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image Lawsuit Launched Over California Cities' Killing of Threatened Santa Ana Suckers 480_santa_ana_sucker_paulbarrett_usfws_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., August 22, 2016 — Three conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to sue the cities of Colton and San Bernardino and their regional wastewater reclamation authority for illegally killing federally protected Santa Ana sucker fish. By halting water releases critical to maintaining surface flows of the Santa Ana River, the Rapid Infiltration and Extraction (RIX) treatment plant is stranding and killing threatened fish, violating the Endangered Species Act and dri...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:29PM
image Hearing in Lawsuit Compelling USDA to Pull Foie Gras From Shelves foie-gras-ducks-cc-liberation-bc.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2016 – Today the District Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund—the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, concerned consumers, and a coalition of animal protection groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allowing a diseased poultry product—specifically, foie gras—into the food supply....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:20PM
image Feds’ Approval of GE Mosquito Release Doesn’t Account for Risk 480_engineered_mosqutio_1.jpg by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, August 9th, 2016 — Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys without a thorough review of the risks associated with such a release. This first-of–its-kind release was approved by the FDA despite widespread public outcry and a weak environmental assessment....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:48PM
text Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, August 11, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed nine Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the release of public records relating to surveillance of peaceful protests of federal fossil fuel auctions. Records obtained by the Intercept in July revealed that federal and local police agents went undercover at a May 20 public protest of a Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auction in Lakewood, Colo....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:54PM
text Massive hydroelectric dam threatens Indigenous communities in Canada by Amnesty International
August 9, 2016 - A massive hydroelectric dam now under construction in the Canadian province of British Columbia violates Canada’s commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples, says a new brief by Amnesty International....
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:55PM
text Not Our Fault Won't Vote for Clinton by Elise Casby
This is a response to a Berniecrat who wrote to other Berniecrats on his way home from Philadelphia. He is worried about not defeating Trump, and imploring us to vote for Hillary. My response to him, in this letter, is also a reasoned argument for why we should not vote for Hillary....
Posted: Thu Aug 4, 2016 5:28PM
image Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in WA, OR, CA 480_marbledmurrelet_gusvlietvan_usfws_fpwc_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
Timber Industry Attempt to Open Lands to Logging Fails, But Designation Still Neglects Critical Marine Areas, Old-growth Forests on State, Private Lands...
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 3:37PM
document Petition Calls on EPA to Require Pesticide Companies to Disclose Data on Chemical Mixtures petition_to_epa_for_rulemaking_synergistic_effects.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
Agency Has Approved Nearly 100 Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Synergistic Effects...
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:23PM
text Reigning Debbie Was. Schultz Resigns by Elise Casby
Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign. This is a victory for progressives, and all who work against illicit wars, and for labor in the U.S. This signals the defeat of a leadership that has feigned to be about liberalism, when, in fact, the methods, practice and policies of Ms. Schultz were about supporting a Neocon agenda. Ms. Wasserman Schultz presided over one of the worst periods of voter fraud, class war against workers and the poor, enrichment of the wealthy and corporate power, and ag...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:24PM
document EPA Approved Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Chemical Mixture toxic_concoctions.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., July 19, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other uses....
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:46PM
image TESC Students for Justice in Palestine Respond to Evergreen Administration 480_tesc-boycott_1.jpg by TESC Students for Justice in Palestine
An open letter from TESC Students for Justice in Palestine’s response to the Administration’s statement concerning the affirmative student votes to boycott Sabra, Driscoll’s, and CAT products on the Evergreen campus and its refusal to respect the CAT boycott....
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:19PM
document Historic Petition Calls on Obama Admin to Halt All New Fossil Fuel Leases on Federal Land petition_for_a_moratorium_on_the_leasing_of_federal_public_land_fossil_fuels.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 — More than 250 climate, community and tribal organizations filed a landmark legal petition today (see PDF) calling on the Obama administration to halt all new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands — a step that would align U.S. energy policies with its climate goals and keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gas pollution from entering the atmosphere....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:50PM
image Obama Administration Permitted 1,200 Offshore Fracks in Gulf of Mexico gulf_of_mexico_fracking_locations_centerforbiologicaldiversity.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 — Federal officials permitted more than 1,200 offshore fracks by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2014, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:20PM
text Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif., June 23, 2016 — The company that just spilled thousands of gallons of crude near the California coast in Ventura has a decade-long history of oil spills in the state, according to information uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:04PM
text Unprecedented Offshore Fracking Threatens Alaska's Endangered Belugas by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 22, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today urged federal officials to block an oil company’s plans to drill multiple new wells and conduct the first large, multistage offshore fracking ever done in Alaska’s environmentally sensitive Cook Inlet....
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40AM
text Groups Question Lack of Transparency in Genetically Engineered Moth Experiments by via Food & Water Watch
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 — Environmental, food safety and organic farming organizations are demanding clear public information about a controversial plan to conduct an open air field trial of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York. The GE moths are intended to control population levels with an engineered trait that causes female offspring to die in the larval stage. The diamondback moth is a pest for producers of crops l...
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:06PM
image Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum 480_sakuma-familias_1.jpg by Dean Shelton
The membership of Familias has grown to more than 300 members. Some members are local, but many travel from California and parts of Mexico. Since 2013, Familias has improved the living and working conditions of their members. This includes increasing wages, securing clean bedding and mattresses, having retaliatory bosses removed, and securing back pay for over 30 farmworkers. Despite this substantial progress, their work is still not done....
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:14PM
image Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers 480_tesc-boycott_1.jpg by Students for Justice in Palestine at TESC
On May 31, 2016, students at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to (1.) condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to (2.) de-shelve Sabra hummus and (3.) prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services....
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:10PM
image Farmworkers Union Walk Out from the Fields This Morning 480_work-stoppage-sakuma-bros_1_6-9-16_1.jpg by Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Burlington, WA — Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) members, an independent farmworker union based in Burlington, WA, and other farmworkers walked out of the Sakuma Bros Berry Farms this morning after more than 120 workers demanded an increase of the $0.24 per pound of strawberries that they were receiving. Workers are asking for an increase of their wage to $0.35 per pound of strawberries, along with the ongoing ask for a union contract....
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 12:29PM
image E.U. Countries Delay Approval of Toxic Chemical in RoundUp 480_hazardous-pesticide_1.jpg by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, June 6th, 2016 — Today in Brussels representatives from the European Union (E.U.) failed to pass a temporary reauthorization of glyphosate – a toxic chemical in the common pesticide RoundUp determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “probable carcinogen”. The committee was asked to grant re-authorization for between one and two years, to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently in progress at the European Chemicals Agency, but rejected the proposal. If ...
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:11PM