“Populists have always been out to challenge the orthodoxy of the corporate order and to empower workaday Americans so they can control their own economic and political destinies… [unlike] classic liberalism, which seeks to live in harmony with concentrated corporate power by trying to regulate its excesses.”
—Jim Hightower, in Hightower Lowdown, May 2009, Vol 11, No 5

Election News From Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF):

Grant Township, PA Asserts Rights in a People’s Municipal Charter

With the state, industry, and a federal court telling Grant Township it can’t say “No” to frack waste, the people approve a Home Rule Charter and Bill of Rights banning waste. More in CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.

West Chester, PA Adopts Community Rights Frack Ban

The people of West Chester overwhelmingly adopt a rights-based charter amendment, protecting their right to a healthy environment and to democratic, local self-government. Read CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.

Youngstown: Just Shy of Victory

Advocating for community rights and fighting to protect their clean air and water for 2 1/2 years, last night Youngstown, Ohio, came closer than ever to codifying their rights. Read CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.

“Stand Up and Speak Out!” Protest Demonstration in Horsham
Close the Drone Center Before It Is Activated

Last Saturdays, noon to 2pm

Protest Horsham Drone Command Center
(Outside the Reaper Drone Command Center
at theHorsham Air National Guard Station,
Easton & County Line Roads, Horsham PA)

10:45am: Carpool from Lehigh Valley
(From Hellertown Park & Ride, Silvex Rd
near intersection of Rte 412 & I-78, behind Wendy’s)

Please call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 to sign up or with questions.

NEW for 2015–2016: Developing recommendations & tools to help teachers integrate climate & sustainability concepts; raising awareness that allowing businesses to externalize their costs means they are borne by the public. [more info]

Over the summer, interns from Lafayette & Syracuse explored campus sustainability — especially the widespread problems with a lack of transparency, awareness and engagement — and analyzed possible weaknesses in the campus Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System [STARS].

As with most of our internship projects, interns use research & analysis to rethink the way we do things. Projects are generally designed to give students hands-on experience in developing solutions and getting them implemented.

We continue to support and work with a variety of efforts to help people get healthy food by promoting school & community gardens and access to food that truly supports health & sustainability. For an overview of the issues, see Healthy Food for Healthy Communities or our page on Sustainable Campus Dining Resources.

For more information, see the Internships with the Alliance page or contact Peter Crownfield, internship coordinator.

The View From Popular Resistance:
Daily Movement News & Resources

Resistance Report for movement building news, analysis, interviews and editorial commentary.

RESIST: Strategic direct action and civil disobedience such as strikes, sit-ins and occupations can expose injustice, slow down or stop harmful practices and win specific demands.

CREATE: Along with direct action and other forms of resistance, a successful movement must also build new institutions based on solidarity, justice and cooperation.

EDUCATE: Information from organizations and independent media outlets focusing on the fifteen core issues defining national and global crises.

ORGANIZE: About creating sustainable, democratic organizations that empower its members while also protecting against disruption.

STRATEGIZE: Strategic nonviolence and links to organizations that provide training in nonviolent resistance, effective strategy and creative actions.

From Popular Resistance,  11/15/14:

People Power Can Make the Politically Impossible,
the Politically Inevitable

“The net neutrality rules were thrown out by a court in January 2014. Following that decision, millions of people emailed, petitioned and telephoned the FCC urging net neutrality but the FCC did not seem to be listening. More was needed.” More was done using tactics that included an encampment at the FCC headquarters, interruptions of the FCC hearing, actions that generated so many comments it crashed the FCC’s system, and blocking the driveway at the home of FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. “We know we have not won yet, but we also know we are capable of winning. The battle for the future of the Internet has been engaged and the right solution – reclassification under Title II and putting in place strong net neutrality rules – has gone from being politically impossible to seemingly inevitable.”

See full article on the Popular Resistance website.