Only in America is the word socialism freighted with so much perceived menace.

Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’?  Only in America is the word freighted with so much perceived menace.  By David Bentley Hart, a scholar of religion and a cultural critic. April 27, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New YorkCreditCreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press In countries where, since World War II, the principles of democratic socialism have shaped public policy (basically, everywhere in the developed world except …

Principles and Statutes of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

In a 2018 climate rights case brought by young people in Colombia, the Colombian Supreme Court recognized the rights of communities, future generations, and nature to a healthy climate. Finding that deforestation causes imminent and serious damage to all Colombians of present and future generations, the Court sought to protect this vital ecosystem by recognizing the Colombian Amazon as an “entity …

Pitfalls of White Allyship

Some notes from Regan Byrd’s White Anti-Racist Allyship training on the pitfalls of white allyship are below. Robin Byrd offers more trainings (which can be found on Facebook) that might be of interest to you. Also, because you are getting this info for free, if you feel so inclined you can always give a donation of gratitude to her via paypal …

Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere.

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere. A year ago, the last Kentucky newspaper staffer dedicated to the environmental beat full-time left his job. He was not replaced. By Charles Bethea in the New Yorker, March 26, 2019 An abandoned mining operation in Harlan County, Kentucky, 2018. Photograph by Ross Gordon / Kentucky Documentary …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalitiesm, by Alycee Lane in Common Dreams March 21, 2019  For most of the 20th century, these communities could not participate equally with the white majority in direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption. (Photo:Pinterest) Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green …

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity To Operationalize Equity

Julie Nelson, Director, Government Alliance On Race And Equity And Lisa Brooks, University Of Washington School Of Social Work For Government Alliance On Race & Equity 12/01/16, https://climateadvocacylab.org/system/files/GARE-Racial_Equity_Toolkit.pdf Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

The Pentagon has 39,000 contaminated areas spread across 19 million acres just in the U.S. alone. U.S. military bases, both domestic and foreign, consistently rank among some of the most polluted places in the world

U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter Whitney Webb, MintPress News May. 15, 2017  Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it …