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You Don’t Have to Walk In Alone

by JBB — last modified Jan 20, 2018 01:15 PM
By Jane McAlevey and Janine Jackson | FAIR.org | ‘When Women Have a Union, You Don’t Have to Walk In Alone’ | CounterSpin interview with Jane McAlevey on #MeToo and Labor

Could/Should Jubilee Debt Cancellations be Reintroduced Today?

by JBB — last modified Jan 20, 2018 01:06 PM
by Michael Hudson and Charles Goodhart | CounterPunch | The idea of annulling debts nowadays seems so unthinkable that most economists and many theologians doubt whether the Jubilee Year could have been applied in practice, and indeed on a regular basis. A widespread impression is that the Mosaic debt jubilee was a utopian ideal. However, Assyriologists have traced it to a long tradition of Near Eastern proclamations. That tradition is documented as soon as written inscriptions have been found – in Sumer, starting in the mid-third millennium BC.

Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa | Democracy Now

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jan 16, 2018 09:51 AM
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Ontario PC membership jumps 1500% in run-up to provincial election | Toronto Sun

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 13, 2018 03:56 PM
"While the governing Liberals currently claim 18,000 dyed-in-the wool members, the PCs have topped 200,000 – a record number of supporters, Leader Patrick Brown says. ... All three major political parties, meanwhile, are gearing up for what’s expected to be the most contentious campaign in more than a decade, pitting the Liberal government’s scandal-plagued record against an NDP that’s been crowded on the left by the Liberals and Brown’s more middle of-of-the-road Conservatives. Membership is critical for parties, for everything for fundraising to volunteers. ... The Ontario NDP did not respond to a request for membership numbers."

Corbyn launches community campaign unit | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 13, 2018 03:49 PM
"The new community organising unit will work with constituency Labour parties and trade unions to try to help them build alliances beyond the party and to campaign on key local issues. Labour says that through this approach, communities will be able to bring about changes in their local area without having to wait for an election. ... This is the first time the party has poured resources into a dedicated central unit, which will initially have around a dozen staff."

Plastics Pile Up as China Refuses to Take the West’s Recycling | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 12, 2018 12:06 PM
"China had been processing at least half of the world’s exports of waste paper, metals and used plastic — 7.3 million tons in 2016, according to recent industry data. Last July, China notified the World Trade Organization that it intended to ban some imports of trash, saying the action was needed to protect the environment and improve public health. ... Chinese officials also complained that much of the recyclable material the country received from overseas had not been properly cleaned or was mixed with non-recyclable materials. ... In Halifax, Nova Scotia, which sent 80 percent of its recycling to China, Matthew Keliher, the city’s manager of solid waste, said he had largely found alternatives to accept plastic, except for the low-grade plastic film that is used to make shopping bags and for wrapping. Stockpiles of those plastics have so exceeded the city’s storage capacity that Halifax had to get special permission to bury about 300 metric tons of the material in a landfill. In Calgary, Alberta, which sent 50 percent of its plastics and 100 percent of its mixed papers to China, the material has been stockpiled in empty storage sheds, shipping containers, trailers and warehouses since last fall. So far, 5,000 tons has been collected, Sharon Howland, the city’s lead manager of waste and recycling services, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."
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