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Chris Hedges: Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites

The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. They cannot be reformed. And this means revolution, which is what Extinction Rebellion seeks in calling for an “international rebellion” on Oct. 7, when it will attempt to shut down city centers around the globe in acts of sustained, mass civil disobedience.

September 25, 2019 · 5 Comments

Piper: Why I’m Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.

Twenty-two activist climbers from Greenpeace blockaded the Fred Hartmann Bridge in Baytown, Texas Thursday morning in order to shutdown what they called “the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare” in the country. Here is a letter from one of the activists on the bridge.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Eisenstein: Why the Climate Change Message Isn’t Working

True, the Standing Rock movement failed to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, yet it revealed a tremendous latent power in that so many people were willing to go to such great lengths in defense of the sacred. What will be possible when that power is fully mobilized?

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sarah Sunshine Manning: Decolonizing Birth — Women Take Back Their Power as Life-Givers

“We’re just beginning to bring those Indigenous perspectives forward again.” . Zintkala Mahpiya Win Blackowl didn’t plan to have her sixth baby in a tipi on the windy plains of … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Josué Rivas and Bailey Williams: “Decolonization Starts Inside of You”

Photographer Josué Rivas spent seven months living at Standing Rock, documenting the gathering force of Native Americans and their allies. He says it wasn’t just a protest; it was an … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mary Annette Pember: Try Something New — Decolonize Your Mind

I tend to lie low during Native American History Month and dodge the Moon of Explaining Indians to White People. But not this year. . Traditionally, Ojibwe people observe a … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope

ANDERSON, Ind.—It was close to midnight, and I was sitting at a small campfire with Sybilla and Josh Medlin in back of an old warehouse in an impoverished section of … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jayde Tynes: Seven Inspirational Protests of 2016

Needless to say, 2016 has been a tough one for social justice activists around the world. With the rise in xenophobia after Brexit, the presidential election of Trump and the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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