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Climate Activists Can Learn a Lot From Black Lives Matter

  • Necessarily, the movement for black lives has always been a struggle for life and death. The climate fight — for many — is no different. As protesters respond to yesterday’s grand jury decision, environmentalists should be taking notes and joining in.
  • Lessons the climate movement can draw from Black Lives Matter.

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.

January 3, 2016 | Yesterday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty told a cramped room of reporters that no officers would be tried for the killing of Tamir Rice. The announcement came just over a year after the 12-year-old was gunned down by police for waving around a toy rifle in a Cleveland park. Within two seconds of arriving at the scene, officer Timothy Loehmann had fired two very real bullets at Rice — including the one that killed him.

Calling Rice’s death a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day,” McGinty spent several minutes laying out the ways in which the child should have known better than to play in a park while being black. It was “indisputable,” he said, “that Tamir was drawing a gun from his waist.” McGinty added that the boy’s “size made him look much older” and that he “had been warned that his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day.”

Kate Aronoff is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, the Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition, and a co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. Her writing has appeared in the Nation, the American Prospect, Dissent, and the New York Times.

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Chicago Window Workers Who Occupied Their Factory in 2008 Win New Bankruptcy Payout

“It hasn’t been easy, obviously,” said United Electrical Workers (UE) union organizer Leah Fried. “But they’ve shown you can run a company without bosses, and do well.”

Kari Lydersen, In These Times Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. (Jeremy Gantz)  

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 | Seven years after Republic Windows & Doors workers occupied a recently-shuttered factory in Chicago, making international news, and three years after they opened their own window company, they are receiving a $295,000 payout in bankruptcy court that is both a symbolic and pragmatic victory.

When a company goes bankrupt, workers are usually at the end of the line to get paid, as they are considered “unsecured creditors” behind various secured creditors who are owed money. That means workers often never get money they are owed. 

Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based journalist and instructor who currently works at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader and The Progressive, among other publications. Her most recent book is Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99 Percent.

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Mark Fiore | Austerity Man /

Wednesday, January 16, 2016 | Now that Michigan governor, Rick Snyder, is getting credit for saying he’s really super-dooper sorry about poisoning thousands of children in Flint with lead, let’s not forget how he did it.  In his zeal to be a fiscally conservative budget turnaround artist, Snyder and his crew played fast and loose with science, safety and even democracy.

Step one to making those painful budget cuts was eliminating any accountability to the voters.  If the person enacting austerity budgets could be punished at the ballot box, most likely he or she wouldn’t have made the Wise and Necessary Cuts.  Enter Rick Snyder’s “emergency managers,” who took over control from people like, um, mayors and city councils.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,, for over ten years. His work has also appeared on,,, and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has been featured on CNN, Frontline,, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

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Ways to Stop Cooperating with the Ruling Elite and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control

  • Non-cooperation is quite simply the key to our freedom.
  • You don’t need to influence politicians, or ignite a mass protest, or wait for an uprising. 
  • Oh, Freedom! Be the Change You Seek!
  • Part 1: 9 Ways to Stop Cooperating with the Ruling Elite’s Control System
  • Part 2: 10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: 9 Ways to Stop Cooperating with the Ruling Elite’s Control System

  • The system and its unconscious nature will break down.
  • Our non-cooperation will no longer give the ruling elite’s control system its power.  Non-cooperation will take us up and away from getting further dragged down towards the terminal precipice.
  • Non-cooperation is quite simply the key to our freedom.

Paul A. Phillips, Activist Post  January 30, 2016 | Done sneakily, or under the illusion of democracy, in recent times more oppressive laws have been made than ever before. Between us being subjected to more and more ordinances, rules, restrictions and outright laws then demonizing our dissension and opinion  should we object… It’s as if we can’t do anything right.

How long will it take for the masses to wake up to these grossly restricting laws and realize how un-free they are?  The masses’ unchallenging complacency with these laws has been made that much easier through social conditioning engineered over the years by the ruling elite.

You can read more from Paul Philips at his site

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Part 2: 10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control

Significantly, these are all things you can do on your own.  You don’t need to influence politicians, or ignite a mass protest, or wait for an uprising.  There is no cavalry coming. You are the change you seek. Get out there and become more self-reliant and the system will lose its grip on you.  If enough of us do this, the system will fall apart by its own unsustainable making.  Refuse to be a slave today and unchain others by sharing this article and implementing the tips on this list.

Activist Post 24, 2012 | There are very real conspiracies in the world, and those conspiracies are always conducted by people “in the know” against those who are ignorant or naive of backroom machinations.

Past slavery was largely based on force (thus was much more obvious), but modern-day slavery is actually more widespread because global slave masters use all of the scientific tools at their disposal to win hearts and control minds, convincing us that our hands and feet are free, so we must be living self-directed lives.

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Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt.

  • you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn't happen to you -- and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by fiat or indifference. We deserve much better than this.
  • Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan? 

Michael Moore, Huffington Post | Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much appreciated by those who are suffering through this and who have not drank a glass of unpoisoned water since April of 2014.

Unfortunately, the honest answer to your offer of help is, sadly, you can't.

You can't help. 

Michael Moore, Oscar and Emmy-winning Director, Huffington Post

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Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan? Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone

  • In Flint, Michigan, the feds and the state are investigating what one water expert calls one of the greatest American drinking-water disasters he's ever seen.
  • A writer returns home to find a toxic disaster, giant government failure and countless children exposed to lead
  • Do the Right Thing?