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Oaxaca's Teachers Movement not Thwarted by State Terror 28.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Shirin Hess

On June 19, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was the scene of a senseless massacre. The bloody battle took place in the rural town of Nochixtlan and resulted in the death of at least nine civilians. “Right now, the federal police are withdrawing, going back to their vehicles,” said a witness of the attack as he filmed the horrific scene. Bullets are heard smashing against metal traffic barriers on the roadside as the camera image shakes.

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Deconstructing The Sanders Movement: And Next Steps 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a remarkably short time, Bernie Sanders and his revolutionary movement have become a stunning influence in American politics. Sanders supporters have won 22 state primaries, gained about 45 percent of convention delegates, contributed 228 million dollars to the campaign through 2.5 million donors, and gathered together in rallies in numbers approximating a million and a half enthusiasts. It is a force that can potentially reshape American political life -- but will it hold together after the 2016 campaign comes to an end in July of 2016? That is a "berning" question for the Sanders camp and for politicians generally. The Sanders movement is composed of roughly 12 million supporters who voted for him in the Democratic primaries. This aggregate of adherents is in part an electorate and in part a movement. Mass movements rarely function within political parties and their leaders ordinarily keep their distance from established party structures. The Sanders phenomenon is different and unique; it's a hybrid ...
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Martyred Teachers In Mexico 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Perhaps it is not surprising in the present political climate that the deaths of 12 teachers fighting to defend public education in Mexico have gone virtually unnoticed. The presidential hopeful and presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump has built a vast political following railing for the construction of a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States. His rhetoric obscured important events inside Mexico. Last Sunday in the southern state of Oaxaca, demonstrations turned deadly. Government security forces opened fire on a group of teachers engaged in an act of civil disobedience, undertaken to focus attention on government efforts to undermine public education. The protests were not unexpected. A broad coalition of students, teachers and activists have been engaged in a range of non-violent protests since Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto first announced his education plans in 2013. These so-called national education policy reforms promote the typical agenda of Global Corporate ...
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#whereisjose: The man forging a new path in the outdoors 27.6.2016 Current Issue
José González is tapping into Latinos’ passion for nature.
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Learning From Volkswagen's $10 Billion Sustainability Mistake 27.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As Volkswagen continues to struggle in the aftermath of their deceptive emissions reporting scheme, they are starting to pay for some of the costs of their mistake. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Mike Spector and Sara Randazzo reported that Volkswagen: ...is nearing a $10 billion civil settlement, the largest in the auto industry's history, to compensate U.S. owners of vehicles affected by the German car maker's emissions-cheating scandal, said people familiar with the matter. Under the proposed deal, Volkswagen would offer to buy back cars and provide additional compensation for owners of almost 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles with two-liter engines that contain software capable of duping government emissions tests, the people said. In addition, Volkswagen is expected to pay more than $4 billion for environmental impacts and to promote so-called zero-emission vehicles... Other payments in the U.S. and overseas are expected, and although the company has set aside $18 billion to pay the costs of ...
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What if I’m not white? 27.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
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Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates 27.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In the Oregon backcountry, an experiment in using art to elevate environmental issues.
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Meet the new advocates for the West 27.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
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Decrying 'Jim Crow 2.0,' Advocates Demand Updated Voting Rights Before Election 26.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Marking three years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted important protections from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, civil rights advocates this weekend are demanding that Congress restore those provisions and put a stop to rampant voter suppression efforts before November's presidential election.

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The problem with Bernie's movement is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party 26.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Largely lost in the cacophony of bewilderment and anger over Brexit  was the "announcement" by Bernie Sanders  that, come November, he would be voting for (and presumably supporting) Hillary Clinton for ...
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Historic Justice for Janitors Campaign Inspires a New Generation of Janitorial Organizing 26.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Raise America is SEIU's nationwide campaign to raise the standards for union janitors during contract negotiations. (Photo: WNV / Shane Burley) Workers packed into the crowded Logan International Airport in Boston on Wednesday, June 15, where SEIU Local 32BJ brought together a large swathe of minimum-wage employees who often go unseen to hurried travelers. Baggage handlers, cabin cleaning staff and others who go through contracting companies were rallying together under an organizing banner with a history of struggle dating back 30 years. While the Fight for $15 raises headlines and wages across the United States, June 15 saw a national day of action in cities around the country for the annual anniversary of the Justice for Janitors campaign. For SEIU Local 32BJ, which handles 155,000 property service workers along the East Coast from New Hampshire to Florida, this was a chance to reclaim the history of a campaign that did the unthinkable in the early 1990s. "It has become a symbol for how labor unions ...
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Brexit was not about the EU. It was about Britishness 26.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Ideological arguments over Brexit, the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, which passed with 52% of the vote on June 23rd, have been mainly at odds on the classical right/left political ...
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Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees 25.6.2016 Environmental News Network
One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. A previously unknown and harmful effect of neonicotinoids has been identified by researchers at the Mainz University Medical Center and Goethe University Frankfurt. They discovered that neonicotinoids in low and field-relevant concentrations reduce the concentration of acetylcholine in the royal jelly/larval food secreted by nurse bees. This signaling molecule is relevant for the development of the honeybee larvae. At higher doses, neonicotinoids also damage the so-called microchannels of the royal jelly gland in which acetylcholine is produced. The results of this research have been recently published in the eminent scientific journal PloS ONE.
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Three Strategies to Beat the NRA 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dreier

On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around him as he spoke. As more Democrats came into the House chamber, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, they joined him, sitting with their legs crossed on the blue-carpeted floor.

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Dartmouth Ruminations: On Land, Liberty, and Liberalism 25.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The standing joke in New Hampshire is that the only thing Dartmouth students use for birth control is their personalities. I profess nothing about their bedroom behaviors, but will at least vouch for their spunkiness in the classroom. I was invited to speak about ranching to a group of kids (my God, did I just call them "kids"?) at a political science gig at The Big Green, offering them the kind of curve ball Jeffersonian agrarian pitch needed to keep them on their toes. It's a decidedly left-leaning school (as they all are), so it's hardly surprising that the talk was, to put it charitably, 'provocative.' The "kids" were enthusiastic and well informed, rising ardently to my challenge to their worldview--so ardently, in fact, that I suspect their romantic reputations have been profoundly maligned. Leaving their passions aside, what shocked me most was how deeply entrenched the myth has become for them that government stands in benign counterpoise to private enterprise. This is nowhere more evident ...
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Energy from sunlight: Further steps towards artificial photosynthesis 25.6.2016 Environmental News Network
Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich in Switzerland have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules. Their results have been published by the journal Angewandte Chemie (international edition).Green plants are able to temporarily store electric charges after the absorption of sunlight by using a so-called molecular charge accumulator. The two research teams were able to observe this process in artificial molecules that they created specifically for this experiment.
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Shelby v. Holder – Three Years Later 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Three years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Shelby v. Holder, nearly dismantling the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The court ruled that 16 states no longer needed to pre-approve their voting changes with the federal government.  These were the states with some of the longest and continuous histories of voting discrimination. Since then, our nation has witnessed the greatest assault on voting rights since the Jim Crow era. 
 
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UC Threatened Under Proposed Censorship Bill 25.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Days before the California Senate Judiciary Committee votes on AB2844 (anti-Boycott, Divestment Sanctions/BDS against Israel), its authors, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), are amending their bill to threaten funding to the University of California, Cal State University, and non-profit programs that help the homeless, disabled, and hungry -- should they engage in what these lawmakers term a discriminatory protest or boycott against the state of Israel. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) must be smiling at the new version of the bill. The latest iteration of AB2844 creates a new crime of perjury for businesses, non-profits, and private incorporated individuals (receiving $100,000 or more in state funding) who swear in writing that they're not discriminating on the basis of race, nationality, etc., yet boycott or even protest Israel "under the pretext of the First Amendment." Student bodies and church committees that vote to divest ...
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Researchers discover oldest evidence of 'farming' -- by insects 24.6.2016 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture -- not by humans, but by insects.The team, led by Eric Roberts of James Cook University along with researchers from Ohio University, discovered the oldest known examples of "fungus gardens" in 25 million-year-old fossil termite nests in East Africa.The results are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.Some termite species cultivate fungi in "gardens" in subterranean nests or chambers, helping to convert plant material into a more easily digestible termite food source.
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We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution 24.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
RoseAnn DeMoro

In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet.

From the speakers podiums to discussion tables and workshops to trainings on everything from building independent politics to the digital political revolution to how to carry out civil disobedience, it was evident there was overwhelming unity of vision and a common commitment to solidarity in creating change.

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