Joshua Kahn Russell

Joshua Kahn Russell works as the global trainings manager at 350.org, and is a facilitator, action coordinator, and strategy trainer with the Ruckus Society.

Labor and Climate Justice: 60+ Environmental Justice groups appeal to AFL-CIO on eve of convention

On the eve of the annual AFL-CIO 2013 convention, over 60 environmental justice groups wrote a letter to the Labor Movement about climate change. Its a sort of tough-love letter from the Climate Justice Alliance, with sharp analyses of our shared crisis, opportunities for collaboration, and identification of the historic divisions between Labor and the Environment, ultimately calling for a movement that transcends traditional “issue fights” and sectors. Alliances between traditional labor unions and climate groups have been percolating for years, but our crisis demands a deep shift in how we all organize – now. Naomi Klein emphasized this recently at the …

Climate & Energy

26 DeChristopher supporters arrested

Peaceful Uprising's Joshua Kahn Russell reports from the scene of the sentencing of Tim DeChristopher and subsequent arrests of 26 supporters.

Tim DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison, taken immediately into custody

(Cross-posted from peacefuluprising.org) Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to 2 years in prison today at the Salt Lake City federal courthouse. He was taken immediately into custody, being denied the typical 3 weeks afforded to put his affairs in order and say goodbye to his friends and family. Federal prosecutors asked for Tim to receive an extra harsh prison sentence in an effort to intimidate the movement that stands with him. They hoped that by condemning him to years behind bars, they would “make an example out of him” and deter all of us from taking meaningful action. But Tim is …

The Rapture didn’t come, but don’t worry, the world is still boiling

Cross-posted from Beyond the Choir Church this morning must have been quite awkward for some people. The sermon might have gone something like, “I know we’re all disappointed that the rapture didn’t come, but don’t worry — its not like it’s the end of the world or anything.” Ha ha. I was among many progressives making fun of the rapture all day yesterday, but ultimately the joke might be on us. When it comes to global warming and climate chaos, the script is a bit too familiar. According to a recent poll, 44 percent of Americans believe increased severity of …

SF to Cancun: Social movements bring hope as COP 16 falters

Thousands of community activists around the world take action to promote Local Solutions to the Climate Crisis The tone inside the conference center at the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Cancun has been a bit dismal this past week. Yet despite the reduced expectations inside, this morning the international peasant movement La Via Campesina gave us a new injection of hope and vision with a vibrant march of thousands of small farmers, Indigenous peoples and community activists through the streets in Mexico. It kicked off today’s international day of action – “1,000 Cancuns” – where grassroots organizations across the world demonstrated …

Open letter to 1Sky from the grassroots

I was asked to post the letter below, written by grassroots organizations across the United States (Grassroots Global Justice, Movement Generation, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives — full list at the end). We are at a critical moment for reflection on movement strategy. Perspectives from the front-lines are illuminating. – JKR To the board and staff of 1Sky, We are grassroots and allied organizations representing racial justice, indigenous rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, youth organizing, and environmental justice communities actively engaged in climate justice organizing. Given the very necessary discussion spurred by your recent public letter (Aug. …

Environmentalists say: stop ALL of Arizona's anti-immigrant law

Today, Arizona’s “show me your papers” anti-immigrant law SB1070 goes into effect. Across the country, July 29th has been declared a national day of action for Human Rights. Phoenix is ground zero for the collective outrage and protest that this bill has inspired. Here thousands of people are in the streets, many showing their courage by participating in civil disobedience across the city. In particular, downtown Phoenix has been transformed into a temporary “Human Rights Zone” with public promises from communities, businesses, and police to not comply with the law. It is an inspiring moment of solidarity and protest during …

How Bolivia celebrates Earth Day

This morning my email inbox was full of advocacy groups commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. As the ecological systems that support life are reaching their brink, there is certainly a good reason to use this opportunity to shine a spotlight on a range of issues and challenges. But activist organizations aren’t alone in commemorating today. Today I was struck even more by corporations trying to capitalize on Earth Day to green their images. As Becky Tarbotton observed in the Huffington Post, the New York Times summarized the situation well: “So strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first …

Pledge to End Mountaintop Removal in 2010

From Nell Greenberg. I have spent the last two years working to end the devastating, unjust practice of mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). This is a practice that requires dynamiting the tops off of ancient Appalachian Mountains and contaminating families’ drinking water for a tiny tiny amount of our nation’s coal. I don’t live in Appalachia, and I don’t have to face the coal industry’s assaults every day. So why would I devote the last two years to stopping mountaintop removal coal mining? Because I believe that it is all of our responsibilities to stop a practice that is this …

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