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RAN Channels Small Grants to Two Major Indigenous Mobilizations in South America

By Tracy Solum, October 25 2013

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RAN Channels Small Grants to Two Major Indigenous Mobilizations in South America

Indigenous communities are mobilizing in Brazil and Ecuador, challenging the respective national governments’ plans to push large-scale expansion of oil development in the rainforest (Ecuador) and clear the way for roads, dams, agribusiness and development of other mega-projects (Brazil) that would devastate ecosystems and undermine the internationally recognized standard of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent [...]

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Heads Up, Big Banks: The Divestment Movement is Coming for You

By Guest, October 14 2013

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Heads Up, Big Banks: The Divestment Movement is Coming for You

This post is cross-posted from WeArePowerShift, and was authored by Harry Alper, a 2011 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and organizer with Rainforest Action Network. It’s May 2013, and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan is having a bad day. Moynihan is presiding over his bank’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, [...]

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Divestors Take Their Fight to Big Banks

By Guest, October 10 2013

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Divestors Take Their Fight to Big Banks

Cross-posted from Fossil Free blog. This post was written by Hannah Jones, Swarthmore Mountain Justice alumna. If you’re reading this, you already know: we’re living in a time of unprecedented climate activism. Yet even as student divestment campaigns command the attention of the president and major newspapers, many campuses are hearing disappointing noises from their [...]

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Stand Up to the Keystone XL Corporate Bosses

By Scott Parkin, September 16 2013

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Stand Up to the Keystone XL Corporate Bosses

Right now I am in Houston where people are peacefully sitting-in at the US headquarters of TransCanada. The company—which is responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline—only cares about its bottom line, not the disastrous impacts the pipeline will have on landowners, water, climate and communities living near tar sands mines and refineries. The pipeline must [...]

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Sixty People Risk Arrest in Washington D.C. To Tell Barack Obama and John Kerry “NOKXL!”

By Scott Parkin, August 12 2013

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Sixty People Risk Arrest in Washington D.C. To Tell Barack Obama and John Kerry “NOKXL!”

My favorite part of the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is the trainings. Before each action, we take a portion of the day before to prepare pledge signers for possible physical and legal repercussions from placing themselves into an act of peaceful and dignified civil disobedience. In those trainings we create a space where the [...]

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The Inside Scoop on Stickering, As Told By A Snacktivist

By Guest, July 3 2013

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The Inside Scoop on Stickering, As Told By A Snacktivist

This post was written for RAN by Megan in Florida, who has been taking action with our Palm Oil Action Team to call out snack food companies using palm oil tied to rainforest destruction in their products. “Caution! This Snack Food May Cause Orangutan Extinction!” flashes boldly from the snack food products being sold at [...]

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The Chicago 22: Arrested for Telling Obama to Stop Keystone XL

By Melanie Gleason, June 17 2013

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The Chicago 22: Arrested for Telling Obama to Stop Keystone XL

In the early hours of the morning today, in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline, 22 activists were arrested when they staged a sit-in at the State Department in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago. The activists arrested today included former Obama staffers, donors, and volunteers who helped elect the president in 2008 and 2012 — [...]

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Training for the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

By Amanda Starbuck, June 12 2013

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Training for the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

              When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Throughout the summer, Rainforest Action Network, CREDO, and the Other 98% will be leading nationwide trainings in dignified, nonviolent civil disobedience. These trainings will support the more than 60,000 people eager to take action to stop the construction of [...]

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Two Big Announcemements on the KXL Pledge of Resistance

By Amanda Starbuck, May 29 2013

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Two Big Announcemements on the KXL Pledge of Resistance

Over the last two months, Rainforest Action Network has been working with CREDO and The Other 98% to lay the groundwork to prepare for the Pledge of Resistance. The Pledge is a commitment made by more than 60,000 people to engage in civil disobedience and risk arrest if President Obama’s administration issues a draft approval [...]

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Reportback: Divestmentment Students Pay Brian Moynihan a Visit

By Guest, May 28 2013

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Reportback: Divestmentment Students Pay Brian Moynihan a Visit

This is a guest blog by students Camila Bustos (Brown University) and Alli Welton (Harvard University). Earlier this month, we traveled from our universities in New England down to Charlotte, NC to attend Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting with Rainforest Action Network. At the end of the school year, the trip meant skipping exams [...]

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