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Fossil fuel plants belched toxic pollution as Hurricane Beryl hit Gulf Coast

This story originally appeared in Truthout on July 11, 2024. It is shared here with permission. The hurricane season is just getting started, but a powerful storm has already brought a round of toxic releases from a cluster of fossil fuel plants on the Gulf Coast. Multiple refineries and petrochemical plants reported losing power as […]

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We’re in a class war. Jane McAlevey actually acted like it.

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on July 08, 2024. It is shared here with permission. Before I ever met Jane McAlevey, I received a package from her in the mail. In addition to a copy of Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, her first book (written with Bob Ostertag), […]

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On losing “the greatest teacher of nonviolence in America”

This story originally appeared in In These Times on July 02, 2024. It is shared here with permission. I had the privilege of teaching a course at UCLA on ​“Nonviolence and Social Movements” with Rev. James Lawson, Jr. for more than 20 years. The course analyzed contemporary social movements that embrace the philosophy of nonviolence, and encouraged students to apply nonviolence […]

Posted inArticle, Economy, Economy and Inequality, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Politics and Movements: International, Politics and Movements: US, Reprint, The Real News Network

University endowments suppress dissent by design

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on June 30, 2024. It is shared here with permission. Why has it been so difficult for students demanding divestment from Israel to catch their university administrations’ ears? Part of the answer is the specific content of the request: universities’ donors are more pro-Israel than their students. Schools hoping to both […]

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NTSB says Norfolk Southern threatened staff as they investigated the East Palestine derailment

This article originally appeared on Inside Climate News, a nonprofit, independent news organization that covers climate, energy and the environment. It is republished with permission. Sign up for their newsletter here.  The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board called Norfolk Southern’s conduct during the board’s investigation of the 2023 train derailment in East Palestine “unconscionable” […]

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We can have Cop City, or we can have democracy

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on June 23, 2024. It is shared here with permission. Atlanta residents are awaiting a court decision on whether they will be allowed to vote on the construction of a massive new police training facility, dubbed “Cop City.” The $110 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center would draw police trainees from […]

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‘Reprehensible’: NTSB chair says Norfolk Southern interfered with East Palestine probe

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on June 26, 2024. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned Norfolk Southern for interfering with its investigation into last year’s East Palestine train crash and the “vent and burn” of harmful chemicals that […]

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‘Julian Assange is free’: WikiLeaks founder strikes plea deal With US

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on June 24, 2024. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday reached a deal with the U.S. government, agreeing to plead guilty to one felony related to the disclosure of national security information in exchange for his release from […]

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‘War’ is not killing palestinians, Israel is. Our media should frame it this way 

The party responsible for a war crime—or any act of mass violence—is important information and something that should be named at the forefront of any news documenting said war crime or act of mass violence. This much seems obvious, but the “War in Gaza” has created a particularly grimy editorial genre of Natural Disaster-izing mass […]

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Amazon workers affiliate with the Teamsters, next up electing top officers

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on June 18, 2024. It is shared here with permission. Amazon Labor Union members voted June 17 to affiliate with the Teamsters. Workers cast 878 ballots at JFK8 Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island, N.Y. The tally broke down to 829 votes in favor of the affiliation and […]