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"Clean energy" advocates protest in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Several people representing Indian Peoples Action ,Wild Idaho Rising Tide, and Occupy Bellingham protested in front of the Calumet Refinery in Great Falls on Saturday. Their goal was to educate people about what they believe are the dangers of non-renewable energy. The protest was in response to the development of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and the Bakken oil fields in...

Utah Deputies Arrest Anti-tar Sands Activists

Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a “blockade” of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to anti-tar sands groups who accused Uintah County sheriff’s deputies of “brutality.” The Sheriff’s Office declined to confirm the arrests Monday afternoon, except to say that all of its available deputies were at the site about 50 miles south of Vernal. By Monday night, the Sheriff’s...

Members of Providence Student Union applaud NECAP test postponement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The student activists largely responsible for bringing concerns about the NECAP test to the public’s attention applauded the test’s postponement as a graduation requirement. One member of the Providence Student Union, Hector Perea, said, “I’m so proud of all the hard work that has been put into the high-stakes testing by PSU students and the whole community. ” Another PSU activist, Tim...

Rhode Island Students Win Three-year High Stakes Testing Ban

Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives took a powerful step toward improving education statewide by approving H-8363, a three-year moratorium on the misuse of the NECAP exam as a high-stakes graduation requirement. The bill echoes S-2059 passed by the Senate on May 14th. If signed by Governor Chafee, these bills will ensure that no students from now through the Class of 2017 will be...

Projecting Palestinian Liberation at Israeli Sponsored Film Festival

Attendees at Frameline LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco one Saturday night were treated to an extra screening outside the theater. As people lined up for the 9:30 film, activists from Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) projected the statements “Frameline Supports Apartheid,” “Israel Is An Apartheid State/Frameline Doesn’t Care” onto the theater wall, to music from the Brass Liberation Orchestra. Frameline has refused to sever...

"Show Us the Money" march on JPMorgan Chase demands bank pay promised $13 billion settlement

Forty Minneapolis residents with Occupy Homes MN and the Home Defenders League marched on JPMorgan Chase in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, demanding they negotiate a fair deal for south Minneapolis homeowner Sergio Ceballos and pay out the $13 billion settlement they agreed to last fall with the Department of Justice to help struggling homeowners. “Last year, the Department of Justice and JPMorgan Chase announced that...

Demonstrators in Missoula Call for Action on Climate Change

Climate activists in Montana don’t want to waste any more time. They want to see their politicians do something about the danger of climate change, and their voices are getting louder. A crowd came out to show their support of helping to stop climate change at the Montanans for Climate Solutions rally in Missoula on Saturday. The hour-long event drew more than 150 people to...

The Fight for Justice in Palestine: TIAA-CREF divests social choice fund from controversial Veolia Corporation

The We Divest coalition joins workers, environmentalists, and corporate accountability organizations in congratulating pension fund giant TIAA-CREF for removing Veolia Environnement SA stock (VIE:EN Paris) from its Social Choice Funds portfolio. In July 2013, TIAA-CREF’s website showed over $1.2 million in Veolia shares for its Social Choice Funds. Today it shows zero. TIAA-CREF still holds Veolia stock in its regular accounts. “Some of us in...

The Struggle for Prisoners’ Rights: The movement for freedom for all took a huge leap forward

Editor's note: This past year marked a major shift in the movement away from mass incarceration, the drug war, and the prison industrial complex and towards prisoners’ rights. This shift happened mainly because of a hunger strike that spread across California(and then across the country) by prisoners to protest the conditions of their imprisonment. We have not seen such a movement spread so quickly...well, maybe...

Together at Midnight: Indian People’s Action and Blue Skies Campaign Organize to Confront the Tar Sands Industry

Shortly after midnight, on March 13, 2014, 70 people rallied in a cold parking lot off Missoula’s South Reserve Street and waited for a “megaload” sized piece of equipment which was slated to pass through town. The equipment onboard was tar sands processing machinery and was heading for Alberta, Canada, but they had to get through Missoula first. Protesters held signs that read “Tar Sands...

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