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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...

Unions: World Leaders Do Not Deliver the Future We Want

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) The global trade union movement is bitterly disappointed at the Declaration of the Rio+20 Summit, a declaration that lacks the concrete measures necessary now to end senseless environmental destruction, drive investment...

Artist Highlight: The Cardboard Poets

One of the alluring aspects the Occupy movement is the art it has generated. Days after OWS burst onto the scene, artists quickly set to work depicting the energy and message of the 99 percent movement. There are fine artists such as Molly Crabapple who composed intricate pen and ink drawings of fat cats and vampire squids against fairies of hope; star studded musicians inspired with the recently released “Occupy this Album,” featuring Laudon Wainwright III, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello and Immortal Technique; and of course the whimsical and iconic Adbusters photo of the ballerina dancing atop Wall Street’s raging bull.

Big Oil uses Subsidies to Print Pink Slips

LNS and 350.org teamed up to design this infographic exposing the false job creation claims of the fossil fuel industry. Join us in support of the "End Polluter Welfare Act" that would cut $113 billion in subsidies to the coal, oil and gas lobby over the next ten...

Fossil-fuel subsidies are the real job killers

[by May Boeve and Brendan Smith; original published by Grist] How many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786. That's the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in Washington to...

Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

[On March 24, Occupy Wall Street held a Disrupt Dirty Power action to kick off a month of climate and environmental protests leading up to Earth Day; Labor Network for Sustainability's Jeremy Brecher was the main speaker.  (WSJ Marketwatch posted a video of the street...

Occupy Climate Change

[by Jeremy Brecher; originally published by The Nation; watch a video interview of Jeremy here: Occupy Climate Change Video] Occupy Wall Street's original Declaration of the City of New York, in September, listed a litany of issues, from foreclosures and bailouts to...

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16%...