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Where Should the Divestors Invest?

[By Brendan Smith, Jeremy Brecher and Kristen Sheeran] The stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. Almost daily, new universities and foundations are committing to redirecting their endowments from companies that are...

Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

[by Jeremy Brecher; cross-posted with Waging Nonviolence] Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the...

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...