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Legalizing Sustainability? Santa Monica Recognizes Rights of Nature

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy on 11th April, 2013 | 11 Comments

In a water-poor community, recycling water is part of sustainable living.First-in-California law seeks to make sustainability legal: On April 9, the City Council of Santa Monica voted 7-0 to adopt the state’s first ever Bill of Rights for Sustainability, directing the city to “recognize the rights of people, natural communities and ecosystems to exist, regenerate and flourish.” Santa Monica joins dozens of U.S. communities, the nations of Ecuador, Bolivia, and New Zealand in the fast-growing movement for Nature’s Rights.
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Got Climate? Why California Communities are Rising Against Fracking (and why you should too)

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 20th February, 2013 | 7 Comments

community_rightsGas and oil companies are quietly bringing fracking to the Golden State, placing not just Californians, but the planet at risk. In fact the process has already begun; promising to make California the number one oil producing state in the country, or as some call it The Saudi Arabia of the US—but at what cost? Global Exchange is working with communities to say “no” and leading a speaking tour April 15-22 through California’s fracklands.
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Beyond Personhood: Why Corporations Love the Constitution More Than You do

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 16th January, 2013 | 22 Comments

Got rights?January 21st marks the 3rd anniversary of the SCOTUS Citizen United ruling that opened the corporate-funded floodgates. While criticizing corporate personhood has hit the mainstream, questioning the Constitution remains the ultimate taboo.Shannon Biggs and Randy Hayes ask, “What do you love about the U.S. Constitution?” and explore what the Constitution is…and isn’t.
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Community Rights Holiday Reading List

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 11th December, 2012 | No Comments

ChelseaLooking for some eye-opening holiday reading suggestions? Here’s a handy list with a focus on community rights, complete with an exclusive sneak peak of a piece David Korten is working on.
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Take Back the Holidays!

Posted by in Community Rights, Elect Democracy, Fair Trade, Featured, For Our Members, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, Human Rights, Mexico, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 26th November, 2012 | No Comments

Human-RightsWe all have our own ideas on what the holidays are all about. Family. Laughter. Good will. But corporate greed and commercialization? They certainly don’t make the list. It’s time to take back the Holidays. The true meaning of the season cannot be packaged in a box. So instead of taking part in the corporate craziness, try this.
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This Election’s 4 Deepest Democracy Victories You Missed

Posted by in Community Rights, Elect Democracy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 12th November, 2012 | 5 Comments

susan bWhat does Susan B. Anthony have in common with voters in Montana, Ohio and Pennsylvania? What you probably missed in the glare of the pundits flashy graphics and Wed-morning quarterbacking were the real victories by and for people actually asserting their rights on Election Day. And regardless of political affiliation; against the dollars and scare tactics of huge corporations; sometimes against their own elected officials; AND against the mighty Robed Nine of the Supreme Court—they WON.
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2012 Global Exchange Open House in Pictures

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, Donor Profiles, Economic Activism for Palestine, Elect Democracy, Featured, For Our Members, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events on 10th October, 2012 | No Comments

GX-Open-House-72Last Thursday Global Exchange opened its doors to our San Francisco office for our annual Open House. The fun-filled evening included a diverse group of social justice activists, a few surprises, and lots of laughs. Here’s what went down.
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Don’t Burn Democracy BBQ’s Launch This Week

Posted by in Elect Democracy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 3rd October, 2012 | No Comments

DemocracyQuoteBillMoyersActivists around the country will be hosting gatherings this week that incorporate Global Exchange’s Elect Democracy campaign research and materials and host discussions that support and promote local community organizing.
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Activists in San Francisco Joined the World in Saying NO to Fracking

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 25th September, 2012 | 1 Comment

Global Exchange staff join activists  from around the Bay Area for a group photo at the Global Frackdown SF actionOn Saturday September 22nd, activists from around the Bay Area gathered in San Francisco next to the iconic Golden Gate bridge for a rally and march to voice one powerful, shared message: BAN FRACKING NOW!
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Refineries, Rights and Richmond, CA: Weekend Workshop Puts Residents and Nature in Charge

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 4th September, 2012 | No Comments

Chevron-Explosion-8Rights of Nature laws create a right to legal standing, offering citizens a revolutionary new way to protect the vitality of the ecosystems we live in and depend upon. Can rights of nature be brought to Richmond, home of the recent Chevron explosion? This upcoming seminar aims to tackle that question and more.
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