Category: United States

Argentina Remembers: Marches Mark 33rd Anniversary of Military Coup

Argentina Remembers: Marches Mark 33rd Anniversary of Military Coup

By Benjamin Dangl April 21. 2009 The weekend that the hemisphere’s Presidents met in Trinidad at the Summit of the Americas marked the same weekend that Cuba defeated the US in the Bay of Pigs invasion 48 years ago. At the Summit, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recalled the invasion in a speech that rightly criticized…

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Obama can lead by listening

Obama can lead by listening

By Benjamin Dangl April 17, 2009 Published by The Guardian Unlimited At the Summit of the Americas this weekend, the US will find that the hemisphere is no longer its playground While George Bush was the most unpopular president ever in South America, Barack Obama could end up being the most popular. To that end,…

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Latin America Changes: Hunger Strikes in Bolivia, Summits in the Caribbean

Latin America Changes: Hunger Strikes in Bolivia, Summits in the Caribbean

Written by Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 16 April 2009 After Bolivia beat the Argentine soccer team led by legendary Diego Maradona by 6 to 1, Maradona told reporters, “Every Bolivia goal was a stab in my heart.” Bolivia was expected to lose the April 1 match as Argentina is ranked as the 6th best soccer team…

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Vermont Against General Dynamics: Confronting the Military Industrial Complex

Vermont Against General Dynamics: Confronting the Military Industrial Complex

By Benjamin Dangl, November 16, 2008 On November 1st, in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont, one hundred activists gathered to protest against General Dynamics, a weapons manufacturer operating in the state. The diverse group of activists rallied in support of building a peace economy and movement beyond election day. Speaking to the crowd in front…

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Vermont Peace Activists Occupy General Dynamics Weapons Plant

Vermont Peace Activists Occupy General Dynamics Weapons Plant

By Benjamin Dangl Friday, 02 May 2008 On May 1st, International Workers’ Day, ten peace activists in Burlington, Vermont entered General Dynamics and locked themselves together in the main lobby of the building in protest against the company’s weapons manufacturing and war profiteering. University of Vermont student Benjamin Dube, one of the dozens of other…

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Lessons From Latin America

Lessons From Latin America

by Benjamin Dangl – The Nation Published in March 23 Print Issue of The Nation Rain poured down in La Paz, Bolivia, the day Barack Obama gave his inauguration speech. But the weather didn’t stop thousands of Bolivians from marching in the streets in support of a new constitution, a document set to grant unprecedented…

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Grassroots Beer Brewers Score a Victory in Utah

Grassroots Beer Brewers Score a Victory in Utah

By Benjamin Dangl Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Just three companies control approximately 80 percent of the beer industry in the US. Brewing beer at home is one way to counter this corporate monopoly. However, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Oklahoma still outlaw the craft. Recently, a victory for homebrewers was scored in Utah,…

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Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 15 January 2009 On December 5, 2008 over 200 recently-fired workers at the Republic Window and Doors factory in Chicago occupied their plant, demanding that they be paid their vacation and severance checks. The occupation ended victoriously six days later when the Bank of America and other lenders to Republic agreed…

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Finding Common Ground in Crisis: Social Movements in South America and the US

Finding Common Ground in Crisis: Social Movements in South America and the US

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 18 December 2008 People in the US seeking ways to confront the economic crisis could follow the lead of South American social movements. From Argentina to Venezuela, many movements have won victories against the same systems of corporate greed and political corruption that produce economic strife across the hemisphere. These movements…

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Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 08 December 2008 When the 250 workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago were told that the plant was shutting down, they decided to take matters into their own hands. On Friday, December 5, the workers occupied their factory in an act that echoes the sit-down strikes of the…