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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...

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...