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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 26 2014
Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” said the first Black president, “allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.” Don’t disrupt, express. Justice will be served. We respect the...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 26 2014
Over the past few months people have been asking me, “why did you stop writing?”. “Are you teaching anymore?” I got an email from a stranger who asked, “Where did you go?” It’s taken me months to untangle the threads that wove this transformation together.  Like most...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 25 2014
As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. For the past few days my Facebook newsfeed has been full of stories about the incidents unfolding in...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 25 2014
Killer Mike about an hour and a half after the Ferguson Grand Jury decision. Run The Jewels at the Ready Room, St. Louis, Missouri - 11/25/2014.
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 24 2014
There are so many to choose from. Every one of these selections is an act of corporate treachery that takes billions of dollars from the American people.  1. Selling Medication For Up To 100 Times More Than It's Worth  Pharmaceutical companies reap billions of dollars in...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 24 2014
George Osborne tells us that Austerity is working, but how are the cuts working for you? Do you have a message for him ahead of his Autumn Statement?  George Osborne’s loyalty to austerity has been criticised yet again in light of figures which reveal that wages may no...
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Andrew Butler rated Concerning Violence 4 stars on Nov 23 2014
Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 23 2014
Since I began turning its pages, I assumed The Hunger Games was a rallying cry for like-minded progressives and radicals. This was thanks to its pretty upfront indictment of state-inflicted violence and, in particular, of hunger caused by gross economic inequality. Occupy...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 23 2014
The powerful new film from Göran Hugo Olsson, director of The Black Power Mixtape, is a fresh and bold visual narrative, documenting the liberation from colonial rule in the '60s and '70s in Africa. Working with recently discovered archival footage, the film depicts some of...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 23 2014
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 23 2014
The Humane Society of the United States has campaigned succesfully to get many chimpanzees out of lababoratories and into sanctuaries. These short films profile that work and show life for chimps who have been liberated from labs and found sanctuary at Chimp Haven.
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 23 2014
Lessons that promote 'effort' as a mask for privilege do far more harm to our students than good. When it comes to academic success, what matters most: effort – or something altogether different?  If you follow the prevailing winds, it would be easy to surmise that...
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Andrew Butler rated INSURRECTO-RIOTOSIS 5 stars on Nov 23 2014
Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 17 2014
Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before. Bim Adewunmi broke it down over at the Guardian...
Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 16 2014
For the past several years, the government in the UK has been making radical moves to censor the internet within its borders. In fact, many censorship mechanisms are actually already in place and have been for some time. The censorship push began with restrictions against...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 15 2014
Why does the G20 - meeting this year in Brisbane, Australia - exist? And what's it supposed to do? The group is a forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The members include 19 individual countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 15 2014
Russell Brand talks to Guardian columnist Owen Jones about capitalism, democracy and his new book Revolution. He says revolution isn't just possible, but inevitable. Brand was speaking at a Guardian Live event at the Emmanuel Centre in London in October. The event, run in...
Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 15 2014
Today Palestinians face daily human rights abuse and live in crushing poverty in refugee camps and under Israeli Occupation. In response to this injustice, a group of international musicians released the song Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld. We sang that we wanted to...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 14 2014
Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodgriguez -- a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant...
Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 13 2014
25 years after the physical Berlin Wall came down and ended the “Mauerkrankheit”, 41 separation walls are still dividing entire populations. By diminishing dialogue perspectives, they are increasing assumptions towards each of the concerned communities. As the Canadian writer...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 13 2014
In 1996, at the hight of the protests against the building of the Newbury bypass road, this short film captures the magical moment when wild horses arrive on the site during the felling of ancient oak trees.
Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 13 2014
In 2011, Tony Cruz, Co-Founder of Do-Gooder and Amnesty International Shareholder Activist traveled to Ecuador to view the devastation left behind by oil companies.
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 12 2014
Ever seen an angry economics editor? Paul Mason explains why he's sick of standing outside RBS's headquarters talking about banks doing something wrong.
Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 12 2014
On September 21, 2014, nearly 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March and Mobilization, winding their way from Central Park through Midtown Manhattan and ending with a block party celebration on the city’s mostly empty West Side (flooded during Sandy). Cleanly...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 12 2014
In Britain, right-wing policies and reactionaries are on the rise. But progressives, wrongly, still think these belong on the scrapheap of history. From subjects as far-flung as gender discrimination to the seemingly interminable state of war, it has become a commonplace...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 11 2014
Food production has become a race for maximum efficiency. When it comes to producing meat, whether chicken, beef, or pork, that race has fallen at the feet of the so-called factory farm and its hallmark feature — the feedlot. Feedlots, officially called Concentrated Animal...
Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 11 2014
Public spaces in city centres are increasingly being turned into private estates, with their own security forces who get to decide who can be there and what they can do. Since their aim is primarily to create footfall for the retail outlets that provide a huge chunk of their...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 10 2014
What happens when you take a nation with a history of white supremacy and racial insecurity, paint on a superficial glaze of political correctness, and add politicians willing to exploit xenophobia for electoral gain? If the nation in question is Australia, you get a set of...
Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 10 2014
On 9 November, to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, a direct action took place in Beit Hanina, a neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 8 2014
Uplifting and inspritational music video from Nahko and Medicine for the People, taken from their album Black as Night. Features footage of the band on the road and the activists and musicians they collaborated with along the way. Themed around homemade signs reading "I...
Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 7 2014
In a country where some 20,000 people are currently missing, the disappearance of 43 students has struck a nerve in Mexico like few other crimes in recent history. Daily protests are pressuring the government to find the missing students and end the kind of systematic...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Nov 7 2014
When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sailto protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Nov 5 2014
Independence leader Benny Wenda discusses the struggle against “secret genocide” in West Papua. At the easternmost point of the Indonesian archipelago, just north of the Arafura Sea, lies the province of Papua. An area of astonishing cultural and biological diversity, it is...
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