More States Crack Down on Pipeline Protesters, Including Supporters Who Aren’t Even on the Scene, with Industry Written Bills Protecting Critical Infrastructure

By Steve Hardy, The Advocate. May 26, 2019 | RESIST! Pipeline protesters lock down to a crane. By Karen Savage. From the L’Eau Est La Vie Camp Facebook Page. Louisiana – Environmentalists and activists arrested for protesting around the Bayou Bridge pipeline have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law passed last year that allows law enforcement to charge …

Industry-backed bills would charge environmental activists who allegedly engage in civil disobedience at oil and gas sites with a second-degree felony.

Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison Under Bill in Texas House:  Two industry-backed bills in the Texas Legislature would charge environmental activists who allegedly engage in civil disobedience at oil and gas sites with a second-degree felony. Meanwhile, fossil fuel interests can’t hold back the tide:  the renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal …

Toward Climate-Catalyzed Social Transformation

By Diana Stuart, and Ryan Gunderson, ROAR May 4, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Applying The Work Of Erik Olin Wright To Emergent Climate Change Movements Helps Us To Understand Current Trajectories And Possible Pathways For Transformation. In past weeks, Extinction Rebellion has continued to make news headlines with acts of protest in London, Boston, New York and other cities across the globe. In London, thousands of activists blocked roads and bridges and over 1,000 were arrested. …

Human rights outlaws defending ancient forest

By Eleanor Goldfield, Occupy.com, April 27, 2019, | RESISTANCE REPORT  Youtube Screenshot/ Occupy.com There is precious little ancient forest left in this world – and a patch in Northern California is quite literally on the chop block. A forest defender with Save the Mattole’s Ancient Forest sits down with us to discuss their work,the disgusting tactics of the logging industry, the decades-long fight to protect …

‘Just like a real office’: workers use public parking as co-working space

WePark is a radical rethinking of city space, which started in San Francisco and has spread as far afield as Toulouse, Bristol, LA and Portland Brittany Shoot in San Francisco for The Guardian, Sat 4 May 2019  Victor Pontis, organiser of WePark, sets up his office in a San Francisco parking space. Photograph: Victor Pontis “If we were designing cities from scratch, …

George Monbiot: No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.

George Monbiot, Portside.org April 26, 2019 | RESIST!  No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response. Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see people engaged in furious attempts to fend off the …

Time for a General Strike

As climate journalist Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice, see his talk on Democracy Now) laid out, science shows that we are locked into catastrophic climate change. Our present carbon level in the atmosphere of 412 ppm translates into a 7 degree C temperature rise. The IPCC is so conservative that one of the authors of its recent report said to …

Nurses creative action for Medicare for All. Where are the doctors/physicians?

April 29, 2019 by Common Dreams Demanding Medicare for All, Nurses Use Band-Aids to Plaster GoFundMe Pages to Big Pharma Headquarters: “Nobody should have a GoFundMe account to pay for their healthcare, and we’re here to make sure that that stops.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Nurses use Band-Aids to attach GoFundMe pages to the headquarters of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington, …

Doesn’t the Earth have certain inalienable rights that are self-evident?

By Steve Hanley on CleanTechnica.com, April 23, 2019 “When is rebellion against your own government justified? That question haunted the thinkers at the foundation of modern political philosophy. In the dark masterpiece that is The Leviathan, published in 1651, Thomas Hobbes infamously told readers that direct action against the state can never be right. “John Locke replied with Two Treatises of Government, …

Replace FERC with FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission, as part of a Green New Deal

ACTIVISTS SCALE FERC BUILDING, DEMAND CONGRESS REPLACE IT WITH FREC, by Beyond Extreme Energy, Popular Resistance.  April 18, 2019 | RESIST! Washington DC: Two activists scaled the precarious awning over the front door to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The action was taken by Beyond Extreme Energy on behalf of millions of affected citizens who are frustrated by years of FERC’s approvals of pipelines …