Articles written by: Ana Varela

Ana Varela

Stop the Destruction of Essential Herring Populations

Stop the Destruction of Essential Herring Populations

The decline of Pacific herring populations is creating serious consequences for marine wildlife that rely on the herring for food. Demand that Canada stop fishing the Pacific herring today in order to avoid dire consequences for entire ecosystems.

Success: Governor Vetoes LGBT Discrimination Bill

Success: Governor Vetoes LGBT Discrimination Bill

Georgia’s governor recently vetoed a bill that would have given faith-based organizations the right to deny services to and refuse to hire people from the LGBT community. Celebrate with the Human Rights Campaign and praise Governor Deal for standing up against discrimination.

Stop Poaching Endangered Bird for “Red Ivory”

Stop Poaching Endangered Bird for “Red Ivory”

The rare helmeted hornbill is being poached to extinction for its ivory-like skull, which is in high demand in China. Demand strong regulation against the “red ivory” commercial trade, to protect this critically endangered bird.

Protect Sex Workers by Punishing Pimps and Buyers

Protect Sex Workers by Punishing Pimps and Buyers

Women and girls that are victims of pimps and addictions are being arrested in states where prostitution is highly criminalized. These women should be able to approach law enforcement for help and resources. Demand that laws are put in place to protect sex workers and punish traffickers and buyers.

Demand Compensation for the Wasteful Destruction of Good Food

Demand Compensation for the Wasteful Destruction of Good Food

The NYPD ordered the wasteful destruction of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce that could have gone to New York’s hungriest residents. Demand that the NYPD provide $8,000 worth of fresh produce to New York’s local soup kitchens and food pantries.

A general view shows packed garbage bags in Jdeideh, Beirut, Lebanon March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

Clean Up Two Million Tons of Trash Polluting City

An unbearably smelly, toxic pile of two million tons of trash snakes through the capital of Lebanon. Defend the right to inhale clean air and access pure water. Demand that the government take the necessary steps to sustainably and quickly clear the city of its dangerous river of trash.

Regulate Ever-Expanding Refinery Responsible for Cancer in Residents

Regulate Ever-Expanding Refinery Responsible for Cancer in Residents

Residents can’t move away to escape the unhealthy and irritating air produced by the local refinery. Don’t support the refining of one of the dirtiest fuel sources. Demand that the United States regulate tar sand oil refineries and tell Marathon Petroleum Corp. to compensate these residents.

Stop Government Theft From Innocent Land Owners

Stop Government Theft From Innocent Land Owners

India’s prime minister allows mining and power companies to steal land from innocent people. Stand up to the prime minister and ask him to seriously respect fair land acquisition policy and environmental protection rights.

Save Rapidly Declining Seabird Populations

Save Rapidly Declining Seabird Populations

Ninety percent of seabirds are found with plastic in their bellies, putting them at risk of slow and painful deaths. Tell plastic producers to support recycling and that you demand an end to excessive plastic production.

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Provide Long-Term Housing for All Foster Youth

Several foster housing facilities will soon be closed, leaving countless youth with absolutely nowhere to go. Demand that Youth Welcome Centers are kept open in order to provide safe, long–term housing options for all foster youth.

End Fracking Practices Forcing Residents From Their Homes

End Fracking Practices Forcing Residents From Their Homes

Thousands of people had to remove their children from local schools and leave their homes because of a massive and toxic gas leak, equivalent to the emissions of 572,000 cars in a year. Demand a more immediate response to gas leaks and an end to the destructive and toxic practice of fracking.

Save Amazon Rainforest From Toxic Oil Spill

Save Amazon Rainforest From Toxic Oil Spill

Three thousand barrels of toxic crude oil sludge have spilled into rainforest rivers. This is devastating wildlife and native communities. The oil company responsible must pay for the cleanup and compensate local communities.

Pay NFL Cheerleaders a Fair Wage

Pay NFL Cheerleaders a Fair Wage

NFL cheerleaders often work more than 10 hours a day, earning less than minimum wage. They are harassed about their body image, hair color, and intimate hygienic habits. Demand that the NFL increase cheerleader wages and fire disrespectful supervisors.

Save the Vaquita Porpoise and Totoaba Fish From Extinction

Save the Vaquita Porpoise and Totoaba Fish From Extinction

There are less than 100 vaquita porpoise left in the world, and gill net fishing of totoaba fish in the Gulf of Mexico may bring the dolphin relative to extinction. Demand that China’s government put an end to the sale of totoaba swim bladder and save the remaining vaquita population.

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End Wild Elephant Imports to U.S. Zoos

Eighteen wild elephants were captured from the wild and are planned to be imported from Africa to spend the rest of their lives in captivity in U.S. zoos. Stop the importation of these harmless animals to end elephant captivity in our zoos.

Save the Last Coral Reef in North America

Save the Last Coral Reef in North America

The last intact coral reef in North America is threatened by dredging for giant cargo boats. Help save this irreplaceable ecosystem and the countless marine animals who depend on it.

Stop Firing People Based on Sexuality

Stop Firing People Based on Sexuality

It is still completely legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender in Florida. Demand that it be illegal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation.

Increase Gun Control to Prevent Violent Deaths

Increase Gun Control to Prevent Violent Deaths

Due to a lack of gun laws and gun control, a 15-year-old girl brought a gun to school and killed her classmate and then herself. It’s time to increase gun control to end needless and preventable violence.

Stand Against Gas Companies and With First Nations Community

Stand Against Gas Companies and With First Nations Community

A basketball team is fighting liquefied natural gas company sponsorship. Fracking is tearing apart the earth’s surface with high pressure water, sand and chemicals to force gas to be released. Join the Skidegate Saints and demand an end to the oil and gas industry.

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Provide Birth Control to Avoid Virus-Related Birth Defects in Newborns

A virus transmitted by mosquitoes is causing birth defects in newborns, and the government’s only response is telling women to avoid pregnancy for two years without providing accessible birth control. Demand that affordable birth control options are available for women while this virus is still a threat.

End Racial and Religious Discrimination by Airline

End Racial and Religious Discrimination by Airline

A man was barred from boarding an Aero Mexico plane, swab checked for explosive residue, and patted down head to toe because he would not remove his turban. Demand that Aero Mexico ends their religious and racial discrimination.

End the Lifelong Abuse of Cows By the Dairy Industry

End the Lifelong Abuse of Cows By the Dairy Industry

Young cows are violated, abused, and milked to the point of exhaustion every day by this industry. Demand an end to the dairy industry and stop the torturing of these gentle animals.

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Save Century-Old Yosemite Park Attraction Names

A big corporation has quietly purchased the rights to historic Yosemite National Park attraction names. The corporation demands millions of dollars in compensation if the names aren’t changed. Deny these corporate claims to beloved Yosemite Park attraction names.

The Unistoten Camp is fighting back against destructive pipelines.

Save Salmon Habitat and Tribal Land From Pipelines

Pipeline proposals from Chevron seek to destroy indigenous territory and endanger the local salmon population. Demand that Chevron stop proposing pipelines that would traverse tribal land and harm wildlife habitat.

Demand Justice for Puppies Allegedly Hung to Death

Demand Justice for Puppies Allegedly Hung to Death

Two men pleaded not guilty to killing four dogs, two of which were puppies allegedly hung from their collars until they suffocated. Demand justice for the puppies and dogs killed and convict their murderers for this gruesome animal cruelty.

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