Rachel Smolker and Almuth Ernsting, Truthout: Although “renewable” energy is growing faster than ever before, it is neither carbon neutral, “clean” nor sustainable. We need to transform into low-energy societies that meet human – not corporate – needs.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Journalist James Risen provides evidence of how the United States has become enmeshed in an endless war. He also discusses how the post-9/11 military-surveillance state has enriched – with little oversight or accountability – many opportunists.
Bruce E. Levine, Truthout: This month, people around the world who decry oppression will commemorate the 25th anniversary of liberation psychologist Ignacio Martin-Baró’s assassination in El Salvador by a “counter-insurgency unit” created at the US Army’s School of the Americas.
Alice Kim, Praxis Center: In this interview, Maya Schenwar talks about her own transformation as a journalist, activist and sister and what it means to be a prison abolitionist.
William C. Anderson, Truthout: Companies have been “blackening up” on Twitter lately. Performing blackness is normalized as good marketing. However, the appropriation and theft of black culture by outsiders is rooted in the tradition of minstrelsy.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Maya Schenwar talks about her new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, how corporations profit from prisons, decarceration, rehabilitation, social justice and prisons’ impact on society.
Anne Meador, Cetology: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concludes that the natural gas projects it approves are necessary, but the question is, “Necessary for whom?” Activists will no longer play by FERC’s rules or tolerate greed disguised as public need.
Armando Carmona, Toward Freedom: While the silence of the state reinforces its complicity in maintaining the drug war and the immense violence against the people of Mexico, the silence from below speaks of a shift in focus, where those at the grassroots reinvigorate their commitment to struggling for radically new politics.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Suppressing votes has become a booming new conservative industry. Citizens who face economic hardship, belong to communities of color, or happen to be young, tend to support Democrats – and unfortunately they have become the targets of voter disenfranchisement.
Kevin Stump, Next New Deal: There are more than 600,000 New Yorkers with an average annual income under $25,000 served by conventional public housing and nearly 250,000 families on a waiting list. Public housing creates an opportunity to bring together resources to increase college attainment and success for some of the neediest students.
Lyrics and music are included as Abraham Entin sings about corruption, revolution, power, hope and the emperor’s new clothes; the Drug Policy Alliance announces Bill de Blasio’s plans to end low-level marijuana possession arrests in New York City; the Oakland Institutereleases a report detailing how land grabs fuel ethnic conflict in Ethiopia; leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina William J. Barber describes the Forward Together Moral Movement agenda in the wake of the midterms; Frank Seo discusses the need to push the immigrant rights movement forward in light of the Democrats’ disastrous midterm election results; James and Jean Anton blame Democrats’ shift to the right for low progressive voter turnout; Armin Niakan says recent prizes in mathematics awarded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg illustrate an inconsistency in our cultural attitudes surrounding math and science; Arnold Oliver argues we need to reclaim Armistice Day; theBrennan Center for Justice reports on how a federal appellate court struck down Kansas and Arizona proof of citizenship laws for federal elections; and more.
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