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25N: End violence and oppression against women!

Socialist Resurgence - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 11:09
Follow the lead of Iranian, Ukrainian, and Sudanese women! By INTERNATIONAL WORKERS LEAGUE-FI In 1999, the UN established Nov. 25 as an international day for the elimination of violence against women. However, after 23 years, male violence not only has not diminished, but it is growing in a terrifying way. This cannot continue. We reject […]
Categories: D2. Socialism

Chuka Ejeckam: Racism isn’t a by-product of drug prohibition; it was the purpose

Rabble - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 09:28

Recently, the federal government recently launched a mandated review of the Cannabis Act. A part of this is to review the impact of legalization on Indigenous peoples, racialized communities and youth. In this clip, panelist Chuka Ejeckam explains how racism was built into the structures of drug prohibition in Canada. Therefore, he says it’s not a surprise that racialized communities are the ones feeling the brunt of criminalization in this country today. 

“The need to provide reparations isn’t just about drug prohibition itself. It’s also about drug prohibition as a constitutive element of a larger structure of racism and exploitation that really does define countries in, what we call, the West.” 

Ejeckam is a writer and policy researcher and a rabble columnist. His work focuses on inequity and inequality, drug policy, structural racism, and labour. 

This is a clip from rabble’s most recent live politics panel: ‘Off the Hill: Big Biz Marijuana – who wins, who loses?’ The panel featured guests Jodie Giesz-Ramsay, Chuka Ejeckam and MP Don Davies. With co-hosts Robin Browne and Libby Davies.

Off the Hill is a live panel unpacking current issues of national significance that features guests and discussions you won’t find anywhere else. To support Off the Hill’s mission of mobilizing individuals to create progressive change in national politics — on and off Parliament Hill — visit rabble.ca/donate.

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Categories: F. Left News

Indigenous People Push Back Against US 'Thanksgiving Mythology'

Common Dreams - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 09:15
"We will not stop telling the truth about the Thanksgiving story and what happened to our ancestors," says Kisha James, whose grandfather founded the National Day of Mourning in 1970.
Categories: F. Left News

On Thanksgiving, some thoughts on language and family

Red, Green, and Blue - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 09:00

If you’ve got one of those families—nuclear or extended—in which talking politics at the dinner table brings out the glares and knives, or you just get bored hanging around the in-laws and outlaws of your own little clan on Thanksgiving, perhaps you can turn the whole affair into a language experiment that everybody can participate in. […]

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Categories: H. Green News

UN Human Rights Council Launches Probe of Iran's Deadly Protest Repression

Common Dreams - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:27
"Today's vote sends a clear message to the Iranian authorities that they can no longer commit crimes under international law without fear of consequences," said Amnesty International's Agnès Callamard.
Categories: F. Left News

Decolonizing Thanksgiving And Supporting Indigenous Peoples

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:23

This week, as some people in the United States celebrated the mythical 'Thanksgiving' dinner, Indigenous Peoples held a National Day of Mourning and continued their resistance to defend the land and water. As Native American, Matt Remle, writes:

"Despite colonial efforts to exterminate, terminate, relocate, and assimilate Indigenous populations, Native communities continue to resist efforts to both desecrate Unci Maka and strip Native peoples of their languages, spirituality and communities."

Settler colonialism continues to this day in the United States...

The post Decolonizing Thanksgiving And Supporting Indigenous Peoples appeared first on PopularResistance.Org.

Categories: F. Left News

What’s Next for the Food Movement?

Food Tank - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:20

The U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP27) demonstrated just how far civil society organizations in the food movement have come, says Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist for WWF. But, he adds, the negotiations among global leaders left much to be desired.

“What we really wanted…was for food to be integrated and addressed in the final decisions that came out of this COP to a much greater degree,” Loken tells Food Tank. “So from a food systems standpoint, I think that this COP really fell short.”

Loken references the failure of negotiators to “deliver a transformative plan for food systems” as one particularly disappointing moment from the Conference. WWF and its partners had hoped that a new agreement would emerge, providing a comprehensive framework to limit the impact of food systems on the climate crisis, but it did not come to fruition.

Loken also worries that too many leaders are already looking ahead to COP28, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates in 2023, as the COP that “saves everybody.” That reliance, combined with the “unclear, ambitious targets” that Loken saw coming out of the previous COP in Glasgow “worries me a bit,” he says.

But Loken believes there are two different tales that describe the outcomes of COP27, and the second is much more positive.

“I believe we accomplished quite a bit,” Loken says about the activities of civil society actors at the Conference. This year’s COP was the first to feature multiple pavilions dedicated to food and agriculture systems. And even outside of these spaces, attendees could easily find conversations about the intersection of food, agriculture, and climate.

“I think on that side of things we did what we set out to do and we were able to achieve our goals,” Loken continues. “Food—and discussions of food—was everywhere, and we should be really proud of that. And we should build on that.”

Listen to the full conversation with Brent Loken on “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg” to hear more about balancing adaptation and mitigation strategies in the face of the climate crisis, the need for greater coordination among civil society stakeholders, and maintaining hope to keep the movement moving forward.

Articles like the one you just read are made possible through the generosity of Food Tank members. Can we please count on you to be part of our growing movement? Become a member today by clicking here.

Photo courtesy of Marc Hastenteufel, Unsplash

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Categories: A3. Agroecology

Smith’s TV message to Albertans was brief, uninformative, and not persuasive

Rabble - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:18

Premier Danielle Smith’s nine-minute televised message to the people of Alberta last night, which at least had the virtue of brevity, could be divided into roughly four parts:

1.     Inflation is Justin Trudeau’s fault, but here’s a bunch of money, so for God’s sake vote for me.

2.     I’m going to fix health care. (Sorry, no details.)

3.     Sovereignty Act! (But Within A United Canada.)

4.     Pay no attention to anything I said before. I was just trying to sell newspapers or something. 

Is this a basis on which Premier Smith could overcome a deficit in the polls that puts the Opposition NDP led by Rachel Notley in solid majority government territory if the general election were held today? 

Well, anything’s possible. This is, after all, the age of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Still, it seems a bit far-fetched under the circumstances. 

The Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper had considerable success with boutique tax breaks aimed at soccer moms and similar narrow but influential demographic slices. 

For Ms. Smith’s “affordability packaging” pitch, her brain trust seems to have decided on a cruder version of the same approach that adds up to a $2.4-billion list of pre-election giveaways.

She explained that her government will introduce an Inflation Relief Act in the Legislature next week, with payments to seniors, families with kids, and income support recipients; gasoline-tax cuts; re-indexed supports; electricity bill rebates, and so on. The payments will expire in six months, just after the next election. 

Finance Minister Travis Toews, the old austerity hound, must wish he was back on the farm taking a walk in the snow. He probably thinks Smith’s plan, to borrow a phrase, is a black hole of vote-buying arrangements! 

Not everything on the list is a bad idea, but contrary to the premier’s claims, there won’t really be something for everybody.

Some groups are definitely left out: “A family with 2 kids under 18 and a household income of $175,000 will get $1200,” tweeted University of Calgary political science professor Lisa Young after the speech. “A couple in their late 60s earning $175,000 will get $1200. A single person between 18 and 64 earning $30,000 will get nothing, unless they are an AISH recipient.”

In the past few days, there seemed to be a general buzz that Smith would opt for a Ralph Klein style straight-up cash giveaway to everyone. 

So will last night’s complicated list of promises leave a lot of Albertans feeling left out and grumpy, or too distracted to figure out what their share of the loot is? 

Probably. 

Then there’s Smith’s health care plan, important because there’s a near universal consensus the province’s health care system is a mess, and lots of fear based on recent things the premier has said about how we could fix it by introducing U.S.-style medicine.

Close to 60 per cent of voters, according to that recent poll, are said to think the United Conservative Party (UCP) is on the wrong track when it comes to health care – and that was before Smith’s plan to groom us for American-style health care with co-pays and user fees hit the news feeds. 

But about all her so-called Healthcare Action Plan amounts to is a list of things she says she’s going to fix, like cutting Emergency Room wait times, improving ambulance response times, and reducing wait times for surgeries.

As University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley observed in a tweet last night, “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but ‘We’re going to make healthcare better!’ isn’t a plan.”

Then there was that Sovereignty Act again – which, like a dog with a bone, Smith just can’t leave alone, even though it’s scaring the hell out of a lot of voters. But wait, now it’s called the Sovereignty Within A United Canada Act, so we’re OK! 

Finally, there was Smith’s glib assurance we need not worry our pretty little heads about all the stuff she said before because she was just being a cynical journalist.

I’m not making this up. Here’s what she actually said: 

“I know that I’m far from perfect, and I’ve made mistakes. And having spent decades in media and hosting talk shows, I’ve discussed hundreds of different topics, and sometimes took controversial positions, many of which I’ve evolved and changed as I’ve grown and learned from listening to you.”

Readers will recall that Smith’s most controversial recent past position, on health care co-pays and user fees, was published in June 2021 and repeated several times since. 

“I’m not a talk show host or a media commentator any longer,” she went on, a smug look playing on her face. “That’s not my job today. My job today is to serve each and every Albertan with everything I have, and to the best of my ability, however imperfect that may be at times. I must be humble, listen, and continue to learn from you.” 

This actually looks better in print than it sounded. I recommend that readers watch the last moments of the video for themselves. 

As the U of C’s Professor Young said in a Substack post yesterday, “Voters are confronted with the question of who Danielle Smith really is. The libertarian who advocates health care by go-fund-me or the free-spending premier who feels your inflation pain? The populist who flirted with separatism or the ‘Sovereign Alberta Within a United Canada’ patriot?”

It’s doubtful I’ve been listening to you can change enough minds to salvage Smith’s approval ratings by May 29.

So don’t count on getting to go to the polls until fall at least, maybe 2024. 

The post Smith’s TV message to Albertans was brief, uninformative, and not persuasive appeared first on rabble.ca.

Categories: F. Left News

Indigenous, Black Communities Find Solidarity in Efforts to Reclaim Stolen Lands

Common Dreams - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:16
Historically, Indigenous and Black folks have been turned against each other by colonizers and enslavers. Now, communities are learning from one another.
Categories: F. Left News

Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau and White Supremacist Ideology

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:08

The Group of 20, or G20, comprises those nations said to be those with the largest economies in the world. The heads of state who attend the annual summit may have meaningful meetings with one another but the recently convened G20 in Bali, Indonesia was more a source of U.S. inspired drama than anything else.  For example, it wasn’t clear if Chinese president Xi Jinping would meet with Joe Biden after the numerous insults involving Taiwan, including sending the Speaker of the House there after China made clear that this was a red line provocation. Of course, being more mature than the Americans, Xi met with Biden, perhaps only to determine if he was up to some new foolish behavior. The summit was fully devoid of any seriousness when the traditional group photo was eliminated because the U.S. and its NATO/EU vassals didn’t want to be seen with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. But an interesting encounter between Xi Jinping and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was both amusing and instructive about China and how it is perceived and treated by western nations.

The post Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau and White Supremacist Ideology appeared first on PopularResistance.Org.

Categories: F. Left News

“Harris Imperialist!”: Filipino movements criticize US Vice President’s visit 

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:08

United States Vice-President Kamala Harris ended her three-day visit to the Philippines on Tuesday, November 22, amid protests by peace advocates and social movements in the country. Harris is the first top-level US official to visit the Philippines after President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr took office in June earlier this year.

While President Marcos arranged for a warm reception for Harris, social movements received her visit with a massive demonstration to protest the US’ role in the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines.

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Categories: F. Left News

Media regurgitates fake news from US spies, risking World War III with Russia

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:07

Top Western media outlets published a false report claiming Russia attacked Poland with a missile. This fake news originated with an anonymous US intelligence official, whose unsubstantiated accusations were mindlessly regurgitated by the press.

On November 15, two people in Poland were killed in a missile attack that crossed over Ukraine’s western border.

NATO and Polish officials later admitted that this missile was likely fired by accident by Ukrainian authorities. But soon after it happened, many Western media outlets blamed Russia.

The post Media regurgitates fake news from US spies, risking World War III with Russia appeared first on PopularResistance.Org.

Categories: F. Left News

The struggle to keep public water services in the public is only just beginning

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:01

In early September, the three county commissioners of Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia, voted down a $1.1 billion bid from Aqua Pennsylvania to buy their sewer system. This response to an outpouring of citizen concern about what would have been the largest privatization of a public wastewater system in the country illuminates a larger story — both of the encroachment of privatization and the potential for victories when citizens mobilize around its costs.

Aqua had been systematically buying up smaller water systems for years. In New Garden in southeastern Pennsylvania, Bill Ferguson saw his wastewater rates jump nearly 70 percent in the few years after Aqua purchased his township’s sewer system in 2017. Members of the group he co-founded, Keep Water Affordable, began driving to meetings in other townships and telling their story, warning of the dangers of privatization.

The post The struggle to keep public water services in the public is only just beginning appeared first on PopularResistance.Org.

Categories: F. Left News

This Year’s Biggest Strike Is by 48,000 Academic Workers at the University of California

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:37

Across the prestigious University of California system, tens of thousands of workers walked off the job last week for the nation’s largest strike of 2022, and the largest strike of academic workers in U.S. history.

The energy was palpable as nearly 5,000 academic workers gathered at UC-Berkeley’s campus November 14 to launch our strike. Any last-minute worries dissolved as I stepped onto campus and heard my colleagues, strike captains, undergraduate students, and community members chanting, “48,000 workers strong, we can fight all day long!”

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Categories: F. Left News

Nicaraguan migrants at the U.S. border – are they being “pushed” or “pulled”?

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:35

Why are more Nicaraguans heading north to the United States looking for jobs? Until July 2020, numbers were tiny. But in the last 1½ years numbers have increased sharply. Suddenly this has become a story, and government detractors argue, with little evidence, that people are fleeing political repression. “They’d rather die than return to Nicaragua,” is a typical headline. Manuel Orozco, a Nicaraguan based in Washington who strongly opposes the Sandinista government, told The Hill that “Nicaragua’s dictatorship is criminalizing democracy and fueling migration to the U.S.” Then, on September 20, this became the official explanation when White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said Nicaraguans are “fleeing political persecution and communism.”

But is this true? Or is  the issue  being politicized as part of the heated debate about migration? The reality is more mundane: the biggest drivers of migration are economic, not political. Blaming migration on “repressive dictatorships” allows Washington to pretend that its policies are helping Nicaraguans, when in fact they are impoverishing them.

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Categories: F. Left News

Twitter may be in violation of German labor law

Popular Resistance - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:31

Twitter has been conducting massive layoffs across its global workforce in the weeks since the company was officially acquired by Elon Musk, but Musk’s slash-and-burn approach to company staffing is running into major compliance issues and violations of local labor laws. This is especially true in Europe, where labor laws typically offer many more protections for workers than comparable laws in the United States. Workers across the continent, including in Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom, have challenged the legality of their terminations.

In Germany, workers who were fired from Twitter are fighting back against their terminations and using German labor law to do so. “I think it is important now to use the German protections which are available. There is a long history in Germany of… workers [fighting] to establish [those protections],” Tom*, a Twitter employee who was informed earlier in the month that his role had been eliminated, told TRNN. “[We don’t want to] let too much of the American working culture be brought to Germany. That’s really important to me to establish—that there are different working cultures and different social protection systems and sometimes you need to fight for these.”

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Categories: F. Left News

El Jones’ new book is an act of resistance and mutual aid

Rabble - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:19

El Jones never stops when it comes to fighting for those without a voice.

In her new book, Abolitionist Intimacies, the professor, author, poet, and social justice leader takes readers behind the bars and into the minds of those who are suffering from human rights violations inside Canadian prisons.

A conduit to the public for individuals being silenced, Jones relies on her decade of experience working with incarcerated people and their loved ones to showcase the humanity of her subjects.

Abolitionist Intimacies is an act of resistance and mutual aid — a book about love and the complexity of relationships interrupted by the criminal justice system.

Jones writes of her expansive experience of “listening, visiting, offering legal support, witnessing, intervening, and loving.”

While the name Abolitionist Intimacies might sound academic, Jones says it all comes back to two things: freedom and love.

Ahead of her official book launch, Jones told rabble.ca the title stems from the basic idea “that the state abuses our intimacy,” pointing to strict requirements for visits and unauthorized strip searches as just two examples of abuses of carceral intimacy.

Jones first opened up to the idea of abolition as a young girl. At 13, Jones writes about discovering the writings of famous poet Oscar Wilde, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 1895 for homosexual relations.

“I immediately understood that prisons were an injustice,” she said. “It just really spoke to me.”

As Jones became a decolonial thinker and put together the pieces of colonization and race, the lessons she learned helped inform her storytelling when it comes to “documenting what’s taking place in prison… with some kind of care for people’s stories.”

“A lot of the book is over the phone,” Jones explained. “Most of these people, you’re not seeing face-to-face. You may never meet. Obviously, we do see each other in freedom eventually, but a lot of the relationship is over a prison phone.”

Ultimately, Abolitionist Intimacies reflects those personal conversations that are so rare between the “inside” and the “outside.”

“As humans, we normalize a lot of things,” Jones said. “We learn to normalize injustice, we learn to normalize torture and pain and suffering.”

Jones noted that it’s easy for those outside of the criminal justice system to become normalized to terrible and unjust things that they’re mostly powerless against. But, she added, that feeling of powerlessness doesn’t mean you can’t listen.

The violence of paperwork

The book doesn’t stop at sharing the lived experiences of incarcerated people. Jones also exposes injustice in the criminal justice system, in the form of violence through bureaucracy, through paperwork.

One of the many powerful stories Jones covers in her book is one she had a front row seat in — the deportation case of child refugee Abdul Abdi.

In 2000, Abdi came to Canada with his sister Fatouma as young orphans and were quickly introduced to the child welfare system. As Jones explains in her book, the province of Nova Scotia never sought citizenship for the Abdi’s, and after moving to 31 different foster homes between the age of 6 and 19 — where they were subjected to horrific abuse — the federal government began the process of deporting Abdul.

Jones believes lawyer Benjamin Perryman said it best: “They were denied the right to even have rights.”

While governments act like they “know it best,” Jones says, what they really know best is how to “take kids into care.”

It’s not in the name of the child’s best interest either. The same state that takes a child away from undocumented parents, she says, will go on to defend border agents in court when it comes time to deport the child as an adult.

The irrationality of the prison space

For Jones, Abolitionist Intimacies gives readers a chance to enter “the irrationality of the prison space” that is often “hard to wrap your mind around in the free world.”

“You enter this space where you can’t reason your way out of it,” Jones said.

That irrationality also complicates any chance for incarcerated individuals to advocate for themselves and others. Carceral facilities are designed to deter and intimidate inmates from fighting for their rights. That’s why extreme protests like hunger strikes are so common.

“What it really shows you, beyond the technicalities and specific examples, is exactly this idea that the so-called instruments of justice operate so far outside of the law, and they’re able to do so because of these narratives around criminals,” Jones said.

She also pointed out that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) currently has no oversight, meaning there’s no one to complain to when human rights are being violated. It also means there’s no accountability system for CBSA employees.

Looking back on her more-than-a-decade of work in legal advocacy, Jones has learned just how siloed the law can be — criminal lawyers don’t understand immigration law, and immigration lawyers don’t understand prison law.

She’s often asked by those in the legal system how she knows the intersections of criminal, immigration, and prison law so well. The answer is simple.

“People inside prison taught me a lot about how these systems work,” she’ll respond.

“It’s very mutual,” she said. “In the book, obviously I’m the one writing, but it’s not that I saved them — their love and care nurtures and sustains me.”

To Jones, it’s all about “the acts of care we do, from small to big, and it’s about how those things are our weapon against the state,” adding that labour and love are the two most important tools we have to harness change.

She describes Abolitionist Intimacies as a critical book that often calls into question the ethics and humanity of the criminal justice system. Despite its hard-hitted nature, she added, it’s also a gentle book that promotes compassion, one that serves as an account of Jones’ crucial frontline work.

“It’s really like my life’s work in that sense.”

Abolitionist Intimacies is available now online through Fernwood Publishing or at a local bookstore near you.

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NGOs urge EU Commission to set target for zero emission trucks for 2035

Bellona.org - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:17

Together with 38 European environmental, health and consumer associations, Bellona signed an open letter asking the European Commission to set the deadline at 2035 to oblige all new trucks to be zero emission.

The letter states the following:

The time to set an end date for diesel trucks is now, requiring an ambitious midterm target of at least 65% in 2030 to be ready in time. We, the signatories, form a broad coalition of 39 environmental, health and consumer associations from across Europe, representing people in more than 14 European countries. We call on the Commission to ensure that all new trucks are zero emission by 2035 at the latest. A 100% zero emission target for trucks in 2035 is the minimum level of ambition needed if the EU is serious about reaching climate neutrality by 2050, given that on average most trucks stay on our roads for more than 18 years. Ambitious HDV CO2
standards are needed to make zero emission for heavy-duty a reality and rapidly scale up the supply of clean trucks. In particular, we urge you to:

  • Ensure each and every new truck sold in 2035 is zero emission.
  • Increase the 2030 CO2 reduction target to at least 65%, thereby ensuring a rapid scale-up of ZET production.
  • Start early enough and move the 30% target from 2030 to 2027.
  • Extend the regulation to all heavy-duty vehicles, including small and medium lorries, vocational vehicles, buses and coaches as well as trailers.

Read the whole text here.

The post NGOs urge EU Commission to set target for zero emission trucks for 2035 appeared first on Bellona.org.

Categories: G1. Progressive Green

Renewable energy target raised to match corporate purchasing enthusiasm (blog)

Pembina Institute News - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:13
When the Business Renewables Centre-Canada was founded in 2019, we set what we thought was an ambitious goal of securing two gigawatts worth of corporate renewable energy deals by 2025. That’s enough energy to power 640,000 homes. Companies in Alberta put their backs into it, and in May 2022, they cleared the target – three years ahead of schedule. So this time we’ve set a target five times higher – 10 GW by 2030.

Poor People's Campaign Mobilizing Low-Income Voters in Georgia Ahead of Senate Runoff

Common Dreams - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 07:06
"It ain't over yet, and every vote must be cast to count," said the grassroots group.
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