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Connect The Dots – SuperStorm Sandy Revisited – 10.25.17

SuperStorm Sandy Revisited : Today Leslie Cagan, coordinator of the Peoples Climate Movement NY and who brought 400,000 people into the streets demanding action on the global climate crisis as co-coordinator of the Sept. 21, 2014 People’s Climate March,  will speak about environment, resilience, and upcoming actions in conversation with Alison Rose Levy.   Download this episode (right click and …

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Lauren Longo – Women Work Four Years Longer Than Men, Unpaid

Worldwide, women work an average of four years longer than men because of additional unpaid responsibilities, like housework and childcare, according to a new report. Four years. Imagine what you could do with four years. You could travel the world, write a book, master a new skill or watch absolutely everything on Netflix. There’s nothing wrong with caring for others and we all have …

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Les Leopold – How America’s Superrich Are Draining the Poor of a Longer Life Span

The American people have a deep sense of fairness. We are angry about the growing pay gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker — a gap that has widened from $45 to $1 in 1970, to a staggering $844 to $1 today. (See Runaway Inequality [3]) A new study shows [4] that runaway inequality also is creating a more deadly gap — …

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Nafeez Ahmed – UN plan to save Earth is “fig leaf” for Big Business: insiders

UN records reveal that the intergovernmental body has already marginalised the very groups it claims to be rescuing from poverty, hunger and climate disaster. At the end of this month, the UN will launch its new 2030 Sustainable Development agenda for “people, planet and prosperity” in New York, where it will be formally adopted by over 150 world leaders. The …

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Billy Briggs – World Bank Peddling Private, For-Profit Schools In Africa, Disguised As Aid

EDINBURGH — Private, for-profit schools in Africa funded by the World Bank and U.S. venture capitalists have been criticized by more than 100 organizations who’ve signed a petition opposing the controversial educational venture. A May statement addressed to Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, expressed deep concern over the global financial institution’s investment in a chain of private primary …

‘Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World’ – Jon Queally

“Nothing less than a systemic transformation of our societies, our economies, and our world will suffice to solve the climate crisis and close the ever-increasing inequality gap.” That is the key message of a new document—titled The People’s Test on Climate 2015—endorsed by an unprecedented coalition of civil society organizations from around the world and sent Friday to world leaders ahead …

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Another world is possible, without the 1%

Activists from around the world will defy the terrorists to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, determined to make the occasion a beacon for free speech, justice and equality. I am proud to join the leaders of Greenpeace, ActionAid, Civicus and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in highlighting the urgent need to tackle the vested interests of the 1 percent, in …

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World’s Richest One Percent Undermine Fight Against Economic Inequalities

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 2015 (IPS) – The growing economic inequalities between rich and poor – and the lopsided concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the world’s one percent – are undermining international efforts to fight global poverty, environmental degradation and social injustice, according to a civil society alliance. Comprising ActionAid, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Civicus, the group of …

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Violence Against Women: Why We Keep Getting It Wrong

With the passing of another International Women’s Day, during which much attention around the world has again been focused on tackling violence against women, I would like to explain why none of the initiatives currently being proposed will achieve anything unless we acknowledge, and act on, the cause of this violence. So let me briefly explain the fundamental cause of …