Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 6:52 pm

The streets of Belo Horizonte were filled with singing, dancing, chanting, and marching. It was not a holiday or an election day or a soccer game. The chant was: “We don’t want incineration! Recycle! Recycle!” (See this video)

It was September 19, 2014, and this was the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance, Brazil style. Exuberant, celebratory, and led by recycling workers.

The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a nationwide movement for zero waste.

 

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 4:16 pm

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

A prerequisite of food sovereignty is comprehensive land reform, through which small farmers can control their own land and production, and have access to credit, marketing assistance, and other government support on which their livelihood often depends.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Schapiro, Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 1:59 pm

One thing is for certain about climate change, to borrow the words of the title of the new book written by author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein: it changes everything. Just about a month before her book came out though, so too did another one singing a similar tune: Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, authored by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro.

Summer Signs Confirmed

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 6:54 am

As hooligans in Jerusalem shout anti-Arab slogans and threaten individual Arabs, giving rise to the word ‘Zio-fascists’, Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.

Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 1:59 pm

The soccer World Cup is upon us! On the pitch it has been scintillating tournament thus far, with Lionel Messi carrying Argentina, Tim Howard carrying the United States, Arjen Robben carrying the Netherlands, and James Rodriguez carrying Colombia. Meanwhile British Airways carried the English squad on their early journey home and rumors of Cameroonian match-fixing have carried the day in the global media.

While players from around the world have provided us with dazzling moments of skill, stamina, and sangfroid, things haven’t been so pretty off the field. For anyone who wants to better understand the seamy machinations thrumming behind the World Cup’s spectacular outer shell, Dave Zirin is your guy. His new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy is indispensable reading.

Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am

Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.

One way or another, women will make their own decisions.

How a Deaf and Blind Brazil Fan Follows the World Cup

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 12:49 pm

“hanks to a Brazilian sign language interpreter’s amazing creativity, a young soccer fan who is blind and deaf was able to experience a bit of World Cup soccer earlier this month”

Also, Around the World (Cup) in Eight Photos shows eight lovely photographs of soccer/football fans from around the globe.

5000 Tent City “Copa do Povo” Springs Up on Doorstep of Sao Paulo World Cup Stadium

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 10:34 am

A 5000 tent city has been built near the Arena de Sao Paulo, where Brazil will play its opening match against Croatia for the World Cup.

The tent city has been dubbed “Copa do Povo” (“The People’s Cup”) by organizers of the Homeless Worker’s Movement to protest poverty in the country:

Bread crumbs and you can’t come to the Circus

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:30 am

Much is made of the old bromide “Bread and Circuses” as how the elite of ancient Rome (“the I percent”) placated the masses by giving them free grain and sporting events to make them forget the stratified social order. True or not, times have certainly changed.

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