We Need To Consciously Spark, Amplify And Harness Mass Protest

A protester holds a sign at the Democracy Spring demonstration in Washington, DC, on April 13, 2016. According to Mark and Paul Engler, momentum­-driven organizing uses the tools of civil resistance to consciously spark, amplify and harness mass protest. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian)

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler for Nation Books – By 1963, the Dorchester retreat center near Savannah, Georgia, had emerged as a buzzing hub of activity for the civil rights movement in the American South. The site where Project C was hatched was also the home of a thriving social movement ecology. With the help of veteran organizers at the Highlander Folk School, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had renovated the facilities at a former missionary school located just a few miles off Georgia’s Atlantic coast.

Indigenous Movement Stops Construction Of Brazilian Mega-Dam

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By Juliana Britto Schwartz for Feministing – In a historic victory, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups has managed to suspend construction of a mega-dam that threatened to submerge their home. The Brazilian indigenous agency FUNAI finally demarcated the territory of the Munduruku people, providing the legal basis to suspend construction of the São Luiz de Tapajós dam. These 700 square miles of land – known as Sawre Muybu – are now legally recognized as the traditional territory of the Munduruku and protected under the Brazilian constitution…

People Increasingly See Themselves As Global Citizens

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By Naomi Grimley for BBC News – People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, according to a BBC World Service poll. The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded. However, in Germany fewer people say they feel like global citizens now, compared with 2001.

Flint Chess Game: The Politics Of The Battlefield

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By Dr. Marsha Cole for Black Agenda Report – The game of chess is a complicated game employing zero sum, competitive Machiavellian strategies to protect key political or military principals. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king, and to protect the queen, the most powerful piece in the game, as long as possible. One fallen knight on the political chessboard of the Flint, Michigan water crisis is Susan Hedman, the EPA Regional 5 Administrator whose callous disregard for the health and safety of Flint citizens triggered her forced resignation although she has escaped any criminal liabilities.

The Absurdity Of Being A Citizen In The US Police State

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By John W. Whitehead for The Rutherford Institute – In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censorship, jail and ultimately death. However, where many Americans go wrong is in assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or challenging the government’s authority in order to be flagged as a suspicious character, labeled an enemy of the state and locked up like a dangerous criminal.

Why You Should Care About The Coming Email Privacy Law

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By William Turton for Gizmodo – You probably think the US government needs a warrant if they want to dig through your old emails, texts, and instant messages, right? Well, you’re wrong! That may change soon with the Email Privacy Act, which was just passed in the House by a vote of 419 to 0. The law that currently governs how police can pry into your digital life is theElectronic Communications Privacy Act, which was originally passed in 1986.

Police Caught Monitoring Social Media For Criticism Of Flint Water Crisis

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By Claire Bernish for The Free Thought Project – After needlessly contaminating Flint’s water supply with lead, a new report reveals the government now monitors social media for hints subversive communications relating to the Flint Water Crisis. According to MLive, officials with the Michigan State Police have been conducting online surveillance for comments about Flint’s lead contamination crisis. One of over 127,000 emails released by Gov. Rick Snyder’s office shows one man’s allegedly threatening Facebook post concerning the government’s mishandling of the Flint crisis — which led to the initiation of criminal proceedings.

Verizon’s Reputation Plummeting As Workers Strike

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Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) strike outside the Verizon tower in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. About 39,000 landline workers from Verizon Communications Inc.'s largest labor unions walked off the job Wednesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the phone giant by a 6 a.m. deadline.

By Martha C. White for Time – Since nearly 40,000 union members walked off the job at Verizon two weeks ago, the telecom giant has been scrambling to keep its systems up and running, but it seems to be falling behind in one critical area: reputation. How the labor standoff between the striking communications workers and Verizon will eventually play out is anybody’s guess, but consumer perception of the telecom giant has fallen to a three-year low, according to YouGov’s Brand Index.

First Nations Target Trudeau's Climate Plan With Indigenous Climate Action

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By Eriel Deranger for National Observer – UNDRIP is an international declaration that is built on a premise of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Or, more plainly, Indigenous rights to not just participate in decision making processes but the right to say “no.” This position is in addition to the already existing fiduciary and legal obligation of the federal government to ensure adequate and meaningful consultation occurs with respect to any laws, legislation and land management that may affect our inherent and treaty rights in the country.

10 Fracking Infrastructure Projects Canceled Or Delayed In Last 24 Months

Activists march down a city street holding a Ban Fracking banner at the People’s Climate March In New York City on September 24, 2014. AWhile oil companies engage in hydraulic fracturing throughout the USA, it has proven less successful in Europe and Asia. (Flickr / Light Brigading)

By Ted Glick for Eco Watch – March 2016: The Republican-dominated Georgia legislature voted overwhelming for a one-year moratorium on any new gas pipelines, setting back efforts to build the Palmetto Pipeline. March 2016: FERC announced a seven month delay on making a decision about the Penn East pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and a 10 month delay for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Leap Manifesto Is A Path To Jobs And Justice

A crowd gathered in the cold near Wall Street on Friday to call for New York’s divestment from fossil fuels. (Flickr / 350)

By Crystal Lameman for The Globe and Mail – You might find that strange if you’ve read the media reports calling its authors latte-sipping Toronto elites. I’m not exactly part of that class: I’m an indigenous mother of two from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in the heart of Alberta’s oil industry. From where I stand, the Leap Manifesto isn’t an attack on Albertans or its workers. It’s a gift, offering us a pathway to a more humane, healthy and livable province, one that honours the treaty rights of indigenous peoples and meets the needs of all its inhabitants.

Why Every President Since Truman Has Been An Israel Hawk

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By Robert Fantina for Mint Press News – KITCHENER, Ontario — (Analysis) The establishment of the state of Israel is known throughout Palestine as the Nakba, or “Catastrophe.” As the British Mandate of Palestine ended throughout 1947 and 1948, at least 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from or fled their homeland, and another 100,000 or more were massacred. Although the United States wasn’t an active party to the circumstances that led to the Nakba, the country’s long history with Israel has only been supportive of that nation’s barbarity — and that support has grown exponentially over the years.

More Than A Few Rogue Cops: Disturbing History Of Police In Schools

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By Mary Anne Henderson and Brian Platt for Counter Punch – Another week, another video of police abuse surfaces. This time thevideo shows San Antonio school resource officer Joshua Kehm body-slamming 12-year-old Rhodes Middle School student Janissa Valdez. Valdez was talking with another student, trying to resolve a verbal conflict between the two, when Kehm entered and attacked her. “Janissa! Janissa, you okay?” a student asked before exclaiming, “She landed on her face!”

Transforming A Movement: Importance Of Black Leadership In Immigrant Rights

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By Anshantia Oso for Truthout – On April 18 the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. The president’s measures are designed to protect nearly 4.5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to apply for work permits under the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

Barack Obama Readies For Final TPP Push

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By Ned Resnikoff for IBT – President Barack Obama last week renewed his push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, suggesting that it will be easier to pass the deal after the elections are over. The idea is that lawmakers will then be more insulated from political influence. Yet Obama has his own potential incentives to push for the TPP: His presidential foundation has been relying on support from industries that could profit from the agreement.