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Activists Unite Over Common Goal

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Groups from all over Vermont gathered for a public forum in the Queen City to discuss ways to bring change to the Green Mountain State. “By coming together we can continue to move forward.” Alissa Carberry has Type 1 diabetes. She says she makes less than 30 thousand dollars a year and spends hundreds each month on medical costs. “I'm really tired...

Climate Change Protesters Cited Outside Missoula Office of Daines

Fourteen activists were cited Friday with misdemeanor trespassing after staging a protest in the Missoula office of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, according to an organizer. "Our initial inkling was that we would get kicked out pretty quick," said organizer Corey Bressler. "That ended up not being the case." Three groups concerned about climate change and the Republican senator's support for coal and the Keystone XL...

FYI: Here’s How You Can Help Local Day Laborers

From Change.org : For the past 8 years, day laborers have sought work from the Home Depot on Roosevelt Blvd in Northeast Philadelphia. Anywhere from 30 to nearly 100 workers wait for work from contractors that come from all over, contributing significant revenue to Home Depot . Unfortunately, last June the new Home Depot manager began calling the police. For the past year, workers have...

Why Boston's Cash-Strapped Transit System Is Piloting Lower Fares for Students: The MBTA's forthcoming Youth and University passes are the result of years of activism.

It's been a long, hard winter for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, but starting in June, a new pilot program will let many more Boston-area teenagers and college students ride public transit at a discount. The transit system's new Youth and University passes are not the result of any sort of grand charitable gesture. Instead they're a joint effort between the MBTA and young activists...

Successful motion in court strengthens California prisoners’ case against solitary

Oakland – Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained an important victory yesterday as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel. The motion allows prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for more than 10 years, but have been transferred out of Pelican...

Incite and Colour of Violence

Pragya Esh interviews Rachel Caidor, organizer with Incite: Women & Trans* People of Color Against Violence and "Color of Violence 4," Incite's 4th conference to address violence against women of colour. NOTE: the N-word is used in the context of a spoken word piece by Jillian Christmas for Black History Month. The F Word Media Collective is a grassroots feminist media collective operating out of...

Beyond Reform: Essays Call for a Sweeping Reassessment of Incarceration

Prison populations have exploded in the United States, with a nearly eight-fold increase in the number of people behind bars from 1970 to today. In the initial decades of that breathtaking ascent, Black radical organizations, along with other groups spearheading systemic change, were devastated by, among other things, government counter-intelligence operations. For the full article please visit Truthout .

Students Walk Out on Testing, Rise for Black Trans Lives and Unionize

1 . The Weeklong Walkout—and More On Monday, February 23, at 10:25 AM, 250 students from Santa Fe, New Mexico, walked out to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, the new high-stakes standardized test that 11 states have adopted . Some of us met with Superintendent Joel Boyd, who urged us to write letters to Secretary of Education...

Free Nicoll: New Yorkers Brave the Cold to Rally for Transgender Asylum Seeker

Braving 20-degree temperatures and snow, about 20 activists held a rally in front of a New York immigration office Thursday in support of a transgender detainee being held in an all-male facility in Arizona. The immigrant-rights and LGBT activists were part of a nationwide effort calling for the release of Nicoll Hernández-Polanco. Hernández-Polanco says she fled Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. While she...

Movement for Justice in El Barrio: Ten Years of Struggle for Another Possible World

“Ten years of grassroots community resistance to gentrification and displacement in El Barrio, New York. Ten years of building a social justice organization based on self-determination, participatory democracy and autonomy. Ten years of majority-women organizing for dignity and justice. Ten years of breaking down borders and supporting movements from New York City to South Africa and beyond. Ten years of fighting sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia,...

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