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Common Dreams Highlights Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 12.03.14


NYPD Officer Not Indicted for Chokehold Death of Eric Garner


UN Climate Chief: Investment in Fossil Fuels Becoming ‘More and More Risky’

After Three Decades, Quest for Justice Remains Elusive in Bhopal

UN Calls for Israel to ‘Renounce Nuclear Weapons’

To Avert Climate Chaos, Meat Consumption Must Drop: Study

81-Year-Old Completes 400-Mile Trek for Campaign Finance Reform

and more…



Vandana Shiva: Bhopal: A Metaphor

Naomi Klein: The Ethics of Climate Hope

Jill Richardson: America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie

Lenora Lapidus: Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Jeralynn Bluford: Stop Police Officers from Killing Our Children

Kate Aronoff: Kinder Morgan Leaves Burnaby Mountain in Win for Pipeline Protesters



NYCLU: Grand Jury Decision Underscores Need for Wholesale Reform of the NYPD

Human Rights Watch: Iran: Journalist’s Detention Extended

350: COP20: Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Launches Global Day of Action

and more…

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Revelations of “Postracial” Ferguson

David Theo Goldberg, Truthout: “Postracial” Ferguson reveals much about race, racism and postraciality – the new modality in which race is today expressed – in the United States, and the attempt to erase race, along with police and other structural violence, from public reference.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Blasts FHFA’s Mel Watt: “You Haven’t Helped a Single Family”

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Warren criticized the failure to develop a program for Fannie and Freddie to provide principal modifications to underwater borrowers at risk of foreclosure.

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Studies Raise Red Flags About Hazardous Compounds in Fracking Fluid; Questions Loom About Unknown Chemicals

Roger Drouin, Truthout: Scientists are getting to the bottom of what’s in fracking fluids. Truthout takes a detailed look at two studies that raise red flags.

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The Root of Racism in the US: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out on Police Abuses After Meeting Obama

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Will body cameras end police abuses? Not according to activist Ashley Yates, who points out that “cameras didn’t save Tamir Rice. Cameras didn’t save John Crawford.”

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Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

Annie Waldman, ProPublica: All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

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Why We All Need Affirmative Action

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Dollars & Sense: Recent shootings of young black men sound the alarm for public policies that directly counter racist stereotypes. Affirmative action is an important anti-racism tool, not a program to reduce inequality.

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For Climate Justice, My 11-Year-Old Brother Stopped Speaking – and Started Being Heard

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Truthout: An 11-year-old indigenous activist has vowed not to speak until world leaders take effective action to halt climate change.

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Unbelievable: Cleveland Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Suspects Sue, Claiming They’re Victims of Racial Discrimination

Kali Holloway, AlterNet: A group of nine Cleveland police officers – eight white and one Hispanic – involved in a 2012 incident in which 137 shots were fired and two unarmed African-American suspects were killed, is suing the city and outrageously claiming reverse racial discrimination.

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How We “Blew It” on Obamacare

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If Democrats had gone ahead and pushed for real reform – i.e. a single-payer component, even if it was just a public option – no one would ever have to worry about dealing with a greedy, for-profit health insurance company ever again.

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Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation With Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore

Monica J. Casper, The Feminist Wire: The Feminist Wire and the University of Arizona will co-host the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona. The event aims to build on the visionary work of Black Lives Matter and a surge of activism emerging from the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Glimpses of Our Power

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: The nationwide reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson and police killings across the country taught the social justice movement an important lesson: The people have the power to shut down the nation.

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In the Land of Zapata, a Community Fights Natural Gas Development

Martha Pskowski and Octavio Morales, Americas Program: In the same towns where iconic revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata fought for the rights of Mexico’s rural majority, natural gas pipeline mega-development projects are setting off fierce protests.

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Candice Bernd: Don’t Frack With Denton!

Thom Hartmann, RT: Candice Bernd of Truthout joins Thom Hartmann to discuss how the small city of Denton, Texas, has taken a bold step forward by banning fracking within municipal limits. Is this the sign of big things to come in the Lone Star State?

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Take Roots Action:

Some 200,000 people have asked outgoing Sen. Mark Udall to make the torture report public. You can too:

Release the Torture Report Now!


Monsanto Is an Environmental and Agricultural Demon, Protesters Charge at Company Headquarters

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Led by the indefatigable minister of anti-consumerism Billy Talen, protesters assembled at the Monsanto world headquarters in St. Louis on Thanksgiving.

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No Charges for NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

Read the Article at The New York Times

Stunning Report Reveals No One Knows How Many Police Killings There Are in the US Every Year

Read the Article at the Atlanta Black Star

The Subconscious Role of the Doctrine of White Supremacy in the Killing of Michael Brown

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Study: Ignoring Indigenous Rights in the Amazon Fuels Global Warming

Read the Article at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Find Out What State Wants to Bail Out Big Coal

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Bhopal: Tragedy Lives on 30 Years Later

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Jim Hightower: Arms Peddlers Discover Your Town – and Tax Dollars

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

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Common Dreams Highlights December 2, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 12.02.14


To Counter Rise of Oligarchy, Sanders Pitches Progressive Economic Vision


In Canada, More Jobs in Green Energy than Tar Sands

EU: If Nations Are Serious, Climate Pledges Must Be ‘Binding’ Not Voluntary

Study: Corporate Bribery and Corruption Grease the Gears of Global Capitalism

Thousands Take Part in National Die-Ins, Demonstrations for Michael Brown

French Lawmakers Vote to Recognize Palestine

and more…



Robert Kuttner: Low Oil Prices Are History’s Greatest Case of Market Failure

Lauren-Brooke Eisen & Jessica Eaglin: Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt

Kathy Kelly: Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

Bernie Sanders: An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Murray Dobbin: Why Canada’s Jobs Future Is Sinking like a Stone

Jon Hinck: A Half Century After Mario Savio’s Berkeley Speech and Today’s Warming Planet



Sierra Club: Environmental Leader Martin Litton Dies at 97

Oxfam International: Climate Finance Action Plan Can Set Table for Paris Deal

Earthjustice: Groups Bring New Legal Action for Federal Ban of Dangerous Oil Tank Rail Cars

and more…