March 2015

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GCC at the World Social Forum!

George Martin and Julie Enslow will be presenting a workshop entitled, “Militarism and the Climate Crisis” highlighting the US military’s impact on climate change as well as the military response to the climate crisis on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. Additionally, George Martin will be facilitating a “Global Climate Action Workshop” exploring possible actions showing global solidarity in 2016 on Friday, March 27, 2015.

WAGING NONVIOLENCE: Building people power before the Paris climate summit

As Gandhi once wrote, “Even the most powerful cannot rule without the cooperation of the ruled.” The powers that are responsible for climate change could not continue for a day without the acquiescence of those whose lives and future they are destroying. They are only able to continue their destructive course because others enable or acquiesce in it. It is the activity of people — going to work, paying taxes, buying products, obeying government officials, staying off private property — that continually recreates the power of the powerful. A movement can be powerful without weapons or violence if it withdraws that cooperation from the powers that be. Fear of such withdrawal can motivate those in positions of power to change.

BBC NEWS: Teachers strike over 'climate of fear' at Wellsway school

Teachers at a school near Bristol have gone on strike over what they say are “unacceptable working practices”.

Staff at Wellsway School in Keynsham, who are members of teacher’s union NASUWT, claim they are being undermined by excessive monitoring.

The union’s Wendy Exton said the volume of unannounced classroom inspections and observations at the school has led to a “climate of fear”.

NWI: USW Local 7-1 sells T-shirts to support strike fund

WHITING | Region residents can now show their support for striking workers at the BP Whiting Refinery in a highly visible way — on their torso.

United Steelworkers Local 7-1 is selling T-shirts online to raise money for its strike fund. About 1,100 USW-represented oil workers have been striking since Feb. 8 over issues that include staffing, fatigue and safety at a refinery that had an explosion and a spill into Lake Michigan last year.

THE GUARDIAN: Mapping the global battle to protect our planet

While statistics on strike action have been collected since the late 19th century for many countries and now globally by the International Labour Organization, there is no one body that tracks the occurrence and frequency of mobilizations and protests related to the environment. It was this need to better understand and to track such contentious activity that motivated the Atlas of Environmental Justice project, an online interactive map that catalogues localized stories of resistance against damaging projects: from toxic waste sites to oil refining operations to areas of deforestation.

VIDEO: Indigenous Youth to Obama - Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

A Message to President Obama from Lakota youth!!

Youth of the Oceti Sakowin release and deliver this video to President Obama asking him to uphold his commitment to Indigenous youth and to reject Keystone XL! ‪#‎NativeYouth‬ ‪#‎RejectKXL‬ ‪#‎OcetiRising‬