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Sunday LIVE! Ecosocialist Solstice Zoom Party & Artists Showcase

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Who is financing the trade of Amazon crude oil?

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Hi friend,

Back in August, our team released a bombshell report calling out major European banks for funding the destruction of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters by financing crude oil exports. The report made a huge splash around the world – with over 350 media outlets covering it. Since then, alongside Indigenous leaders, we’ve actively been engaging in negotiations with the top six banks asking them to set permanent commitments to stop trade financing Amazon crude oil. As some of these banks inch closer to committing, others are lagging behind.

With additional oil expansions planned in 2021, it’s crucial to keep the pressure up right now and secure commitments from banks.

Over 35,000 Stand.earth members are calling on banks to stop endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who live in the Amazon Sacred Headwaters by financing oil expansion, but your name is missing – for now.

friend, will you add your name now and push for these financial institutions to make permanent commitments to stop financing the destruction of...

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A Green New Deal for Public Transport

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A Green New Deal for Public Transport

Hayley Richardson

As the US confronts the twin crises of climate and the coronavirus, each disproportionately harming Black and brown Americans, it’s time for a reckoning over our failed federal transportation policies. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the necessary time frame outlined by scientists, we must make public transit a viable option for the majority of Americans. This will provide the greatest benefits to Black and brown riders, who have shouldered the burden of caring for our society throughout the pandemic, while continuing to take transit in large numbers.

Transit agencies’ budgets across the country have been decimated by COVID-19, and providing...

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Updates & year-end appeal

Updates & year-end appeal r1 Help us find field brigadistas for PBI’s frontline projects accompanying human rights defenders … Read more... PBI releases new 14-minute documentary on police executions, social justice and the human right to water in Nairobi … Read more... ...

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Council This Week

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The Farmers Fight Is Our fight!

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The Farmers’ Fight Is Our fight!

New Trade Union Initiative – Secretariat

The New Trade Union Initiative supports and stands in solidarity with the on-going farmer’s struggle, including the call for Bharat Bandh by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and other platforms of farmers’ unions. The lack of willingness to find a fair and just solution to the demands of the farmers by the government is symptomatic of the tone deaf government that we have come to be used to under the BJP.

The three farm laws: the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmer (Empowerment and Protection), the Agreement of Price Assurance...

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Canada, the U.S. and Mexico walk into a bar

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We're fighting for the rights of young people in Alberta

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Hi Friend,

This year, the Alberta government broke its promise to young adults raised in government care.

In January, the government passed a law reducing the age until which young adults raised in government care could receive financial and emotional benefits to help them transition to independence. The cut off age was reduced from 24 to 22.

One of the young people affected by this change, A.C. (whose identity is protected by a publication ban), brought forward a challenge to this law.

I appeared in court on behalf of the BCCLA to support this challenge. As an intervener in this case, we argued that this broken promise violated the Charter rights of young people. We argued that the government has a responsibility to protect A.C.’s life, liberty and security of person, and removing these benefits shirks that responsibility.

Watch the video below, where I explain what’s at stake in this case:

When someone’s rights are violated, they deserve justice. Not everyone...

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Get your donation doubled!

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I hope you'll take a moment to read my note to you and give your first $3.50 contribution, or perhaps a little more

My message to PAOV r1

PAOV -

This is the last year I get to write my annual fundraising letter for 350.org. I’m stepping back from my duties — I’ve had my last board meeting, and as the year ends even my volunteer job as ‘senior advisor’ transitions to emeritus status.

It’s always hard to leave behind an institution one helped found, but the time is right: the people now doing most of the work at 350.org need the space to assert their own identities, become public figures in their own right. And to plan new campaigns. I’m very proud of our work together fighting pipelines, divesting trillions of dollars from fossil fuel, and standing up to banks — but there are other battles ahead that need new ideas.

And those battles will need resources. From the South Pacific to South America, from the Arctic to Australia, from London and Paris to DC and New York, 350.org remains the essential global grassroots climate campaign. We have people scattered across the planet — 150 or so hardy souls, most of them young, together catalyzing a vast volunteer base to take on the entire fossil fuel industry. It might...

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Amazon Workers Are Organizing a Global Struggle

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Amazon Workers Are Organizing a Global Struggle

Natasha Lennard

In recent weeks, dizzying statistics have circulated on social media about Amazon’s pandemic-era boom and the obscene wealth accrued by its CEO, and Earth’s richest man, Jeff Bezos. The company reported revenue of $96.1-billion just last quarter, which, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, means Bezos could personally pay Amazon’s 876,000 workers a bonus of $105,000 each – and would still be as filthy rich as he was prior to the pandemic. Warehouse workers in the US and UK, who have been forced into perilous proximity while dealing with the surge in orders, have been offered a $300 holiday...

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How do we Fix Long-Term Care?

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Bayer's court case against beekeepers

A,

Bayer is trying to take away our right to protest against its bee-killing pesticides.

Activists are fighting back in court -- but they’re running out of funds to pay the lawyers, so they've asked for your help, A.

Can I add your name to those standing up to stop Bayer's attack on democracy?

If you’ve saved your payment information with SumOfUs, your donation will go through immediately:

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

Here's the email I sent yesterday:




Bayer is hellbent on shutting down peaceful protests of beekeepers.

So a group of activists is taking Bayer to court.

Will you chip in CA$90 to stop Bayer's attack on our democracy?

If you’ve saved your payment information with SumOfUs, your donation will go through immediately:

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Friedrich Engels Thinking on Science in These Times

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Friedrich Engels’ Thinking on Science in These Times

Prabir Purkayastha

Reflecting on the contributions of Friedrich Engels (1820 – 1895) on his bicentenary brings three issues to mind. The first issue is, how do we read his writings today? A lot of his writings were polemics against defenders of the existing order, or those proposing theories that ran counter to Marx and Engels’ views on the struggles of the working class for a new and just society. To understand this point, we have to consider what Engels was writing against, as those figures, such as Eugen Dühring, live on only because of Engels’ Anti-Dühring. The second problem is the...

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An update: lawsuit against the RCMP Commissioner and RCMP spying

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Dear Friend,

Last month, we announced that we are suing RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to demand answers about RCMP spying on Indigenous land defenders and climate organizations.

In 2014, we filed a complaint against the RCMP for spying on climate organizations and Indigenous nations opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

In 2017, after we filed our complaint, the civilian watchdog Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC), completed an interim report. This interim report was then forwarded to the RCMP Commissioner. The RCMP Commissioner needed to respond for the CRCC to prepare a final report. She sat on this report for over three years.

Today, the CRCC released its final report into RCMP spying that we have been waiting six years for.

The CRCC report details countless examples of RCMP monitoring and spying on individuals who were opposed to pipeline projects.

The RCMP collected and retained opinions expressed by individuals online, and created secret profiles on organizers. They...

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Bayer's court case against beekeepers

Bayer is hellbent on shutting down peaceful protests of beekeepers.

So a group of activists is taking Bayer to court.

Will you chip in CA$90 to stop Bayer's attack on our democracy?

If you’ve saved your payment information with SumOfUs, your donation will go through immediately:

Donate CA$89 nowDonate another amount

A,

A group of brave activists has been fighting Bayer in court to defend our right to protest, but they're running out of money fast.

And the stakes couldn’t be higher: if Bayer wins, it could shut down protests and call the police any time that peaceful beekeepers want to protest against its toxic pesticides. Other corporations could follow suit. It's a nightmare for free speech.

But the battle is not over -- with your help, Bayer could still lose.

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Child Emergency: Souls in ICE

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Child Emergency: Souls in ICE

Judith Deutsch

Reeling from the US election, I hope that the first order of business is reuniting families and restoring children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody to their parents. A society that can locate possible ice on the moon, whose drones can locate a teenager in Yemen for targeted assassination, can surely use DNA, and compassionate and persistent outreach to find thousands of parents?

These have been years of reeling about the treatment of children: Madeline Albright’s justifying the killing of half-million Iraqi children, Obama’s paying the Mexican government to keep refugee children from the US border at the exact time of the...

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Ecosocialist Solstice Artivists Showcase & Block Party

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Our 2020 highlights!

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Hi Friend,

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that defending civil liberties and human rights is imperative.

Our supporters care about many different issues. Whether it’s ending police harms or protecting our democratic rights - we’ve likely secured victories in an issue you care deeply about. Thank you so much for supporting our work this year, and helping us secure victories for our collective rights and wellbeing.

Read on for the BCCLA’s highlights of 2020 – crowdsourced from our team passionately fighting in the courts, advocating for meaningful law reform, and advancing public legal education.

Read our 20 highlights of 2020!

Flattening the COVID Curve: Equality not Enforcement

We supported nationwide efforts to protect the rights of the most oppressed during the pandemic to ensure no one was left behind,...

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New Vehicle Production Announced at GM Oshawa

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New Vehicle Production Announced at GM Oshawa

Green Jobs Oshawa (GJO) is a project that began in late 2019 in a struggle against the closure of the historic GM Oshawa assembly complex, where the workers are organized into Unifor Local 222. Workers from the main assembly and supplier plants, retirees, activists from other unions in the Durham region and elsewhere, and environmentalists came together to build a movement that pointed in several exciting new directions to address plant closures.

Green Jobs Oshawa challenged – and continues to challenge – the limited perspectives of the Unifor national leadership. GJO argued for nationalization of the plant, conversion of the facility to produce environmentally-friendly electric fleet vehicles for governments, and integration of the complex with a future of democratic planning, sustainable...

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