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Activists in Puerto Rico Want the Jones Act Eliminated -- So Why Are Unions Defending It? 19.10.2017 Truthout.com
In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, an obscure law governing maritime commerce has grabbed national headlines: The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known colloquially as the Jones Act. After facing political pressure and at the request of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on September 28, President Trump issued a 10-day waiver of the Act to ease shipping regulations on the island. That waiver  expired  last week. Many in Puerto Rico, along with members of the Puerto Rican diaspora living on the US mainland, argue that the statute is stifling aid by presenting an unnecessary barrier to the procurement of basic relief supplies. Maritime unions, meanwhile,  contend  that the measure is essential for protecting seafaring workers. So what is the Jones Act? What does it do? And what other factors might be getting in the way of supplies reaching Puerto Ricans?  What the Jones Act Does and Doesn't Do The Jones Act stipulates that only US-flagged ships can operate between ...
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It Shouldn't Take a Hurricane to Gain Health Care Access: Nurses Report Back From Disaster Zones 26.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Two members of a rapid response network that deploys nurses to disaster zones report back from Houston, where they spent a week healing victims of Hurricane Harvey. Working at the intersection of activism and health care access, they say our health care is a human right that should be guaranteed by Medicare for All.  Group from Harvey Deployment (Rhonda is center). (Photo courtesy of National Nurses United) We're now several months into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. Today's interview is the 76th in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one. Today we bring you a conversation with Dotty Nygard and Rhonda Risner, two registered nurses, ...
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Campesino Movements Say Climate Justice Is an Alternative to Devastating G20 Policies 5.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As our communities in the global South and North contend with the social and environmental impacts of market-oriented policies, the gathering of world leaders this week in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 does not raise many positive expectations. This is no surprise given that G20 countries currently dominate the world's economic governance -- together accounting for 85 percent of the global GDP, and their economic growth centered priorities have mostly translated to environmental destruction, social conflict and the exploitation of the poor majority. Because of this, grassroots social justice movements find it imperative to organize transnationally -- in addition to strategic work at the local level -- to bring the voice of rural communities from across the world to international forums. Doing so offers an alternative vision of life by linking the question of food production to those of power and democracy. With the revolutionary concept of Food Sovereignty on the forefront, the peasant women and men of La ...
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Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse. It's Time to Throw Sand in the Gears 1.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Trump is trying to use the same anti-establishment, pro-American rhetoric from his campaign to craft a neoliberal NAFTA renegotiation that will include everything demanded in the recently scuttled Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and more. (Photo: Michael Vadon / Flickr ) Many on the Left have been deeply critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since before it was fast-tracked into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. Now, President Donald Trump's current plan to renegotiate NAFTA is poised to make the massive trade deal even worse. In late May, a loose coalition of civil society groups gathered in Mexico City to discuss this upcoming renegotiation. Participants included the AFL-CIO, Canadian Labour Congress and over one hundred other labor, environmental, and immigrant rights organizations from across Mexico, the United States and Canada. The meeting produced a  joint declaration  opposing a Trump-led NAFTA renegotiation and marked the kickoff of the latest international ...
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More than ever, climate justice depends on engaged citizens 7.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Anyone who’s waiting for federal leadership on climate change isn’t serious about solutions. President Donald Trump has made it painfully clear: It’s on us.
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"Clean This Place, Don't Displace": Activists Battle for Environmental Justice in Washington, DC 19.5.2017 Truthout.com
April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium groundbreaking residents from Syphax Gardens, Q St. Corridor and Greenleaf. (Photo: Kari Fulton) Following the People's Climate March, Washington, DC residents have redoubled their fight for better air quality and to protect public housing in their gentrifying city. In particular, residents of Buzzard Point, a majority low-income African American community, are organizing to confront the proliferation of toxins from construction projects, such as the DC United Soccer Stadium. Buzzard Point in southwest DC is at risk of riverine and coastal flooding due to climate change. Of the ward's 84,000 residents, 93.3 percent are people of color. A series of development projects like the DC United Soccer Stadium, while at face value a boon for economic growth, unearth decades of toxicity in Buzzard Point, exposing community members to harmful substances while at the same time threatening to push out low- and middle-income residents. April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium ...
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Photos: Hundreds of Thousands Mobilize for Climate Justice 1.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The People's Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2017. (Photo: John Light) Many of President Trump's priorities have foundered in his first hundred days, but his efforts to roll back President Obama's climate change legacy has not. The Trump administration has moved swiftly to hand out favors to coal and oil companies and has advised the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare for deep cuts. On Friday night, a web page that, for 20 years, had given information about climate change, was removed from the EPA's website "to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt." And so it is perhaps appropriate that, the next day -- Trump's hundredth in office -- some 200,000 protesters marched from the Capitol Building to the White House to express their concerns about climate change, the environment and climate justice. As Trump prepared to decamp for Harrisburg, where he had a rally scheduled to counter-program the White House Correspondents Dinner, these ...
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Trump's Climate Order Isn't the End of the Story: A Conversation With Climate Justice Activist Jordan Estevao 30.3.2017 Truthout.com
Climate justice activists are building a bulwark of political will in cities and states. Regardless of what the federal government does, states are invested in building a clean energy future, says Jordan Estevao, a senior strategist for People's Action, a network of grassroots groups stretching across the country. Members of People's Action demonstrate at the American Petroleum Institute in Washington on April 20, 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of People's Action) It only takes a moment to contribute your support for courageous reporting and bold storytelling. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout today. Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what ...
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DU won’t divest from oil and gas, but board approves new green initiatives 25.1.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
University of Denver trustees have rejected a student-led request to pull investments from oil, natural gas and coal companies from the private school's $620 million endowment.
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Confrontation near parade route escalates, pepper spray used 21.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump’s inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers. Several spirited demonstrations unfolded peacefully at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read, “Resist Trump Climate J...
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Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration 21.1.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police deployed pepper spray and made numerous arrests in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as protesters registered their rage against the new president....
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Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration 20.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Police deployed pepper spray in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as protesters registered their rage against the new president.
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Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration 20.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Police deployed pepper spray in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday as protesters registered their rage against the new president. Spirited demonstrations unfolded peacefully at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read, “Resist Trump Climate Justice Now,” ‘’Let Freedom Ring,” ‘’Free Palestine.” But at one point, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed...
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Protesters make their mark on Trump's inauguration 20.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Calling out Donald Trump on climate change, race, his treatment of women and more, protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration Day, intent on making their mark as Trump prepared to take office. Spirited demonstrations unfolded at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police in riot gear helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read “Resist Trump Climate Justice Now,”...
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Crosscheck Is Not Just Crooked, It’s Criminal 6.12.2016 GregPalast.com

After reading my report on the Kobach/Koch/Trump operation, which has removed tens of thousands of minority voters from the rolls in the swing states that surprisingly shifted to Trump, former federal judge (and now Congressman) Alcee Hastings told me Crosscheck is a criminal violation of federal law. Hastings has called for criminal indictments and written an official Congressional member letter […]

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President Obama Says No New Drilling in the Arctic, Leaves the Gulf of Mexico Vulnerable 23.11.2016 Truthout.com
Oil pollution from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is burned in the Gulf of Mexico on June 9, 2010. (Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response ) Late last week, the Obama administration elected to protect the Arctic Ocean from offshore oil drilling while expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, counter to the demands of the growing Gulf South climate justice movement. As Greenpeace Executive Director  Annie Leonard wrote in response , "We join Alaskan communities in praising this decision. And Greenpeace stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Gulf South, who have for too long seen their lands, homes, waters, and health sacrificed to the oil and gas industry." Powerful response to Obama's 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan https://t.co/ffvgilSKUf #ArctictoGulfSolidarity #NoNewLeases #IndigenousRising — marynicol (@marynicol) November 19, 2016 President Obama's decision removed proposed lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas from the  2017-2022 Five Year Program , which is the federal ...
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Ex-Irish President Mary Robinson: US Will Become Rogue Nation If Trump Pulls Out of Climate Deal 17.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly said he would end all immigration to the US by Syrian refugees and others from what he called "terror-prone nations," and on Wednesday, a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC defended a proposed registry for all Muslim immigrants by citing World War II Japanese-American internment camps. "It's such a contradiction from the reality as we know it in the world," responds our guest Mary Robinson, "and the importance of actually having more inclusive societies." Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and UN high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We are broadcasting from Marrakech, Morocco, the site of the UN climate talks, or COP 22, the Conference of the Parties. Delegates from more than 190 countries are gathered here discussing how to implement the Paris Accord from last year. But questions are swirling over the future of the deal following ...
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India demands ‘climate justice’ 17.11.2016 Hindu: News
Chief negotiator Ravi Shankar Prasad pushes for Doha Amendment ratification by April 2017
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As US Elects Global Warming Denier, Thousands March in Marrakech Calling for Climate Justice 14.11.2016 Truthout.com

Democracy Now! broadcasts from Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the United Nations climate talks have just begun. The conference was jolted last week by Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election, as he has vowed to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN global warming programs." We feature the voices of some of the thousands who marched Sunday for climate justice.

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World likely to cross 1.2°C global warming level this year 14.11.2016 Hindu: S & T
World Meteorological Organisation shows record temperature rise in Status of the Global Climate in 2016 report
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