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Utility Violence: CPS Energy’s History of Forced Shutoffs

To Truly Tackle Root Inequities, Council Must Address CPS Energy’s Legacy of Disconnections Greg Harman San Antonio summers are a time of retreat. During 2012, Texas’s hottest year on record, San Antonians fled to movie theaters, water parks, libraries, and VIA’s designated cooling centers (our bus fleet). For those in […]

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Federal Forces in Portland Escalate Violence Against Journalists

As federal agents snatch protesters in unmarked vans, the reporters covering the Portland uprising are facing intense and unprecedented repression. Shane Burley On the night of July 11, as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters amassed around the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon, federal Homeland Security officers opened fire with […]

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Twelve Black Climate Activists Changing Our World

Here are the voices of those struggling for racial justice in the face of rising temperatures. By Nexus Media The politics of climate change are shifting. This year, as the most diverse Congress in history was sworn in, its newest members called for an ambitious plan to overhaul the U.S. […]

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How COVID-19 and White Fragility are Fueling Fascist Creep

In the COVID-19 era, white fragility intensifies a collective sense of white life in peril, paving the way for a rising fascism. How can we intervene? Alex Khasnabish/ROAR Politics as usual seems to have been put on hold while we grapple with the pandemic, but the political forces and formations […]

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‘We Demand a More Care-full World!’ & Other COVID Statements We Like

Marisol Cortez 1. First up: “Reimagining the Future After the Corona Crisis,” a hot-off-the-presses open letter by New Roots for the Economy, written collaboratively by members of the international degrowth network and signed by over 70 organizations and 1,100+ scientists, artists, activists, academics from 66 countries (including a couple of […]

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SURVEY: What is Deceleration?

We’ve been doing an awful lot of livestreaming since we joined the viral sequestering a few weeks ago. Maybe you’ve noticed. Eight broadcasts, with dozens of interviews, guest poets and musicians, news updates (COVID-related and otherwise), action alerts, all made possible by a whole lot of plugging and unplugging of […]

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Lockdown Offers Prep Time for Major Social Change

No one would wish for this kind of painful shake-up and lockdown, but activists have been in this position before and now is the time to learn from them. George Lakey The pandemic is many things for many people. For a lot of activists, it offers both frustration and opportunity. […]

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War: COVID-19 Era’s Ultimate ‘Non-Essential’ Activity

United Nations call for ceasefire is silencing weapons around the world … just not where the U.S. is a key combatant. Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies At least 70 countries have signed on to the March 23 call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire […]

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HOLY SH*T! 7 pandemic responses better than hoarding toilet paper

We’re facing down a global pandemic. If you find yourself saying “Holy shit! What do I do?!” you’re not alone. Beautiful Trouble’s irreverent guide to activism in the time of pandemic has your back. Rae Abileah and Nadine Bloch A renegade bug is showing how deeply broken our system is. […]

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Poetry as Citizen Science

Environmental writer Mobi Warren reflects on the science and pedagogy of nature poetry. EDITOR’S NOTE: In the fall of 2019, environmental writer Mobi Warren taught a community-based writing class called “The Poet as Citizen Scientist.” This essay—originally published in the February 2020 issue of Voices de la Luna, a special […]

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Winning on Climate Requires Radical Demilitarization

Why we can’t avert climate catastrophe without demilitarization, dismantling the world’s militarized power structures. Andrew Metheven Over the last few weeks and months, grassroots activism has pushed climate change into the media in the United Kingdom. In particular, the Extinction Rebellion movement has spread from the UK to countries around […]

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Degrowth: the transformation needed to combat climate breakdown

Previous global ‘efforts’ to tackle climate breakdown have failed dramatically, because they have been based on a fundamentally flawed economic paradigm: growth. Joe Herbert The concept of growth is an altar at which economists, politicians and businesspeople across the political spectrum have worshipped for decades. Unfortunately, where the planet’s long-term […]