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Lower Fares, More Service! Public Transit Struggles In and After the Pandemic

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RCEP: An Unjust Deal and Added Burden in the Time of a Pandemic

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RCEP: An Unjust Deal and Added Burden in the Time of a Pandemic

Trade Justice Pilipinas

In the midst of a global pandemic and despite strong peoples’ opposition, governments are set to sign today (23 November) the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) at the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Trade Justice Pilipinas joins the chorus of condemnation of this ambitious trade and investment agreement. Over years of following these negotiations – engaging actively in stakeholder processes, debating with trade negotiators from the Philippines and the region, facilitating public discussions and mobilizing protest actions against the agreement – we have consistently raised our concerns over the...

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Amazon under attack!

The Tupinamba people are locked in a desperate fight to save their home, the Amazon rainforest, from greedy logging corporations.

They’ve got a plan to protect their land from the loggers, but they need your help.

Can you chip in to save the Amazon and stand with the Tupinamba?

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The Tupinamba are racing against the clock to stop a massive logging company bent on razing huge swaths of the Amazon rainforest they call home.

The Tupinamba’s only chance to defend their land is by filing a legal claim with the government. That means trekking through the jungle, painstakingly marking off the borders of their land.

Thanks to SumOfUs members like you, they’re half-way there. But they’re running out of money at a crucial step: a group of ten scientists is on their way to help the...

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Left Coast Events - December 10th - 16th

Global event for International Animal Rights Day 2020
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$500,000

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Our movement has always been about thinking big and having the courage to fight for what no one thought was possible.

This December's end of year fundraising deadline is no different — which is why we have set a very ambitious goal of reaching $500,000 before the year comes to a close.

I'm going to be honest: we are not sure if we will hit this goal. Getting there will be a bit of a stretch. But I believe it is very important for us to try.

Meeting this goal will help us build our global climate movement and stay rooted in local campaigns — and it would mean so much if you made your first donation to our organization to help us get there:

Can I count on you to contribute $3.50 today to help reach $500,000 before our end of year deadline?

Our movement has never shied away from taking on the fights no one thought could be won. And this upcoming year is no different:

350's campaigns aim to build people-powered movements across the world to stop oil, coal, and gas projects by. From fighting tar sands expansion in Canada, to...

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Capitalism and Climate Change in Honduras

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Capitalism and Climate Change in Honduras

Yanis Iqbal

Honduras lies in tatters. Ecological catastrophes in the form of twin hurricanes have rapidly destroyed its pandemic-ravaged economy. At a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez said that his country already had 7% of its GDP wiped out by the pandemic, and that the combined impact of COVID-19 and two deadly storms will create a “bomb that will leave the country and the region in a very difficult situation.”

Hurricane Eta

The first environmental calamity came in the form of the category 4 Hurricane Eta. It arrived on 4 November, 2020, and killed 60 people, seriously affected 3 million people...

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UK Launch of The Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism

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UK Launch of The Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism

As digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades of the 21st century, it not only refashioned our ways of communicating but of working and consuming, indeed ways of living. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic revealed not only the lack of investment, planning and preparation that underlay the scandalous slowness of the responses by states around the world, but also grotesque class and racial inequalities as it coursed its way through the population, the owners of high-tech corporations were enriched by tens of billions of dollars. Rejecting both technological determinism and facile ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking, the 57th annual volume of the Socialist Register addresses how to imagine, struggle for, and plan for, new democratic socialist...

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Challenges Ahead: The US Left and Labour After Trump

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Freeze out Trump from destroying the Arctic

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A brand new report was released earlier this week, highlighting the fact that in order to stop irreversible climate change, the world needs to decrease fossil fuel production by 6% per year. Meanwhile in fantasy land: oil, gas, and coal producing countries are, on average, planning a 2% per year increase in production.

The U.S. is a major part of the problem. In the last weeks of his administration, Trump is frantically pushing a last ditch effort to expand oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. You and I both know that Trump should be diplomatically aiding in a smooth transition of the presidency to Biden and working to combat COVID-19. Instead, he opened large swathes of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to seismic testing, and is trying to auction off oil leases to the highest bidder.

In November, this country elected Joe Biden on a platform of tackling climate change and protecting public lands. With Trump attempting to destroy one of the most majestic and important places in the world, now is the time to...

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Council This Week

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Climate ambition summit just days away

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Seriously good news

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2020 has been a tough year. But you don't need us to tell you that.

In a crisis, one option is to retreat inwards. To pull up the drawbridge. But this year that's not what the SumOfUs community did.

As we faced unprecedented challenges, you continued to fight for people and planet. You stood for justice, took on powerful corporate interests and lent a hand to your neighbours.

This year, despite everything, you didn’t take your foot off the pedal. And that deserves to be celebrated.

So as we enter the final weeks of this year, we wanted to share with you just a few of the incredible things you achieved this year (and there are many more!):

Summary of campaign victories for 2020

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Vaccine Nationalism? An Incurable Disease Called Hope

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Vaccine Nationalism? An Incurable Disease Called Hope

Vijay Prashad

The total level of global indebtedness now sits at an astronomical $277-trillion, an increase of $15-trillion since 2019. This amount is equivalent to 365% of the global gross domestic product. The debt burden is highest in the poorest countries, where coronavirus defaults have begun; Zambia’s default is the most recent. The various programmes to suspend debt servicing payments – such as the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative – and the various programmes of aid – such as through the International Monetary Fund’s COVID-19 Financial Assistance and Debt Relief initiative – are certain to fall short. The G20 package has only...

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(Literally) off the charts

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Wow! UN Declaration legislation was tabled today

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Canada just tabled new legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

This is huge! We were in the room when the UN Declaration was adopted by the international community in 2007. We were so excited on that day.

Ever since, we've been working together with Indigenous partners to get Canada to put this international law into practice at home.

The legislation just...

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The Not So Negative Dialectics of Post-Secondary Education

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The Not So Negative Dialectics of Post-Secondary Education

Ingo Schmidt

“Well, we busted out of class,
had to get away from those fools.
We learned more from a three-minute record, baby,
than we ever learned in school.” — Bruce Springsteen

“Who built Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the names of kings.

Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors?
Every ten years a great man?
Who paid the bill?
So many reports.
So many questions.” — Bertolt Brecht

Post-secondary education is marketed, and widely seen, as human capital investment. Obtaining a college or university degree today will yield a...

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A vaccine for the 99%

Governments around the world are about to vote on a game-changing plan that would make COVID vaccines and treatments accessible to everyone.

Canada could be the decisive vote -- let's call on the government to put public health over private profits!

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A vaccine is the only way out of this pandemic -- and it has to be accessible to everyone. But right now, pharma companies like Pfizer are charging through the roof for their vaccine, leaving millions of people priced out.

There is a glimmer of hope. India and South Africa’s governments have put forward a game-changing plan at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that would allow countries to make their own cheaper versions of COVID vaccines and treatments. And next week, governments will vote on it.

Wealthy countries with powerful pharma lobbies are trying to scrap the plan. But Canada, much like India and South Africa, isn’t in the pocket of the pharma industry, and needs to back a...

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Challenges Ahead: The US Left and Labour After Trump

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COVID Vaccines: Calling the Shots

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COVID Vaccines: Calling the Shots

Michael Roberts

Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses. It was just not profitable. Of the 18 largest US pharmaceutical companies, 15 had totally abandoned the field. Heart medicines, addictive tranquilizers, and treatments for male impotence were profit leaders, not defences against hospital infections, emergent diseases, and traditional tropical killers. A universal vaccine for influenza – that is to say, a vaccine that targets the immutable parts of the virus’s surface proteins – has been a possibility for decades but never deemed profitable enough to be a priority. So, every...

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We did it! We made our goal!

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Wow! We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters.

In less than 12 hours, 60 people donated over $4,000! This means that in all, we’ve raised $6,500 in support of our Youth Conference!

This has been a relentless year. So many of us are feeling isolated. So many of us are looking for ways to change things for the better.

Thank you to each and every one of you, for reading our emails, sharing our social media posts, and making donations.

You’ve taken an action for change.

We do this work because we believe that when people understand the human rights and civil liberties issues at hand, they are inspired to take action and to fight for what’s right.

The students who attend our Youth Conference every year leave the conference ready to fight for change, and stand up for justice. We work with educators and youth experts to provide students with tools to create structural change in...

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