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Cancel Keystone XL

Tell Trudeau to listen to climate science and back down on Keystone XL. r1

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Yesterday, news broke that President-Elect Joe Biden plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline’s Presidential permit on his first day in office.1

I’m sure you were as delighted by this news as I was. Though I still won’t fully believe it until the deed is done, Indigenous land defenders and the climate movement have fought Keystone XL for over a decade and it's exciting to know victory is finally in sight.

Biden’s decision shows just how short-sighted it is for Liberal and Conservative politicians across Canada - from Prime Minister Trudeau to Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney - to keep wasting public money propping up fossil fuel projects. Instead, they should embrace the clean energy transition we need and put that money towards supporting communities, families, and workers. Last night, Trudeau’s ambassador to the U.S released a statement reaffirming her support for Keystone XL and pushing the false claim that the pipeline is compatible with Canada’s climate goals.

Can you take a minute to tell Prime Minister Trudeau to listen to science and back down on KXL?

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Why Are People Going Hungry in India Despite a Massive Grain Surplus?

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Why Are People Going Hungry in India Despite a Massive Grain Surplus?

Prabhat Patnaik

The Indian intelligentsia has an incredible propensity to swallow the self-serving arguments of metropolitan capitalism that are typically supposed to constitute ‘economic wisdom’, and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of India’s food economy. There are a plethora of center-page articles in newspapers these days suggesting that Indian kisans (farmers) should move away from producing food grains toward other crops, which is actually a demand that metropolitan countries have been making for quite some time. These countries have a surplus of food grains, and so they want India to import food grains...

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Climate Justice Charter in South Africa

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Climate Justice Charter in South Africa

South Africa has a tradition of charterist politics. From African Claims, to the Freedom Charter and now our Constitution, which is a charter of rights, freedoms, institutions and procedures. However, in more recent times, in the context of climate crisis politics, people driven instruments as expressions of working class and popular power are also gaining a lot of significance. The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (Cochabamba Peoples Summit for Climate Justice, 2010), the Leap Manifesto in Canada, Generational Justice principles championed by school children in California to WOMIN’s mining charter etc., we need to build on this to confront the biggest challenge we face as a species. As democrats we are putting forward our demands, aspirations and alternatives to build...

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Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism

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Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism

Wednesday, February 10th / 7:00pm EST

Join us on Wednesday February 10th for the launch of Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism (Merlin Press, 2020), with presentations by Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Bryan Palmer, Joan Sangster, Stephen Maher, Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Tanner Mirrlees, and Derek Hrynyshyn.

In memory of Leo Panitch, 1945-2020.

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. 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...

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In America, Business Profits Come First Over the Pandemic

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In America, Business Profits Come First Over the Pandemic

Sonali Kolhatkar

Los Angeles, California, is now considered one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in the USA. LA mayor Eric Garcetti assessed grimly that there is one new infection every six seconds and a death every 10 minutes from the virus. Hospitals are turning away ambulances, and health facilities in LA County are quite literally running out of oxygen. But last spring, as the pandemic was first declared, the city was an early adopter of mandated mask wearing and benefitted from California enacting the first statewide shelter-in-place order that helped curb the worst spread of the virus. So, what happened?

There...

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Council This Week

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Before we kick off our 2021 campaigns, we want to hear from you. Will you fill out our survey?

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Paov,

We’ve got a big year ahead of us.

Next week, President-Elect Biden will be sworn into office and we expect him to make an exciting announcement around the Keystone XL pipeline soon afterward. Less than a week after that, Parliament will resume here in Canada and we will be ready to push for ambitious climate action. On top of all that, we’re anticipating a possible snap federal election -- possibly in the next couple of months.

The 350 Canada team is preparing for a marathon ahead of us. As part of that process, we wanted to take a minute to hear from you.

Fill out this survey to tell us how you’re feeling about the year ahead and what you would like to see us focus on.

Thank you for standing with us through the rollercoaster ride we all experienced in 2020. As challenging as last year was, it also taught us many important lessons for the fight ahead. The pandemic showed us that our governments do have the capacity to act with urgency in response to a crisis. We also learned that people are kind and compassionate at their...

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MPs asked to back Binding Treaty

MPs asked to back Binding Treaty r1 PBI-Canada asks MPs to endorse the call for a UN Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights … Read more... PBI-Honduras to watch the trial of the five defenders criminalized for opposition to the construction of the Jilamito dam … Read more... ...

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We Urge International Support to Palestinian Striking Workers

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We Urge International Support to Palestinian Striking Workers

New Unions

On January 1st, 2021, when the world was celebrating the new year, 75 Palestinian workers at the Israeli settlement factory of Yamit Sinoun started an open strike demanding the company to respect their rights. The company produces water filtration systems for the global market and the striking workers demand human-like working conditions, better wages, paid sick leave and holidays, and a pension fund that preserves their money. For seven days of strike in a row, the company refuses to meet these demands.

The Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions (New Unions) calls on the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade...

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WhatsApp

WhatsApp has finally made explicit what we’ve long suspected -- BILLIONS of people’s private data is being shared directly with parent company Facebook. Both platforms are coming under pressure, but we must urgently build a grassroots #OwnYourData revolution. Join now and let’s stop the data harvest:

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WhatsApp’s mask has fallen: its new Terms & Conditions explicitly state that it shares users’ private data with its parent company Facebook.

WhatsApp has over 2 BILLION users worldwide. Facebook cross-references data from billions of people from their platforms such as your name, your phone number, location and uses it to target you with ads and recommended content.

WhatsApp and Facebook are under big media pressure, but we must urgently build a grassroots #OwnYourData revolution. Their new terms come into force in a few days -- this is the perfect moment to demand WhatsApp Read more: WhatsApp

Someday, there wont be any racism

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At Stand.earth, our work is driven by a belief in the collective power of everyday people like you and me.

Despite what 2020 threw at us, together we helped stop the world’s biggest tar sands mine, blocked reckless government bailouts, and secured major commitments to protect some of the last old growth forests. It’s thanks to the growing power of this movement that we were able to achieve these wins.

But here’s the thing, , the stakes are even higher in 2021. In this moment of intense disruption, new space is opening up to imagine solutions bigger and bolder than we dreamed of before.

We want to build that vision together. So before we lock in plans for the year ahead, we’d like to hear from members like you.

Will you answer a few short questions to help shape Stand’s priorities for 2021? Here’s the first one: What is the single most important environmental issue on your mind right now?

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Three Major Threats to Life on Earth

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Three Major Threats to Life on Earth

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

Large parts of the world – outside of China and a few other countries – face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their malicious practice. Anything less than focused attention to managing the virus by testing, contact tracing, and isolation – and if this does not suffice, then imposing a temporary lockdown – is foolhardy.

It is equally distressing that these richer countries have pursued a...

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The French giant behind deforestation

French bank BNP Paribas is one of the biggest funders of planet-destroying soybean projects in the world -- wiping out areas 115 times the size of Manhattan each year!

A few days ago, BNP boasted about its new “anti-deforestation” policy for the soy industry. But it was all lip service.

Indigenous communities in Brazil can't take it any longer. Tell BNP Paribas to stop funding deforestation now!

Amazonie en flammes

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Every year in Brazil, an area 115 times the size of Manhattan is wiped out to make room for soy farms. And this carnage is mainly funded by a French giant: BNP Paribas.

The company claims to care about helping combat climate change, and yet it remains one of the largest funders of deforestation in the world. A few days ago, during a “zero-carbon” event in Paris, BNP boasted about implementing binding policies to stop deforestation caused by the soy industry. But it was all...

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Google Workers Launch New Union

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Google Workers Launch New Union

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On January 4th, workers at Google and other Alphabet companies announced the creation of the Alphabet Workers Union with support from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) – the first of its kind in the company’s history. It will be the first union open to all employees and contractors at any Alphabet company, with dues-paying members, an elected board of directors, and paid organizing staff.

“This union builds upon years of courageous organizing by Google workers,” said Nicki Anselmo, Program Manager. “From fighting the ‘real names’ policy, to opposing Project Maven, to protesting the egregious, multi-million dollar payouts that have been given...

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How Socialists Resist Rightist Coups: Lessons from the Early Communist International

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How Socialists Resist Rightist Coups: Lessons from the Early Communist International

John Riddell

Parliaments and elections are no guarantee of democratic rights and fair treatment for working people. Capitalist forces displeased with an electoral outcome are all too likely to take direct action to impose their will, whether by financial manipulations, economic blockades, or military coups.

Even apparently stable parliamentary regimes in dominant countries can be challenged in this way. So it was that a military revolt brought down the French Fourth Republic in 1958 and, in 2020-21, Donald Trump mounted a campaign including an apparent coup attempt aiming to overturn the outcome of the US presidential election.

Socialists are challenged...

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This. Is. Awful.

This grandma has been beaten and threatened by a mining giant.

A, Máxima is still short of the legal funds she needs to save her home from a mining company -- will you help her today?

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One brave grandmother in Peru is facing down a mining Goliath. She’s been threatened, beaten, and had her home destroyed -- all because she won’t sell her land for an open-pit mine.

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Long March to Peasant Unity in India

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Long March to Peasant Unity in India

Ranjini Basu

The unprecedented unity among peasant organizations is not a sudden development. It has been built over several struggles, which have expanded the base of the peasant movement and snowballed into the massive protests against the new farm laws.

The talks between farmers’ organizations and the Union government over the controversial pieces of legislation governing agricultural marketing have reached a stalemate. The government is willing to consider a written assurance to continue with the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) mechanism, and amendments relating to the registration of private traders, imposition of cess (tax) on marketing outside APMC mandis (markets), legal recourse for dispute...

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This. Is. Awful.

This grandma has been beaten and threatened by a mining giant.

One brave grandmother in Peru is facing down a mining Goliath. She’s been threatened, beaten, and had her home destroyed -- all because she won’t sell her land for an open-pit mine.

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A brave grandmother in Peru has stared down the biggest gold mining company in the world for more than 10 years, refusing to give up her land.

But Máxima Acuña faces her biggest challenge yet -- a judge's ruling where she could lose everything -- and she’s asking for our help.

Newmont Mining has tried every trick in the book to get Máxima out of the way -- she’s been beaten, threatened, even had part...

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