Free Speech in the ‘Town Square’

When Sands BethWorks, of which Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the majority partner, deeded property for the Levitt Pavilion and the ’21st Century Town Square’ at the SteelStacks campus, they included a stipulation that the property could not be used … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Civil Liberties, People Power, Workers' Rights |

Environmental Sustainability vs. Human Rights

“Progress towards a sustainable world runs head-on into a slew of human rights issues.” We can all agree that we need, rather quickly, to achieve a sustainable environment. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate. But this raises a lot … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Death Penalty, Human Rights, Justice System, Social Justice |

Sustainability Questions for Students & Educators

To make good decisions about sustainability, people need to know the facts. Here are some questions that have arisen and might be suitable for class projects or independent study: What steps can local & county government take to produce immediate reductions in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Civil Liberties, Climate, Community Land Trusts, Community Rights, Corporate Personhood, Decentralization, Demand Reduction, Democratic Education, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Environmental Health, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local, Habitat, Human Rights, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Media, Migration, Militarism, Minority Rights, Nonviolence, Palestine, Production For Need, Resource Extraction, Restorative Justice, School Food, Students' Rights, Transportation, Violence Against Women |

Echoes from the 1960s

Billionaire George Soros recently warned that the world capitalist system faced the potential of massive street violence—if not collapse. Mainstream discourse has failed to give due credence to the most widely shared argument of Occupiers: our democracy is broken, corporations … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Human Rights, Media, Quality of Life, Social Justice |

MLK’s Final Speech

I Have Been to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. April 3, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee “Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy in his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered … more

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Chocolate: The Bitter Truth

Fair Trade isn’t just about coffee. Many commodities are subject to abuse by large trading corporations and large growers. Coffee is perhaps the largest volume, but tea, chocolate, sugar, bananas, and many others are also important. Chocolate is subject not … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Sustainable Growing, The World, Workers' Rights |

Bethlehem Police Supports Occupy Bethlehem

The following statement by the Bethlehem Police Department is a positive response to the Occupy! movement. We’ve posted it here because it is also a good recap of the reasons why protest is not only important, but is also protected … more

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Statement from the NYC General Assembly

Following is the first collective statement from the New York City General Assembly, issued October 5 2011. As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Banking & Financial, Building Community, Civil Liberties, Community – Government & Rights, Democracy, Discrimination, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Justice System, Militarism, Minority Rights, Nonviolence, Privatization, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Systemic Approaches, Violence Against Women, War & Peace | Tagged

Why Students’ Rights Are So Important

Although some schools act as if the Bill of Rights doesn’t apply to students in school, the Supreme Court of the U.S. has made clear that it does apply. In many schools right here in the Lehigh Valley, students are denied … more

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Students’ Rights in Pennsylvania

Lehigh ValleyThe U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions guarantee certain rights, and most of them apply to students in public schools. The Pennsylvania School Code and the federal Equal Access Act spell out some additional rights for public-school students. For instance, students … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Students' Rights |