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Five Activism Suggestions That Worked: When Your Representatives Don't Listen 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
The current political climate is hostile to real accountability. Help us keep lawmakers and corporations in check -- support the independent journalism at Truthout today! Nearly every Friday since Trump took office, constituents of longtime Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) took time out of their busy lives to visit his Morristown, New Jersey office to encourage him to protect Obamacare, to vote no on a GOP tax plan, and most importantly, to hold a town hall meeting (which it seemed like he bent over backward to avoid). Members of this tireless group, NJ 11th for Change, a branch of the Indivisible movement, never did get that town hall, but their tenacity may have landed them something better: his retirement.  Frelinghuysen, who served as the chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, announced recently that he would not seek reelection in New Jersey's 11th congressional district. He is the  eighth long-serving Republican to call it quits  in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, and the ...
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Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It's Moral -- and Practical 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York being the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal. The global financial and insurance industries are starting to recognize that fossil fuel investments don't make moral or economic sense. Thousands of New Yorkers came together for the #Sandy5 march on October 28, 2017, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Participants demanded powerful climate action from New York's elected officials. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) In January, New York City announced that it would both  divest its $189 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies  and sue the world's five biggest oil companies for their contributions to catastrophic climate change. The city plans to move the $5 billion it now invests in fossil fuel companies into other investments within the next five years. The lawsuit, in turn, cites climate change-caused damage, such as flooding and ...
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How some towns are working together to save the planet - and their budgets 19.2.2018 Philly.com News
Better communication with residents and government transparency. Efficiency and cost savings. Public health and a clean environment. These are the goals for local governments aiming to be more sustainable.
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Why Growing Veggies in the City Isn’t Just a Feel-Good Exercise 18.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling […]
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Racist Preconceptions and an Ongoing Cover-Up Mark the Attica Rebellion's Legacy 18.2.2018 Truthout.com
Attica is a powerful reminder that people living behind bars are human beings, says Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. Thompson discusses the causes and consequences of the Attica rebellion and the extent of the cover-up that continues to this day. Video grab of prisoners being rounded up after the four-day uprising at Attica Prison. (Photo: Henry Groskinsky / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images) In September 1971, prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York rose up and seized control of the prison to draw the world's attention to the terrible conditions they endured. But the state's bloody retaking of the prison, and the blame placed on prisoners for the death toll that ensued, paved the way for today's repressive mass incarceration apparatus. Get the true story of Attica in Heather Ann Thompson's gripping, award-winning book Blood in the Water. Order it by donating to Truthout today! The reality of what ...
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School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting 18.2.2018 AP National
The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws....
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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets 18.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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Why mobilizing private capital towards the SDGs is good for business 17.2.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
To achieve the U.N. Goals, we need trillions, not billions, in investment. Here's how that will create market opportunities for a more sustainable world.
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The Green Movement Is Lily White. That’s a Problem. 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  It’s been 20 years since Esteban González Burchard took a trip to Chicago that changed his life. The asthma researcher had been to the Windy City before, so tourism wasn’t on his agenda. Rather, he was there to attend the American Thoracic […]
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Horrified Florida students beg the adults: Please, do something about guns 17.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

The kids in South Florida are fed up. With the adults.

After a mass shooting left 17 students and faculty dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, many area students — instead of withdrawing into the solitude of grief — have thrown themselves into...

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Disability Activists Crash Congress to Stop a Bill That Would Undermine Their Civil Rights 16.2.2018 Truthout.com
The civil rights of disabled people came under attack Thursday as Congress made it more difficult to sue businesses that are inaccessible to people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although dozens of activists showed up to loudly voice their protest, the House passed HR 620, weakening the 28-year-old law. Now activists are vowing to take their fight to the Senate. Harriotte Ranvig, 71, of Somerville Mass., is escorted out of the House chamber on February 15, 2018, after she and a group of protesters disrupted the vote on The ADA Education and Reform Act on which makes it harder for disabled people to sue for discrimination. The aim of the legislation is to curb dishonest lawsuits. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. Anita Cameron remembers the  Capitol Crawl  like it was yesterday. It was the spring of 1990, and Congress was ...
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Immigrant rights activists block Homeland Security van from accessing Metropolitan Detention Center 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A crowd of immigrant rights advocates blocked a Homeland Security van late Thursday from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Video footage showed dozens of people standing in the street, in front of a marked van, chanting, “Drive out ICE!” and “Stop the deportations!”...

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The Costs of US Wars Are Staggering, but Most Americans Continue to Ignore Them 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
US Army soldiers engage in a live-fire exercise in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, July 1, 2010. (Photo: The US Army ) Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. I'm in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George W. Bush called the "Global War on Terror," I was still in college. I remember taking part in a couple of campus antiwar demonstrations and, while working as a waitress in 2003, being upset by customers who ordered " freedom fries ," not "French fries," to protest France's opposition to our war in Iraq. (As it happens, my mother is French, so it felt like a double insult.) For years, like many Americans, that was about all the thought I put into the war on terror. But one career choice led to another and today I'm co-director of the  Costs of War Project  at Brown University's  Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs . Now, when I ...
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Ethiopia's prime minister submits resignation after protests 15.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a "lasting peace."
Here’s a picture of a school lunch 15.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Let's just say parent Mandy Berkhof wasn't that impressed when she went to a Sioux Falls elementary school on Tuesday to have lunch with her daughter.
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Fourteen Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. President Trump released his  proposed federal budget for 2019  on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Of course, these fully eliminated programs are just the tip of the iceberg. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future. The impact of proposed budget cuts on the EPA and other agencies, if passed, will be dramatic, but many operations will probably manage to limp on. That may not be so with the 14 programs Trump has proposed eliminating altogether: The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ...
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How We Get Free: An Organizing Story and a Love Letter 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Cherelle Baldwin (center), mom Cynthia Long (left) and organizer Mary Shields from California Coalition of Women Prisoners (right) hold a banner prepared by Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, which lists the names of criminalized survivors. (Photo: Holly Krig) Women and gender non-conforming people of color who defend themselves against domestic violence and sexual assault often end up imprisoned for the "crime." Recent efforts by community organizations to free the wrongfully imprisoned survivors have also challenged us to think about all incarceration as a criminalization of survivors of violence of one form or another -- especially, the violence of poverty -- that should end. Cherelle Baldwin (center), mom Cynthia Long (left) and organizer Mary Shields from California Coalition of Women Prisoners (right) hold a banner prepared by Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, which lists the names of criminalized survivors. (Photo: Holly Krig) This Truthout original was only possible ...
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Next on Fulton Market menu: offices, and lots of them 15.2.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
The latest wave of office construction transforming Chicago'’s once-gritty Fulton Market district is likely to move closer to reality Thursday as proposals for four big office buildings are considered for zoning approval. Developer Sterling Bay wants to construct office buildings of 19, 20 ...
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How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it 15.2.2018 AP National
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived....
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As Cities Grapple With Mobility Revolution, 10 Principles Emerge to Guide Them 14.2.2018 WRI Stories
As Cities Grapple With Mobility Revolution, 10 Principles Emerge to Guide Them Comments|Add Comment|PrintBikesharing is part of the paradigm shift in urban mobility. (Flickr/WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities) Mobility is undergoing a huge shift—from the emergence of shared cars and bicycles to the impending self-driving cars—and we’re just starting to understand the full effect on cities. The revolution has implications for equity, accessibility and sustainability, and has caught many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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