In the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area, homelessness, too, has been growing equally rapidly. Now homeless people in Berkeley have organized themselves into an intentional community with a political purpose -- to force homelessness into the public debate and defend the rights of unhoused people.
The Dakota Access pipeline route was shifted onto Indigenous treaty lands after the town of Bismarck objected to having it around their drinking water. In making #NoDAPL purely a climate justice issue, many people fail to acknowledge that Indigenous people have a right to defend ourselves and our land.
Freedom of peaceful assembly and association are being jeopardized by the recent dramatic rise in the power of large multinational corporations and their dependence on global supply chains and the growing informal and migrant workforce.