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The Present is the Beginning

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The Present is the Beginning

A labour organizer’s letter to the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) from prison.

Leo Tang

On September 1, 2020, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) organizer Leo Tang was found guilty of “possession of an offensive weapon” in an October 2019 protest against the government’s emergency law and mask ban. Leo was arrested when police found a telescopic stick in his bag and was bailed out at the time. He is currently serving a four-month sentence.

When I first came across the news about the September 6th arrest of a bus driver, I was excited to see that more people were talking about the newly-formed Bus Industry Union. Though this wasn’t enough...

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Council This Week

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Women defenders webinar, Nov. 29

Women defenders webinar, Nov. 29 r1 Register now for the PBI-Canada webinar on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29 … Read more... Crown corporation CDEV ignores questions about Secwepemc land defenders at annual meeting on November 17 … Read more... Four land defenders have been killed every week since COP21,...

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Welcome to Stand.earth

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Hi there,

I wanted to send you a quick note to welcome you to the small but mighty Stand.earth community.

I’m proud to report that together, we’re winning big, concrete victories that result in sweeping, industry-wide changes and environmental protection on a massive scale.

And our victories depend on people like you.

Whether you’re urging lawmakers to protect ancient forests, calling on cruise giant Carnival to stop polluting the Arctic, or taking principled direct action to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, you are critical in the fight for a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable planet.

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I'll let you in on a secret about what makes the Stand.earth community powerful:

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Meet the Woman Providing Health Care to Migrants at the US-Mexican Border

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Rebirth of Auto? Unifor and the Detroit Three

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Rebirth of Auto? Unifor and the Detroit Three

Sam Gindin

“HOME RUN!” was how an elated Jerry Dias, President of Unifor, summarized the mid-September outcome of the negotiations with Ford Motor Company, covering 6300 workers in Oakville and Windsor. Ford set the pattern in the closely watched and often trend-influencing negotiations at the ‘Detroit Three’ (formerly the ‘Big Three’ but the market penetration of Japan-based companies had gradually eroded that title). Home runs were soon also enthusiastically declared at Chrysler, covering 8,800 workers in Windsor, Brampton and Etobicoke and at GM, covering 1,700 workers in Oshawa, St Catharines and Woodstock.

In a subtle turn of union bargaining history, this heady declaration had remarkably little to say about...

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Losing land. Gaining ground.

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Tell federal leaders to be brave on climate

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Friends,

Earlier this morning, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson tabled new proposed climate legislation for Canada. The “Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act” is meant to finally put Canada on track to meet the climate crisis.

But, like so many of this government’s climate promises, there is a massive gap between their words and the actions they’re ready to take. The earliest milestone set in this bill is for 2030 which leaves us without a plan to cut emissions over the critical next decade. It leaves too much room for the fossil fuel industry to get away with expanding. And, it doesn’t include any clear promises for how Canada’s climate accountability lines up with respect for Indigenous rights and the need to create millions of decent, green jobs.

We can change that by demanding ambition and calling on our leaders in Ottawa to bring this bill in line with the pillars of a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

Click here to send a message to Jonathan Wilkinson and environment critics from all the federal parties calling on them to work together and amend this bill so it does what we...

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Share this powerful film today

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On the campaign trail during the recent B.C. election, the NDP committed to implement a series of independent recommendations on old growth forests – and then they won a majority government. To keep this promise, the new government must immediately ban the logging of at-risk old growth forests once taking office.

But while the B.C. NDP was first directed to put at-risk old growth forests off limits to logging in April, they are still procrastinating. And election promises mean nothing without a detailed plan to make them a reality. These irreplaceable forests are still on the chopping block, and if Premier John Horgan doesn’t act now, we could lose them forever.

Public pressure from across Canada is what first pushed Premier Horgan to make this election promise on old growth, but now pressure is needed again to force him to follow through.

Will you sign our new petition calling on Premier Horgan to keep his election promise and act fast to protect old growth forests from logging?

SIGN NOW

Horgan keep your promise

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Left Coast Events - November 19th - 25th

Compassion Arts Festival (Online)


15 Nov at 10:00 PST – 25 Nov at 11:00 PST
https://www.compassionarts.org/caf-events
This year’s virtual festival line-up will feature a sampling of programs and projects that inspire the heart and move the soul. Join us online in exploring some of the ways that creativity can be a bridge towards becoming the peaceful change we want to create in the world.
Visual Arts & ExhibitsMusic, Readings, Performing ArtsSpeakers & InterviewsAnimals & NatureWorkshopsFilms, Books, InspirationsLove in Action & Holistic NonviolenceArtists for Ahimsa Award

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CANADA’S ROLE IN COLUMBIA’S HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY
Join us for a Zoom webinar about Colombia's unfolding humanitarian tragedy and Trudeau government's role in it. Date: Thursday, November 19th, 7pmRegister at www.claa.caCanada's drastic change in foreign policy has made our position on Colombia virtually indistinguishable from that of Trump’s in the US. Through the “Lima Group”, the Trudeau government has taken sides with the hard-right Colombian government at the expense of human rights, social...

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Meet the 3 Cisco Youth Leadership Award Finalists

 

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Help Us Choose the Winner of the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award

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Hi Paov,

 

Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award honors a young individual that has contributed meaningfully toward the goal of ending extreme poverty. The award, sponsored by Cisco, includes a $250,000 prize paid to the organization through which the individual has achieved impact.


We’re incredibly excited to announce our three accomplished and inspiring finalists, one of whom will win this year’s award:

  • Christelle Kwizera is a young female Rwandan mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur. At 20, she founded Water Access Rwanda to solve the water crisis while creating employment for youth.
  • Ryan Gersava founded Virtualahan in 2015 with the mission of breaking down employment barriers for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups; using the equalizing power of technology.
  • Suhani Jalota is the Founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation, an organization that is using data-driven mobile technology to make health care products and services accessible to all women by creating safer physical spaces for women to seek health care.

While we’re deeply inspired by all three of these finalists, only one can be the Cisco Youth Leadership Award winner. Voting closes on Nov. 24 at 11:59:59 p.m. GMT — help us decide the winner by voting here.


Thanks for all you do,

The Global Citizen Team

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Condemning the Ontario Governments Adoption of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

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Condemning the Ontario Government’s Adoption of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

We, the signing organizations, condemn in the strongest possible terms the Ontario government’s adoption of the misleading International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

Bill 168, the Combating Antisemitism Act, was scheduled to go through public consultations and receive public submissions by October 30. Instead, on October 26, the Ford government circumvented the democratic process by adopting the IHRA definition through issuing an Order-In-Council, an executive action used to supplant democratic action. The consultations were therefore cancelled as a result.

Furthermore, there have been mixed messages from officials in regards to whether the IHRA’s “illustrative examples,” which conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism, are included. In fact, the provincial government has failed to clearly affirm Ontarians’ freedom to express solidarity for Palestinian human rights. The ambiguity makes way for supporters of the Israeli government to weaponize the IHRA definition to clamp down on speech about Israeli human rights violations.

There are real concerns that we will see — as we have seen already — many widespread cases of institutions denying individuals jobs or appointments, denying organizations funding and access to resources, editors rejecting articles, etc, because of the chilling effect that this misleading definition of antisemitism instills.Cntnue reading

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Breaking: Adani coal mine

Urgent: we may only have days to save the Great Barrier Reef from a catastrophic coal mine.

People power has stopped the hated Adani coal mine for six years. But now a loan from the State Bank of India could undo it all.

Tell SBI to rule out financing Adani’s reef-wrecking mine now!

Sign the petition

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BREAKING: reports have surfaced that the State Bank of India (SBI) is on the verge of handing over $1 billion to the Adani Group to help it build one of the largest coal mines in the world. If it does, it could sign the death warrant of the nearby Great Barrier Reef.

For years, SumOfUs members have stood with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners and hundreds of thousands of others to stop this reef-wrecking mine.

And it’s worked: people power has cut off the mine from every source of finance in the world and so far Adani hasn’t dug up a single piece of coal.

But with the stroke of a pen the State Bank of India could undo it all and give Adani what it needs to finally start tearing open one of the largest untapped coal basins in the world.

We have a short window to prevent this loan, but we can do it. Just like we did when Adani turned to SBI for help six years ago.

Add your name to the urgent petition: SBI don’t bailout Adani’s coal mine.

It’s only been hours since we learned of this news but already people are mobilising from London to Mumbai, Sydney to New York to urge the State Bank of India to back away from this deal.

Back in 2014, political pressure and public outcry stopped SBI from loaning Adani the funds it needed to build its mega coal mine.

Since then, the climate emergency has only become greater with more people concerned about the impacts of climate change, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and the collapse of wildlife populations. It’s clear that what made the project risky then is only worse now. We need to show SBI that the protest against its investment is going to be even greater now that it was before.

We’re in a race against time, A. A race to protect our planet from runaway climate change. A race to stop mining companies tearing up Indigenous lands.

And at this moment, a race to stop a state-owned bank from bailing out a coal mine that will cause untold harm.

Join the urgent global push: tell the State Bank of India not to bailout Adani’s coal mine.

Sign the petition

Thanks for all that you do,
Nick, Sondhya, Anne and the team at SumOfUs

 

More information:

SBI set to offer loan to Adani coal project in Australia: Report Business Standard, 10 November 2020
Documents suggest Adani retained long-term plan to build Australia's biggest mine Guardian Australia, 11 November 2020
The quiet death of the SBI-Adani loan agreement LiveMint, 20 April 2015

SumOfUs is a community of people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. We want to buy from, work for and invest in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy. And we’re not afraid to stand up to them when they don’t.

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3 weeks to save our forests

Corporations connect us all through the food we consume, to rainforest destruction and human rights violations. But politicians can break the chain.

Tell the European Commission to propose a strong EU law to ban imports linked to deforestation and abuses.

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Precious forests are burned to the ground to make way for soy used in animal feed, or palm oil in countless consumer products. That’s how corporations can connect us all to deforestation.

But the European Commission is looking for ideas right now to tackle the problem -- to stop EU consumption destroying our planet.

It's a golden opportunity, and not only for Europeans: A strong EU law to keep products linked to environmental destruction and human rights abuses out of the EU could have a massive impact around the world.

Demand the European Commission protects our forests NOW

Forests are essential. From producing the oxygen we breathe to purifying our water, and providing shelter to millions of plants, animals and people. Forests do it all for us. Moreover, healthy forests protect us from diseases and viruses, and they are critical for absorbing carbon emissions from the atmosphere which is the key to reversing climate chaos.

As consumers, shareholders, and workers, we want to be sure the products we buy contain sustainably produced ingredients - we want to keep our plates and cupboards deforestation-free. But corporations pay armies of lobbyists to subdue Brussels, and fight anything that looks like a threat to their business interests.

As a major consumer market, trading bloc and financial player, the EU has a unique power and the duty to tackle its own consumption and set the rules straight on what products should be allowed on its market. The EU should also lead complementary efforts at global, national and local levels, including securing the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

We are asking the European Commission for a strong law that stops products linked to deforestation from entering the EU market by the end of 2021. This law is now within reach, but we need your support to make it happen. Let the European Commission know you care about our planet and demand a change now!

Click here to make sure the EU makes protecting our planet’s most precious ecosystems a top priority.

Act Now

Thanks for all that you do,
Fatah and the team at SumOfUs

 

More information:

Together4Forests supporting organizations, Together4Forests, September 2020
Europe needs laws to stop import of deforestation-linked products, lawmakers say, Euractiv, October 23 2020


SumOfUs is a community of people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. We want to buy from, work for and invest in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy. And we’re not afraid to stand up to them when they don’t.

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We're hoping for a surge of donations today so we can lift our plans off the ground and build the future we deserve

 I'm reaching out to you first because we're preparing for a big fight.

PAOV,

This is big: the Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson just announced plans to table a net zero emissions bill in Parliament tomorrow.1 That means that this will be the first major piece of climate legislation that the Trudeau government will bring forward since getting re-elected last year.

I'm reaching out to you first because we're preparing for a big fight ahead to strengthen the policy Trudeau's government is putting on the table and hold them accountable to building back better.

But before I dive into our plans, if you're prepared to make a $3.50 donation — or whatever you can afford — to help us build the movement we need to turn our plans into action, please make that donation using the link below:

https://act.350.org/go/action?utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

We’re hitting the ground running tomorrow and I wanted you to be the first to know what we’ve got up our sleeves. So here’s our plan:

  1. Hold them accountable: In their September Throne Speech the Federal government made some big promises to make climate action a “cornerstone” in their plans to build back better. We’re going to make sure that they deliver on what they’ve promised.
  2. Demand Ambition: We know that a real climate plan needs to take big steps towards retooling our economy to tackle the climate emergency. That’s why we will build people-powered support to ramp up the ambition of this legislation. We’ll fight to demand action to transition Canada off fossil fuels in lines with climate science, enshrine a commitment to respect Indigenous rights, and create millions of green jobs.
  3. Win ambitious new climate policy: In order for this legislation to pass, Trudeau’s minority government will need the support of opposition parties. We’ve got a rare opportunity here to push opposition parties to leverage their power by calling for bold and ambitious amendments to the Trudeau government’s proposed legislation. We’re going to take advantage of this by building a movement from coast to coast that pushes opposition leaders to step up as climate champions.

If this is a plan you can get behind, then your donation will go a very long way in helping to make it a reality:

If you are able — and only if you are able — please make a $3.50 donation to 350.org today.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve worked hard to demonstrate coast-to-coast opposition to tar sands expansion. Since November 7th, we’ve collected thousands of signatures calling on President-Elect Biden to remain staunch in his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Yesterday, we worked with groups across the country to coordinate actions from coast to coast calling on Trudeau to Defund TMX.2

At 350.org, we’ve never shied away from picking tough fights with Big Oil and their political allies. But, we also know the importance of looking forward and imagining a better future that we all deserve. That’s why we’re going all in on the fight to win bold and ambitious climate legislation that meets this crisis at the scale and urgency that’s needed.

So thank you for chipping in today, anything you're able to donate goes a very long way in helping lift these plans off the ground so we can build the future we deserve.

In solidarity,

Atiya Jaffar
350.org

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References:

1. - Our Commons: Notice Paper Wednesday November 18th
2. - 350 Canada: On Nov. 17 We Sounded the Alarm


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Gates Foundation Donates Additional $70 Million for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

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2020 US Election Post-Game / Back to Brunch

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2020 US Election Post-Game / Back to Brunch

In this episode (recorded November 8th, 2020), we chat about the results of the 2020 US Election, diving into discussion about Biden’s depressing win, Trump’s legal fights, several of the ballot measures passed on election night, and the future of the left under a Biden administration.

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It's all thanks to YOU

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Procter & Gamble’s business partner FGV has been banned from importing palm oil to the US -- thanks to your action, and a law that’s almost 100 years old!

A, you just dealt a massive blow to one of the worst workers rights offenders in the palm oil industry. That’s one giant step towards justice and dignity for abused palm oil workers.

There’s an old US trade law, the Tariff Act of 1930, which includes a provision banning imports made with forced labor. So back in August of 2019, we co-filed a Tariff Act petition along with our partners at GLJ-ILRF and RAN, asking US Customs and Border Protection to ban imports of FGV palm oil to the US, citing well documented forced labour and human rights violations.

But we couldn’t just file the official petition and hope for the best. After more than a year of ramping up the pressure via petitions and social media actions, US Customs and Border Protection issued a Whithold and Release Order for FGV palm oil imported to the US, in other words, a ban on FGV’s dirty palm oil!

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