Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has created yet another gripping and sober documentary about Indigenous issues in Canada. With 2013’s Hi-Ho Mistahey!(which roughly translates as “I love you forever” in Cree), Obomsawin showcases her filmmaking prowess as she examines the educational experiences and frustrations of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.
In her classic and monumental book that takes a state-centric approach, Theda Skocpol analyzes the three major revolutions (French, Russian and Chinese), their disintegration and post-revolutionary reconstruction. In “States and Social Revolutions” (Los estados y las revoluciones sociales, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1984), Skocpol puts under the microscope how revolutionary processes affected and modified institutions. For those of us steeped in Marx, she arrives at uncomfortable conclusions.
It’s the 20 year anniversary of the January 1, 1994 Zapatista uprising and I’m looking back on the last two decades with gratitude to the people in communities in Chiapas whose thoughtful rebellion opened up a hopeful new political space in the world and a new cycle of movements. I’m also grateful to amazing comrades I have had the honor to collaborate with in the last two decades of furthering the rebellion begun in Chiapas in North America and beyond; Direct Action Network and global justice comrades, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Occupy, Idle No More and friends in Bolivia, Argentina and everywhere.
OCILLA, Ga. — Sister Megan Rice presses the palm of her hand against the glass in greeting, her blue eyes welcoming her visitor in a cell opposite hers. Lamps illuminate her oval face framed by cropped hair like a white halo. Her uniform — a green-striped jumpsuit, sneakers and a gray blanket that covers her slender shoulders — is not the norm for a Roman Catholic nun, but she sees her presence in Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center as answering her Christian calling.
(Reuters) - Italy's "pitchfork" protests spread to Rome on Thursday when hundreds of students clashed with police and threw firecrackers outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference.
Nearly a thousand Amazon employees on Monday participated in strikes at two of the company's German sites and services union Ver.di threatened further action as the year's busiest shopping season begins.
$Super typhoon Haiyan bore down on the Philipines just a few days before this year’s UN Climate Change Conference opened in Warsaw. It packed sustained winds of 190 miles per hour, with gusts up to 230 mph. Some weather scientists are saying that it was “off the charts” – an unprecedented Category Six typhoon – except that “Category Six” doesn’t yet exist in the weather lexicon. It was the second year in a row that a devastating typhoon coincided with the climate talks. Is Mother Nature trying to tell world leaders something?
Every mass movement based on direct democracy and participatory instincts broadens the human imagination of what might become possible when the current social system loses its credibility. The American occupy movement and the Spanish indignados together with radical movements in many other parts of the world will leave their imprint on the way millions around the world view their chances of taking democracy to something more exciting than the current near-moribund systems. The future is uncertain, unpredictable and prone to serious setbacks as in Egypt, but the inspiring experiences of what real freedom might be like remain.
The decline of unions over the past forty to fifty years resulted from diverse factors including globalization, technological changes, industry deregulation and concerted attacks on union rights by corporate interests and conservative politicians. Over this same time period, inequality has risen dramatically with the top 1 percent of Americans receiving an ever-increasing share of the national income. Despite a 75 percent increase in productivity between 1980 and 2008, workers’ average wages increased only 22.6 percent, whereas up until the mid-70s workers’ income rose in line with their increasing productivity. Professors of sociology at Harvard and the University of Washington, respectively, Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfeld analyzed the growth in inequality in the private sector from 1973 to 2007. They argue that deunionization accounts for a fifth to a third of the growth in inequality. This discrepancy in wealth translates to an imbalance in political influence, recently exacerbated by the Citizens United ruling.
While claiming to speak for students, organizers continue to maintain a condescending attitude that gives the impression that they know the best practices to guide the student movement, and that the student body is too ignorant to contribute effectively. The status quo of ignoring voices in student movements needs to change. We need to radically rethink how we organize ourselves on campus. We may not agree with all the ideas presented to us, but we need to attempt to include as many voices as we can. Theory is important, but without the involvement of students, it is meaningless.
Just once, Zachary Norris would like to eat a peaceful restaurant meal with his wife. But that may never happen because his wife, Saru Jayaraman, sits down to dinner out and sees all around her evidence of the wealth disparity that is drawing attention from the Vatican to the White House to Google bus stops in San Francisco.
The Spanish government’s latest round of anti-protest laws are as worrying as they are laughably predictable. On top of criminalizing passive resistance, the new regulation considers actions such as uploading images of police violence to YouTube, or even Tweeting about a protest, to be punishable by fines as high a 600,000€, if you decide to protest in front of any so-called “Democratic Institutions”. As George Orwell argued, “A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial”.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Protesters blocked buses said to be operated by Google Inc and Apple Inc in San Francisco and Oakland on Friday, the latest sign of a growing backlash against the booming tech (Occupy Apple?
That's correct, Walmart is selling a huge photo of the very group of people who, among other corporate gripes, have spent the last two-plus years protesting, what they describe as Walmart's low wages, “crushing” anti-worker tactics, high CEO-to-worker pay ratioand reliance on government programs to feed workers.
Millennials are harbingers of important changes in Bulgaria's political culture, acting as catalysts to transform its regime from a proto-totalitarian pseudo-democracy serving a small oligarchy to a more genuine variant of the democratic ideal. Western democracy needs changes too — restoring faith in representative institutions, reigning in unaccountable states-within-states (like the NSA), and revitalizing capitalism towards a more egalitarian form — these are the challenges before us. Bulgaria is the microcosm, but the issues are global.
While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic: 15 percent of Americans are poor, a number that has remained the same since last year. It seems recovery is for the rich; the well-being of poor Americans does not enter into the equation of how we measure national wealth.