Climate Strikes

5 Reasons Why the Keystone Pipeline is Bad for the Economy

by Brendan Smith The American labor movement is once again facing a most controversial issue -- the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While the KXL debate has largely centered around the environmental risks, from labor's perspective opening up the Canadian Tar...

The Flobots: Reviving the Poetry of Politics

[by Brendan Smith] In 2006, Neil Young told the Los Angeles Times that the silence of young songwriters during the Bush era compelled him to retake the stage as a protest singer: "I was waiting for someone to come along, some young singer 18 to 22 years old, to write...

Do the Math: Invest While We Divest

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] Do you want your college tuition or tax dollars invested to increase droughts, storms, forest fires, and crop failures -- and an unending series of Katrinas and Sandys?  Or do you want them used to lower greenhouse gases on your...

The Power of the Powerless

[By Jeremy Brecher; Original published in TIDAL: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy] The 1% possesses the lion's share of the world's wealth; they dominate the world's political systems; they command armies of heavily armed cops and soldiers; their views are propagated by...

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy by James Gustave Speth shows that it's possible to fix our economy, our environment, and our democracy -- and that each goes hand-in-hand with the others. As millions of people in the US and billions around the...

When the Earth Roars: Organizing in the Age of Extreme Weather

[by Brendan Smith; Cross-posted with Grist and Huffington Post] A new insurgent force has joined the climate wars: planet Earth. This summer, she's blanketed two-thirds of the country in drought; turned New Mexico and Colorado into blazing infernos; crumbled roads in...

Occupy and the 99% Opposition

[by Jeremy Brecher; Original published at Nation.com] Something is happening, but we don't know yet what it is. The first half of 2012 saw a wave of people-powered actions protesting foreclosures, evictions, racial profiling, student debt, union busting, climate...

After the Failure of Rio+20: A Human Preservation Movement?

[by Jeremy Brecher] A quarter-century ago, when "Save the Whales!" was a popular slogan, a New Yorker cartoon showed one whale asking another, "But can they save themselves?"  In the early 21st century, experts and ordinary people alike are asking each other how we...