Campaigns

Dear Martin

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968 by Caboindex Flickr/creative commons

Dear Martin . . . How happy I am today to see the next generation fully embrace the ideals that identified your short life: the end of poverty, racism, and war, precepts to which I have continued to dedicate my life. With numerous conferences and forums throughout your birthday weekend, before and after, your mass of followers are playing an invigorating and crucial role right now in schooling the mass of newly minted young activists who are fully committed to ending the murder of young black people, and all attempts to erase an entire race through Read More

Silencing Climate Change Deniers

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According to a new study in the journal Science,"Four boundaries are assessed to have been crossed, placing humanity in a danger zone."   The report defined climate change and loss of species as two core areas of concern. Each "has the potential on its own to drive the Earth System into a new state should they be substantially and persistently transgressed," the authors wrote. It would almost seem absurd at this point to recognize anyone, high or low, who would argue that the human impacts on the environment have not already reached the "danger zone." But it's not absurd, it's a ...

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Back To The Future

Lance Shields Installation: "Cosmic Kisses Illuminated"  slurl.com/secondlife/ North Dolores/202/61/23/ Flickr/creative commons

My blog break turned out to be a bit longer than it should have, sorry. But if you have been following the Twitter/venusplusx feed you know I've been very busy with activists everywhere as we see, finally, an energizing of the forces for good despite the pain of getting to our destination. And it is and will be painful, very painful for a while, make no doubt, but there's a new inter-sectional majority able to co-envision the light at the end of the tunnel. It's not a mirage, it's real. A new day is here. More than at any ...

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How Days of Action Work in Addressing Police Bias and Anti-Transgender Violence

Transgender Day of Action  Washington, DC November 21, 2011

Today in hundreds of cities and towns across the world transgender and gender-nonconforming people and their allies pause to honor our fallen heroes. The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith—a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist—to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It occurs annually on (or around) November 20, and its overarching goal is to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community with the hope that together we can end such violence and intolerance. Not long ago, Washington, DC, found itself in the midst of ...

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Part 2: Take Heart, Evidence Pouring In Hourly

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Yesterday, I revisited my pre-election theory that progressives and all non-Republicans will see the greater good of a Republican takeover of the Senate and their increased footprint in the House. And I promised to riff on a few memes to substantiate that soon after. (Part 1 here.) There's nothing to fear since these election results are actually bringing about the best time in history to put these special interest jokers on full display and in sharper relief so that everyone, at least more and more people, can see them for who they really are and then ...

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Working Towards a Clean Energy Economy

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As we reported last week, tomorrow, November 1, kicks off "Beyond Extreme Energy Week of Action" in Washington, DC, and cities across the United States and abroad, and we hope you will somehow participate in or otherwise support these efforts. Did you know that the U.S. government is the largest energy user at $25 billion per year? Perhaps by coincidence today, Performance.gov has released information on how 38 federal agencies plan to overcome their vulnerabilities to reduce their emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, and implement other government-wide plans, to meet goals set by President Obama in 2010. ...

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Ethical Prostitution

19th Century German Sex Worker, Anna Dorthea Hansen Flickr/creative commons

As a follow up to yesterday's discussion of the decriminalization of sex work, take a look at this video of a sex worker ally drilling down to the issues. While perhaps relying too much on sensational memes based on unreliable data that says most sex workers are sex-trafficked children, she makes a durable case for the complete decriminalization and legalization of sex work. Social acceptance and legalization of sex work is the key to ending sex-trafficking, not its cause. Sex-traffickers are involved in organized crime and should be pursued and punished vigorously; if they disappear so will their victims. But unless ...

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Decriminalizing Sex Work: The Work Ahead

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Highly-acclaimed, reader-supported news site, Truthout, has once again zeroed in on a pressing matter of social justice, the continued criminalization of sex workers. Mike Ludwig's news analysis, well worth a full read, weaves together several different threads of this issue in terms everyone can understand. Ludwig points our attention to "a great leap forward" in New York's state court system that has introduced 11 new prostitution courts called Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (HTICs). These new courts were designed to treat arrested sex workers as "trafficking victims" deserving of medical and social services ...

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A Week of Climate Action Starts On November 1!

Popular Resistance is driving escalated climate action by calling for a week of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country, starting on November 1. Like  Naomi Klein‘s recent, trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Popular Resistance says the time for being tentative, simultaneously tapping the break and hitting the accelerator, is over. We are now speeding towards a climate catastrophe. The November action targets the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency whose powers were expanded by the government with the Energy Policy Act of ...

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Response to Climate Change Impossible Without A Revolution in Thinking

Adrian Kenyon

I will continue writing about the environment for how can we hope for a new age free from racial and sexual oppression if we destroy the world with our stupid choices? In reading Naomi Klein's trailblazing book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, we are destined for ecological disaster within 50 years or less. Here she succinctly lays out the challenge . . . . . . [W]e are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. And, the problem ...

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