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7 ways to make a difference if you oppose the Conservative government 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/usvsth3m/7-ways-make-difference-you-5672059 

Now is the time to get active in your opposition to the Conservative government and its cruelest policies 

The UK now has a Conservative government and a lot of people are worried about what this means for our country - particularly for the most vulnerable groups...
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Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions 

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/05/why-the-gop-2016-race-may-be-all-about-taking-down-unions/ 

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is emerging as a strong potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination largely because he took on the public-employee unions in his state. If he wins the White House because of his union-busting chops and for pushing right-to-work laws, maybe he’ll abolish the U.S. Labor Department, too.

Yet the kind of labor movement Walker loves to bash is probably the only thing that can save what’s left of our middle class. It may, however, already be too late...
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Students camp in front of CEGEP du Vieux Montreal

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/students-camp-in-front-of-cegep-du-vieux-montreal-1.3051675

Latest tent city is 2nd in a week to join Montreal's 'occupy everything' demonstration

A group of students is camping in front of the CEGEP du Vieux Montreal...
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[VIDEO] Tent city rises at CEGEP du Vieux Montréal 

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/anti-austerity-tent-city-rises-at-cegep-du-vieux-montreal 

For the second time in less than a week, protesting students have occupied their CEGEP, installing tents and tarps on their school’s front lawn.

Following in the footsteps of CEGEP de St-Laurent — where about 50 tents were still present as of Tuesday — students at CEGEP du Vieux Montréal set up camp early Tuesday morning...
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[PETITION] Guitar Center and Bain Capital: Let Workers Unite for a Fair Workplace 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/bain-capital-let-guitar-2 

We work at Guitar Center stores throughout New York City, and we love music and our jobs. But since Bain Capital bought the company, our commissions have been cut, many of us barely make more than minimum wage, and we do not receive paid sick days or vacations. That's why we've united for better conditions, and we need your help... 

RELATED PHOTO ESSAY: Guitar Center Workers Strike

https://www.flickr.com/photos/peoplesworld/sets/72157652234086775/ 
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•• 15-16 May 2015 · 4th Aniv. •• 15M 

http://www.acampadadebarcelona.org/2015Mbcn/

2015Mbcn

· Celebrating the 4th anniversary of 15M Plaza Catalonia

TRANSLATED FROM CATALAN SPANISH BY GOOGLE CHROME TRANSLATOR

SCHEDULE FRIDAY 15

18h · Press conference (asambleas 15M, 15M stopped, prosecuted Parliament)
18:30 · Workshop banners. Come and participate !!
· Coral Iaioflautas 19h30.
20h · Micromanifestos Marathon. Do your part and !!!! (Ironic, sarcastic and especially no plates)
20:30 · Fotomovimiento 15M.
21h · Dinner and video projections.
22h · Concert (Akelarre, La Llama).
 

SCHEDULE SATURDAY 16

12h · Talks and debate. (TTIP, every strike, Gag Rule, Agora Juan Andres Benitez, outraged prostitutes, Health, Education, Saving pension, prosecuted parliament, Operation Pandora-Piñata)
14h · Lunch popular.
15h · Monologues. Come and participate.
16h · Theater on March.
17h · Heart DesaCORDd.
18h · cia Asetatro Theatre.
19h · Call indignant! Cassolada and Batucada antirrepresiva !!!! Come and participate.
20h · Recognition struggles.
21h · Dinner and Concert (Acoustic Güiria Chung, Todor and more ...) 

RELATED VIDEO: They Do Not Represent Us: Barcelona 12M-15M 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrZbfAr_Pk0 
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IT'S ONLY CLASS WARFARE WHEN WE FIGHT BACK 

http://www.vice.com/read/bring-on-the-class-war-bernie-sanders-dreams-of-a-revolution-in-2016-057 

Bring on the Class War: Bernie Sanders Dreams of a Revolution in 2016 

After a few frenetic weeks of campaigning, the UK elections are being held today—which should serve as a reminder of just how bloated and drawn-out America's presidential races have become. Even the most ardent political junkies might blanche at the numbing loop of focus groups, fundraisers, and cable news spin that will be stretched out over the next 18 months. Compounded with the apparent inevitability of Hillary Clinton's coronation as the Democratic nominee—and the prospect of another Clinton vs. Bush—it's hardly surprising that most Americans have been bored out of any interest in the national electoral process...
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Two free Tunisian journalists missing in Libya chaos 

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/05/missing-journalists-tunisia-s-arab-spring-meets-libya-s

Sofiane Chourabi, a Tunisian journalist emblematic of Tunisia’s struggle for free speech and media independence, and his cameraman, Nadhir Ktari, have been missing since an unidentified group reportedly seized them in Libya last September.

On April 29, Libyan officials in the internationally recognized government announced that “terrorist elements” had executed the two men in addition to a crew from Libya’s al-Barqa Television, based, they said, on the confessions of captured militants. Tunisia’s National Union of Journalists has insisted on seeing proof of their death before accepting the news....

RELATED: ISIS REPORTED KILLS TWO TUNISIAN REPORTERS KIDNAPPED LAST YEAR IN LIBYA 

http://mirajnews.com/international/africa/isis-reported-kills-tunisian-reporters-kidnapped-year-libya/
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Bernie Sanders's presidential candidacy four decades in the making

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2015/0510/Bernie-Sanders-s-presidential-candidacy-four-decades-in-the-making

Since his first bid for Senate in 1974, Bernie Sanders's message has remained the same: Too much of the America's wealth has gone to the top. 

Once a democratic socialist, always a democratic socialist. Once a scold of big money in politics, still a scold...
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[VIDEO] CHRIS HEDGES: DAYS OF REVOLT 

https://www.linktv.org/programs/chris-hedges-days-of-revolt

As an icon of the Occupy movement, journalist Chris Hedges has been willing to face arrest and ridicule to stand up for what he believes in. He has even gone as far as suing the Obama administration over part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allowed indefinite detention of US citizens.

We caught up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author during the Truthdig Santa Fe Retreat hosted by our friends at Truthdig.com on May 22, 2012. In this moving talk, Hedges takes us through history to show the calculated destruction of what was the Liberal Class. He advocates for a new movement to be born, one that revolts against the unfettered capitalism that he says is destroying our world. It is a passionate plea for a new American revolution...
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F.E.C. Can’t Curb 2016 Election Abuse, Commission Chief Says 

http://occupywallst.org/article/fec-cant-curb-election-abuse/ 

Spread the word... The Federal Election Commission is openly declaring they can't and won't enforce the law. This article should spark an insurrection! 

The leader of the Federal Election Commission, the agency charged with regulating the way political money is raised and spent, says she has largely given up hope of reining in abuses in the 2016 presidential campaign, which could generate a record $10 billion in spending...
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Speaks 15M. Taking the streets four years, three years taking the press. 

http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/2015/05/04/habla-el-15m-4-anos-tomando-las-calles-3-anos-tomando-la-prensa/ 

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Lecture-discussion sessions on the 4th anniversary of the 15M. 9 and 10 May.

in EKO, Eko ESLA Carabanchel (Mallard Street, 10; <m> Urgel and Oporto)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1424164367900063/

To mark the 3rd year of the newspaper of the assemblies, the GT Madrid15M organizes these days in which working groups and Popular Assemblies will review the 15M movement four years creating a space of confluence where the experience and work sharing.

May 9: 
13:00 Alternatives future. 
Speakers: short-term policy, the Middle Assembly Environment Sun, long-term policy.

* Vegan Dining at 15:00

17:00 precariousness and inequality.
Speakers: Feminism Sun General Strike GT, GT Health Puente de Vallecas, Platform for public education Ciudad Lineal.

19:00 Direct action.
Speakers: Popular Assemblies 15M Carabanchel, Villaverde, Popular Assembly Puente de Vallecas, squat Bankia.

May 10:

12:30 If we touch one, touch us all. 
Speakers: Legal Sun, We Are Not Crime

* Closing days with food 'suit' popular assemblies and discussion between 15M
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