Clint Fink and the Development of Peace Studies: Research, Education, and Activism

Sometimes it is difficult to separate social movements and ideas from the individuals who participate in them. Such is the case in reference to Clint Fink, whose recent death leads to reflection on his connection to the development of Peace Studies over the last sixty years.As Clint so well documented in monumental archival research, modern movements for, and education about, peace can be traced back at least to the early nineteenth century.

Politics-driven ‘secret science’ initiative isn’t going over well with EPA staff

One EPA member with industry ties said the anti-science measures would hinder the agency's own work.


Candidate Tobi Beck - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

On Education

What is your position on affordable and/or free post-secondary public education for all?  (first 2 years; all 4 years? College only? vocational training? Retraining after job loss? benefits?)

Ocean Current that keeps Europe Warm is Weakening

Two new studies show the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation has decreased 15 to 20 percent over the last 150 years

Great Britain and Ireland can be a little chilly, but they’re surprisingly balmy for their latitude. These regions have an ocean current to thank for that warm(ish) weather. Known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), the current works like a conveyor belt, drawing warm water up from the Gulf Stream to North America’s east coast and then shunting it toward Europe.

The View From April

Howdy!  I hope y’all have been doing well during our hiatus!  I have been very busy but I’m happy to be back and have lots of profound things to say.  Perhaps that’s building up your hopes.  I have some things to say.  You decide if any of it is profound or not.  First, I’m in this weird brain space these days because I find the news simultaneously startling and wearying.  Maybe you’re there with me.  It’s startling, because well, come on, in your wildest dreams did you ever think Twitter would be the chief communication tool of our president?

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrugs. Their Humanitarianism is a Sham.

Excerpts from The Intercept by Mehdi Hasan  April 2, 2018

“IF THE CONCEPT of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”

What Gives me Hope about this "Enough is Enough" Movement

I experienced the new youth movement following the Parkland massacre vicariously: through television, radio, and social media.

Restaurant Workers Win Ownership of their Tips

Omnibus Budget Bill Includes Protections Ensuring Tips Belong to Workers

Washington, DC—Restaurant workers and their allies scored a historic victory today, winning bipartisan support from members of Congress and the administration to include a provision in the omnibus budget bill that, if enacted, codifies protections for tipped restaurant workers against employers, supervisors, and managers taking any portion of their tips. The full text of the bill can be found here.

Murphy for Minnesota Staff Form the Country’s First Unionized Gubernatorial Campaign

ST. PAUL, MN. — The Campaign Workers Guild on Friday signed its first gubernatorial collective bargaining agreement. The contract was ratified by campaign staff for Erin Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor. This agreement also marks the first time a Minnesota electoral campaign has been unionized. The Campaign Workers Guild has now ratified contracts with campaigns in eight states.“The protections of a union make campaign work much more of a sustainable career.

Germany Is a Clean Energy Superpower—And Here’s the Proof

Most people know Germany for things like its popular car manufactures Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, its annual Oktoberfest—fun fact: Germany has 1,300 breweries and 5,000 different brew brands—and all those brilliant composers (Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, anyone?). But did you know the country is also a clean-energy superpower?

The Power of Civilian Weaponry - (Excerpted from HuffPost - 02/28/18)

HuffPost obtained autopsies for each of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. The reports, released by the Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office earlier this month, offer a raw account of the power of civilian weaponry and the damage it inflicts on human bodies.They describe catastrophic injuries, most the result of single rounds striking from a range of nearly 500 yards ― details of carnage that we tend to shy away from in media coverage.

Campaign Workers Guild Wins Third Major Collective Bargaining Agreement

Silver Spring, MD. — Just a week after organizers with the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign became the nation’s only current electoral campaign staff union, the Campaign Workers Guild on Monday continued building power and won its third major collective bargaining agreement with Chris Wilhelm, a progressive candidate for Montgomery County Council.

A Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.


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