Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anyone despairing over the immense power of the corporate sector to dominate world affairs should watch this video

Defeat of the XL Pipeline Is a Signal Achievement

Peter Rothberg, Video Statement: “Anyone despairing over the immense power of the corporate sector to dominate world affairs should watch this video documenting the power that grassroots protest can still muster in the face of mass injustice. To me, the successful effort to forestall the XL Keystone Pipeline was the signal achievement in a year of significant activist efforts. Thank you to the 1,253 nonviolent, direct action heroes who took arrests to underscore the fervid opposition to the ecologically devastating project.

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.