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Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover

It’s a survival thing. In America, we lose six queer kids a day to the street. That’s every four hours a queer kid dies, whether it be from freezing to death or getting the shit beat out of them or a drug overdose. This is our next real plague.
Rick Westbrook, founder of the LGBT shelter Lost-n-Found Youth, in The Foresaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families  (via humanrightswatch)

(Source: gregador)


The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featured on Kindergarten Second Step cards. Reacting to what they had learned, the students wrote letters to book publishers, the Vermont Agency of Education, the school principal, and the district superintendent. During the month of August, CBC Diversity will showcase all of the letters created by the Dothan Brook School’s 5th grade class.

Good news: The hole in the ozone layer is finally starting to heal

Sometimes the world really can get together and avert a major environmental catastrophe before it’s too late. A new UN report finds that the Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally starting to recover — after efforts in the 1980s to phase out CFCs and other destructive chemicals.

… Scientists uncovered the problem in time. And, under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, world leaders agreed to phase out CFCs — despite industry warnings that abolishing the chemicals would impose steep costsThe hole in the ozone layer stopped expanding. The global economy kept chugging along.

Now comes further good news. The latest UN assessment, conducted by some 300 scientists, has found that the ozone layer is just now starting to heal — and should be back to its 1980 levels by 2050, though there will be ups and downs along the way.

… As a result of the Montreal Protocol, companies and countries stopped using CFCs and started using HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) as a replacement. That seemed like a satisfying solution — at least until  global warming became a much more pressing issue in the ensuing decades.

—Brad Plumer (September 10, 2014).


Chicago kids tagged this park sign with a heartbreaking message

Racial and class segregation has reached a fever pitch in Chicago, so much so that residents in one majority-Latino and lower-income neighborhood have made an unlikely plea for help.

The sign outside local Kelvyn Park no longer reads as a welcoming symbol for area residents, as it was intended. Now, the park’s sign reads: “Wanted: White people to play so the city will take care of this park.”

It’s a heartbreaking inscription, demonstrating a desperate plea for city officials to focus much needed resources and care toward an otherwise vital, yet government-neglected community resource such as a city park.

Would white kids actually fix the problem?

5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book | In These Times


In her previous books The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs (2000), Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein took on topics like neoliberal “shock therapy,” consumerism, globalization and “disaster capitalism,” extensively documenting the forces behind the dramatic rise in economic inequality and environmental degradation over the past 50 years. But in her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (due in stores September 16), Klein casts her gaze toward the future, arguing that the dangers of climate change demand radical action now to ward off catastrophe. She certainly isn’t alone in pointing out the urgency of the threat, but what sets Klein apart is her argument that it is capitalism—not carbon—that is at the root of climate change, inexorably driving us toward an environmental Armageddon in the pursuit of profit. This Changes Everything is well worth a read (or two) in full, but we’ve distilled some of its key points here.

Naomi Klein, one of my all-time favorite activists/journalists (and all-around brilliant person) is finally releasing her new book in September. My favorite Socialist rag In These Times got an exclusive look.

I can’t wait to read this one.

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