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The Evolution Of Sustainability Education 22.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This past week we celebrated graduation at Columbia University. Throughout the week, schools gathered under tents on campus, and on Wednesday the entire university gathered for the official commencement and to hear Columbia’s President Lee Bollinger speak on the importance of free speech and the free global exchange of ideas. Some advocates of sustainability push a particular ideology or set of answers to these pressing problems, but at Columbia we have worked hard to ensure that multiple perspectives are part of our teaching and learning. We teach climate law and command and control regulation, and at the same time offer a certificate in sustainability finance that focuses on market-based solutions to the challenges of transitioning to a renewable resource-based economy. Our search for sustainability must be an open and honest one. My favorite part of President Bollinger’s speech was when he put his own office and prestige behind his advocacy of free speech and observed that: “Anyone with a voice can ...
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Immigrants in Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds of Miles From Legal Help 22.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Only 6 percent of the men held at the Lumpkin detention center in Georgia have legal representation, according to a 2015 study. Nationwide, it's not much better, the study of data from October 2006 to September 2012 found: Just 14 percent of detainees have lawyers. That percentage is likely to get even smaller under the Trump administration. A woman and her son visiting the Donald W. Wyatt jail in Central Falls, Rhode Island, on September 9, 2008. The facility held thousands of immigration detainees that year. (Photo: Suzanne DeChillo / The New York Times) One morning in February, lawyer Marty Rosenbluth set off from his Hillsborough, North Carolina, home to represent two anxious clients in court. He drove about eight hours southwest, spent the night in a hotel and then got up around 6 a.m. to make the final 40-minute push to his destination: a federal immigration court and detention center in the tiny rural Georgia town of Lumpkin . During two brief hearings over two days, Rosenbluth said, he convinced ...
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"I Could Have Died": Protesters Detail Violent Attack by Turkish President Erdoğan's Guards in DC 22.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles

Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail assaulted a group of peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence. Video from the scene shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on during the assault. It's not clear if Erdogan gave the order for the attack. The assault came shortly after Erdogan was welcomed to the White House by President Trump. For more, we speak with Seyid Riza Dersimi, who was violently attacked during the protest and rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where he received stitches on his nose and was treated for a head injury. We also speak with Ruken Isik, a Kurdish activist and Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She attended last week's protest and wrote a piece for The Huffington Post titled "Will Erdogan's Thugs Face No Consequences for Attacking Us on US Soil?"

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Notre Dame Students Walk Out During Mike Pence's Commencement Speech 21.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
— Summer Ratcliff (@SummerRatcliff) May 21, 2017 As promised, dozens of new Notre Dame grads leave stadium when VP Pence begins his commencement address. Some in the audience boo. pic.twitter.com/M6LWQVynRT — Jim Williams (@JimWilliamsCBS2) May 21, 2017 About 150 students/family members participated in walk-out of @VP Pence speech pic.twitter.com/rjjobvMSjl — Erin Blasko (@ErinBlasko) May 21, 2017 In his remarks at the Indiana university, the vice president criticized what he called campus “safe spaces” and urged students not to suppress free speech. “While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe spaces, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness ― all of which amounts to the suppression of free speech,” he said. “These practices are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge.” Pence is not the only political speaker who’s received a mixed welcome at the ...
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Resistance in the Age of Trumpism: An Interview With Gerald Epstein 20.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In addition to protesting and resisting, progressives must develop alternative policies and political strategies at the state and local levels to regain power, says political economist and Amherst professor Gerald Epstein. But first, we must stop analyzing Trump's policies on a case-by-case basis and start recognizing the larger context of Trumpism with its dangerous fascist currents. Progressives and radicals should protest, resist and out the destructive policies of the Trump regime. (Photo: Scott Billings / Flickr ) Where do you turn for credible, intelligent coverage of the issues that matter to you? If the answer is Truthout, support our work today with a tax-deductible donation! With Donald Trump in power, US society is likely to witness in the next four years a regression of social progress and environmental damage unlike anything the country has seen in the course of its modern history. In this context, progressives have their hands full and only massive resistance may halt the march to the ...
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Students at Notre Dame plan to take back their graduation from its horrible speaker—Mike Pence 20.5.2017 Daily Kos
It is often said that youth are politically apathetic, but make no mistake: This generation is educated and aware. As some might say, they are  woke . College students around the country are paying attention and are saying no again and again to Republicans and to the Trump administration. Specifically, they are taking a stand against inappropriate speakers at their graduation ceremonies ruining what are supposed to be special and celebratory occasions— knowing that those speakers’ policies represent hatred, intolerance and the marginalization of vulnerable communities. Last week, students participating in the graduation at Bethune-Cookman University showed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that she had no business speaking at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Then, students at Texas Southern University were able to cancel  the scheduled commencement speech by Texas Sen. John Cornyn at their graduation. And these students are not done yet. On Sunday, when Mike Pence delivers the ...
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Economic Update: What France's Election Means 19.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Economic Update  is in partnership with  Truthout.org Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station,  check this out . If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station,  send them this . Visit Professor Wolff's social movement project,  democracyatwork.info. Permission to reprint Professor Wolff's writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact  p rofwolff@rdwolff.com  to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any ...
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What Kind of World Are We Building? The Promise of Feminism 18.5.2017 Truthout.com
An activist displays a sign at the #TransUpFront Trans Liberation Protest and March on March 3, 2017. (Photo: Sarah Ji ) What does it mean to be a modern feminist? In her new book, Sara Ahmed shows the connections between theory and practice, the academy and the everyday, home and work. Bitch Magazine says: "Beautifully written and persuasively argued, Living a Feminist Life, is not just an instant classic, but an essential read for intersectional feminists." Order your copy today by making a donation to Truthout! In this excerpt from Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed looks at the role of hope in feminism, the stereotypical figure of the judgmental feminist, and more. What do you hear when you hear the word feminism? It is a word that fills me with hope, with energy. It brings to mind loud acts of refusal and rebellion as well as the quiet ways we might have of not holding on to things that diminish us. It brings to mind women who have stood up, spoken back, risked lives, homes, relationships in the ...
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Forging A Connection Between Health Care And Infrastructure 18.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
America faces two enormous domestic challenges–  the cost of health care and the need for infrastructure improvement – which are seen as separate when they should be viewed as interrelated. Such a connection would enable the nation to save money and live in better health, while making both systems more sustainable. The costs are extraordinary. According to the Congressional Budget Office , U.S. spending (public and private) on health care totaled $2.9 trillion in 2014. The infrastructure repair backlog is $4.6 trillion, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Yet we can anticipate even more dramatically rising health care costs if the epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases continues trending upward. About half of all adult Americans has one or more chronic health conditions, according to the CDC. Based on current trends, the Milken Institute projects that by 2023 chronic disease cases will increase by 42 percent, to 230 million, costing $4.2 trillion in treatment and lost economic ...
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The Home of Free Speech™: A Critical Perspective on UC Berkeley's Coalition With the Far-Right 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A closer analysis reveals that Berkeley's Free Speech Movement was just a largely white, male, middle-class movement that co-opted civil rights tactics to build a coalition between liberals and conservatives. It's time to give up our nostalgia for something that never was and demand the right for speech with a clear political commitment to anti-oppressive struggles. Members of the College Republicans group hold a news conference to talk about Ann Coulter's canceled speech at the University of California, Berkeley, April 26, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) "The idea of the Free Speech Movement [is] that every view is permissible. If you don't believe in free speech for Adolf Hitler, you don't believe in free speech." --  John Searle Since the election of Donald Trump, the concept of "free speech" has been doing a lot of heavy lifting for the "alt-right," a coalition of far-right conservatives generally aligned with white nationalism, misogyny and xenophobia. Although "the right to free ...
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Illusions and Dangers in Trump's "America First" Policy: An Interview With Economist Robert Pollin 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The "America First" foreign policy supported by global military dominance has always existed and is consistent with neoliberal economic policy, says economist Robert Pollin. It's time progressives advanced their own policy approach to global trade and investment within a broader framework of full employment and a strong social welfare state. Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona, March 19, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Donald Trump will probably go down in history as having pulled the biggest political con job in US electoral politics. With no coherent ideology but lies and false promises, he managed to win the support of millions of white working-class people whose lives have been shattered by globalization and stagnant wages. In an exclusive interview for Truthout, Robert Pollin, professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, puts into context Trump's stance on globalization and his "America ...
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People on the Margins Have "Everything to Lose" in the Next Net Neutrality Fight 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Students who lack internet access in their homes are often at a clear educational disadvantage when compared to their peers who have internet access. (Photo: A Healthier Michigan ) Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission will begin the process of rolling back its net neutrality rules at a meeting on Thursday. Internet users could lose a source of leverage over monolithic internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast, but for low-income consumers, a repeal could mean the difference between staying connected and falling further behind. Students who lack internet access in their homes are often at a clear educational disadvantage when compared to their peers who have internet access. (Photo: A Healthier Michigan ) Last week, while pundits were debating whether crashing web servers at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were hit by hackers or simply by a flood of public comments following another viral segment on net neutrality by TV comedian John Oliver, FCC Commissioner Mignon ...
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Investigation Shows Yale Isn’t The Climate-Conscious Investor It Claims To Be 17.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Yale University  touts itself as a  socially and environmentally responsible investor and has been celebrated for taking steps to  distance its financial portfolio from certain fossil fuels . But it remains heavily invested in oil and gas — to the tune of several hundred million dollars ― according to an investigation by its own employees and students. UNITE HERE Local 33 , a union of graduate employees, and Fossil Free Yale , a student group pushing for the Ivy League school to divest completely from the oil and gas industry, confronted the university with their findings in a Tuesday letter to Yale’s chief investment officer,  David Swensen . Their analysis of Yale’s $25 billion in endowment investments show that at the same time the university has been publicly positioning itself as a leader in climate-conscience investing, it was profiting off the fossil fuel industry, Elias Estabrook, a spokesperson for Fossil Free Yale, told HuffPost.  Local 33 and Fossil Free Yale said that since Swensen in 2014 ...
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Virginia Mayor Trolled On Twitter After Standing Up To White Nationalism 16.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The mayor of the Virginia college town of Charlottesville was the target of anti-Semitic tweets on Sunday after speaking out against white nationalists who converged on a local park carrying blazing torches the night before. Mayor Mike Signer said two protests led on Saturday by Richard Spencer, a leader of the “alt-right” movement, came on the same day the city held its annual Festival of Cultures event, which celebrates diversity in the home of the University of Virginia. “You’re seeing anti-Semitism in these crazy tweets I’m getting and you’re seeing a display of torches at night, which is reminiscent of the KKK,” Signer, who is Jewish, said in a phone interview. “They’re sort of a last gasp of the bigotry that this country has systematically overcome.” Signer issued a statement on Saturday criticizing the torch-carrying marchers as either “profoundly ignorant” or aiming to instill fear. “I smell Jew,” posted an anonymous Twitter user with the handle “Great Patriot Trump.” “If so, you are going back ...
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The Global Movement To Divest From Fossil Fuels Is Unstoppable 15.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past 10 days the pressure to break ties with the fossil fuel industry has never been greater, as thousands of people attended over 260 events in 45 countries on six continents during the Global Divestment Mobilisation (GDM), demanding institutions divest from fossil fuels. At a time when governments are failing to meet their climate-related promises and President Trump is threatening to leave the Paris Agreement, we can’t afford to stand-by waiting for our governments to do the right thing. Climate impacts are taking us into uncharted territory in terms of floods, forest fires, heatwaves, storms, and drought. We know that it is investments in the fossil fuel industry that fund climate impacts. That is why campaigners, faith groups, academics and impacted local communities came together to build on the fossil fuel divestment movement, which is now spreading in Asia, Latin America and Africa, setting the groundwork for future divestments. Divestment has proven to be an effective way to undermine ...
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What Will Make UT Safe for All Students? 15.5.2017 Truthout.com
May Day at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin was not only a day of protest, but also one of confusion, fear and mourning. At about 1:45 p.m., several students were stabbed, one fatally, outside the busy Gregory Gym by a fellow student, Kendrex White. More than one witness claimed they thought the attack was just a stunt, but by the time White was arrested, the gravity of the situation had become apparent, and a state of shock descended on campus. On May 3, thousands of students solemnly convened to remember the life of freshman Harrison Brown. Immediately following Brown's tragic death, however, the campus and social media exploded in a flurry of speculation and scapegoating. A flyer appeared featuring the slogan "Around Blacks, Never Relax" with a racist Black caricature brandishing a knife. A new, ambiguously named Facebook group called "UT Students" suggested in a post the day after the stabbing that fraternities felt victimized and fearful for their safety in light of the attack -- and in ...
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Can Americans Remove An 'Incompetent' President? 15.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There is less than a month left in the high school year and in many states students in American history classes are busy reviewing for end-of-the-year assessments. Instead of the standard boring names and dates, my suggestion to teachers is to spend all remaining time with a thematic review encompassing the past, present, and future by focusing on how to remove a president of the United States who is (a) incompetent to serve, (b) violates fundamental constitutional principles, (c) breaks the law, or (d) all of the above. This unit could include examination of the freedom of the press debate during the colonial era; the principles imbedded in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Bill of Rights; Constitutional Convention and ratification debates over checks and balances and separation of powers; Supreme Court decisions that interpret the meaning of the Constitution; election controversies; and periodic Constitutional crises. It provides a lens on ...
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She's The Best Answer To Donald Trump You Never Heard Of 13.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Heather Booth doesn’t look like a revolutionary. She sits demurely on a sofa, dressed simply in black, fingering a silver necklace. She speaks softly, selecting her words with care and enunciating cleanly. Dignity. Respect. Community. But something comes over her when she begins to talk about helping people organize to make their world better. The sweet smile fades. She sits up straighter. Her voice tightens, the words come faster. Power. Together. Act. She strikes a gently curled fist into an open palm. IM-pact. Booth, 71, is one of the nation’s most influential organizers for progressive causes. Inside almost every liberal drive over the past five decades ― for fair pay, equal justice, abortion rights, workers’ rights, voter rights, civil rights, immigration rights, child care ― you will find Booth. But you may have to look hard. Because she’s not always at the head of the protest march. More often, she’s at a let’s-get-organized meeting in a suburban church basement or a late-night strategy session in ...
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Historically Black University Cancels Sen. John Cornyn’s Speech After Outcry 13.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Houston university has canceled an upcoming commencement speech by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), days after protesters booed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at another historically black university’s graduation. More than 800 people signed a petition to protest Texas Southern University’s decision to invite Cornyn, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, to speak at its Saturday commencement ceremony. On Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported that  the speech was off . “Every consideration is made to ensure that our student’s graduation day is a celebratory occasion and one they will remember positively for years to come,” the university said in a statement posted on Facebook . “We asked Senator Cornyn to instead visit with our students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families.” Cornyn aides told the Chronicle that the senator “respects the Administration’s decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the University in the future.” Rebecca Trevino, ...
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Shervin Malekzadeh: The Revolution's Indispensable Man: How Hashemi Rafsanjani Helped Build Democracy In Iran 12.5.2017 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Shervin Malekzadeh: The Revolution's Indispensable Man: How Hashemi Rafsanjani Helped Build Democracy In Iran
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