“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations” – Greta Thunberg
Young people are fighting for their right to a future on a really basic level. That is at the heart of the climate strikes: the right to a future that is more than fleeing from a series of disasters. The right to a future is also what young people are fighting for when they stand up for Black lives and against police violence. And they are also fighting for their right to a future when they call for gun control that will protect them from shootings at their schools. The right to a future free from violence and unending disasters connects all of these movements. Young activists are demanding large-scale, systemic changes in how we live, work, consume resources, and interact with the natural world and with each other. When it comes to working for a cause, young activists are ready and willing to use all the tools they can get their hands on, from voting (for those who are old enough) and civil lawsuits to art and gardening. This book is a celebration of their creativity and courage.
June 16, 2021
By Naomi Klein
LAST MONTH, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation uncovered a mass grave of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia, Canada.
On Intercepted: Naomi Klein speaks with residential school survivor Doreen Manuel and her niece Kanahus Manuel about the horrors of residential schools and the relationship between stolen children and stolen land. Doreen’s father, George Manuel, was a survivor of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, where unmarked graves of children as young as 3 years old were found. Kanahus’s father, Arthur Manuel, was also a survivor of the Kamloops residential school. This intergenerational conversation goes deep on how the evils of the Kamloops school, and others like it, have reverberated through a century of Manuels, an experience shared by so many Indigenous families, and the Manuel family’s decades long fight to reclaim stolen land.
Warning: This episode contains highly distressing material. If you are a former residential school student in distress, or need help, contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419.
May 7, 2021
By Naomi Klein
California’s divided and fire-scarred cities, reeling from climate disasters, need a Green New Deal.
IT’S A RITUAL that has been repeated many times over the coldest months of Northern California’s winter. The Chico police arrive between 9 a.m. and noon on a Thursday, perhaps in the hopes of catching people when they are home. Home, in this case, being flimsy tents, draped in tarps, many of them strung up between pine trees, secured to fences, or hidden beneath highway overpasses. The cops read out orders and sometimes hand out flyers: You have 72 hours to clear all of your belongings or they will be destroyed.
Before the deadline, volunteers usually show up with trailers and pickup trucks to help with the move. They load up bicycles, coolers, and cats, as well as clothing stuffed in suitcases, plastic laundry baskets, and garbage bags. Then they drive around this scrappy city in the Sacramento Valley looking for a new place to set up camp — only to have police show up a few days or weeks later and repeat the whole wrenching eviction again.