Headlines October 17, 2022 from Democracy Now!

U.K. Protesters Throw Soup on Van Gogh Painting to Demand Climate Action

Oct 17, 2022
Image Credit: Rich Felgate/ @finitedoc

In Britain, two climate activists glued their hands to the walls of London’s National Gallery Friday to call out the U.K. government’s role in fueling the climate catastrophe. The activists from the group Just Stop Oil first flung two cans of soup onto Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting, which was protected by a glass screen.

Just Stop Oil activist: “What is worth more: art or life? Is it worth more than food, worth more than justice? Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people?”

It’s the latest climate protest involving prestigious artworks and museums. Last week, two people glued their hands to a Pablo Picasso painting in Melbourne, Australia, as activists seek to disrupt normal life in unexpected settings to call attention to the climate crisis.

Meanwhile, protesters from the group Animal Rebellion poured milk onto the floors of grocery stores across the United Kingdom on Sunday, calling for a shift to a more sustainable, plant-based food system. Their protest came as the British government unveiled plans to further crack down on climate activists through a new “public order” bill that could also be used to break labor strikes.   Climate Crisis

Greek Authorities Discover 92 Migrants Stripped Naked Near Turkish Border

Oct 17, 2022

The United Nations has called for an investigation into the “cruel and degrading treatment” of 92 migrants who were discovered near the Turkish border by Greek authorities Friday, completely stripped of their clothes, some with injuries. Both Turkey and Greece have deflected responsibility and blamed the other side for the situation, though details of what happened remain unclear.     Refugees


Outrage in Turkey as President Erdogan Blames “Fate” for Mine Blast That Killed 41

Oct 17, 2022

In Turkey, an explosion Friday at a coal mine in the northern Black Sea region killed at least 41 people. As Turkey mourned the victims over the weekend, union leaders and opposition politicians called out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for blaming the deadly blast on “fate.” The explosion came as tensions were already running high in Turkey following the passage of a new bill press freedom groups say worsens censorship. The new law could land journalists and others in prison for up to three years if accused of spreading “disinformation.”   Turkey   Labor   Freedom of the Press


GOP’s Herschel Walker Skips Second Debate with Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock

Oct 17, 2022
Image Credit: Reuters/ Elijah Nouvelage

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock debated Libertarian Senate candidate Chase Oliver in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday. Next to the two men stood an empty lectern for Republican candidate Herschel Walker, Senator Warnock’s main competitor, who refused to participate in the debate. The event came two days after Warnock and Walker faced off Friday night in what is expected to be their only debate. Walker was forced to defend his anti-abortion stance, after a former romantic partner recently said the ex-football player once paid for her to have an abortion and later urged her to terminate another pregnancy. She had the child. Walker has denied the claims. Senator Warnock, meanwhile, defended abortion rights in light of the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Raphael Warnock: “A patient’s room is too narrow and small and cramped a space for a woman, her doctor and the United States government. We are witnessing right now what happens when politicians — most of them men — pile into patients’ rooms.”

Warnock and Walker also clashed over their positions on the police, Medicaid expansion and who they supported as the respective leaders of their parties.     2022 Election


Oklahoma City Apple Store Employees Vote to Join CWA, Becoming 2nd to Unionize

Oct 17, 2022
Image Credit: Twitter/@TimDubnau

In labor news, workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City voted Friday to join the Communication Workers of America, making them the second retail outlet of the tech giant to unionize. Senator Bernie Sanders celebrated the successful organizing campaign, tweeting, “Last year, Apple made a record $95 billion profit. Its billionaire CEO made $99 million in 2021. It’s time for Apple to treat its workers with respect.”   Unions


“Defuse Nuclear War”: Protesters Rally at Dozens of U.S. Congressional Offices

Oct 17, 2022
Image Credit: Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA)

Anti-nuclear activists gathered in front of dozens of congressional offices across the United States, at the United Nations and elsewhere to demand leaders “Defuse Nuclear War.” The protests coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and as nuclear powers have been ratcheting up tensions amid the war in Ukraine. This is David Borris from the group Chicago Area Peace Action.

David Borris: “The mathematical possibility of a nuclear weapon being detonated by accident, by design is not zero. If it’s not zero, it’s inevitable.”


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