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California’s Statehouse Buyoff: We Won’t Fracking Take It Anymore

Posted by in Community Rights on 16th June, 2014 | 5 Comments

With the arrival of fracking on the political scene, California’s democracy is unquestionably drowning in Big Oil. From campaign contributions, lobbying, and inappropriate governmental appointments and more—the crisis we face may be bigger than fracking. Some California communities are taking Democracy into their own hands.With the arrival of fracking on the political scene, California’s democracy is unquestionably drowning in Big Oil. From campaign contributions, lobbying, and inappropriate governmental appointments and more—the crisis we face may be bigger than fracking. Some California communities are taking Democracy into their own hands.
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A World Cup for Whom?

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 11th June, 2014 | 2 Comments

Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

Photo: Getty ImagesThe 2014 World Cup is about far more than sport. Beyond the matches and parties, a much more important story has been unfolding. (This the second installment of a multi-part series examining the preparations and aftermaths of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil)
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Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too

Posted by in Community Rights on 10th June, 2014 | 5 Comments

thisiswhyMora County New Mexico is not the first place that comes to mind for challenging the ‘rights’ of corporations. But in 2013, they became the first county in the U.S to ban fracking by exercising their right to local self-governance. Then they got sued for violating the corporation’s “right” to make a profit at their expense. So what happens now?
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Re-think the World Cup

Posted by in Featured, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 5th June, 2014 | 4 Comments

Brazilian artist Paulo Ito created this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo. The image has since gone viral. 
Courtesy of Paulo Ito. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauloito/13998946669On June 12th, the world will shift its attention and collective body clock south for the 2014 World Cup. FIFA and its corporate sponsors will have you believe the month-long marquee event is solely about soccer and the pinnacle competition of the world’s most popular sport. While an intriguing storyline, it is a misleading half-truth at best. (This is part one of a multi-part series examining the preparations and aftermaths of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil)
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Community Rights & Fracking Ban Tour hits Mendocino County

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 20th May, 2014 | No Comments

3116586Want to support a rights-based fracking ban in Mendocino County, California? The Community Rights Network of Mendocino County (CRNMC) announces a series of public events to educate and collect signatures for a local fracking ban! Events, radio and TV appearances feature national fracking expert David Braun and Global Exchange Community Rights director Shannon Biggs. Join or support the campaign no matter where you live!
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Make your Mama Proud

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Fair Trade, For Our Members, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 18th April, 2014 | No Comments

3903_FB_Cover_851x315_2100x778_300_RGBThis Mother’s Day, Global Exchange teamed up with Equal Exchange with a great box of gifts to show your mom, or any mom, some Fair Trade love. The Gift Box has sold out, but read the story of the Proud Mama coffee!
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Reject and Protect – Obama You Can Stop the Pipeline

Posted by in End Dirty Energy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 15th April, 2014 | No Comments

Reject and Protect Image 2 copy logod-01Later this month, a powerful alliance of farmers, ranchers and tribal communities will be coming to Washington DC to make the closing argument against one of the most controversial and dangerous projects in North America — the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Start a Fierce Green Revolution in your Community

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 14th April, 2014 | No Comments

CRPToolKit_coverWe’ve teamed up with the producers of A Fierce Green Fire to celebrate the premier of the film and are launching a Community Rights Toolkit available this April for free — in hopes that you will be inspired to take action for climate justice right where you live.
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Connect the Dots – Healing Walks in SF Bay Area

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, End Dirty Energy on 9th April, 2014 | No Comments

photo 22Through communities impacted by fossil fuels, four Healing Walks will take place in April, May, June and July. Please join us to say no to dirty oil extraction and yes to communities and a future free from fossil fuels.
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Mendocino County: Charting a new course for water protection?

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 1st April, 2014 | 3 Comments

2 color Mendo sticker California’s drought may be the “new normal” with communities counting water in terms of “days”. So why is the state green lighting water intensive (and water poisoning) projects like fracking and a slew of other bad ideas? Residents in Mendocino have another idea for water management—local control. They are partnering with Global Exchange to pass the first County-wide rights-based ordinance in the state, to protect water and ban fracking. They may just be shaking up how water decisions are made in California while they’re at it.
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