Climate Strikes

Patriot Coal Miners ask: “Who’s Going to Stand for Me?”

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] This is a call for environmentalists and other critics of coal to come to the aid of America's miners. Whenever government protection of workers health and safety or the environment rears its ugly head, America's coal companies...

Making a Living on a Living Planet

March 11, 2014 Agenda: Making a Living on a Living Planet. Michael MacCracken's presentation, "Overview of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report," from the March 11th, 2014 LNS Making a Living on a Living Planet meeting. Robert Pollin and James...

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...