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The Chicago Teachers Strike: 'Until We Get What Our Students Deserve'

Jesse Hagopian
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump Seeks to Frack the 2020 Election

Wenonah Hauter
The message of the global movement to ban fracking and get off fossil fuels envisions a different future, one that starts with cutting off pollution at the source. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc)
The message of the global movement to ban fracking and get off fossil fuels envisions a different future, one that starts with cutting off pollution at the source. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc)

Stop Fearmongering About 'Medicare for All.' Most Families Would Pay Less for Better Care.

Donald M. Berwick
Framing this debate by fearmongering over "higher taxes" ignores that this money is already coming out of American families’ pockets. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Framing this debate by fearmongering over "higher taxes" ignores that this money is already coming out of American families’ pockets. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Video: Trump’s False Subpoena Claim

This week, CNN's Jake Tapper takes a look at a claim that President Donald Trump made about subpoenas issued by the House committees for documents and testimony related to the impeachment inquiry.

The post Video: Trump’s False Subpoena Claim appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe

Social media lit up with a false claim that President Donald Trump referred to Italian President Sergio Mattarella as "President Mozzarella." The transcripts and videos prove he didn't.

The post Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe appeared first on FactCheck.org.

The Facts on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings

Q: Do people with serious mental health disorders pose a greater risk of becoming mass shooters?
A: People with mental illnesses are somewhat more likely to be violent than those without a diagnosis. But a majority are never violent, and very little is known specifically about mass murder.

FULL QUESTION
Subject: Mental illness and mass shootings
Is Trump correct that people with mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar [disorder], [are] a greater threat to society?

The post The Facts on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings appeared first on FactCheck.org.

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Henry Giroux on Resisting the Neoliberal Revolution

Reactions to Anatomy of a Deep State from the Bill Moyers ShowFebruary 2014 - Credit: Dale RobbinsThe notion of the “Deep State” as outlined by Mike Lofgren may be useful in pointing to a new…See More
Feb 22, 2014
Cromag's video was featured

The Century of the Self

It's getting difficult to find a free version of this important documentary but I have found one that works for now and embedded it below. Watch it while you still can. The Century of the Self is a British television documentary film that focuses…
Feb 10, 2014
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The Rights of Nature: Has Deep Ecology Gone Too Far?

A specter is haunting the French humanist mind these days--a radical ecology movement that threatens to replace the idealization of humanity with an idealization of nature. Already we see "the passing of the humanist era," writes Luc Ferry, a philosopher at the Sorbonne and the University of Caen, in this prize-winning critique of that movement, a book all environmentalists ought to read. It is by turn witty and sneering, brilliant and disturbing, wildly alarmist and, in the end, surprisingly…See More
Jan 27, 2014
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If Nature Had Rights

... "So what would a radically different law-driven consciousness look like?” The question was posed over three decades ago by a University of Southern California law professor as his lecture drew to a close. “One in which Nature had rights,” he continued. “Yes, rivers, lakes, trees. . . . How could such a posture in law affect a community’s view of itself?” Professor Christopher Stone…See More
Jan 25, 2014
Cromag's video was featured

Chrystia Freeland: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich Plutocracy

The term plutocracy is generally used as a pejorative to describe or warn against an undesirable condition. Throughout history, political thinkers such as Winston Churchill, 19th-century French sociologist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville,…
Jan 24, 2014
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George Lakoff to green marketers: use the F-word

UC Berkeley researcher and cognitive linguist riffs on "freedom" and other hot-button words for sustainability communicators. Anna Clark - theguardian.com, Tuesday 27 August 2013 14.00 EDTIf you lean progressive, then you've probably heard of George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at UC Berkeley and author of The New York Times bestseller, Don't Think of an Elephant! Notwithstanding his unabashed political slant, Lakoff's research is applicable for commercial purposes,…See More
Sep 5, 2013
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The Leveraged Buyout of America

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dated June 27, 2013, US…See More
Aug 27, 2013
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The Ecuadorian Library or, The Blast Shack After Three Years

Back in distant, halcyon 2010, I was asked to write something about Wikileaks and its Cablegate scandal. So, I wrote a rather melancholy essay about how things seemed to me to be going — dreadfully, painfully, like some leaden and ancient Greek tragedy.In that 2010 essay, I surmised that things were going to get worse before they got any better. Sure enough, things now are lots, lots worse. Much…See More
Aug 7, 2013

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Ban Chemically Scented Products From The Olympics? Bringing Personal Habits To Public Places....It's A Stinky Issue.

For people with COPD, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma, Chemically Scented Products can be a major Disability Barrier.  Just a quick surf on the internet shows how many people are unable to…Continue

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Aug 9, 2011.

Please Sign the Scent-Free Olympic Petition

Dear Fellow Activists.  What do you all think about a scent-free Olympics? If you or someone you know finds scented products to be a disability barrier, you might be interested in knowing that there…Continue

Tags: COPD, Sensitivity, Allergy, Sports, barriers

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Jun 21, 2011.

Ethics Among Activists 1 Reply

I've been active now in a concerted way for many years, and I've worked on a number of causes and with many different people. Most of these relationships have been very positive. Activists are…Continue

Tags: organizing, activism, Ethics

Started by Cromag in Uncategorized. Last reply by Ice Goldberg Oct 21, 2009.

Blog Posts

Nature and the Law

Posted by Cromag on December 22, 2016 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

Nature and the Law

A new movement is working to protect our environment through the recognition of its fundamental rights. It’s an idea whose time has come.

By Mari Margil from December 20, 2016, 4:39 pm – 8 MIN READ…
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State Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation: Justice or Manipulation?

Posted by Cromag on December 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The plastic and paper bag law is ostensibly environmental legislation in hopes that a small fee will diminish the environmental impact of single-use merchant bags. It was possible to have the fee go into an environmental fund to help with diminishing the impact, but that was voted down by CA Prop 65. The resulting declining of Prop 65 is essentially saying that we cannot force the…

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Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA

Posted by Cromag on May 22, 2016 at 9:55am 0 Comments

via Independent Science News | by Jonathan Latham, PhD

Piecemeal, and at long last, chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic…

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Organic food’s dirty secret: What the “seductive” label fails to tell you [Updated Info]

Posted by Cromag on March 15, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Just because food is labeled organic doesn't mean it's what you're expecting, journalist Peter Laufer tells Salon

by Lindsay Abrams 

Published Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST…

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If Nature Had Rights

Posted by Cromag on October 23, 2014 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

... "So what would a radically different law-driven consciousness look like?” The question was posed over three decades ago by a University of Southern California law professor as his lecture drew to a close. “One in which Nature had rights,” he continued. “Yes, rivers, lakes, trees. . . . How could such a posture in law affect a community’s view of…

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Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Posted by Cromag on October 15, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 (TEDGlobal 2014 transcript)

Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In…

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Suffering? Well, You Deserve It

Posted by Cromag on March 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

By Chris Hedges March 2nd, 2014

OXFORD, England—The morning after my Feb. 20 debate at the Oxford Union, I walked from my hotel along Oxford’s narrow cobblestone streets, past its storied colleges with resplendent lawns and…

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Introducing the Global Power Project (Updated)

Posted by Cromag on February 28, 2014 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Mon, 3/25/2013 - by Andrew Gavin Marshall
originally posted on Occupy.com

We live in an interdependent world, where nations are increasingly…

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Henry Giroux on Resisting the Neoliberal Revolution

Posted by Cromag on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Reactions to Anatomy of a Deep State from the Bill Moyers Show

February 2014 - Credit: Dale Robbins

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The Rights of Nature: Has Deep Ecology Gone Too Far?

Posted by Cromag on January 27, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

A specter is haunting the French humanist mind these days--a radical ecology movement that threatens to replace the idealization of humanity with an idealization of nature. Already we see "the passing of the humanist era," writes Luc Ferry, a philosopher at the Sorbonne and the University of Caen, in this prize-winning critique of that movement, a book all environmentalists ought to read. It…

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Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog

Examining Corporate Priorities: The Impact of Stock Buybacks on Workers, Communities and Investors

Thank you, Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member Huizenga, for inviting me to speak today [Oct. 17, 2019]. It is an honor to be here. My name is Lenore Palladino, and I am Assistant Professor of Economics & Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and Research Associate at […]

Examining Corporate Priorities: The Impact of Stock Buybacks on Workers, Communities and Investors

Thank you for inviting me to appear today [Oct. 17, 2019] to discuss corporate priorities as they relate to share repurchase program, workers, communities, and investment. I am the Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Finance at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt School of Law. I […]

How the Type of Buyer May Affect a Target’s Remedies

In exploring a potential public company sale, target boards rightly focus on the amount and type of consideration offered by potential buyers and the level of deal certainty. However, when considering offers (including at early stages in the process), target boards should also take into account the risk of a buyer breach, including in connection […]

Proxy Access and Leverage

Thanks to thecorporatecounsel.net for catching this announcement from NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and the NYC Retirement Systems, which reported that, since the inception of the Comptroller’s “Boardroom Accountability Project,” there has been a 10,000% increase in the number of companies with proxy access. Stringer began the Project in 2014 with proxy access proposals submitted to 75 companies. At the […]

The Consequences to Directors of Deploying Poison Pills

How consequential is a firm’s adoption of a poison pill for the firm’s directors? Prior research reflects three conflicting views about this question, which reflect conflicting views about pills themselves. The entrenchment view holds that poison pills entrench managers at shareholders’ expense, implying that directors who adopt pills face the risk of shareholder backlash and […]
 
 
 

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