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Social movements played a huge part in derailing Energy East

Energy East pipeline protestYes, the cancellation was a business decision. But thousands of activists were instrumental in its delay

By Bronwen Tucker, CBC News, October 12, 2017

In the wake of TransCanada’s announcement that it will no longer be pursuing Energy East, a familiar chorus of politicians have emerged to blame various actors for the pipeline’s demise.

Conservative MPs and premiers pointed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Leadership hopefuls for Alberta’s United Conservative Party framed it as a direct failure of Premier Rachel Notley. And federal Liberals explained it vaguely as a “business decision” based on “market conditions.” Read the rest of this entry

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Why grassroots activists should resist being ‘professionalised’ into an NGO

Businessman pointing on NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) signHuman rights activists are lured by donor funding to become ‘professional’ NGOs. But efficient doesn’t necessarily mean effective

by Sunil Babu Pant, The Guardian, July 7, 2017

Activists from the global south hear, far too often, from our donors that we should “learn how to become professional” and “make NGO management efficient”. Let’s decode what that means.

Professional means “a person engaged or qualified in a profession”. Donors would like you to be a “professional” activist and want to see you approaching human rights work as a profession. Read the rest of this entry