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Worse than Wexit

This just in -- CPP is investing more than 4 billions of your retirement savings in fossil fuels.

Call on CPP to divest from fossil fuel companies creating climate chaos.

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A major new study has revealed that the Canadian Pension Plan’s (CPP) massive fossil fuel investments - Enbridge, Trans Canada, Gazprom - will contribute to a world that is 2 degrees warmer setting off climate chaos.

At 2 degrees warmer, almost half of the world’s population will suffer extreme heat waves and hundreds of millions of people will have insufficient water supplies.

There is no other way to avoid a climate crisis death toll than to leave huge amounts of fossil fuels in the ground.

Canadians’ retirement savings need to fund a renewable path, not destroy our climate future. It’s our money so we need to have a say.

To CPP: stop using my money to fund climate-altering fossil fuel projects.

As revealed by the Canadian Center...

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From Canadas Election to Public Action

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1935 ... November 19, 2019
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From Canada’s Election to Public Action:
Beyond the Alberta Tar-Sands

John McMurtry

For months, during and after Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign, corporate media provided daily frontpage news space for Alberta’s non-stop demands for more tar-sands-export infrastructure through British Columbia, as well as space for discrediting stories on the Trudeau government for his attempt at questionable legal protection of a Quebec big business and for his playing blackface in a youthful costume.

No-one joined the dots or mentioned the words ‘Big Oil’.

Throughout this time, provincial Alberta’s fury was reported daily, coinciding with federal environmental reviews, court proceedings and limits on planned massive transportation of Alberta’s US-dominated tar-sand crude through Canada and First Nations’ territories.

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Stop Greenwashing

Decisive negotiations on the EU-wide ban of finance greenwashing will take place this WEDNESDAY -- and corporate lobbyists are on overdrive to wreck it.

Please use your twitter to push EU-deciders to stand up to corporate lobbyists and protect our planet!

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Two weeks ago you signed our letter to EU-leaders asking them to pass a law stopping huge financial corporations like BlackRock from greenwashing earth-destroying investments -- together with almost 100,000 SumOfUs members.

This Wednesday critical negotiations will take place in Brussels -- and corporate lobbyists could secure a massive win for Big Polluters if our leaders do their bidding.

We need to put maximum pressure on politicians right now to keep the law alive! Can you help us cover the Twitter feeds of top EU-leaders to push them towards banning finance greenwashing and protect our planet from corporate greed?

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The Mining Industry and Ecological Transformation

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1934 ... November 18, 2019
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The Mining Industry and Ecological Transformation

Richard Fidler

"The mining industry continues to be at the forefront of colonial dispossession around the world. It controls information about its intrinsic costs and benefits, propagates myths about its contribution to the economy, shapes government policy and regulation, and deals ruthlessly with its opponents.

"Brimming with case studies, anecdotes, resources, and illustrations, Unearthing Justice exposes the mining process and its externalized impacts on the environment, Indigenous Peoples, communities, workers, and governments. But, most importantly, the book shows how people are fighting back. Whether it is to stop a mine before it starts, to get an abandoned mine cleaned up, to change laws and policy, or to mount a campaign to influence investors, Unearthing Justice is an essential handbook for anyone trying to protect the places and people they love."

So reads the announcement by MiningWatch Canada, the Ottawa-based mining watchdog organization founded in 1999 with Joan Kuyek as its first full-time staff person. In this book, Kuyek brilliantly combines her extensive knowledge of the mining industry...

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We are approaching an important deadline on November 22nd to submit our feedback to the CRTC on Canada’s cell phone plans and providers. Will you please take five minutes to fill out this survey and share your experience?

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Big changes at the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

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It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Trish Garner, the PRC’s Community Organizer, will be leaving the Coalition at the end of November.

Trish has been central to the PRC’s work from its foundation and has led the Coalition for the last eight years. After co-authoring A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC, which launched the Coalition in 2009, Trish went back to school to complete their graduate studies and returned in 2012 as...

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Stop the Internet price hike

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The coup in Bolivia: Five lessons

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1933 ... November 15, 2019
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The coup in Bolivia: Five lessons

Atilio A. Boron

The Bolivian tragedy teaches us various lessons that our people and the peoples social and political forces must learn from and record in our consciences forever. Here is a brief list, jotted down quickly, and as a prelude to a more detailed analysis in the future.

First: despite the exemplary economic administration of the Government of Evo [Morales] which guaranteed growth, redistribution, flow of investments and improvements in the macro and micro economic indicators, the right-wing and imperialist forces will never accept a government that does not lend itself to the services of its interests.

Second: it is necessary to study the manuals published by diverse agencies of the US and it’s spokespersons disguised as academics and journalists in order to perceive, in time, the warning signs of the offensive.

These texts invariably highlight the necessity of destroying the reputation of the popular leader, what in specialized slang they call "character assassination," classifying him as a thief, corrupt, dictator and ignorant.

This...

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CoDev Holiday Open House - Your Invitation!

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Have you felt a chill this election?

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Black Friday Strike

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Plus: A new fracking ban and more movement news

Fossil Free Digest

Two children protesting in New Delhi at the last climate strike with text: November 29: Strike!

In Case You Missed It

Black Friday Strike: Youth climate strikers will hold another massive global climate strike in just two weeks’ time. On the frenzied shopping day ahead of the holiday season, school strikers will take to the streets to demand an end to fossil fuels and binding action from governments before the end of the year. They need adults to join them.

So mark your calendars for November 29 and follow Fridays For Future (FFF) for details:

People unload baskets of coal out of a boat in Bangladesh
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‘Choked by Coal’: A...

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ALERT: Bell's new low

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Big Telecom just asked Prime Minister Trudeau to get rid of new rules that lower the cost of Internet access for people in Canada.1

This is a direct attack on a recent decision from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which cut the rates that Big Telecom can charge smaller providers for wholesale access to its network. This decision was a major step forwards in bringing Canada the lower-cost, high-speed Internet we need...

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Crisis in Chile – an interview with Carlos Torres

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1932 ... November 14, 2019
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Crisis in Chile – an interview with Carlos Torres

The recent protests in Chile began on October 7 as a fare-evasion protest by high school students. The protests have escalated including all sectors of society with grievances against austerity and neoliberalism.

Corvin Russel interviews activist and writer Carlos Torres from Santiago on the rapidly developing protests and political crisis in Chile.

As you listen to the conversation, we invite you to consider three questions: 1. Is the crisis in Chile a crisis of neoliberalism or a crisis within neoliberalism? 2. What are the implications for the nature of the political subject required to challenge neoliberalism and transform the state? Do we see the beginnings of possibilities of a new kind of historical subject whose universality consists in an articulated subjectivity rather than a reductive universal politics. To what extent does a need for a mass political instrument like the old mass parties of the left remain insurmountable? 3. What might be revealed about the limits and continuity of US imperial power and the rise...

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Kelloggs: Theyre grrr-eedy!

It’s been revealed that Kellogg’s is leaving key vitamins and minerals out of its cereal in Mexico -- putting millions of children at risk of malnutrition.

But together, we can force Kellogg’s to give kids the healthier breakfast they deserve.

Tell Kellogg’s to stop stripping its Mexican cereal of nutritional value!

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Kellogg’s is depriving children in Mexico of vital nutrients -- just to squeeze out more profit.

The cereal giant has been sneakily slashing away at the nutritional content of its most popular brands on the Mexican market, misleading parents into thinking they’re buying their kids a healthy breakfast when all they’re getting is sugar and empty calories.

Over a million Mexican children suffer from malnutrition. Kellogg’s, which makes four of the country’s five best-selling kids’ cereals, could easily make a huge difference by fortifying their food with the vitamins and minerals they need.

Will you add your voice to the local campaigners and experts calling on Kellogg's to quit being...

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Demands from the Workers of Chile

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1931 ... November 13, 2019
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Demands from the Workers of Chile

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The uprisings that continue in Chile began as a student protest against a proposed fare increase for public transport. It quickly evolved into a general wave of protest against the government of Sebastián Piñera and all the mounting grievances of neoliberalism -- horrible working conditions, social inequalities, privatizations, a negligible welfare state, and more. The government declared a state of emergency and curfew, deployed the military and unleashed a wave of fierce violence against the protests, killing many and detaining thousands. The Chilean national trade union movement, Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Chile (CUT-Chile), has been part of broad fronts of groups aligned against the government. Its so-called Union Bloc has produced the following set of demands.

Chile faces the deepest social and political crisis since the return to democracy. All who celebrated the end of the Dictatorship in the streets, celebrated not only the exit of the dictator, but the hope of moving toward a full democracy with more rights and social justice....

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Where we go from here

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Friends,

2 weeks ago, 27 young people were arrested after occupying the House of Commons to call on newly elected Members of Parliament to govern for a Green New Deal. I was one of them.

We brought 338 “Mandate Letters from Our Generation.” One for every MP in the House of Commons. Like Trudeau’s highly publicized mandate letters to his ministers in 2015, ours lay out priorities for the next government, starting with rising above partisan politics and business as usual to govern for a Green New Deal.

A growing number of MPs across the country have accepted their letters but we have to keep up the pressure. Tell your MP to accept their mandate letter.

A week after the election, we occupied the House of Commons well before any of our newly elected leaders stepped into the space. We did this to demonstrate that we’re done waiting. With less than a decade to transform the economy to tackle the climate crisis, we’ve run out of time for long-winded debates and petty partisan politics.

Watch us deliver this message to the floor of the House...

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Public Event: Undermining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

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