let them graduate till they take the tests. I bet that will get their attention. Report Reply +37 soccermom26's avatar - Go to profile soccermom26 · 1 week ago I'm wondering if some facts here will change anybody's minds about this.   1) With the new testing programs, high schools are finding themselves so overwhelmed that there is literally not one day in the month of May that there is not a test, whether it be AP tests, PARCC tests, ACT's, or the other standardized testing required.   2) The new standardized tests require that all of the students take the test at the same time on a computer at school. This has placed a huge burden on the schools. In Boulder Valley, only Monarch High School, with their 1:1 Computer Technology Program, even has the bandwidth to have that many computers logged into the wifi. I honestly don't know how the high schools in the area are even accomplishing this. Not only that, but the schools have to provide computers for all of these seniors to take these tests at the same time, and they can't be the students' own laptops, as that could lead to cheating. This has placed a huge burden on the district to accommodate the requirement.   3) The CMAS test is a brand new test that has not yet been given to seniors, so there is no way for this year's data to compare to anything. Obviously, any new test needs a starting point, but seniors this year feel as though there's no reason to start with them; it is, in essence, an untested test. Combine that with the fact that most seniors in the district have not been practicing taking their tests on-line, and the general feeling is that being the guinea pigs for this test will only work against these seniors.   4) It has been previously felt that the seniors didn't need any additional testing as they take the ACT's as Juniors (required for everybody), and then seniors take their AP tests, IB tests if the school offers those classes, additional ACT's and SAT's as needed, and finals a week early so as to be ready for graduation. Obviously, the results from testing the seniors cannot be used to actually benefit the individual student, as the current TCAP's can be, because they are seniors and will be graduating, and their classes have already been set for the rest of the year. Therefore, there is no upside for a senior to take the test, and with the other negatives surrounding the test, it makes sense to the students to protest it in such a way as to actually get the state legislature's attention. Report Reply13 replies · active 6 days ago -15 riktors's avatar - Go to profile riktors · 1 week ago Ah, the children of hippies Report Reply14 replies · active 6 days ago -22 dancing_badger's avatar - Go to profile dancing_badger · 1 week ago Even the best schools in the United States produce students who lag far behind South Korea, Japan, Shanghai, the Scandinavian countries, etc.   My message to these kids is simple: if you weren't so academically mediocre in comparison to the rest of the world education reform, and testing, wouldn't even be on the table. There's a reason people in this country are freaking out over test scores. Report Reply13 replies · active 6 days ago +3 anonymouskid117's avatar - Go to profile anonymouskid117 · 1 week ago As a student who has taken the test, I think they have every reason to protest. CMAS was a completely biased test and attempted to force a specific scientific and political agenda on students. Also, we were promised in 2013 that, other than the ACT, we were done with standardized testing. This is why our generation has issues believing and trusting the federal government. It's a waste of time and a waste of money. Report Reply3 replies · active 1 week ago -21 dancing_badger's avatar - Go to profile dancing_badger · 1 week ago Ever notice that all the doctors have last names like Singh or Chen? Or that the engineers are similarly named?   Now you know why. Report Reply +18 Delburt's avatar - Go to profile Delburt · 1 week ago The new tea party! Tested enough already.   But seriously, they really are. Only SEVEN Fairview seniors showed up? That's hilarious. I told my kid if he decided to skip school to protest, he had to get out there with a sign. He compromised ... he dreamt about carrying around a protest sign while he slept in.  And for anyone ready to bust on me.. I'm not a hippie, (or a former one) and my kid has a good attendance record and gets good grades. He's just been tested up to his eyeballs lately, and I don't believe it helps anything. Report Reply1 reply · active 1 week ago -28 gunsandnoses's avatar - Go to profile gunsandnoses · 1 week ago The reason for protesting instead of participating is "Wah! I don't want to take that test!!" WTF are they going to do when they have kids of your own, and find out that they will do many things they don't want to? Do the parents want their kids to be bums and derelicts that only do what they feel like? Or do they want their children to become members of society? Report Reply3 replies · active 1 week ago -32 TheeLeviathan's avatar - Go to profile TheeLeviathan · 1 week ago Know-nothing brats. Report Reply +3 klutchB's avatar - Go to profile klutchB · 1 week ago Boulder High #1!!! Report Reply 12Next » Article ID: 26930047   Boulder Local Guide Featured Businesses First Presbyterian Church Forma Furniture Boulder Cleaners Inc Valley Subaru All Backyard Fun  Find Boulder Attractions   Search for a business   Add your business here +

More than 1,500 Boulder Valley high-school students — 84 percent of the district’s seniors — refused to take the state’s new science and social studies tests Thursday in a widespread protest against how much classroom time is devoted to standardized testing. At Boulder’s Fairview High, nine out of 530 eligible seniors took the test, while about 200 seniors showed up at the school to wave signs, collect food and school supplies for holiday drives, and write letters to policymakers. “That we had so many students out there in the freezing weather really shows how committed we are,” Fairview senior Jessica Piper said. “We had a really good turnout.”