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Common Dreams Highlights November 29, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

‘No One Else Is Going to Stand Up For Us’: Workers Target Walmart on Black Friday
by Sarah Lazare
“When my coworkers speak out about these issues, the company tries to silence us. For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.”
Ferguson: Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light
by Randall Amster
“The ray of light during a dark night in the country’s history is that the issues have been joined publicly and unwaveringly: Impoverishment, disempowerment, disenfranchisement, corruption, militarism, racism, hopelessness.”
‘Bonded With a Common Goal’: As Ferguson Recovers, Activists Look Forward
by Nadia Prupis
“We are on the human side. We hope you stand with us.”
Climate Justice Is Only Way to Solve Our Climate Crisis
by Jagoda Munic
“A climate-safe, sustainable energy system which meets the basic energy needs of everyone and respects the rights and different ways of life of communities around the world is possible.”
Ferguson Isn’t About Black Rage Against Cops. It’s White Rage Against Progress.
by Carol Anderson
“When you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America.”
On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage
by Peter Dreier
“No institution epitomizes the realities of hyper-capitalism as much as Walmart.”
Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars
by Medea Benjamin
“Hagel’s resignation should be a time for the nation to step back and reexamine its violent approach to extremism, which has led to an expansion of terrorist groups, and inflated military spending.”
At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse
by Jon Queally
“Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy.”
Global Survey: Internet Access Should Be a Human Right
by Andrea Germanos
“Right now, one third of the world’s population is online but two-thirds of the world’s population is not. Unless they are brought online, a world of Internet ‘have and have-nots’ will stifle the world’s full potential for prosperity and innovation.”
To End Hunger, Empower Women: Study
by Deirdre Fulton
“Eliminating barriers and empowering women around the world is key to ending hunger in our time.”