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The group of protestors called the Flood Wall Street 11 may soon be able to argue in court that their acts of civil disobedience were legally justified due to the imminent threat that global warming poses to the safety of the planet.

During the first day of the trial in Manhattan criminal court on Monday, the judge signaled that he might consider hearing their argument. The group plans to use the necessity defense, which provides justification for breaking the law in order to avoid imminent harm.

On September 22, three thousand climate justice protesters poured into the financial district in Lower Manhattan and occupied Broadway at the intersection of Wall Street for several hours. This direct action came one day after the historic People’s Climate March and sought to underscore the central role of capitalism in causing climate crisis.

Since globalization took off in the 1980‘s, free trade agreements have  generally been promoted by advocates as natural components of the free market. Mainstream economists, whether from more conservative branches like the Chicago school, or of progressive Keynesian disciplines, ultimately believe that the free market works to a degree, and that it should be promoted by governments around the world.

Almost a dozen people held a vigil outside the Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn on Sunday to remember children slain by police officers. The vigil occurred three months after police gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park in Cleveland while playing with a fake gun. Surveillance video shows that the police officers involved in the shooting made no attempt to administer first aid to Rice while he lay bleeding in the ground. Rice died of his injuries the next day.

Catholics around the world decided on Ash Wednesday what they would be giving up for the next 40 days, commemorating the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert and denying temptation from the devil. While many in the United States choose to give up such indulgences as chocolate and social media, one group of Catholics — being organized, in part, by the Global Catholic Climate Movement — will be fasting for climate action.

You’ll read a lot about activism in this story, but most of it won’t sound terribly sexy or radical. There will be no black masks, no broken barricades or cops bashing skulls. Instead, what you’ll read about is hard work, lots of research about banks and economics and feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis. There will be meetings, more meetings, and then more meetings. With people in suits even.

If you’ve been to a major protest in the last 10 years, chances are you’ve heard the iconic chorus of “Which Side Are You On?” floating out from the crowd. While it’s been covered many times, the song’s potent message originally emerged from Appalachia’s brutal Coal Wars, labor struggles between miners and coal companies that stretched roughly from the 1890s through the 1930s.

The federal agency that investigates refinery catastrophes released its final report late last month on the massive fire, volatile vapor release and toxic smoke plume at Chevron’s Richmond, California, refinery in 2012 that imperiled 19 workers and sickened 15,000 residents of surrounding communities.

Students from the American Horse School, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, were invited to Rapid City, South Dakota, to watch the Rush, a minor league hockey team. At the game, the Lakota students were subjected to racial slurs by a handful of fans in a corporate suite, who told them "to go back to the rez" and poured beer on them.

The New York Police Department has reportedly been giving young adults free tickets to screenings of “Selma,” and last month, on Martin Luther King Day, officers with the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood even drove a group of local teens to see the film, which depicts the historic march for voting rights.