Articles Social Movements

  • Vimy Ridge Readings - An Anti-War Celebration

    Social Movements

    Help build a massive, noisy protest to challenge the spectacle of war we are sure to be subjected to on the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. By becoming part of this anti-war event, you will be inspiring community action and communication. It’s a great way to be part of the larger anti-war movement.

  • Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let’s bring on the debate

    Environment

    The transition off carbon could be less painful, since, with proper investment, a green technology future promises to be, in the words of NDP elder statesman Stephen Lewis, “the greatest job creation program on earth.” It’s time we considered the possibility that saving the planet is as important as placating a bunch of New York bondholders.

  • Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

    Social Movements

    In recent years, the WSF has been buoyed by the popular demands for social justice and democracy in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and even the United States (Occupy Wall Street). There is a growing awareness of the need to consider alternatives to policies that primarily benefit elites, as was evident in the U.S. with the Bernie Sanders campaign.

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • Polarization and the Powder Keg

    Social Movements

    A ‘charismatic leader’ could emerge and bridge the different constituencies – downwardly mobile workers, militant blacks and politically disenfranchised activists may merge at some point around such a leader. But unless ‘the leader’ is harnessed to a powerful organized movement and directed by activist communities the threat of betrayal remains a real possibility.

  • How the Bernie Sanders Movement Must Last Beyond the Election

    Social Movements

    In a new video on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer shares his views on the political movement that grew from the Bernie Sanders campaign. He explains that, despite Sanders’ political losses, the movement can still incite change—if it organizes successfully.

  • The Socialist Revolution Beyond Sanders and the Democratic Party

    Social Movements

    Sanders made it clear he was not interesting in making sure that workers owned the means of production, but a movement beyond his should make that goal paramount. Without empowering workers to own their own labor, the revolution quickly loses steam as capitalists find new ways to exploit that labor and beat the working class back into submission.

  • Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

    Environment

    “When the Republicans on the Supreme Court just recently beat back a pretty moderate proposed Obama regulation on coal, that again is a message to the world, says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything […] The biggest, most powerful country in the world doesn’t care, so ‘you go ahead and do what you like.’ This is all literally saying, ‘Let’s race to the precipice.’”

  • World Social Forum comes to Montreal

    Social Movements

    This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.

  • Majority of US Millennials Reject Capitalism

    Economic Crisis

    Young people in the U.S. are increasingly rejecting capitalism. According to a recent survey conducted by Harvard University, 51 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. Only 42 percent said they were in favor of the current economic system.

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