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(IPS) - A Honduran spring is happening, led by young people mobilizing over the social networks, who are flooding the streets with weekly torch marches against corruption and impunity.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president is drawing impressive crowds to rallies across the country—from 7,500 in Burlington, Vermont, to 300 in Birmingham, Alabama.

And it’s no wonder that many union members are part of this groundswell of support, or that he’s already won endorsements from a number of locals and support resolutions from the Vermont and South Carolina AFL-CIOs.

The same week Pope Francis in his climate encyclical called for “a bold cultural revolution” to win “liberation from the dominant technocratic paradigm,” a group of kayaktavists in Seattle boldly set themselves in front of Shell Oil’s monster oil rig departing to drill in the Arctic.  This past week the revolution came to Portland when kayaktavists and climbers hanging from St. John’s Bridge blocked passage of Shell’s icebreaker Fennica, a vital element of the Arctic drilling fleet.

"The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support (of the Cuban revolutionary government) is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship...Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba...A line of action which...makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of the government." Secret memorandum of Lester D Mallory, deputy assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs, April 6, 1960

España ha sido, después de Grecia, unos de los países europeos más afectados por la crisis económica que comenzó en 2008. El nivel de desempleo se sitúa casi en un 25%, una cifra que se doble para los jóvenes. Los votantes españoles registraron el deseo de un cambio en las elecciones municipales celebradas el 24 de mayo que  llevó a la izquierda al poder en Madrid, Barcelona y en media docena más de ciudades.

Hundreds of people gathered on the north side of Union Square Park Tuesday evening for a vigil honoring the nearly 25,000 people injured or killed in traffic collisions since January. Hundreds of advocates, many affiliated with the organization Families for Safe Streets, protested the normalization of traffic-related injuries in the city as well as the widespread usage of the word “accident” over “crash" to describe such incidents.

On Monday June 29, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, delivered a live message to the people of Puerto Rico stating that the island government could not repay $73 billion in debt. The governor stated, “The public debt, considering the present level of economic activity, is unpayable”.

After Greece, Spain has been one of the European countries hardest hit by the economic crisis that began in 2008. Unemployment stands at almost 25% and for young people it is twice that high. Spanish voters registered their desire for change in municipal elections on May 24 that brought leftist to power in Madrid, Barcelona and a half dozen other cities.

The afternoon draws to a close as we cruise in a car through the glowing mountainside of rural Puerto Rico, a landscape refreshingly unfamiliar to the documentary film screen. Suddenly, we arrive at the beach, and our driver, a lanky individual with delicate features and long hair, gazes out toward the ocean. Their voice is crisp, sweet and punctuated with subtle undertones of what one might identify as masculine depth: “Some people look at me and say: is that a woman, is that a man, is that an alien, what the hell is that? I say honey, whatever you want me to be.