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Enter Lame Duck – Keeping Fast Track Off the Agenda

Posted by in Elect Democracy, Fair Trade, Featured, People Power, Not Corporate Power, Uncategorized on 18th November, 2014 | No Comments

TPPlogo11-300x238Immediately after the U.S. midterm elections, questions were raised about plans to introduce Fast Track legislation during the lame duck session of Congress and President Obama flew to Asia for a week of meetings, some dealing with finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But while new Congressional maps were analyzed, fair trade activists wasted no time – and got to work during the Week of Action Against Fast Track and the TPP.

Fracking Corporations Played the Democracy Game – Two Communities Set New Rules this Election

Posted by in Uncategorized on 12th November, 2014 | 1 Comment

imagesAround the country, communities fighting fracking took their cause to the ballot box in the 2014 cycle — or tried to. But even before voters got a chance to voice their values some were preempted by nefariously oily means, while others faced big money influence during and after the election. All of these point to a problem that is (unbelievably) even bigger than fracking—the state of democracy. Two communities did something different, they banned fracking by standing up for their civil rights.

Mendocino County’s Historic Vote Elevates Residents’ Rights, Bans Fracking

Posted by in Featured, Uncategorized on 5th November, 2014 | 7 Comments

photo[2]With the passage of Measure S, residents in Mendocino County not only banned fracking, they made history as the first California community to adopt a Community Bill of Rights, placing their rights above corporate interests.

Defending Industry Against Mother Nature (or) Does Mother Earth Sponsor Sports Teams?

Posted by in Uncategorized on 14th October, 2014 | No Comments

Jeff Conant played a defender of Dirty Oil at the Rights of Nature Tribunal.The following guest blog is by Jeff Conant, who participated in the BARONA (Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance) Rights of Nature Tribunal on October 5, 2014.

State Behind the Murders of Students from Mexican Teacher College

Posted by in Featured, Guest Posts, Human Rights, Mexico, World News & Events on 10th October, 2014 | 2 Comments

thirdThe story about the violent police abduction of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College and the subsequent discovery of at least four mass graves with dozens of bodies in Guerrero, Mexico seems to turn worse with every news cycle. The cold pre-meditated nature of the crime is enough to render any of us speechless, but we cannot remain silent.

Rights of Nature Tribunal Puts Chevron on Trial

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Generation for Justice, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, Uncategorized on 1st October, 2014 | No Comments

chevron On Sunday October 5 2014, a People’s Tribunal will examine the violations of community and nature’s rights caused by the fossil fuel industry, using Chevron’s refinery in Richmond as a case study. Recognizing legal standing for ecosystems is a concept that has been gaining strength over the past decade, in dozens of US communities and in the constitution of Ecuador. The tribunal takes place between 10 am – 2 pm at Laney College’s Forum in Oakland. Register NOW.

TPP Updates – From Ottawa to Hanoi to Berkeley, CA

Posted by in Elect Democracy, Featured, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 23rd September, 2014 | 1 Comment

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetHere’s what you need to know – the Obama administration still has sights set on completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest treaty of its kind, with secret text, closed door negotiations and a yes/no vote in Congress, without debate or discussion. We can prevent this, and we must be prepared to act this November.

Images from the #PeoplesClimateMarch

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 22nd September, 2014 | No Comments

everyoneWhat a day! Excitement built from the moment we awoke! We poured on to subways, walked up towards Columbus Circle, greeted, gathered, and we marched!!!

I Didn’t Take the Climate Train

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, Fair Trade, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events on 20th September, 2014 | 1 Comment

banner2People ask me where I’m going to be on Sunday. Not if I’m going to be at the People’s Climate March, but which People’s Climate March. When people ask me, I say, “I’m going to be in New York”.

Is This Where Change Happens? Onboard the Climate Train

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 18th September, 2014 | 6 Comments

trainAs I thought about my own reasons for attending the People’s Climate March, coinciding with the gathering of world leaders at the UN to address climate chaos, boarding the so-called Climate Train seemed like the only way to go; maybe even the best reason to go to New York.

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