Strange Fruit: India’s Caste Culture is a Rape Culture

June 24, 2014

A Dalit woman explains how the caste system is a lethal one where, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, four Dalit women are raped, two Dalits are murdered, and two Dalit homes are torched every day.

This past week, the world mourned with a town called Baduan in Uttar Pradesh, India.  There the raped bodies of two young girls were found hanging in a mango tree while behind them their grim families refused to leave until justice was done. And as the news cycle ran statements from International NGOs, UN Officials, and pundits, there was no denying that the rotting smell of India’s strange fruit had come front and center to the world stage.  

Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

June 24, 2014

Cross-posted from Al Jazeera.

City's water utility keeps raising rates as it falls further into debt; nearly half of customers are behind on payments

June 22, 2014 12:51PM ET

Detroit has too much of some things – stray dogsabandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills.

The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt.

U.S. Has No Plans for Leniency With Unaccompanied Migrant Children

June 24, 2014

Cross posted from Color Lines
By: Julianne Hing

Migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S. will not be greeted with open arms, the Obama administration wants to make clear. In fact, to deal with the influx of an expected 90,000 migrants this year, the Obama administration will be funneling immigration officers and judges to the region to accelerate processing—and deportations—of migrants, reports the New York Times.

Fracking- What is Fracking and Why Should It Be Banned?

June 18, 2014

Cross-posted from Food and Water Watch

By Food and Water Watch

The case to ban fracking  grows stronger every day. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It’s a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid — a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer — are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This releases extra oil and gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well.

Food and Water Watch: Superbugs Get Started on Factory Farms

June 17, 2014

Cross-posted from Food and Water Watch.

By Jo Miles

You’ve probably heard about the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections: bacteria that have grown increasingly resistant to medicine. It’s a serious threat… yet not many people realize that factory farms are a huge part of the problem. 

Check out the comic below to see how factory farms are putting everyone’s health at risk. Then tell your lawmakers to stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Bev Bell interview on Food Sovereignty on "On Wings" 90.1

June 17, 2014

ON WINGS | APRIL 12, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Food Sovereignty
On this week’s installment of WINGSBeverly Bell explains the movement for food sovereignty and its relationships as opposing the globalized food system and supportive of indigenous and local agricultural models – with a special emphasis on the pivotal roles of women.

What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?

June 16, 2014
Cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

For the movement to succeed, it must be led by the dispossessed—those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked.

posted Jun 10, 2014

photo by Stephen Melkisethian

Fast food worker strike in Wheaton, Maryland. Food service jobs are among the worst-paid and lowest-quality in the country and have been a recent focus of social justice movements. December 15, 2013. Photo by Stephen Melkisethian.

Like It or Not: Île à Vache Haiti “Open for Business”

June 10, 2014
Cross-posted from Counterpunch.

Recently Haiti President Michel Martelly celebrated his third year in office. He gained wide support from the U.S. on his election platform which persists as his administration’s slogan: “Haiti is open for business.” Three days after his inauguration, Martelly landed at Île à Vache’s Abaka Bay resort and extended an offer of one million dollars to become 51% shareholder to then-owner Robert Dietrich.


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