User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-Independent
Category: Environmental Justice :: Access
Last updated: Feb 17 2018 21:02 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 2,886    
Trump Creates, Then Exacerbates, Crisis for Palestinian Refugees 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
After Trump's declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians pulled out of the so-called peace talks. In retaliation, Trump halted more than half of US aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which provides basic humanitarian services to 1.3 million Palestinians. Now the European Parliament is moving in to help the Palestinian refugees. Palestinian demonstrators are confronted Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Hazem Bader / AFP / Getty Images) One of the most consequential actions Donald Trump took during the first year of his presidency was to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. When the Palestinians predictably responded by pulling out of the US-led " peace process ," Trump retaliated by cutting US financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by more than 50 percent. "A Death Sentence" for ...
Also found in: [+]
Reclaiming the Radical Critique of Education 10.2.2018 Truthout.com
Whether you read Truthout daily, weekly or even once a month, now's the perfect time to show that you value real journalism. Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! The left has a long history of critiquing not just the content of schooling, but the very concepts and institutions foundational to formal education. Sometimes incompatible but sometimes complementary, radical arguments have marched along side by side over the centuries. Some claimed that the working classes deserved open access to elite education, others that what schools taught was actually nothing more than indoctrination in service to elites and that schools needed a total overhaul in content, while yet others argued that the concepts of school and teacher were in themselves tools for indoctrination and disempowerment and should be abolished. Sometimes one person would adopt more than one, even all, of the above views, depending on the situation or moment. Sometimes radicals just argued the principles among themselves. But there ...
Also found in: [+]
Black Americans Mostly Left Behind by Progress Since Dr. King's Death 8.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. On Apr. 4, 1968,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. That was almost 50 years ago. Back then, the wholesale racial integration required by the  1964 Civil Rights Act  was just beginning to chip away at discrimination in education, jobs and public facilities. Black voters had only obtained  legal protections  two years earlier, and the  1968 Fair Housing Act  was about to become law. African-Americans were only beginning to move into neighborhoods, colleges and careers once reserved for whites only. I'm too young to remember those days. But hearing my parents talk about the late 1960s, it sounds in some ways like another world. Numerous African-Americans now hold positions of power, from mayor to governor to corporate chief executive -- and, yes, once upon a time,  president . The US is a very different place than it was 50 years ...
Also found in: [+]
How Economic Distress Impacts Your Health 1.2.2018 Truthout.com
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! According to  a recent report , Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia have the worst health in the US. These states have higher rates of premature deaths, chronic diseases and poor health behaviors year after year. Why are people in some places in the US consistently less healthy than those in others? If you look to health and fitness magazines, it may seem like poor diet, lack of exercise and other bad behaviors are to blame. Genetics and access to health care are also commonly cited reasons for why some people are healthier than others. But where a person lives, works and plays also matters. As a public health researcher interested in how society affects our health, my research shows where you live plays a powerful role on your health. Economic ...
Also found in: [+]
What White People Can Do for Food Justice 29.1.2018 Truthout.com
People of color have been working for food justice for decades. They need resources. Chef Nadine Nelson, creator of Master Cooks Corps train-the-trainer program, says white people in the food movement should ask: What are you doing to hold yourself accountable to people of color? Best-selling author Mark Bittman prepares lunch in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. (Photo: Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)   Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! It is possible that the rich and famous can offer more to society than glimpses into their opulent lifestyles. The cult of celebrity today goes beyond our desire and admiration of superstars' expensive clothes, cars, and houses. We want to know where they stand on important issues that impact our lives, like racism, sexual violence, the environment, food and land reform. To our consolation, some of them are actually using their platforms to stand ...
Also found in: [+]
Super Bowl LII Impacts Hospital Access and Homeless Community in Minnesota 24.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
No ads, no subscription fees -- instead, Truthout is fueled by generous donations from readers. Want to support our work? Click here to donate. While the Minnesota Vikings weren't this year's NFC champions, the city of Minneapolis -- and the surrounding area – is already feeling the impact of Super Bowl LII. And as always, the poor stand to experience the most harm. Although the big game is more than a week away, streets surrounding the brand new US Bank Stadium are closed, forcing those who live and work downtown to find alternative routes. That adds extra drive time for everyone, but the road closure makes it especially difficult for patients to reach Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the biggest hospital in Minnesota -- and the one that sees the most uninsured and patients in poverty. Meanwhile, HCMC is already expecting a 10 percent increase in visits in the week leading up to and including the massive event. "With the hospital right across the street from US Bank Stadium, road closures and ...
Also found in: [+]
Newly Released Documents Show Dakota Access Pipeline Is Discriminatory Against Native Americans 22.1.2018 Truthout.com
Records obtained recently show that the companies funding the Dakota Access pipeline manipulated their environmental justice assessment of its impact after the pipeline was rerouted from a predominantly white area onto Sioux Tribal land. What's more, it appears that this was done under the active guidance of the US Army Corps of Engineers. A young activist holds a sign during a march in solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors in Seattle, Washington, on September 16, 2016. (Photo: John Duffy ) Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Show your support for independent news: Make a tax-deductible donation today! A new year and  five oil-spills  later, the flowing of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) underneath the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's water supply continues to be a threat to tribal survival. As the Tribe battles to shut down the oil flow through the courts, new information detailing how the pipeline was wrongly placed through Lake Oahe -- the Tribe's main source of ...
Also found in: [+]
Could poor transmission planning limit corporate renewable deals? 17.1.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Utilities are stepping up, but a new report suggests regulators and grid operators aren't responding fast enough.
Also found in: [+]
Social services give rural families a safety net 17.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Issues of affordable housing and transportation impede rural families from getting out of poverty.
Also found in: [+]
Sessions Doubles Down in the War on Weed 16.1.2018 Truthout.com
Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate -- but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! Four days after California rang in the New Year as the sixth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana -- and more than 21 years after it became the first state to legalize medical marijuana use -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared war on the most populous state. Sessions issued  a Marijuana Enforcement Memo  providing guidance to US Attorneys on "which marijuana activities to prosecute" by following "well-established principles" to "disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country." The Trump administration's Pot Memo doesn't immediately affect medical marijuana usage -- now available in 29 states, plus the District of Columbia -- but it does roll back  the 2014 Cole Memorandum , which guided federal prosecutors away from targeting marijuana businesses ...
Also found in: [+]
Giving Up Patriotism and Integration Myths for MLK Day 15.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) While Martin Luther King Jr. is claimed by both the right and the left as a civil rights icon, both sides regularly distort his legacy to push a mythology of integration and patriotism, as if being able to participate in white life were the real goal of Black struggle. This MLK Day, let's honor Dr. King's true legacy -- the struggle against a capitalist, white supremacist system. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) "The trouble is that we live in a failed system. Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. ... That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we're going to have to change the system." —Martin Luther King Jr., March 27, 1968 "Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?" —James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, popular ...
Also found in: [+]
Norway Halts Weapons Sales in Yemen War, Citing Humanitarian Crisis, as US and Britain Continue Supply 4.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday the country will stop supplying weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates, citing "great concern" over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen for nearly three years. Meanwhile, the US and Britain continue to supply the Saudis with billions of dollars' worth of weapons. The US also provides logistical military support to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi air campaign has killed more than 10,000 civilians in Yemen and displaced more than 3 million. More than 80 percent of Yemenis now lack food, fuel, water and access to healthcare. We speak with journalist Iona Craig, who was based in Sana'a from 2010 to 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London. She was awarded the 2016 Orwell Prize for her reporting on Yemen. TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to Yemen. On Wednesday, Norway's ...
Also found in: [+]
Access to clean water a luxury for some First Nations reserves 30.12.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Krystalline Kraus I recently went to a movie and one of the pre-screening ads was about donating to a global charity that helps people get access to clean water. As I watched the ad, I wondered how many people in that packed theatre knew that it is not only communities in developing nations that struggle for access to clean water. The very same issues are true for some reserves. "Two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade," according to a CBC News investigation , and it has not gotten much better in 2017. "The longest-running water advisory is in the Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario, where residents have been boiling their water for 20 years," says the CBC report. In second, third and fourth place are the Nazko First Nation, Alexis Creek First Nation and Lake Babine First Nation, all of which are in British Columbia and have struggled with water issues over the past 16 years. Not that your average Canadian ...
Also found in: [+]
How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers 28.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: AndreyPopov / iStock / Getty Images Plus) When Dacheca Fleurimond decided to give birth at SUNY Downstate Medical Center earlier this year, her sister tried to talk her out of it. Her sister had recently delivered at a better-rated hospital in Brooklyn's gentrified Park Slope neighborhood and urged Fleurimond, a 33-year-old home health aide, to do the same. But Fleurimond had given birth to all five of her other children at the state-run SUNY Downstate and never had a bad experience. She and her family had lived steps away from the hospital in East Flatbush when they emigrated from Haiti years ago. She knew the nurses at SUNY Downstate, she told her sister. She felt comfortable there. She didn't know then how much rode on her decision, or how fraught with risk her delivery would turn out to be. It's been long-established that black women like Fleurimond fare worse in pregnancy and childbirth, dying at a rate  more than triple  that of white mothers. And while part of the disparity can be ...
Also found in: [+]
How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018 27.12.2017 Truthout.com
Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of  activist group ADAPT  highlighted what's at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society -- something that will be under threat in 2018,  thanks to Republican policies . If you're disabled and feeling helpless -- or nondisabled and wanting to work in solidarity with the disability community -- there are lots of actions you can take that will make a big difference. On the Federal Level Many disabled people are extremely concerned about threats to Medicaid, which will likely be targeted for significant cuts in 2018 --  in part to pay for the  GOP tax bill . Medicaid provides key health services to millions of disabled and/or low-income Americans. Consider contacting your legislators to let them know you support Medicaid funding and don't want to see the venerable program converted to block grants or subjected to extreme ...
Also found in: [+]
Challenging the Neoliberalism at the Root of Trump's Authoritarianism 7.12.2017 Truthout.com
Donald Trump's election marked a perilous watershed for the descent of democracy in the United States into authoritarianism. Not only is the public in peril, it is on the brink of collapse as the economic, political and cultural institutions necessary for democracy to survive are being aggressively undermined. There is hope, however: A robust intersectional resistance can result in radical social and political change.  Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) What are the longer term trends that give rise to the presidency of Donald Trump? What will be the national and global impacts? And what do we need to do to resist? Henry A. Giroux tackles these questions in The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. "This courageous and timely book is the first and best book on Trump's neo-fascism in the making," says Cornel West. To order your copy, click here and ...
Also found in: [+]
Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson 5.12.2017 Truthout.com
An excerpt from the recently published book   Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi , a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States. The book documents the ongoing organizing and institution-building of the political forces concentrated in Jackson, Mississippi, dedicated to advancing the "Jackson-Kush Plan." These forces include the Jackson People's Assembly, the New Afrikan People's Organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Jackson Human Rights Institute and Cooperation Jackson.  (Image: Daraja Press)The following is an excerpt from the recently published book   Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi .  Jackson Rising is a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States. The book documents the ...
Also found in: [+]
Why Redneck Revolt Says Deal With Racism First, Then Economics 3.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. "Moved by the need for control, for an unchallenged top tier, the power elite in American history has thrived by placating the vulnerable and creating for them a false sense of identification -- denying real class differences where possible." -- Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America There is no shortage of media commentary discrediting "identity politics," particularly the focus on Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities calling for justice and equity. Economics is our real problem, a counter argument goes, not race, sex, gender, citizenship. But as author Nancy Isenberg points out in White Trash, "identity has always been a part of politics." Laws have been written to oppress and exploit particular identities -- Native Americans, Black Americans, Asians, homosexuals, transgender, and women -- in a ...
Also found in: [+]
Native People and Allies Pledge to Stop Keystone XL 27.11.2017 Truthout.com
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! I'm in Lower Brule, South Dakota, where elected tribal officials, spiritual leaders, Native grassroots organizations, youth groups, and traditional women's societies have gathered with non-Native farmers, ranchers and others affected by the Keystone XL pipeline. That project to carry tar sands from shale fields in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico threatens our water, our livelihoods and our sacred sites. Yes, we were sad, and angry. But within minutes, we went from being sad to being strategic. That decision opens a new terrain to continue the fight to prevent the building of KXL, and it can be stopped if we build on the strong relationships between Native leadership and non-Native farmers and ranchers.  We can leverage the power of organized prayer in a values-led campaign that ...
Also found in: [+]
Radical revolution 27.11.2017 BBC: Business
This simple yet transformative piece of technology made civilisation possible.
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 2,886