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New Win in Youth Climate Lawsuit in Washington: Judge Orders New Rules to Cap Emissions

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Environment with 4 Comments
New Win in Youth Climate Lawsuit in Washington: Judge Orders New Rules to Cap Emissions

A judge in Seattle ordered the Washington Department of Ecology to announce an emissions reduction rule by the end of the year.

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‘Unprecedented’ Youth Climate Case Against Government Moves Forward

Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 3 Comments
‘Unprecedented’ Youth Climate Case Against Government Moves Forward

The lawsuit, filed by 21 plaintiffs ages 8-19, states that the federal government is violating their right to life, liberty, and property, as well as their right to public trust resources, by enabling continued fossil fuel extraction and use.

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Groups Sue FDA Over ‘Unlawful and Irresponsible’ Approval of Frankenfish

Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 3 Comments
Groups Sue FDA Over ‘Unlawful and Irresponsible’ Approval of Frankenfish

The lawsuit states that the FDA does not have the authority to regulate GE animals and that approving the salmon paves the way for other GE fish, as well as farm animals like chickens, cows, and pigs.

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Who Dies at the Hands of US Police? (Project Censored #8)

Who Dies at the Hands of US Police? (Project Censored #8)

Compared with other capitalist countries, the US is unquestionably different when it comes to the level of state violence directed against minorities, Richard Becker reported in January 2015 for Liberation. Using 2011 figures, Becker wrote that, on a per capita basis, “the rate of killing by U.S. police was about 100 times that of English cops in 2011.” Similarly, US police were forty times as likely to kill as German police officers, and twenty times as likely to kill as their Canadian counterparts. This, Becker noted, is probably not the kind of “American exceptionalism” that President Obama had in mind when he addressed graduating West Point cadets in May 2014.

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The Best Way To Honor Tamir Rice is by Reforming Our Broken Justice System

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 64 Comments
The Best Way To Honor Tamir Rice is by Reforming Our Broken Justice System

How many times will our justice system refuse to charge police with killing unarmed black people? When will our judicial system deem the death of people of color at the hands of law enforcement to at least be worthy of a trial?

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A Justice System Broken: How Kids From Poor Neighborhoods Are Being Groomed For Prison

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 1 Comment
A Justice System Broken: How Kids From Poor Neighborhoods Are Being Groomed For Prison

Alice Goffman gives an incredibly eye opening and emotional TED talk on the injustice forced upon minority kids simply because of where they live.

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Project Censored #23: Number of US Prison Inmates Serving Life Sentences Hits New Record

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Agencies & Systems with 0 Comments
Project Censored #23: Number of US Prison Inmates Serving Life Sentences Hits New Record

A report released by the Sentencing Project, a Washington DC–based nonprofit criminal justice advocacy group, revealed that the number of prisoners serving life sentences in the US Prison System (state and federal) reached a new record of close to 160,000 in 2012. Of these, 49,000 are serving life without possibility of parole, an increase of 22.2 percent since 2008. Ashley Nellis, senior research analyst with the Sentencing Project, argued that the rise in prisoners serving life sentences has to do with political posturing over “tough on crime” measures.

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People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Foster Gamble: From one perspective, people are trying to use the government and the court system to stand up for their rights. Ideally, from my perspective, none of this begging for rights from authoritarian rulers or frequently co-opted courts should be necessary because no person or organization should have rights that all people don’t have. I believe that any individual or corporation that is violating any person, their privacy, or their property should be prosecuted and need to provide restitution. These legislative wins that I refer to are examples of that Stage, of bringing as much integrity to our existing institutions as we can while we’re transforming our society to a free one. As we learn to move into self-ownership and self-governance, where there are defensive rules to protect against aggression and fraud, hopefully we’re going to look back at the obvious evidence showing government to be the most lethal concept in human history with over 200 million deaths just within our governments’ own so-called jurisdiction in the 20th century alone. People who want others to rule them can set up their own special colonies for self-selected coercion, but the rest of us, following the principle of the non-initiation of force, will be free to love, to prosper, and to thrive.

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