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Climate Change and Gender: Addressing Heat-Related Health Impacts on Women in India 28.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Guest Blog Post by Amee Raval, NRDC India Climate Intern With 2014 officially being the hottest year on record, the conversation on building resilience in the communities most vulnerable to climate change has become particularly important for governments across the...
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On Bill C-279, state violence and institutional transphobia 28.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, February 27, 2015 With support, Senator Donald Plett wants to modify Bill C-279 so trans people will not be able to access any 'sex-segregated' facility and the term 'gender identity' will be removed. Horrible. Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming.   On Wednesday February 25, the Canadian Senate voted 6-4 to amend Bill C-279. Bill C-279 is federal Bill that seeks to bring rights and equality to transgender Canadians, sponsored by NDP MP Randall Garrison and which passed in the house of commons two years ago. The amendments the Senate wants would essentially render Bill C-279 ...
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New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York: This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New...
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Money shouldn't stop kids from playing baseball 26.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
To the editor: Once upon a time, boys of all economic and ethnic backgrounds could use public parks in Los Angeles and its environs to play Little League baseball free of charge. Now the city of Los Angeles is selling the use of a baseball field subsidized in part by the Dodgers to...
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Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment 26.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney, Director, Latino Outreach, San Francisco: Black History Month calls for a celebration of the visionary environmental leadership of Black individuals and communities, as well as an examination of the many environmental injustices faced by people of color in our country. Whether we acknowledge it or...
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How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save Net Neutrality: A Buried Story of a Powerful Coalition 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This week's FCC action should bring a long-delayed victory for net neutrality. It's an important victory, without which the online world that we've come to take for granted would risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. But this victory might never have happened without an unlikely political coalition a decade ago, a story that should remind us how even if we're divided by passionately felt issues, we can sometimes find powerful common ground. * * * "When it comes to protecting Internet freedom, the Christian Coalition and MoveOn respectfully agree," read the New York Times ad. MoveOn was the largest progressive organization in America, and the Christian Coalition a key group for conservative religious activists. They'd been on the other side of myriad issues, but never teamed up on anything before. The story behind the ad began with a former Army Ranger captain and Christian Coalition activist named Joseph McCormick. After losing his Republican congressional campaign and being a 2000 Bush ...
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Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Black History Month calls for a celebration of the visionary environmental leadership of black individuals and communities, as well as an examination of the many environmental injustices faced by people of color in our country. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the extreme weather events of last year and early 2015 do not visit economic, psychological and health-related damage upon all Americans equally. We have seen for decades how racism, poverty and other forms of marginalization negatively impact our experience of environmental issues such as pollution and extreme weather. When a superstorm like Hurricane Sandy hits, it does its worst damage to families who lack access to health insurance, rent homes, are un- or under-insured, and generally already overburdened. From winter storms that bring higher heating costs and disrupted services, to summer heat waves that are felt more harshly in urban centers where, research shows, 52% of black Americans are more likely than whites to live in "urban heat ...
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George Wallace, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, and the LGBTQ Movement Beyond Marriage 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I can't stop thinking about two photos that I encountered recently. The first is the iconic one of Alabama's arch-segregationist governor, George Wallace, grandstanding at the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in 1963, taking his last stand against legal segregation in Alabama's schools as he declared that the state would not bend to federal intrusion. The image was resurrected this month because Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore has once again made the state the center of the face-off between states' rights and civil rights. Moore defied a federal court mandate to begin recognizing same-sex marriages when he ordered Alabama's probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As I began reading analyses of the Alabama marriage stand-off that reference Gov. Wallace and his famous defiance, I initially thought, optimistically: Ha, well, Wallace did not prevail! The feds came in, the news cameras moved on to something else, and desegregation triumphed at the end of the day, just as ...
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INDIA GREEN NEWS: RE Invest 2015 Creates Renewables Buzz; Government Launching Air Quality Index 25.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco: India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Compiled by Nehmat Kaur February 13-20, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE World Bank agrees $8 million aid to India for climate change mitigation India on Friday...
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How Libraries Are Adapting To Help Homeless Find Jobs, Health Services 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment. Many public libraries discourage homeless people from hanging around all day. "It could be the way you dress, the way your hair is," says Bailey, whose scruffy denim jacket could use a good wash. But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year. At the same time, libraries are more important than ever to people who can't otherwise get connected: Nearly two-thirds provide the only free computer and Internet access in their ...
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Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too 25.2.2015 Yahoo: US National
Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too
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About that "Miracle" 24.2.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
TC Daily Planet An article was published on the Atlantic’s site yesterday called  MORE » An article was published on the Atlantic’s site yesterday called  The Miracle of Minneapolis .  The post, written by  Derek Thompson , lauds the Twin Cities metro area for its success in the areas of education, social mobility, affordable housing, tax policy, and water-power-harnessing, to name a few.   The claim that the Twin Cities are, and have been, such dynamic places to live is likely to ring hollow to at least one large category of Twin Cities residents: people of color. Indeed, within hours of Thompson’s post going up, critics on Twitter began to  point out , rightly, that for people of color, life in the Twin Cities is, and has been, a far cry from miraculous. For many, the more realistic assessments came when Minnesota was recently named the  second-worst state in the country for Black people to live.  Or when statistical studies confirmed the lived educational experiences of people of color here: that ...
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Here Are 10 Ways Activists Are Mending California's Income Gap 24.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece was originally published by Capital & Main. As our “State of Equality” series has documented, economic inequality poses a grave threat to California’s future. But conditions would be far worse were it not for the progress made by determined activists, community leaders and lawmakers. In the last several years, California has generated some of the nation’s most innovative and effective strategies to reverse inequality. Here Judith Lewis Mernit lists 10 landmark achievements worth celebrating and emulating. — Editor 1. PAY FAIR Nothing says economic equality like a decent living wage and, in 2013, California became the first state to raise its minimum wage to $10, with built-in cost-of-living increases. (The policy takes full effect in 2016.) Last November San Francisco voters also voted to raise the city’s hourly minimum wage from $10.74 to $12.25 by May, and $15 by July 2018. Oakland residents did the same: 82 percent of them voted for Measure FF, which will increase the city’s minimum wage ...
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Let's Talk About Solar Power and Equity 23.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jorge Madrid We need to have “ the talk ” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about “all the good things, and the bad things, that may be.” First things first: the price of solar panels has fallen by 80 percent since 2008. This significant decrease in cost, coupled with incentives such as net metering which allow customers to send the energy they produce from their solar systems back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill, and the emergence of new financing models like solar “leasing” programs , has led to an explosion of local solar in the U.S. We now boast an estimated 20 gigawatts of solar energy nationwide (enough to power more than four million U.S. homes), and the United States added more solar capacity in the past two years than in the previous 30 years combined. In ...
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Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity 23.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jorge Madrid We need to have “ the talk ” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about “all the good things, and the bad things, that may be.” First things first: the price of solar panels has fallen by 80 percent since 2008. This significant decrease in cost, coupled with incentives such as net metering which allow customers to send the energy they produce from their solar systems back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill, and the emergence of new financing models like solar “leasing” programs , has led to an explosion of local solar in the U.S. We now boast an estimated 20 gigawatts of solar energy nationwide (enough to power more than four million U.S. homes), and the United States added more solar capacity in the past two years than in the previous 30 years combined. In ...
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Oscars Get Political, As Acceptance Speeches Wade Into Social Issues 23.2.2015 NPR News
At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.
Addressing Population Growth - Through Freedom, Not Control - Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption 22.2.2015 Truthout.com
"We have 225,000 people at the dinner table tonight who weren't there last night," William Ryerson, the president of the Population Institute told Truthout. "Population is the multiplier of everything else." Every year, the world population's net growth is equivalent to adding a new Egypt. Very often, arguments about overpopulation are used in defense of racist, sexist, classist and even genocidal policies, including killings, forced sterilization and the mass denial of reproductive freedom. And often, those arguments target black and brown people, particularly people in "developing" countries, centering the problem on "women having too many kids," rather than looking at what is actually having a significant effect on the planet, and how we can confront it humanely and in the service of real social and environmental freedoms. To see more stories like this, visit "Planet or Profit?" However, looking beyond the myths and dictates, the realities of population point to the contrary: Population-related ...
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To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges 21.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Rauner's Illinois budget threatens hospitals, executives say 21.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Shudders rippled through Illinois hospital and pharmacy industries earlier this week when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cuts to health care for the poor as part of his first budget for a financially shaky ...
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Let's Talk About Solar Power and Equity 21.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We need to have " the talk " about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power (large-scale and rooftop) can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about "all the good things, and the bad things, that may be." First things first, the price of solar panels has fallen by 80 percent since 2008. Because of this significant decrease in cost, coupled with enabling policies like net metering which allow customers to send the energy they produce from their solar systems back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill, and the emergence of new financing models like solar " leasing " programs, the U.S. has seen an explosion of local solar. We now boast an estimated 20 gigawatts of solar energy nationwide (enough to power more than 4 million U.S. homes), and the United States added more solar capacity in the past two years than in the previous 30 ...
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