Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is an historian, author, and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. A new edition of his most recent book, Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival, is available for free download at his personal website. His previous books include: Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action; Strike!; Globalization from Below; and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt).

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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 2:30pm
'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism
Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the...
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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:45am
Climate Emergency: Global Insurgency
( Common Dreams editor's note : The new, updated 2016 edition of Jeremy Brecher’s Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival , from which the following is drawn, can be now be downloaded for free at the author's website here .) The Lilliputian defenders of the earth’s climate have been winning...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:15am
Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor
As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the pipeline. By this summer nearly 200 tribes around the country had passed resolutions opposing the...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:00pm
Jobs, Justice, and the Clean-Energy Future
Today, there are 400 parts per million (PPM) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, far above the 350 ppm climate scientists regard as the safe upper limit. Even in the unlikely event that all nations fulfill the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction pledges they made at the Paris climate summit at the end...
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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 11:45am
This Is What Insurgency Looks Like
In a small church in the Albany, NY’s low-income, predominantly African-American South End, forty people were gathered for a community meeting. They were organizing a protest against trains carrying potentially explosive oil – dubbed by the residents “bomb trains” — that were running through their...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:45pm
Using the “Public Trust” to Frame “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Actions
Thousands of us in the climate movement will engage in civil disobedience for “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” and other climate actions. We may be arrested and face legal consequences. What if we defined ourselves – to the movement, the public, and the courts – not as law-breakers but as law-...
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:30am
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
One in six Americans say they would personally engage in nonviolent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. That’s about 40 million adults. The fate of the earth may depend on them — and others around the world — doing so. Such actions are about...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 8:30am
Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement
As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it “applauded the Paris climate change...
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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 11:45am
Climate Insurgency After Paris
In December of 2015 – the earth’s hottest year since recordkeeping began -- 195 nations met in Paris to forge an agreement to combat global warming. The governments of the world acknowledged their individual and collective duty to protect the earth’s climate -- and then willfully refused to perform...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: How Unions and Allies Can Protect Affected Workers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just issued the final text of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation whose purpose is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) that climate scientists say are causing global warming. EPA and independent studies indicate that the CPP will create...
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