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'We do not want to disappear': Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed

On February 27, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to peacefully march through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and, most importantly, submit documents to the provincial Judicial Council to launch a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from auctioning off their ancestral lands in the Pastaza region to oil companies. An eastern jungle province whose eponymous river is one of the more than 1,000 tributaries that feed the mighty Amazon, Pastaza encompasses some of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

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Why Aren’t More Young People Involved in the Anti-War Movement?

What comes to mind when you hear the words “anti-war protest”? Most Americans will picture the protests against the Vietnam war in the ’60s and early ’70s, an era famous for its youth and student-led movements. In the decades since the Vietnam war ended, youth involvement in peace movements has dwindled. Many young people were involved in protests against the Iraq war in 2002 and 2003, but the organizers were mainly older, and a widespread youth movement against the War on Terror never took off.

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Is Clickbait Distracting You From the Causes Worth Fighting For?

ICE. DEA. Police violence. Bail reform. Private prison labor. Midterm elections. The EPA. Fossil fuels. Climate change. Online privacy. GMOs. Pesticides. Climate change.

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The War Against Students Is Pushing Us Toward a Global Education Crisis

For Miranda Mendoza Flores, age 18.

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Activist Arrests in India Are Part of a Dangerous Global Trend to Stifle Dissent

On Tuesday morning, the police from the Indian city of Pune (in the state of Maharashtra) raided the homes of lawyers and social activists across India and arrested five of them. Many of them are not household names around the world, since they are people who work silently on behalf of the poor and oppressed in a country where half the population does not eat sufficiently. Their names are Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Varavara Rao. What unites these people is their commitment to the working class and peasantry, to those who are treated as marginal to India’s state. They are also united by their opposition, which they share with millions of Indians, to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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'It’s Not Partisan. It’s Life or Death': Student Activists Plan Protests at GOP Senate Offices After Jacksonville Shooting

Following a Sunday shooting in Jacksonville, Florida that left at least three people, including the gunman, dead and several others injured, student activists—galvanizedin the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February—are planning to protest Tuesday afternoon at the offices of Republican senators backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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How to Find Power and Reclaim the Narrative in Post-Truth America

Traveling through my hometown in North Carolina in the days after the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I ran into an old friend getting a drink at a bar I used to frequent. He was there with a colleague of his—a fellow high school teacher. The conversation turned to politics pretty quickly, and the friend, B., adamantly put forth the notion that there was nothing to be done except wait out the next four awful years. Look at the numbers in Congress, he said. Look at the Supreme Court. We’re all fucked.

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This Groundbreaking Art Show Is Challenging the Prison-Industrial Complex

A groundbreaking exhibit challenging the criminal justice system will be opening on August 24 at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas. Walls Turned Sideways is a group show with more than 40 artists. The exhibit is curated by Risa Puleo, who splits her time between New York, Texas and Europe. She attended Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies Program and has a master’s in art history from Hunter College.

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'A Gaping Wound in the Nation’s Psyche': Civil Rights Advocate Calls for Reopening the Michael Brown Shooting Case

Black Lives Matter grew out of the tumult and outrage in Ferguson, Missouri, after the 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by the police officer Darren Wilson. An investigation into the killing never led to any charges, even as rampant racist abuse was discovered to be endemic in the local police force.

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Reich: Here Are 6 Reasons for Hope in the Trump Era

In these darkest of days, here’s what gives me hope:

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Hightower: Climate Activists Are Fighting the Right by Subverting Its Most Effective Campaign Strategy

What's in a name? By definition, the name of a person, place or thing is its personal designation... a distinct way of being known to others. Unless, of course, it's the opposite -- a label meant to disguise who or what a person or thing really is. In other words, a fake name.

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