Wednesday, September 17, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Lack of Net Neutrality Threatens Unbiased Journalism, Deadline for Net Neutrality is Fast Approaching
Christina Sarich
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A mere 6 corporations already control 90 percent of all media – that includes television, magazines, newspapers, Hollywood movies, and even, to some degree, the Internet. Now things may get worse with our most free information resource.

Most of us seek alternative media sources because we realize that there is an ‘illusion’ of choice and freedom of information on networks like CNN, Fox, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, 60 ...

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$27 Million Spent to Defeat GMO Labeling Thus Far in 2014 by the GMA
Christina Sarich
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We must be posing a real threat – biotech has tripled their spending in the first six months of 2014, to defeat GMO labeling measures. That’s a lot of wasted cash spent to try to continue dumping glyphosate and Bt toxins on a planet who hardly desires to eat GMO food.

Last year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), comprised of Monsanto Co, DuPont, and other biotech giants, along with big junk food makers like Kraft, Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc., all tried to ...

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The Climate Marches On
Amy Goodman
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“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.”

One hundred and sixty-four years later, on May 15, 2013, Ken Ward Jr. and Jay O’Hara did just ...

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Collective of GMO Seed Giants Successfully Overturn Pesticide Reform Law in Kauai
Christina Sarich
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Why does it seem more like the biotech industry is playing the child’s game of hopscotch with our courts rather than being held accountable for poisoning the planet?

Though it isn’t Monsanto doing the bullying this time, four global pesticide and GMO (genetically modified organism) seed corporations have side-stepped justice by successfully overturning the passage of a new, and highly popular pesticide reform law passed just this past year by the ...

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...

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Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs
Chris Hedges
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The public reaction to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., exposes the shifting dynamic of rebellion and repression in the United States. Spontaneous uprisings against the lethal force routinely employed by militarized police units will probably not erupt at first out of ...

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Nestle/Gerber Won’t Listen: Boycott the Company Who Puts GMO Bt Toxins in Baby Food
Christina Sarich
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Like many food producers supplying some of the most popular foods, some baby food companies, such as Purity Brands, are going GMO-free due to public demand. But other companies stuffed with the hot air of their own inflated CEO’s egos refuse – Nestlé International, the parent company of both Nestlé USA and Gerber baby foods – is adamant ...

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Urgent! Stop the Toxic TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership Supports GMOs, Denies Your Right to Know
Christina Sarich
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(NaturalSociety) How does defeating one of the biggest fraudulent trade agreements supported by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow, BASF and the politicians they own sound to you?

Just in case you aren’t familiar with The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), they are huge multinational ‘trade’ deals written by corporations, which are being pushed by the White House and many of our ...

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New Technology at MIT Turns Solar Heat into 85% Energy Efficient Steam
Christina Sarich
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Can you get power out of a cheap lump of graphite and some carbon? It is a possibility thanks to researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This newly created technology converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency. When you compare this to the fact that only about 14%–30% of the energy from the fuel you put in your conventional car is used to actually move it down the road, then you’ve got a recipe for an energy revolution.

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Nestlé Subsidiary Tries to Sell Small Town Its Own Water: Residents Fight Back
Christina Sarich
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Perhaps you’ve yet to hear of a little town called Fryeburg, Maine, USA. It sits on its own pristine aquifer, but once Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring moved to town, residents noticed that their streams were getting smaller. It turns out, in its continued efforts to privatize water, the company was pumping the aquifer, and then selling the water back to town residents in bottles. Freyburg is fighting back, ...

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Billionaire Koch Heads Pony Up for the GOP
Jim Hightower
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The Koch brothers — the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates — live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family’s enormous stockpiles of wealth.

 

Charles and David Koch have always felt very special, and they expect those of us in the down-to-Earth world to treat them as special too.

 

Scions of Koch Industries, the boys were born rich and right-wing, and they parlayed Daddy Fred Koch’s ...

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Goals of the New Way
Graham Peebles
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Unity in Diversity

Well-informed, well-read, and by nature compassionately optimistic, a dear friend recently expressed our collective concern: “I am more worried about the state of the world now than at any time in my lifetime.”

Given the fires raging throughout the world it is difficult to remain hopeful for the future of humanity or the planet. With the Middle East tearing itself to pieces, extremism and intolerance reasserting themselves and far right groups in ...

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $93 Million to Small Town for Poisoning Citizens
Christina Sarich
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Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.

The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent.

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The Actor and the Minister
Chris Hedges
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On June 30 I was at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, which had turned its hall over to Michael Milligan, traveling the country performing his one-man play about a husband and wife trapped in our dysfunctional health care system. I arrived early at the stone church, whose present structure was erected in 1853, to help set up the chairs and clear the stage. The minister, the Rev. Terry Burke, who was a classmate of mine at Harvard Divinity School, officially ...

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The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions
Robert J. Burrowes
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All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political andstrategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interactthroughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see 'The Strategyof Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach'

Despite this, only rarely have nonviolent struggles been conducted with aconscious awareness of this vitally important relationship. Gandhi's campaigns were very effective partly because he understood the ...

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History is Calling
Jim Hightower
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Most of us celebrated July 4 by barbequing, doing a few 12-ounce elbow bends and setting off some fireworks. Some of us might have paused for a moment to reflect on that thing Jefferson wrote about 238 years ago: The Declaration of Independence.

"We the People" are faced — right now — with another of those "when in the course of human events" moments Jefferson wrote about. Not only is this a month to reconnect with our revolutionary heritage but ...

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The Right's Mistake Was Waking the Others
Froma Harrop
"The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition.

The hard right's strength comes from the nearly religious fervor that propels its small numbers to the polls at times when the larger numbers are snoozing. In Mississippi, the right woke up the larger numbers.

Hold that thought, will you?

What had been a race between an old Southern pork-master Republican and an insurgent ...

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Sacred Ponca Indian Corn Planted in the Pathway of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Christina Sarich
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Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and their allies are sending a profound message to the owners and supporters (such as the Koch Brothers) of the Keystone Pipeline. They have gathered at the farm of Art Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska, to hand sow sacred Ponka red corn seeds along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Just over a dozen volunteers planted at the Tanderup farm which is crossed by both the historic Ponca Trail of Tears and the Keystone XL ...

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The Rules of Revolt
Chris Hedges
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There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief who had been forced out by Deng Xiaoping. The ...

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Seattle is Right
Robert Reich
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By raising its minimum wage to $15, Seattle is leading a long-overdue movement toward a living wage. Most minimum wage workers aren’t teenagers these days. They’re major breadwinners who need a higher minimum wage in order to keep their families out of poverty.

Across America, the ranks of the working poor are growing. While low-paying industries such as retail and food preparation accounted for 22 percent of the jobs lost in the Great ...

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Why We March
Bill McKibben, Eddie Bautista and LaTonya Crisp-Sauray
Op-Ed
The #Internet Slowdown Was Epic
Candace Clement
News Report
What Will it Take to Create Climate Justice?
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Op-Ed
There is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto
Ben Norton, Tyra Walker, Anastasia Taylor, Alli McCracken, Colleen Moore, Jes Grobman and Ashley Lopez
Op-Ed
VIDEO
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald’s on Strike
YES! Editors
Video Feature
Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements
Mark Engler and Paul Engler
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

China

A silent march through Hong Kong brought thousands of protesters together in a pro-democracy movement that’s quickly gaining ground.

Workers’ Rights

After a week-long strike, workers at Juno Lighting Group in Chicago, Illinois went back to work with an offer that workers helped ratify.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction, but organizations are conducting life-saving missions.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

Animals

Irrawaddy dolphins have already classified as critically endangered but are now facing further extinction.

Internet

Millions of people around the web took action against Big Internet provider companies on Sept. 10 to combat the potential Internet slowdown we could all soon face.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept. 17 marks the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the movement is celebrating independent and progressive media.

Food Health

Vermont was the first state to pass a law requiring labels be put on GMO foods, and it is already under attack.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects and animals are vital to the world.

Climate Change

Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system.”

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