Extinction Rebellion is taking two weeks of action targeting the City of London

Support us and go ad-freeEnvironmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion is gearing up for another two full weeks of climate protests, which are due to take place across London. The group says thousands of people are expected to take part in their “Impossible Rebellion”, which plans to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis” by disrupting The City of London. The call to action states: We’re at a crucial moment in history. Our climate is breaking down and life on Earth is dying: accelerated by our economic system and supported by politicians. Do you feel powerless to change anything? You are more powerful than you think. Join…

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An open letter calls for action against Keir Starmer’s Labour purge

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour ‘purge‘ of left-wing members has continued unabated. So, a campaign group has written a searing open letter to members. It calls on them to resist the attacks and take action – now. The ongoing purge The Canary has been documenting the ongoing Labour Party machinery’s purge of left-wing members. It’s involved the party stopping Constituency Labour Parties (CLP) debating certain motions; suspending prominent left-wing members; refusing to endorse long-standing left-wing councillors for re-election; the removal of the whip from ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn, and more recently proscribing four left-wing groups which resulted in the party expelling film director Ken Loach and attempting to…

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Gavin Williamson is facing legal action for trying to censor schools

Support us and go ad-freeEducation secretary Gavin Williamson is facing legal action following a letter he sent to schools on 28 May about “antisemitic incidents”. The grassroots human rights organisation CAGE launched legal action against Williamson in a pre action letter on the 2 August. The legal action covers several grounds, including discrimination against Muslim students and breaching the Education Act. Punished for solidarity Following the Israeli attack on the Al Aqsa mosque and assault on Gaza in May, many students took part in solidarity actions at schools. According to the letter before action: These included flying the Palestinian flag, putting up ‘Free Palestine’ posters, fundraising for charities…

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Virginia Giuffre brings legal action against prince Andrew over alleged sexual abuse

Support us and go ad-freeJeffrey Epstein-accuser Virginia Giuffre has started legal action against the duke of York Andrew Windsor and said it was “past the time for him to be held to account” for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. Civil justice Lawyers for Giuffre filed the civil suit seeking unspecified damages at a federal court in New York, where the court documents claim she was “lent out for sexual purposes” by convicted sex offender Epstein including while she was still a minor under US law. Windsor is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, brought under New York state’s Child Victims Act,…

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“A Code Red for Humanity”: Major U.N. Report Warns of Climate Catastrophe If Urgent Action Not Taken

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: In its first major report in nearly a decade, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the Earth could face runaway global warming unless drastic efforts are made to eliminate greenhouse gases. The IPCC said humans are, quote, “unequivocally” to blame for the climate crisis, which has already caused “widespread and rapid changes.” Scientists concluded average global temperatures will likely rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels by 2040 based on carbon emissions already in the atmosphere. The report also warns temperatures will continue to rapidly warm after…

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Palestine Action celebrates its first birthday by occupying Israeli arms firm’s London HQ

Support us and go ad-free Activists from Palestine Action (PA) have occupied the London HQ of Israel arms firm Elbit Systems. Arriving on the morning of 6 August, the group quickly blocked the entrance to the firm’s offices. They also sprayed red paint around the site to symbolise the oppression of Palestinians by Israel. PA was founded one year ago this week. In its press release, PA said that 105 days of that year had been spent occupying Elbit Systems sites or locations where Elbit components were made. The police cordon off the street and #PalestineAction cordon off Israel's arms trade. They're protecting Israel's weapons and we're protecting…

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If the government doesn’t take action on the Cambo oil field its ‘climate credibility will go up in smoke’

Support us and go ad-freeBoth the UK and the Scottish governments are being urged to speak out against controversial plans to develop a new oilfield – with campaigners claiming an area of land larger than all of Scotland would be needed to counteract emissions from the proposed Cambo development. If given the go-ahead, the site, in the waters off Shetland, could yield as many as 255 million barrels of oil over its lifetime, environmental campaigners at Oxfam Scotland said. And they estimated that the 132 million tonnes of CO2 emissions that could be produced would require an area of land some 1.5 times the size of Scotland to…

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Taking action for Palestine | The Canary

Support us and go ad-freePalestine Action is a direct action network that aims to end UK complicity with Israeli apartheid. For the past year it has been targeting the UK operations of weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems and their subsidiaries. This is its story.  Video transcript What kind of democracy do we live in when 1 million people go out to oppose a war, and they still go and kill innocent civilians? Enough is enough? How can we rest when we know companies and factories which are building weapons to kill people across the world are operating on our doorsteps? If they take the money off a company like…

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Unison consults NHS workers on industrial action over 3% pay deal

Support us and go ad-freeOne of the UK’s largest trade unions is asking its NHS members if they want to accept a pay rise offered by the government, or oppose it and take industrial action. Unison has started a consultation into the proposed 3% pay rise for NHS staff announced by the government last week. The union has said the award does not “meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers” and claimed it widens the gap between those at the top and bottom of the pay scale. Unison head of health Sara Gorton said: “All health staff deserve equal…

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Democrats are taking extraordinary action to protect voting rights

Support us and go ad-freeRepublican lawmakers are attempting to pass legislation making it harder to vote in the US, forcing Democrats to take extraordinary action to combat it. GOP legislators in several states are advancing bills that place more restrictions on voting, prompting Democrats to leave the state to stop the bills from passing. This comes after Donald Trump’s election loss last year, which he falsely claimed was due to voter fraud. But it’s not just in the US where voting rights are under threat. In the UK, the Tories also have plans that threaten the franchise. Flying out of the state In Republican-controlled Texas, lawmakers advanced a…

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