Environmental Justice

From Louisiana to Taiwan, Green Activists Stand Up To Plastics Giant

"Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese plastics company, intends to build a complex St. James Parish, Louisiana, a region already known as "Cancer Alley." Environmental activist Anne Rolfes faces criminal charges for a protest action she took to call attention to the company's history of harm." "From Southeast Asia to the United States, activists have called attention in recent years to the harmful impact of chemical companies such as Formosa Plastics Corporation, a Taiwanese petrochemical company that operates throughout the world, including the US."

Source: PRI The World, 07/10/2020

Detroit: Civil Rights Coalition Sues To Bar Water Shutoffs For Residents

"A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a landmark class action to permanently ban water shutoffs for Detroit residents and force the city to implement an affordable payment plan."

Source: Guardian, 07/10/2020

"Supreme Court Ruling: Nearly Half Of Oklahoma Under Tribal Control"

"Millions of acres in the eastern half of Oklahoma remain part of a Native American reservation for criminal law purposes, the Supreme Court said today in a sharply divided ruling that could have implications for oil and gas development in the state."

Source: E&E News, 07/10/2020

Movement for Black Lives and Environmentalists Finding Common Ground

"The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and the environmental movement have not always walked side by side. However, that tide is slowly shifting. This much-needed unity has never been more clear than in the M4BL’s release of the BREATHE Act, a suite of policy proposals, on Tuesday."

Source: Earther, 07/08/2020

Former Government Officials Demand Science-Based Approach To Pandemic

"Fifty-seven former government scientists and public health officials of both parties called on Monday for a science-based approach to the coronavirus pandemic and criticized the Trump administration for marginalizing science and expertise in its response."

Source: Washington Post, 07/08/2020

Park Police Did Not Record Radio During Lafayette Square Operation

"Audio of the forceful push led by U.S. Park Police to sweep protesters out of Lafayette Square on June 1, moments before President Trump’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church, was not recorded by the Park Police radio communications system, the agency said Tuesday."

Source: Washington Post, 07/08/2020

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