Popular Resistance

The Movement Against Fast Tracking a Disastrous Trade Deal Continues to Mobilize

Since the President’s State of the Union message where he announced his plan to push corporate trade agreements and seek Fast Track trade promotion authority, the movement against Fast Track, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and globalized trade has grown. Instead of the bump in support that Obama expected after the State of the Union,opposition has increased inside Congress and in the grass roots.

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How the People Will Stop Obama from Pushing Through A Disastrous Trade Deal

The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

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Lessons On The Struggle For Single-Payer Health Care in Vermont

For decades healthcare advocates in the state of Maryland worked with state senator Paul Pinsky who introduced a state health bill each year calling for a universal healthcare system that is publicly financed, a single payer system. Even when advocates educated lawmakers, gathered co-sponsors and testified in committees about the dire need for a health system that would solve the current healthcare crisis, one based on solid evidence, the bill fell flat. The closest we came was one vote short of getting it passed in one committee. We had all of the facts on our side, but no political muscle to move the bill.

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Study Shows Dramatic Correlation Between GMOs And 22 Diseases

There is a growing movement for labeling of GMO crops, and many would go further and ban GMOs completely. Currently there is a close vote in Oregon on a GMO labeling initiative, with advocates for labeling 0.3% behind and raising money to check ballots (we urge your support). Those who profit from GMOs spent $20 million to prevent labeling in Oregon. Several states in the Northeast have put in place laws that will require labeling.

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Protesters Block Federal Agency for Five Days Straight

For five days in a row this week a federal agency was blockaded by protesters, delaying workers, sending a strong message of demands and resulting in scores of arrests. Did you hear about the blockades in the corporate, mass media? The blockades were just a driveway's distance from CNN, just around the corner from NPR and in a mass media center, Washington, DC. Do you wonder why they did not report that there were blockades outside of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)? The protests were because FERC has been rubber stamping fracked gas infrastructure permits without considering the environmental and health impacts, especially ignoring climate change, and ignoring the views of the communities. Gas companies are very big advertisers in the mass media.

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People's Climate March: How We're Sharpening the Environmental Justice Movement

The climate crisis is a crisis of democracy requiring a coordinated global grassroots mobilization to stop harmful policies and practices and build alternative systems that are effective and equitable. The climate crisis affects all of us and touches everything we care about. It will take a mass ‘movement of movements’ to counter the power of money and corruption that prevents the change we need.

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Battle Rages at Florida State University Where Koch Money Seeks To Buy The College's New President

For months now, a battle has been raging at Florida State University to stop what student and faculty say is "[a] hostile political takeover of the presidential search process at FSU."

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Enough Abuse! Mobilizing For Real Democracy in the US

Each week, the American people are confronted with new abusive anti-democratic actions by the corporate-run government. The underlying cause is the rule of money which is now documented to have a greater effect on policy than the desires and needs of the public.

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The Courage Foundation Defends Those Who Risk Life and Liberty to Reveal the Truth

On June 11th in Berlin, a new international organization was announced whose purpose is to (1) defend whistleblowers when they are facing prosecution; and (2) defend the public’s right to know.

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Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan’s Statement From Rikers

Editor's Note: Cecily released this note on May 9. On May 19, she will be sentenced after being found guilty for assaulting a police officer. She faces anywhere from probabtion to seven years in prison. You can read more about the case here

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In Portland, Student Union Plays Key Role in Faculty Union Win

Over the last few months, it appeared that the faculty of Portland State University would be going on strike for the first time in the school’s history as negotiations over a new contract with PSU administration stalled. The strike date was set for April 16. Just days before, it was averted as the PSU administration and the faculty union—the PSU branch of the American Association of University Professors (PSU AAUP)—came to an agreement.

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How the Creation of Social Justice Caucuses in Unions Is Revitalizing an Aging Labor Movement

Earlier this month at the Labor Notes Conference, rank and file labor leaders announced for the first time the creation of the Network for Social Justice Unionism (NSJU), a new infrastructure that unionists concerned with advancing social justice beyond the workplace hope to use to organize for a shift in the way the labor movement operates.

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Tim DeChristopher: 'The Environmental Movement Has Been Too Focused on Preventing Crises'

An interview with Tim DeChristopher, the founder of Peaceful Uprising who is widely known known for one of the more creative acts of nonviolent insurrection and civil disobedience in recent memory when he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in order to protect fragile land in southern Utah from long-term damage.

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Is Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority for the TPP Dead?

Note: Comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicate that Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority which is essential for passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other controversial trade agreements may be dead in the Senate as he has no plans to bring it to a floor vote.  This comes in the midst of a ten day blitz by a movement of movements that brings together Americans concerned with the environment, food safety, GMO labeling, healthcare, labor, worker rights, Internet and other issues.  

Tens of thousands of phones calls and even more emails have been sent to Congress through coalition sites like Stop Fast Track. Tomorrow is an intercontinental day of actionand 50 protests are planned in the U.S., Canada and Mexico against corporate trade policies like NAFTA and the TPP.  President Obama did not help the cause of passage of fast track in the State of Union where he made a vague passing reference to trade promotion authority but no specific mention of the TPP or its Atlantic counterpart, TAFTA.  His luke warm comment showed Congress his administration will not be making fast track a top priority, probably because they have counted the votes and see it would be a likely legislative defeat for the administration.  If President Obama is not going to risk offending voters, why should members of Congress?

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Imagine If America's Incarcerated Population Were Its Own Country -- Revealing the Disturbing Statistics

The following was posted on Popular Resistance here. And was originally published here in the Charlotte Observer.

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Open Letter To Government Employees From Whistleblowers

At least since the aftermath of September 2001, western governments and intelligence agencies have been hard at work expanding the scope of their own power, while eroding privacy, civil liberties and public control of policy. What used to be viewed as paranoid, Orwellian, tin-foil hat fantasies turned out post-Snowden, to be not even the whole story.

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