Across UC System, Graduate Students Unite for COLA Movement - February 13, 2020 by Evelyn Spence
"Across the University of California, a unifying message — shouted at the police barricade at UC Santa Cruz, taped to the walls of the UC San Diego’s chancellor’s office, yelled on the fifth floor of UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Hall — has emerged: Crack open the UC, because its graduate students want a COLA."
█ 'There need to be mass protests': Authoritarianism experts say time is running out for Americans to stop Trump █
"There is absolutely no reason for him to stop pushing’"
█ 'War on the poor': Las Vegas's homelessness crackdown takes effect █
Skateboard Mike, whose real name is Michael Brinkman, lives nearby, spending his nights in a hole he dug in a dirt lot. The space is filled with couch cushions, and Brinkman, 42, usually tops the hole with cardboard and tumbleweed to avoid being exposed.
“It’s not that we’re here. It’s that they see us,” Brinkman said.
... The only thing that has really changed is that now neither status nor class are guarantors of inclusion in the protection granted by the legal structure. Poor people, minorities, and those advocating fundamental political reforms have always lived in this climate of fear and institutional persecution. The difference is that now the ‘decent’ folk are learning what it feels like.
Consistency and fairness are foundational components of a free society but tying that strictly to the legal structure is intellectually and morally dubious. This is the fundamental issue with absolute faith in codified law as the sole means through which societies might achieve just interactions. Laws have always largely been weapons for use against the weak by the strong, against the poor by the rich, and against outsiders by insiders...
Despite anti-mask laws, #DC police said neo-Nazis, many of whom marched in Charlottesville, could don masks because they represented no "clear + imminent threat of harm or intimidation." Guess to cops, white nationalists don't pose an actual threat. https://www.wusa9.com/article/features/producers-picks/masked-neo-nazi-protest-dc-was-it-legal/65-4872c9c8-2ab7-423b-b45f-1e9fe9b8c017
On #ThisIsAmerica, we talked to @bayareabrrn about the #UCSCstrike, how workers + students are organizing autonomously + how the strike has been attacked by riot police. Plus resistance news, #WetsuwetenStrong updates, antifascist action + more. https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-106-riot-police-attack-wildcat-strike-at-uc-santa-cruz/
UK could ban sale of petrol and diesel cars in 12 years, says Shapps https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/uk-ban-sale-petrol-diesel-cars-shapps-transport #Guardian #news #Electric,hybridandlow-emissioncars #Greenhousegasemissions #Ethicalandgreenliving #Automotiveindustry #Travelandtransport #Transportpolicy #Climatechange #GrantShapps #Environment #Technology #Transport #Politics #Business #UKnews
Giant dams enclosing North Sea could protect millions from rising waters https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/giant-dams-could-protect-millions-from-rising-north-sea #Guardian #news #Climatechange #Environment #Netherlands #Worldnews #Sealevel #Scotland #Europe #Oceans #Norway #France
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Mass melting of Antarctic ice sheet led to three metre sea level rise 120,000 years ago https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/mass-melting-of-antarctic-ice-sheet-led-to-three-metre-sea-level-rise-120000-years-ago #Guardian #news #Climatechange #Australianews #Environment #Antarctica #Sealevel #Oceans
█ Tennessee Republican bids to classify CNN and Washington Post as 'fake news' █
A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced an amendment to a resolution that would recognize CNN and the Washington Post “as fake news” that is “part of the media wing of the Democratic party”.
The amendment read: “We recognize that fake news outlets suggest ideas without directly making accusations so that they can claim innocence from their ivory towers.”
█ Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctic glacier █
An iceberg the size of Malta broke off the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica. The glacier has lost dramatic amounts of ice over the last 25 years as the region warms due to the climate crisis.
█ How to Form an Affinity Group █
Turbulent times are upon us. Already, blockades, demonstrations, riots, and clashes are occuring regularly. It’s past time to be organizing for the upheavals that are on the way.
But getting organized doesn’t mean joining a pre-existing institution and taking orders. It shouldn’t mean forfeiting your agency and intelligence to become a cog in a machine.
I tend the trees, etc...
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