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Grassroots educators won a historic victory in the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) election, but their gains are now in jeopardy. Middle school teacher and education activist Diamonte Brown was declared the new union president on May 15, closely edging out the incumbent Marietta English, who was running for her ninth term. English, who said the […]

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The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

May 30, 2019           |                                       

The 67th Bilderberg Meeting will take place in Montreux, Switzerland from 30 May – 2 June 2019, where the about 130 invitees – so far confirmed – from 23 countries, will stay at one of Switzerland’s most luxurious venues, the Montreux Palace hotel. About a quarter of the attendees are women. The Bilderberg meetings started […]

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The London-based electronics retailer Richer Sounds recently made headlines when its owner, Julian Richer, announced that he was selling a 60% stake in the company to its approximately 500 employees through an employee ownership trust similar to the one that owns the John Lewis Partnership retail conglomerate. As part of the deal, £3.5 million—more than […]

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Amid widespread attacks on bodily autonomy, an intersectional approach can help guide our response. re•pro•duc•tive jus•tice noun 1. The right to make decisions about child-bearing and childrearing free from economic, legal or social coercion “The sin to me is bringing a child into this world and not taking care of them. The sin for me […]

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In 2011, a wave of revolutionary struggle swept the Middle East and North Africa, often bringing down dictatorships that had governed for decades. Millions protested on the streets, occupied public spaces and demanded “bread, freedom and social justice”. Having broken through the fear produced by years of repression, the Arab Spring became an inspiration for […]

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We’re probably not the first time there’s been a civilization in the universe,” states Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and the author of Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. The idea that we’re destroying the planet gives us way too much credit. Certainly, […]

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More than 1,000 chilly Wisconsinites stood in the wind at James Madison Park on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, to hear Bernie Sanders speak late in the afternoon on Friday, April 12. As the state flag, the American flag, and an Earth flag snapped in a stiff breeze, and a youngish crowd of […]

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Trump’s Vicious Crusade Against Asylum-Seekers Is About to Get Worse

April 11, 2019           |                                       

President Donald Trump is intensifying his vicious crusade against asylum-seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Last weekend he declared, “Our country’s full.” He ousted Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen by tweet, reportedly because he thought Nielsen, who oversaw the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents and then lied about it […]

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At the same time, however, the same percentage also agreed that “the unemployed could find work if they only wanted” – a position shared with the right. In other words, RN supporters are overwhelmingly in favor of some measure of social justice, as long as it tied to a notion of “deservedness” associated with productive […]

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From Paris, Léa Bouchoucha reports for Consortium News on two sets of demonstrators, some of whom are mingling while others keep a distance. By Léa Bouchoucha in Paris Special to Consortium News Some had hoped the two marches in Paris last Saturday— one focused on global warming and the other representing the 18th straight weekend […]

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Jewish, Muslim and Progressive Leaders Welcome “Anti-Hate” Resolution

March 8, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – A grassroots campaign by dozens of organizations has flooded Democratic leadership with phone calls and emails over the past few days, urging them to condemn real bigotry and drop the bad-faith attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Culminating in a petition delivery to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday, the coalition celebrates the “Anti-Hate” Resolution […]

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A Political Renaissance in Ethiopia: What should change look like?

March 4, 2019           |                                       

This is an extraordinary time in Ethiopia’s history, a time of tremendous opportunity and hope. Long overdue reforms initiated by Prime-Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office on 2nd April 2018, offer the prospect that democracy and social unity could at last become a reality in the country. Before PM Ahmed took office Ethiopia was ruled […]

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