Planet’s warming caused by capitalism

By September 20, 2014

Over the last few years numerous scientific studies have reported that the pace of global climate change is accelerating and, unless immediate action is taken, may be irreversible. The most recent report by the United Nations meteorological advisory body sounded the alarm that concentrations of major greenhouse gas emissions reached historic levels in 2013 — [...]

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Global warming: Disaster for Arctic peoples

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Disco Bay in Greenland, well above the Arctic Circle, in August.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The Arctic is warming two to four times faster than the rest of the globe. This is due to a feedback loop involving the albedo (“whiteness”) effect, which is “a measure of how much of the sun’s energy is reflected back into space.” (skepticalscience.com) Ice and snow reflect much more of the sun’s rays than [...]

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Top ten climates that need changing

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1. The climate of greed that says that making oodles of money is more important than keeping the environment safe for people. 2. The putrid climate in Big Oil boardrooms that allows CEOs to say that fracking is OK because drinking polluted water “tastes better than you think.” 3. The corporate climate that says that [...]

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On the picket line

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Ironworkers on strike in San Francisco San Francisco ironworkers, who do very dangerous but essential work on huge construction projects, walked off the job on at least two sites on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 to demand a re-vote on a concessions contract. A major issue that prompted the wildcat was no translations of the [...]

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Still demanding justice for Michael Brown

By September 19, 2014
Parent and child at protest in Ferguson, Mo.

The people of Ferguson, Mo., and supporters are still demanding the indictment and arrest of white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. They attempted to block traffic on Interstate 70 on Sept. 10. Large numbers of police were in force to try to prevent the protest from having [...]

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Central Park Five settlement finalized

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Photo from a leaflet for an Oct. 29, 2012, protest for the Five.

“This is now the icing on the cake,” said Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park Five. “My whole life has been about fighting this case. … Back in 1989, our voices were taken from us and we were silenced, and now, to have it back, to stand up tall and to take what’s rightfully [...]

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Police terror in Milwaukee

By September 18, 2014
Protest at Red Arrow park in Milwaukee
Aug. 22 demands justice for victims of police terror.Photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

Dontre Hamilton was sleeping in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30. Moments later he lay on the ground dead, shot at least 14 times by a Milwaukee cop. Family spokesperson Nathaniel Hamilton, Dontre’s brother, says that before the cop that killed Dontre arrived on the scene, two police officers had previously been [...]

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Boston workers unite behind fired union leader

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Andre Francois, left, and Steve Kirschbaum (with bullhorn) at Sept. 15 rally. Both were illegally fired by Veolia.Photo: Howard Rotman

A Dorchester, Mass., district courtroom was packed Sept. 15 with mainly school bus drivers and supporters in solidarity with Steve Kirschbaum, a leader and founder of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union. Kirschbaum has been falsely accused of four felony charges by the Boston police following a rally in late June [...]

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Against climate change? Fight for system change!

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The largest demonstration against climate change ever will take place in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. This important action deserves the support of all employed and unemployed workers and certainly of all who consider themselves revolutionaries. Climate change is such a dire issue for the worldwide working class that it merits a massive [...]

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Banks cause Detroit water crisis

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The city of Detroit, under a right-wing, state-appointed “emergency manager” who has plunged the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history, has been on a vicious campaign since March to turn off the water of residential customers whom the city claims owe more than $150 on their water bills. These mass shutoffs [...]

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