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text Non-Profits versus Profit Maximization by Heidrun Bluhm and Andrej Holm
Cooperation and competition strengthen each other. Creating a non-profit or cooperative housing sector is the only remedy to gentrification and commodification as rental prices go through the roof. Social blindness and market failure are everywhere in Germany and the US. In Germany there is recognition that privatizing social housing was a terrible mistake. Housing as a human right is subverted by the right of speculation. Housing often mutates from a human and social necessity to a specu...
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:51AM
image Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained 480_nochixtlan-police-barricade_6-19-16_1.jpg original image (1280x719) by El Enemigo Común
The looming federal police attack on the people and striking teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico has begun. There are reports of between six and eight demonstrators killed Sunday morning at the teachers-peoples highway blockade in Nochixtlán, northwest of the city of Oaxaca.
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:38AM
image Se extiende resistencia en todo Oaxaca contra Reforma Educativa 480_oaxaca-against-education-reform_9_1_1_1.jpg original image (752x440) by El Enemigo Común
La exigencia de los profesores sigue siendo la liberación de los trece integrantes de sus compañeros presos y la suspensión de decenas de ordenes de aprensión, pero sobre todo, el rechazo total a la Reforma Educativa.
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:00PM
image Resistance Extends Throughout Oaxaca Against Education Reform 480_oaxaca-against-education-reform_9_1.jpg original image (752x440) by El Enemigo Común
The teachers’ demand remains the release of their thirteen imprisoned comrades and the suspension of dozens of arrest warrants, but above all, the total rejection of the so-called “Education Reform”.
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:44PM
image Oaxaca, 10 Years Since 2006 480_fernando-lobo_1_1_1.jpg original image (1000x667) by El Enemigo Común
Ten years after the June 14, 2006 popular uprising in Oaxaca, we spoke with our compañero Fernando Lobo, writer and former broadcaster of Radio Plantón.
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:13PM
image Oaxaca, a 10 años del 2006 480_fernando-lobo_1.jpg original image (1000x667) by El Enemigo Común
A diez años del 14 de junio del 2006 fecha en la que comenzó el levantamiento popular en Oaxaca, platicamos con el compañero Fernando Lobo.
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:45PM
image Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum 480_sakuma-familias_1.jpg original image (240x358) by Dean Shelton
The membership of Familias has grown to more than 300 members. Some members are local, but many travel from California and parts of Mexico. Since 2013, Familias has improved the living and working conditions of their members. This includes increasing wages, securing clean bedding and mattresses, having retaliatory bosses removed, and securing back pay for over 30 farmworkers. Despite this substantial progress, their work is still not done.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:14PM
image Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality internet_freedom_torch_photo.jpg by R. Robertson
It’s being called one of the most important moments in the history of the internet. A federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, ruled this week that internet service providers must offer essentially the same protections to users that are required of phone companies. Digital activists are especially celebrating the part of the ruling that says that the FCC can apply its rules to cellphone data as well as home broadband.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:30PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News June 2016 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry at home and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those who are fighting to create a nuclear free future. Here is our June 2016 issue:
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:39PM
image Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers 480_tesc-boycott_1.jpg original image (1160x1072) by Students for Justice in Palestine at TESC
On May 31, 2016, students at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to (1.) condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to (2.) de-shelve Sabra hummus and (3.) prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:10PM
document Responsible Organic Sustainable Palm Oil: A Plurality Of Semantics organicjan16.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by Tomas DiFiore
The scenario most likely to result from the RSPO process is that in the future there will be two production sectors supplying different markets. On the one hand there will be a group of companies with certification that will attempt to a greater or lesser extent to comply with the principles and criteria adopted by the RSPO, while on the other hand there will be a second group of non-certified companies that will continue with “business as usual” (conventional palm oil sourcing and global...
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:42AM
text Democrat Gov Brown promotes UNaffordable Housing Law by repost
Tenants Together News Alert: In the last week Governor Brown has pushed a plan quickly through the California state budget process that will cut community voice out of neighborhood housing policy. The California Budget Conference Committee is hearing Trailer Bill 707--"By-Right Development" .
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 6:50PM
text Renters Pay the Bill for Market Falure and State Failure by Andrej Holm
The extensive privatizations of the last 15 years have contributed to a market radicalization. Privatization was the good opener for the growing influence of financial market logic in housing. Developing a cooperative or nonprofit sector is a necessary and feasible alternative. No permanent contribution to social housing can be expected from private investors. This new sector involves nothing less than a breach with profit logic in housing supply.
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 7:03AM
image E.U. Countries Delay Approval of Toxic Chemical in RoundUp 480_hazardous-pesticide_1.jpg original image (488x272) by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, June 6th, 2016 — Today in Brussels representatives from the European Union (E.U.) failed to pass a temporary reauthorization of glyphosate – a toxic chemical in the common pesticide RoundUp determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “probable carcinogen”. The committee was asked to grant re-authorization for between one and two years, to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently in progress at the European Chemicals Agency, but rejected the propo...
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:11PM
image Insumisión: Strike! 480_cnte-marcha-huelga_1.jpg original image (950x582) by El Enemigo Común
Since being selected as president in 2012, Peña Nieto has attempted to privatize and standardize the Mexican education system, along with instituting policies to disempower Latin America’s largest union, the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), and its dissident and more radical faction, the CNTE.
Posted: Fri Jun 3, 2016 2:14PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News May 2016 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry, in the US and beyond. and highlights the efforts of those fighting for a nuclear free future.
Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 6:35PM
text Is this the world's most radicalmayor? Ada Colau of Barcelona by Dan Hanvox
Colau spent the first years of the new millennium embroiled in activism, protesting and campaigning against wars, poor housing and gentrification. While working for the PAH, she developed her distinctive style of speech, which rests on a sincere, if carefully crafted, populism. She has said that she wants to “feminise” politics and avoids macho or old-left rhetoric.
Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 4:56AM
image And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up. 480_boycottpaper2.jpg original image (984x1030) by Lloyd Hart
In the late nineties Duh Prez. appointed General Barry McCaffery to be the Drug Czar!
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:57AM
text New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, May 20th, 2016 — A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom (see PDF) recommends reducing “the extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture” in order to curb the global spread of infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report this week, calling for quick movement to ban or restrict the use of antibiotics in animals that are vital for human health, among other measures.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:37PM
text The Language of Neoliberalism by Sebastian Friedrich
Knowledge enables people to interpret reality. Metaphors and pictures give things a new meaning and can change reality when people act accordingly. Capital isn't so frightened and isn't the same as a deer. Different forms of capital must be distinguished. The financial crisis is compared to a thunderstorm that is not man-made. The term "sleek state" implied in the demand for "more market and less state" is physical or bodily. Costs for the population rise parallel to the trimming of the s...
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:58AM