Alternative News

Articles from non-mainstream as opposed to corporate for profit sources.

Danger at Home Depot

Cancer-linked pesticide

The two biggest hardware store chains in the world are still selling cancer-linked Roundup across North America, despite knowing the risks.

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to take this dangerous pesticide off their shelves.

Sign the petition

A,

Glyphosate -- the main chemical ingredient in Roundup -- is linked to increased risk of cancer and reproductive problems.

It threatens 93% of US endangered species with injury or death.

And as you read this, Home Depot and Lowe’s are making decisions about whether or not to continue selling glyphosate-laden weed killers this spring.

This is our chance to convince the mega hardware store chains to put the health of their customers and the planet first by getting rid of these toxic pesticides.

Sign the petition now to demand that Home Depot and Lowe’s stop selling Roundup and other cancer-linked glyphosate products.

Home Depot...

Read more: Danger at Home Depot

The Responsibility of Revolutionary Intellectuals in Building Socialism

r1 Bullet logo

The Responsibility of Revolutionary Intellectuals in Building Socialism

Michael A. Lebowitz

When we talk about intellectuals, we have to recognize, of course, that there are many varieties of intellectual. So, let me be specific. I’m not talking about traditional intellectuals nor about academics. I am talking about intellectuals who are committed to building socialism. Further, my comments are not directed specifically about Venezuelan intellectuals – that would be inappropriate for me as a visitor. So, my comments are general rather than specific to Venezuela.

What I want to focus upon are revolutionary intellectuals – people who are committed to building socialism for the 21st century. And I have in mind...

Read more: The Responsibility of Revolutionary Intellectuals in Building Socialism

GET TO THA CHOPPA

GET TO THA CHOPPA r1 ...

Read more: GET TO THA CHOPPA

Join Elizabeth May and Laurel Collins at our town hall next week

On March 18th, we’re holding a town hall to get some answers about the promised Just Transition Act. r1

Hi Paov,

Next week, on Thursday March 18th at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern, we’re holding a grassroots town hall to get some answers from our federal leaders about the Just Transition Act that Prime Minister Trudeau promised back in 2019.

We only have a limited number of spots on Zoom so sign up to reserve yours now.

You’re probably already familiar with the Just Transition Act. 12,000 of you have already signed our petition calling on Trudeau to move forward with this vital legislation and hundreds of you have written letters to your local papers to show your support. Since we still haven’t heard a word about this legislation from the Liberals, we thought this town hall would be a good next step.

Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change Laurel Collins will both be there to talk about their parties’ visions for a Just Transition. The conversation will be co-moderated by 350 campaigners Amara Possian and Anna Keenan.

We would love to see you there. Please take a moment to RSVP now!

We’re still waiting...

Read more: Join Elizabeth May and Laurel Collins at our town hall next week

Cubas Contributions in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic

r1 Bullet logo

Cuba’s Contributions in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic

Franklin Frederick

“They have discovered smart weapons. We have discovered something more important: people think and feel” — Fidel Castro.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the failure of most Western capitalist countries in their public health policies. Decades of neoliberal austerity, of cuts in health and education programs induced by restructuring programs by the IMF and the World Bank, are now showing their results in alarming numbers of contagion and deaths spreading throughout Latin America, Europe and the USA.

In the West, Cuba has set an example of efficiency and shown that another way is possible in the fight against the pandemic....

Read more: Cubas Contributions in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bee killer

The Canadian government is on the verge of deciding to ban a pesticide that’s killing bees. But pesticide giant Bayer will fight with everything it’s got.

The only way we beat Bayer is by drowning out their lobbyists with our voices -- add yours now to protect bees from Bayer!

Sign the petition

A,

Shocking new research has revealed that squash bees are being wiped out by the toxic pesticide, imidacloprid.

And any day now, the Canadian government will decide whether to join other countries which have banned imidacloprid, or let Bayer keep pumping it onto Canadian crops.

Faced with this compelling new evidence, a ban should be a foregone conclusion. But the pesticide lobby spends millions strong-arming politicians to protect their business. And the only way we can stop them is to drown out their lobbyists with our voices.

If you, me and thousands of others demand that Health Canada ban this poison, we can save squash bees from being wiped out altogether.

Read more: Bee killer

VICTORY!

A,

I’m gobsmacked -- you did it again!

In just two weeks, you’ve made two of Canada’s biggest banks make commitments to reduce GHG emissions and take steps to stop funding climate chaos.

Scotiabank announced its plan today!

This is an important first step that wouldn’t have been possible without the committed SumOfUs members who used their shares to submit a progressive shareholder proposal. And with your added pressure Scotiabank knew it couldn’t stay with the status quo.

And even though we are celebrating today, we know that the work is only beginning. Commitments like this sound good, but it’s a small first step at the beginning of a marathon for Scotia. And it could just turn into another empty promise made by a big corporation.

But we know that you won’t let it get away with that. We will continue to push all of Canada’s Big Five banks to do more to address their role in the climate crisis. And with your support, we can hold Scotiabank accountable to its commitments and push the massive bank to really pull the plug on fossil fuels.

For now, though, we can celebrate this announcement as a testament to what people power can do. Ordinary people, like you...

Read more: VICTORY!

Republican Theocracy or the End of Neoliberalism?

r1 Bullet logo

Republican Theocracy or the End of Neoliberalism?

Robert Chernomas

“QAnon Fears That Greene’s Obsession with Jewish Space Lasers Is Distracting Her from Battling Baby-Eating Cannibals”! In an emergency meeting of QAnon elders, the conspiracy theorists issued a communiqué warning Greene to “stay on point.” (Not the News, Satirist, Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker).

The Greene referred to is Marjorie Taylor Greene the newly elected member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia and QAnon believer. As the QAnon story goes Jewish Space lasers are responsible for 2018 California Camp wildfire; Democrats are running a massive ring devoted to the abduction, trafficking, torture, sexual abuse and cannibalization of children, with...

Read more: Republican Theocracy or the End of Neoliberalism?

Whats In a Name-Change?

r1 Bullet logo

What’s In a Name-Change?

William Paul

Shernett Martin says her latest impetus for activism came with the murder of George Floyd, who died last May with the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on his neck. Her group, now called African-Canadian National Coalition Against Hate, Oppression and Racism (ANCHOR), joined in support of Black Lives Matter, participating in six marches in as many months.

One march, at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), was held to push that Board for more support in de-streaming Black students and others from different backgrounds, kids who all too often wind up in lower-level high school programmes. The march was also to highlight...

Read more: Whats In a Name-Change?

wood pellets

r1 Wood pellet emissions are dirtier than coal at the smokestack ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌

r33

Dear ,

Forests are being burned for electricity, and the emissions are dirtier than coal. You read that right: the wood pellet industry is being promoted as ‘clean power’, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

We are seeing more and more whole trees from primary forests in Canada being chopped down to produce wood pellets that are then exported around the world.

Amidst an ever growing climate crisis, we simply can’t afford to keep chopping down primary forests – a critical carbon sink – to make a fuel that emits more carbon dioxide at the stack than coal. Yet the wood pellet industry is being subsidized by governments internationally to the tune of billions of dollars a year. We need people around the world to speak out against this destruction before the wood pellet industry explodes.

Will you sign the petition calling on decision makers to stop logging whole trees for wood pellets?

SIGN NOW

Read more: wood pellets

Bayer-Monsanto

Will you help defeat Bayer?

Hi A -- just wanted to make sure you saw this email.

Activists are going up against Bayer’s lawyers in the Supreme Court, and they need your help to pay for top-notch legal representation.

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

Donate CA$89 nowDonate another amount

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

Here's my original email, with more information about the lawsuit:




Bayer-Monsanto is hellbent on shutting down peaceful protests of beekeepers.

A group of activists is fighting back in court. They've taken the case all the way to the Supreme Court, but they're running out of money and need your help.

Will you help them defeat Bayer?

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

Read more: Bayer-Monsanto

Beyond McFeminism: The Socialist Origins of IWD in Canada

r1 Bullet logo

Beyond McFeminism: The Socialist Origins of IWD in Canada

Joan Sangster

When a California McDonald’s marked International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2018 by inverting its big M to a W, some happy meal consumers tweeted that it should stick to hamburgers not political correctness, but the media also zeroed in on the rank hypocrisy of a corporation that did not pay a living wage or provide healthcare to its precarious, racialized, female workforce. “McFeminist” initiatives by the private and the non-profit sectors to cash in on international women’s day, a time to “celebrate that special woman in your life,” as one hospital fund raiser put it this year, are...

Read more: Beyond McFeminism: The Socialist Origins of IWD in Canada

Bayer-Monsanto

Will you help defeat Bayer?

Bayer-Monsanto is hellbent on shutting down peaceful protests of beekeepers.

A group of activists is fighting back in court. They've taken the case all the way to the Supreme Court, but they're running out of money and need your help.

Will you help them defeat Bayer?

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

Donate CA$89 nowDonate another amount

A,

For years Bayer has been using dirty tricks to silence its critics, going so far as calling the cops on beekeepers peacefully protesting outside its annual meeting.

But a group of gutsy activists refuses to let Bayer crush our right to protest. They’ve chased the pesticide giant through the courts and made it all the way to the Supreme Court: they’re one step away from finally defeating Bayer.

But they’re also running out of...

Read more: Bayer-Monsanto

International Womens Day: A Militant Celebration

r1 Bullet logo

International Women’s Day: A Militant Celebration

Alexandra Kollontai

This proposal for an International Women’s Day, made at the Second International Women’s Conference at Copenhagen in 1910, appeared in the women’s magazine of the German Social Democratic Party, Die Gleichheit. Authored by Clara Zetkin and others, it emphasized the need for attention to “Socialist precepts.”

“International Women’s Day in agreement with the class-conscious, political and trade union organizations of the proletariat of their respective countries, the Socialist women of all countries will hold each year a Women’s Day, whose foremost purpose it must be to aid the attainment of women’s suffrage. This demand must be handled in conjunction with the entire women’s...

Read more: International Womens Day: A Militant Celebration

Pharma Failure

logo

Pharma Failure

In this episode we discuss the failure of Bill C-213 to pass its Second Reading in the House of Commons. C-213 (a Private Member’s Bill from NDP MP Peter Julian) would have started the process of creating a national pharmacare program in Canada. We dive into the structure of the bill, arguments that it was ‘unconstitutional’, our hopes for and disappointments with the NDP, and (of course) how vile King Shill Adam Vaughan really is.

r0

Forward to a friend: this link

r39
powered by phpList

Council This Week

Council This Week r1 ...

Read more: Council This Week

The NDP and Greens need to set their differences aside

I wrote this opinion piece about a Green/NDP alliance and I’d love your thoughts r1

Paov,

It seems as though another federal election is around the corner -- and to be, honest, the prospect makes me nervous.

The clock is ticking on the climate emergency, with the world’s leading scientists telling us that we need drastic action to tackle this crisis in the next decade. But, our political leaders don’t seem to be up for the challenge.

Trudeau is over a year into his second term as Prime Minister and he’s still failing to take action at the scale required. Meanwhile, the Green Party and the NDP, both parties with strong positions on climate, seem intent on competing with each other for the same seats.

Today, the National Observer published a piece I wrote about what I believe is the best possible pathway for climate action as we approach yet another federal election: a Green/NDP climate emergency alliance. Click here to read the article.

As I argue in this opinion piece, these two parties don’t agree on everything, but when we’re facing an existential threat like climate change, preserving a livable planet needs to trump partisan politics.

Our political system isn’t built to...

Read more: The NDP and Greens need to set their differences aside

Accompanying Indigenous struggles

Accompanying Indigenous struggles r1 65+ people registered for March 11 webinar with Educa Oaxaca and the Sierra Madre Alliance … Read more... PBI-Honduras observes Guapinol Despierta media conference on UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions decision … Read more... PBI-Guatemala...

Read more: Accompanying Indigenous struggles

How Indias Farmers Protests Could Upend the Political Landscape

r1 Bullet logo

How India’s Farmers’ Protests Could Upend the Political Landscape

Vijay Prashad

For the past three months, Indian farmers and agricultural workers have been in the middle of a difficult struggle against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of thousands of them have gathered around the capital city of New Delhi; they say that they will not disband unless the government repeals three laws that negatively impact their ability to remain economically viable. The government has shown no sign that it will withdraw these laws, which provide immense advantages to the large corporate houses that are close to Prime Minister Modi. The government’s attempt to crack down on...

Read more: How Indias Farmers Protests Could Upend the Political Landscape

B.C.s Not-So-Sweet Sixteen

B.C.’s Not-So-Sweet Sixteen r1 ...

Read more: B.C.s Not-So-Sweet Sixteen

Login Form