Tagged: protests

Eco-Activist Tim DeChristopher Given 2 Years In Prison For Sabotaging Oil And Gas Auction

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Photo Credits: peacefuluprising

“I actually have great respect for the rule of law, because I see what happens when it doesn’t exist, as is the case with the fossil fuel industry.” -Tim DeChristopher

University of Utah student and environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced this week to 2 years in federal prison and fined fined $10,000. His crime? Disrupting the auction of more than 100,000 acres of federal land for oil and gas drilling by posing as a bidder. His act of civil disobedience has made him a hero. Continue reading

Join The Peaceful Protest This Summer To Stop The Pipeline To The Canadian Tar Sands

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On June 4, 2008, President Obama secured the Democratic bid for President. His speech included the words,

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Over 3 years after the ring of this memorable speech, the Keystone XL Pipeline is gaining ground within his administration. Continue reading

A New Warrior: Protecting Mother Nature

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Greenpeace’s newest campaign, A New Warrior, is the type of social change and activism that we all should be proud of. The Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s international ship, has been protecting Mother Earth since 1978, and now they need your help to build a new one. You can purchase a part of the ship- from a wrench to pieces of the sail- and your name will appear on a plaque inside the ship along with other donors and contributors. There are thousands of items left to buy and their website offers interactive maps so users can determine the exact location they would like to make a purchase.

In a recent Washing Times Opinion piece, Ted Nugent stated that Millennials, those aged 13-29, “sleep as their future crumbles.”  While I would love to see the civil disobedience that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, and would without a doubt be one of the many placing a flower into the barrel of a gun, our young generation is not as apathetic as he states.

According to Time Magazine, young people voted “in numbers rarely seen since the general election of 1972″ during the 2008 Presidential election. Across American colleges and universities, including my place of study, Indiana University, students are taking a direct role in leadership, especially when it comes to the environment. No longer can I, as with many of my peers, stand by while the natural environment decays because of “business-as-usual.”

This is your opportunity to foster an alternative to “business-as-usual.” Not only should you help build a ship that protects our natural environment, but next time you hear about an apathetic young generation, stand up and say something. Anything. It is our responsibility to do so.

Sources: Greenpeace, The Washington TimesPew Research, & joshspear.com

Omar Offendum Talks To Aljazeera English About New Song “#Jan25 Egypt”

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I heard them say the revolution won’t be televised/Al Jazeera proved them wrong/Twitter has them paralyzed.” -Omar Offendum

Syrian Hip Hop artist Omar Offendum is getting some attention these days. His new anthem inspired by the Egyptian protests. The song, “#Jan25 Egypt”, has a slew of features and line quoted above is dope! He was recently interviewed about the track on Aljazeera English. Watch it below. This may be some of the only Aljazeera English some of you will see for a while. Continue reading

Are You Standing In Solidarity With Jobless Workers Today?

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Tuesday Dec. 7 is a day of online solidarity with America’s long-term
jobless workers. You can show your solidarity with jobless workers by updating your status on Facebook or Twitter. You can also change your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the Day Of Solidarity art at aflcio.org

UPDATE: Monday night, Obama announced agreement with Republicans to extend Continue reading

PHOTOS: G20 Police Crackdown On Protesters

A non vuvuzela event took place this weekend. The G20 or The Group of Twenty established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy while simultaneously undermining an already neutered United Nations and deciding the fates of, not just the other nations in the world, but the world. Oh yeah, and diminishing aid to Africa with little fanfare. Continue reading

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