Activism Featured 

Extinction Rebellion: Disruption and Arrests Can Bring Social Change

United Kingdom (Conversation) – Extinction Rebellion burst onto everybody’s screens with disruptions and mass arrests across the UK and around the world, in protest against government inaction on climate change. Radical disruptions have been at the heart of Extinction Rebellion’s activism since it was founded in 2018 – from January’s disruption of London Fashion Week, to the infamous naked protest in Parliament – but the scale of the most recent actions has finally succeeded in forcing mainstream news cycles to start giving the politics of climate change the attention it deserves. One could argue that Extinction Rebellion’s week of Read More

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Homeless Culture 

As Housing Costs Soar, US City Weighs Ban on Sleeping in Cars

California, United States (Sputnik) – A proposal by city officials in San Diego, California, to reestablish a ban that restricts individuals from living in their vehicles on city streets is just another attempt to criminalize the city’s poor, Ann Menasche, senior attorney with Disability Rights California, told Sputnik. “It’s absolutely a draconian measure,” Menasche told Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary on Wednesday. “[It’s] extremely repressive. It’s basically a continuation of the war on the unhoused poor.” Listen to “San Diego Seeks to Ban Poor and Disabled from Sleeping in Cars” on Spreaker. The measure was introduced by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in March, just Read More

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Ban Leggings on Campus? Ludicrous – Wearing Leggings Allows Women to Move Like Superheroes

United States (Conversation) – I’m writing this at my office computer wearing leggings and a short skirt. I wear the leggings because I ride my bike to work and they keep my legs warm. I add the skirt when I get to the office because most here would consider leggings alone inappropriate work attire for a middle-aged academic administrator. After this week, it’s clear that some people don’t think they are appropriate attire for students on campus either. Maryann White, a mother of four sons, made news with her plea in a letter to the University of Notre Dame Read More

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Watch | Greta Thunberg Addresses Extinction Rebellion in London: ‘We Are the Ones Making a Difference’

United Kingdom (CD) – A day before countries around the world celebrate Earth Day, activist and leader of the School Strike for Climate Greta Thunberg addressed protesters in London who have been occupying a number of major landmarks for almost a week, rallying the demonstrators to continue their fight against the “existential crisis” brought about by climate change. “Humanity is now standing at a crossroads,” Thunberg told the protesters gathered at the Marble Arch. “We must now decide which path we want to take. How do we want the future living conditions for all species to be? We have gathered Read More

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Phoenix PD Justice 

Could Better Mental Health Services Be Key to Reducing Police-Involved Shootings? Phoenix Police Say Yes.

United States (Cronkite) – Police officials on Friday said a growing number of 911 calls involving people with mental health issues has led to a spike in officer-involved shootings. Mayor Kate Gallego, pointing to a National Police Foundation report on the use of deadly force, called for an increase in mental health services to better serve the community and mitigate police involvement. “It is something our officers deal with on a daily basis,” Gallego said at a news conference. “We responded to at least 4,100 suicide calls in the last year, and we had 12,500 people who we brought to behavioral health Read More

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IRS Featured Justice 

How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups

United States (ProPublica) – In the past decade, people, companies and unions have dispensed more than $1 billion in dark money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The very definition of that phrase, to many critics, epitomizes the problem of shadowy political influence: Shielded by the cloak of anonymity, typically wealthy interests are permitted to pass limitless pools of cash through nonprofits to benefit candidates or political initiatives without contributing directly to campaigns. Such spending is legal because of a massive loophole. Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code allows organizations to make independent expenditures on politics while Read More

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Pesticide Kids Featured Science and Nature 

Court Orders EPA to Stop Stalling Potential Ban on Pesticide Tied to Brain Damage in Kids

United States (CD) – In a ruling welcomed by public health advocates, a federal court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to stop stalling a potential ban on a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, giving regulators until mid-July to make a final decision. Citing unacceptable health risks for children, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ended household use of chlorpyrifos in 2000. However, farmers can still use the pesticide—which is also tied to nervous system problems in people and animals—on crops such as apples, broccoli, corn, and strawberries. The unanimous ruling (pdf) Friday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is the latest development in Read More

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DHS Justice 

US Expands War on Terror to All ‘Targeted Violence’ With New Agency

United States (Sputnik) – A new agency within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will broaden the War on Terror to all forms of targeted violence, regardless of the motivation, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced in a press release. “I am pleased to announce the establishment of the DHS Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention,” McAleenan stated on Friday. “By expanding the aperture of terrorism prevention to include targeted violence, DHS can help communities better protect themselves against a broader range of current and emerging threats.” McAleenan explained the new agency will widen the scope of previous DHA efforts to ensure that all forms of violence, regardless Read More

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Legalized Marijuana Activism 

Thousands Join Ben & Jerry’s to Demand Criminal Justice Reform, Extending Benefits of Cannabis Legalization to Communities of Color

United States (CD) – The ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s was among those on Saturday who sought to draw attention to inequities which have become increasingly apparent since more states began loosening cannabis restrictions—a shift which critics say has mainly benefited white and upper-class Americans. The Vermont-based company, which has been outspoken about progressive causes since it opened in 1978, circulated a petition late Friday, calling on Congress to extend the benefits of the growing destigmatization of marijuana to communities of color, who are disproportionately convicted of and incarcerated for drug-related crimes. It’s hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people Read More

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