Strong protest, weak song ✊

My monthly round up of positive news and strategies for social change, the September 2016 issue.

Do you remember in 2003 when Dixie Chicks said that they were ashamed that Bush was from Texas? If you are country stars from the south your protests will stir up emotions. The same seems to be true for American football stars. Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand up for the national anthem has gained more attention than any other celebrities speaking up for black lives.
 “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
 In a couple of tweets John Legend points out that it also happens to be a ”weak song”. And then there is the thing about the third verse being about killing slaves.
 “For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don’t and I’m very good at singing it. Like, one of the best”
 “My vote is for America the Beautiful. Star spangled banner is a weak song anyway. And then you read this…”
 As everyone, except a small isolated elite in media and politics expected, Jeremy Corbyn easily won the re-election as leader of the British Labour Party. And just as in Spain and other places were progressive forces are on the rise, the struggle is really between if we should have more or less democracy:
 Here’s an inspiring interview with journalist Amy Goodman, who is facing arrest for covering the North Dakota pipeline protests that I wrote about last month. If you don’t like reading you can watch Neil Young’s song Indian Givers in support of the protests instead.
 Also, the students in South Africa are taking to the streets.
 See you next month!

Your generation is going to fix this 🛠

My monthly round up of positive news and strategies for social change, the June 2016 issue. Subscribe here.

The parliamentarians of the British Labour Party tries to blame Brexit, England’s elimination from Euro 2016 and the loss of their empire on Jeremy Corbyn. Labour’s grass roots showed their support for Corbyn in their thousands at a spontaneous rally outside of parliament.
 Spain had their second election in half a year and new left wing party Podemos are closing in on the social democrats and widening the gap to hipster neoliberal Ciudadanos.
 Here’s Chantal Mouffe on Brexit and the Spanish elections:
 Is there an European revolt going on? Yes, and you can read about it in this book!
 Or in the New Left Review:
 “Your generation is going to fix this” — Michael Moore has hope for the future.

Dreadlocks, DiEM and the Bern

My monthly round up of positive news and strategies for social change, the January 2016 issue. Subscribe here.

Podemos, now third largest party in Spain, outraged the establishment by for the first time in Spanish history bringing a black person, a nursing mother and a guy in dreadlocks to parliament! Who knows what they will come up with next!

It looks like the crushing of Greece by the EU and the banks didn’t manage to crush the will to challenge the European elites. Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, is right now setting up a network to radically transform the EU. The launch of DiEM will be in Berlin the 9th of February.

Another initiative is the Pour Un Plan B En Europe network, that keeps doing conferences to figure out what to do with the EU.

In the US, self proclaimed social democrat Bernie Sanders keeps fighting for power in the Democratic Party and has a large lead among young people. Here’s a calendar for you if you also feel the Bern:

Glenn Greenwald analyses the seven stages of hell that progressive politicians like Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders has to go through:

And the tech award of the month goes to… this little refugee saving robot: