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Jessica Garraway, Common Dreams, September 25, 2019

By Jessica Garraway - Common Dreams, September 22, 2019

Land and Water Defender Beginnings

An Interview, Rebel, The New Socialist Website (Ireland), August 26, 2019
Students carry signs "It's Our Future"

Rebel interviews Ian Angus — editor of the journal Climate & Capitalism, and author of Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth, and A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism — about the pressing need to develop the politics of ecosocialism in the world

Steve Morse, System Change Not Climate Change, June 13, 2019
Sheet Metal Workers Belt Buckle | credit: coolbuckles.com

An article in the June 6, 2019 edition of Politico (“Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California”) alleges that Blue Collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal (GND).  I am a blue-collar worker - a retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, which represents workers throughout Northern and Central California.

Nato Green, In These Times, April 5, 2019
Teachers at The Accelerated Schools, a community of public charter schools in South Los Angeles picket outside the school on second day of the Los Angeles school teachers strike on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Union contract negotiations include mandatory and permissive subjects of bargaining. Employers are required by law to negotiate over mandatory subjects—wages, benefits and working conditions. Permissive subjects, such as decisions about which public services will be provided and how, have historically been the purview of management. We only negotiate over how managerial decisions affect members’ jobs. Employers may voluntarily agree to negotiate permissive subjects, but unions can’t legally strike over them.

Saurav Sarkar, Labor Notes, February 17, 2019
Solar energy installers atop a roof

The simple yellow protest signs were stenciled “Green Jobs for All.” Speaker after speaker stepped into the middle of the office floor, marked with a U.S. House of Representatives seal. Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off her election win, gave the protesters high fives.

That was the scene in November when the youth climate justice organization Sunrise Movement held a sit-in at the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who was soon to be the Speaker of the House.

Most Americans had never heard of the “Green New Deal” at the time.

Max Ajl, The Brooklyn Rail, November 7, 2018
New Deal Soil Conservation Postage Stamp

The agrarianist Wendell Berry wrote once that modernity had bred a dangerous and close-to-fatal ignorance about ecology. In contrast to earlier ways of life, our social relations, which are our productive relations, do not force us to reckon with the consequences of what we consume in the course of making our lives, including making the people who come after we do. But modernity allows for exceptions.

Gordon Peters, London Left Green Blog, December 21, 2017

How can ecosocialism respond to the operation of power in capitalist accumulation and reproduction? Does ecosocialism help provide answers to struggles taking place in the local state and in sites of contest?

I want to suggest that it does in 4 broad ways:

1] The Refusal Strategy

Susann Scherbarth, Common Dreams, December 4, 2017

World climate negotiations concluded in Bonn, Germany recently after two painstaking weeks. Whilst many parties to the UN convention and other commentators choose to highlight any small steps forward in the talks, no matter how inadequate, Friends of the Earth opts to speak truth to power.

Asia Pacific is the region where the most people are already feeling the impacts of changes in the climate and Meena Raman of Friends of the Earth Malaysia spoke out in Bonn, saying “Every COP feels like a broken record.  We are sick and tired of talkshops. Act!”

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