C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: “The commanding institutions of society in many countries, including the United States, are now in the hands of powerful corporate interests, the financial elite and right-wing bigots whose strangulating control over politics renders democracy corrupt and dysfunctional,” says Henry A. Giroux.
Thomas A. Dutton, Truthout: When erasure and elimination of the urban poor form the objective of overall urban policy, econocide is not some aberration or unfortunate byproduct of gentrification, but the game plan, the directive, the intention. And this is why gentrification is institutionalized violence.
Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: The often-overlooked fact of the swelling population of incarcerated women masks the organizing among women and their outside allies against the often invisible and gendered impacts of the prison-industrial complex.
Rivera Sun, Truthout: The Great March for Climate Action is trekking from LA to DC. In one Northern New Mexico town, the marchers catalyzed change in both small and significant ways.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Lyme disease sufferer and activist Joshua Cutler talks about the personal and institutional challenges facing chronic Lyme disease sufferers dues to the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s failure to update its protocols based on current science.
Emily DiVito, Campaign for America’s Future: Loan providers and servicers must be held accountable when they trick, cheat, lie or withhold information, or else their deceitful tactics will continue, and students will pay the price.
Staff, Yes! Magazine: The Seattle City Council approved a new ordinance that will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour – the highest in the United States. Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
Yifat Susskind, openDemocracy: People worldwide are calling for action to bring back the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. But concern for the girls demands that we think carefully about the harmful consequences of proposed solutions – especially those calling for US military intervention.
Medea Benjamin and Alli McCracken, CODEPINK: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release proves Obama can do more to fulfill his pledge of closing down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Sujoy Dhar, Inter Press Service: The Indian public is waking up to the realities of climate change, thus pushing the government to seek a balance between development and environmental protection.
Samantha Sarra reports back from the “Five Days for the Cuban Five” conference in Washington DC; Mikey Weinstein decries threats to the religious freedom of Air Force service members; Ira Chemus discusses Americans’ general historical illiteracy about their own country; Dr. Joseph Gerson offers the text of his speech at the Peace Event in Sarajevo; Robert M. Nelson suggests an alternative to the drab books written by the powerful would be those from or about actors of social change; Frank Seo, an undocumented immigrant from South Korea, critiques the White House’s failure to change draconian deportation policy; John Pedler argues the Ukrainian president’s visit to Moscow could bring a peaceful resolution to the crisis between Ukraine and Russia; Lawrence Davidson analyzes persistent discrimination in the housing market; Lawrence Wittner offers an alternative to war in our future; and more.