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Answer the call to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

September 14, 2016
Global Climate Convergence
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The courageous actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the indigenous communities, climate activists, local farmers and community members that continue to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota have inspired people all over the country and the world to stand in solidarity and support. If the pipeline project is allowed to continue, it will carry dangerous fracked oil over several states and under the Missouri River - this means destruction of sacred land and water for local Native communities and a climate disaster for people and the planet. 

Community rights activists fight against corporate suppression of direct democracy

September 13, 2016
Kai Huschke for Truthout
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Across the country, corporations and government officials are working together to protect corporate interests and block local communities from exercising our rights to direct democracy.

Call for Support - Stand with Standing Rock!

CALL FOR SUPPORT - STAND WITH STANDING ROCK

From: 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
What's happening: 

You can support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight to protect its waters and sacred places by contacting your members of Congress and the Administration to oppose the easement from the Army Corps of Engineers. Read on to learn more...

Join us in supporting The Movement for Black Lives

September 9, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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At Liberty Tree, we believe that the American Revolution is a living tradition whose greatest promise is democracy.

A Scholar, Activist Gathering: From 1999 to 2016 and Beyond

Date: 
August 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

King County Labor Temple
2800 1st Street
Seattle, WA 98121
 
A Scholar, Activist Gathering: From 1999 to 2016 and Beyond
​​Featuring: Cindy Domingo, David Cobb, Heather Day, Rosalinda Guillen, together with​ ​Rose Brewer, Gregory Maney,​ ​Ben Manski, Charlotte Ryan,​ ​​and you.​​
​​Location: King County Labor Temple ~ 2800 1st Street, Seattle, WA​​

Does your vote matter?

August 4, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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Does it matter to you whether you are allowed to vote, and to have your vote, and other people’s votes, counted?
 
Liberty Tree’s No More Stolen Elections! (NMSE!) campaign is in full motion, with many voters from across the country signing the Pledge of Action and organizing Voter Assemblies in their states. We’ve already exceeded our goal of over 500 new Pledge signers before our official launch! 
 

We urge you to pledge "No More Stolen Elections!"

July 21, 2016
Liberty Tree
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WE REMEMBER Florida 2000, Ohio 2004, Wisconsin 2011, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court in 2014, and we are willing to act this year if the right to free and fair elections is denied again.

Native Americans across the country sue in attempt to protect voting rights in 2016

July 11, 2016
Suzette Brewer
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The voting rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives have been eroded or ignored since the United States Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to charges in numerous lawsuits brought by tribes throughout Indian country in the battle to protect Native suffrage.

No More Stolen Elections! 2016 Conference Call Series

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Repeats every week until Thu Aug 11 2016 .
June 30, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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July 7, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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July 14, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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July 28, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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August 4, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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August 11, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Maestro Conference Call

Please join us for the first round of No More Stolen Elections! Calls happening through August 11, 2016! These calls will be the first step in coalition building and will connect individuals and organizations who will be on the ground in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention July 25 - 28. 2016. 

Judge rules detaining asylum-seekers in order to deter others is illegal

May 5, 2016
Molly Hennessy-Fiske for LA Times
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Claudia Velasquez, a Honduran immigrant held with her 7-year-old daughter since October in a federal detention facility, looked at the judge Monday via a video hookup as he considered her request for bond.
 
Velasquez and nearly 1,000 mothers and children were being held at three family detention centers around the country, part of a massive federal effort to stem the influx of immigrants on the southern border last year by keeping those who succeeded in crossing illegally locked up.
 

REPORT - UN study highlights crisis for refugee women fleeing Central America and Mexico, calls for international border protection due to forced displacement

May 5, 2016
The UN Refugee Agency
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Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fueling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent and concerted action by the states of the region, the United Nations refugee agency warned Wednesday.
 
View the full report "Women on the Run" from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees by clicking here
 

U.S. peace activists refuse to pay taxes in protest of military spending

May 5, 2016
teleSUR
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Another year of military operations, another year of resistance: thousands are expected to show conscientious objection by not paying federal income tax.
 
War tax resisters in the United States are preparing for another round of civil disobedience with the deadline to pay taxes coming this week.
 

Anti-drone activists arrested at Creech Air Force Base protest

May 5, 2016
David Kupfer for The Progressive
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Twenty-five anti-drone activists from all over the nation were arrested for blocking the roadway at the entrance of Creech Air Force base forty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas on March 31 and April 1.

The radical roots of Mother’s Day

May 5, 2016
Diana Butler Bass for Huffington Post
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At first glance, Mother’s Day appears a quaint and conservative holiday, a sort of greeting card moment, honoring 1950s values, a historical throw back to old-fashioned notions of hearth and home.
 
Let’s correct that impression by saying: Happy Radical Mother’s Day.
 

Watch a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation against war

May 4, 2016
Democracy Now!
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In 2009, "Democracy Now" featured an excerpt of Robert Greenwald’s short film Mother’s Day for Peace featuring a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe's, "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Alfre Woodard, Vanessa Williams, Ashraf Salimian, Fatma Saleh, Christine Lahti and Felicity Huffman. 

Watch the clip and read the transcript (with an intro from Gloria Steinem) by clicking here

Truthout: What Comes After Capitalism? Upcoming Teach-Ins Can Show a Way Forward

April 21, 2016
Gar Alperovitz and Ben Manski for Truthout.org
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An extraordinary process of change is about to explode this month on campuses and in communities across the United States. Thousands of Americans are coming together in dozens of locations to take on the question of what kind of system should replace capitalism. The process is called the Next System Teach-Ins.

Supreme Court upholds counting all residents, not just registered voters, for determining state Senate Districts

April 20, 2016
Lawrence Hurley for Reuters
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A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more sway to rural white voters.

Join thousands in building our future

April 19, 2016
Liberty Tree
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Building a future where people, the planet and peace are put before profit requires more than energy and activism - it requires education. Join thousands across the country later this month for the Next System Teach-Ins to study, debate and organize around the social, political and economic issues that determine what our future will look like. Teach-Ins aren’t only for students - they are a place where students, faculty, staff and community members come together in order to build tools for responding to matters of national and global importance. 

Over 100,000 flood streets of France in pro-democracy “Up All Night” protests

April 14, 2016
Lauren McCauley for Common Dreams
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A police crackdown will not deter France's burgeoning Nuit Debout (or 'Up All Night') movement that has swept across the country in recent weeks as the unifying call for change sparked protests in over 50 cities this weekend.

Thousands of workers join united strike effort, reflecting labor movement power

April 14, 2016
Jim Tankersley and Brian Fung for the Washington Post
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Tens of thousands of Americans will decline to report to work Thursday because of labor disputes, a surge that coincides with a fledgling sense of empowerment among workers who struggled for years to reap the gains of the economic recovery and which could mark a political and economic shift in the balance between employers and their employees.

“Democracy Spring” protests result in most mass arrests at the U.S. Capitol in over a decade

April 14, 2016
Ben Wofford for Rolling Stone
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Chanting, "Money ain't speech, corporations aren't people!" and "We are the 99 percent!" around 425 protesters were arrested Monday in a mass sit-in on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and more have returned to face arrest Tuesday. The demonstration, called Democracy Spring, is advocating a set of reforms the organizers have dubbed the "democracy movement," demanding Congress amend campaign finance laws and restore the Voting Rights Act, among other actions.
 

Student led “National Day of Action” against racism and student debt named divestment from private prisons among list of demands

April 14, 2016
Mashaun D. Simon
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Student leaders across the country are holding localized demonstrations specific to their campus as part of a "National Day of Action" today.
 
Organized by the Black Liberation Collective (BLC) in partnership with #MillionStudentMarch, a student movement created to respond to the education crisis in America, their mission is ending campus racism and student debt.
 

Verizon strike is one of many massive actions powered by thousands of workers this decade

April 14, 2016
Aaron Pressman for Fortune
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About 40,000 Verizon workers up and down the East Coast walked off the job on Wednesday after contract negotiations broke down. The nation’s second-largest telecommunications carrier by revenue wants to be able to transfer employees to another city for up to two months, outsource more work to non-union contractors and close down U.S.-based call centers that could be moved to Mexico or the Philippines.

Madison students using restorative justice to build community, address school to prison pipeline

April 14, 2016
Ogechi Emechebe for The Capital Times
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On a recent Friday morning at Madison's O’Keeffe Middle School, nine students gathered in a circle to reflect on their experience. Some shared their happiest memories during the three years while others described challenges they faced. They also shared what their goals for high school were and where they see themselves in ten years.
 
“I enjoyed the fun field trips we had, it brought everyone together and made us closer,” one student said.
 

University presidents admit student activists are effective in forcing schools to address racial disparities in new study

April 14, 2016
Kenrya Rankin for COLORLINES
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A new study from the American Council on Education says that student-led protests are having an impact on college and university campuses across the country.

Southern California middle school students call for re-hiring of coach after he was fired for collecting and redistributing wasted fruit

April 14, 2016
Patrick Healy for NBC Los Angeles
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Chanting and carrying flyers for a second day, students protested the firing of a coach at a Southern California middle school over alleged violations involving his collecting and re-distributing food service fruit.
 
Arnold Villalobos said he was gathering only unwanted fruit that otherwise would have ended up in the garbage at Center Middle School in Azusa.
 

Sign the petition supporting striking Verizon workers

"We are on strike because we will do whatever it takes to create a better workplace for ourselves and those that follow.

From: 
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stand-with-striking-verizon-workers

Inspiring global action leads the way

April 12, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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Sometimes the movement calls people to action in ways that threaten their very existence - they know that a lack of action, no matter how dangerous, leads to the acceptance of destruction in the very near future.
 

South African anti-mining group continues speaking out against plans for titanium mine, calling for solidarity after assassination of founder

April 11, 2016
CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
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On 22 March 2016, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe (pictured), chairperson of the, Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) was assassinated at his home by two assailants who shot him eight times in the head. ACC, a South African community organisation has been subjected to sustained harassment from local authorities and a mining company, for its campaign to oppose titanium mining on the ancestral land of local communities in the pristine Eastern Cape Province. Prior to the assassination, Rhadebe had contacted other members of the organisation warning them of a hit list that his name was on.

Berta Cáceres’ assassination, land rights and the growing criminalization of social justice leaders

April 11, 2016
Autumn Spanne
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Since her mother’s murder a month ago, Bertha Isabel Zuniga Cáceres has scarcely had time to grieve. The 25-year-old student is adamant that her mother, Berta Cáceres Flores, will not become just one more Honduran environmental activist whose work was cut short by their assassination. 

Support grassroots democracy in South Africa

Endorse this joint statement on the assassination of the chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee - #StandWithAmadiba #StandForDemocracy 

Use the extensive information database designed for activists in the worldwide citizens’ movement against coal - CoalSwarm

April 11, 2016
CoalSwarm

The purpose of CoalSwarm is to create a collaborative information clearinghouse for the worldwide citizens’ movement to address the impacts of coal and move to cleaner sources of energy. Containing over 8,000 articles on coal-related topics posted on the SourceWatch wiki, this open-source reference provides a constantly expanding body of information that anyone can utilize and contribute to.

 

Learn about writing a community ordinance to take control of local food exchanges from the Alliance for Democracy

April 11, 2016
Alliance for Democracy

Put your community in charge by passing a local ordinance that strengthens your food system. Tailor the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance to your community and its needs and get it passed. You will be told you can’t do that. Do it anyway. Then persist. 

Dozens of organizations rally for New York Governor Cuomo to use state authority to deny pipeline after lands have been seized through eminent domain

April 11, 2016
Stefanie Spear of ECOWATCH on BUZZFLASH at TRUTHOUT
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Nearly 400 people from across the state of New York and beyond rallied in Albany today asking Gov. Cuomo to stand up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and use the state’s authority under the Clean Water Act to deny the 401 water quality certificate for the Constitution Pipeline.

Hundreds of Californians protest and testify against dangerous crude oil trains

April 11, 2016
Cal Coast News
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Opponents of Phillips 66’s proposed rail spur came from across California Thursday to protest the project as it appeared before the San Luis Obispo County Planing Commission. An estimated total of more than 500 people showed up to the first day of a two-day hearing on the planned rail spur.

Scientists warn earthquake risks are increasingly linked to corporate injection of wastewater from gas and oil extraction into the ground

April 11, 2016
Anna Kuchment for Scientific American
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To Cathy Wallace, the earthquakes that have been rattling her tidy suburban home in Dallas feel like underground thunderstorms. First comes a distant roar, then a boom and a jolt. Her house shakes and the windows shudder. Framed prints on the walls clatter and tilt. A heavy glass vase tips over with a crash.

Group of kids sue Obama, federal agencies for supporting the destructive fossil fuel industry

April 11, 2016
Zoë Carpenter for The Nation
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 On Wednesday, a group of kids and teenagers will face off in an Oregon courtroom against the US government and the fossil fuel industry. The young people, from states as far away as Florida, Arizona, New York, Hawaii, and Alaska, are suing President Obama and several federal agencies for inaction on climate change.

Information about the secret financial dealings of some the world’s richest and most powerful people exposed in “The Panama Papers”

April 11, 2016
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
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A giant leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records exposes a system that enables crime, corruption and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies.

Villagers continue to peacefully protest plan for coal plant creation in their community after death caused by police violence in Bangladesh

April 11, 2016
John Vidal for The Guardian
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Bangladeshi villagers staged further protests on Tuesday after police opened fire and killed at least four people demonstrating against the planned construction of two large Chinese-financed coal-fired power stations.

Where will the 2017 Democracy Convention take place?

April 5, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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We are excited to report that the planning process for the third Democracy Convention is moving forward and a location has been chosen!