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Connecticut Group Argues Climate, Jobs Are Not Issues in Opposition

As unemployment and hard times lead many to believe the issue is "protecting jobs vs. protecting the environment," labor, religious, environmental, and community leaders in Connecticut decided to join together proactively to fight for job-creating climate protection...

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...

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...