Articles written by: Anika Anderson

Success: California to Allow Nonviolent Offenders to Become Firefighters

Nonviolent offenders who valiantly fought wildfires will now be able to get training to become professional firefighters when they are released. Thank California lawmakers for pushing for this legislation to bolster the firefighting force and rehabilitate people who have been in prison.

Stop Trump Administration From Clear Cutting Old Growth National Forest

The Trump administration has plans to clear-cut an old growth National Forest. This forest mitigates climate change, cleans the air, and acts as a habitat for countless animals. Demand that these public lands be protected from Donald Trump.

Protect Critical Habitats from Big Corporations Seeking to Destroy Them

Developers and polluters will now be able to veto critical habitats based on “economic impact,” giving them much more power to destroy our natural environment. Call for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove this new rule to take our environment out of the hands of greedy corporations.

Protect Out National Forests from Oil Drilling and Fossil Fuel Interests

Our rich and diverse National Forests may soon be opened up to destruction by oil companies. Call for environmental review to be carried out for all oil drilling proposals to protect our National Forests.

U.S.: Join the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

The United States will not be participating in a global cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, to the detriment of the nation and the international community. Demand that the U.S. join the WHO’s worldwide push to end the pandemic.

Protect Wildlife and Public Health From Toxic Oil Fracking

The Trump administration is planning to open up land in California to oil drilling, which would increase air pollution, contribute to climate change, and destroy wildlife. Demand that the oil and gas lease sale be stopped to protect our environment and public health.

Protect Children from Discrimination, Mistreatment, & Imprisonment

The United States is the only nation in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which outlines and protects the many rights of children. Demand that the nation finally ratify it to protect its children and support international human rights.

Success: Wildlife and Fishing Industry Protected From Poisonous Gold Mine

The construction of a destructive gold mine that would have severely damaged Alaskan wildlife has been blocked due in part to an environmental impact statement issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. Thank them for protecting endangered salmon and other species from habitat destruction and contamination.

Protect Public Health By Recommending COVID-19 Testing for All Exposed

New guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention say people who have been exposed to COVID-19 do not need to be tested, contrary to scientific and medical best practice. This is a dangerous precedent to set, as asymptomatic carriers contribute to the spread of the virus. Demand that health officials recommend COVID-19 testing for all exposed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Grant Former Prisoners Who Fought Wildfires Firefighting Jobs

California uses people in prison to fight raging wildfires, but upon release these returning citizens aren’t allowed to get the training needed to become professional firefighters. Demand that people released from prison be allowed to pursue their EMT licensure and protect their communities from the damage of wildfires.

Stop the Postal Service Attack on Mail and Safe Elections

Mail sorting machines, which will be crucial for collecting ballots in the presidential election, have been removed from post offices across the country. Call for the Trump administration to replace these machines and ensure all ballots are counted.

Stop ‘Bomb Trains’ Carrying Dangerous Gas

Communities are at risk of literally going up in flames as the Trump administration allows trains carrying explosive liquefied natural gas to go unregulated. Call for safety measures to protect thousands of people from railroad explosion accidents.

Protect Voters and Set Up Ballot Boxes

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging and the Postal Service under attack, ballot boxes could ensure a safe and fair election. Call for ballot boxes so everyone can vote.

Remove Dams to Protect Endangered Salmon and Orcas

Despite pleas from scientists to remove them, a set of dams in Washington state continue to threaten the future of endangered salmon and orcas. Call for the dams to be removed.

Stop Destructive Drilling in the Arctic Wilderness

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be drilled for oil and gas, destroying important wildlife and speeding up climate change. Call for our wildlife and environment to be protected from destructive drilling.

Stop Using Dangerous Chemical Disinfectants at Migrant Detention Centers

A toxic chemical disinfectant has been overused at ICE detention centers, creating unsafe conditions for detained migrants and possibly increasing the spread of COVID-19 within the facilities. Demand that this harmful chemical stop being used at detention centers to protect the health of detained migrants.

Protect Natural Waters from Pollution

America’s freshwater streams and wetlands face a dangerous threat that could put the environment, its wildlife, and our population at risk. Demand that there be universal protection from water pollution.

Grant America’s Frontline Workers Paid Sick Leave

The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet it does not require employers to grant their workers the basic right to paid sick leave. Demand that, especially during this pandemic, all full-time workers be given paid sick leave.

Don’t Keep American Citizens from Their Homes

The Trump administration is trying to deny American citizens and permanent residents entry to the United States if it could be “reasonably believed” that they had been exposed or infected with a communicable disease. Demand that this rule not be enacted.

Free Lolita the Orca After 50 Years in Captivity

Lolita the orca has been in captivity for fifty years at a water attraction, where she has been forced to live in a tiny space without others of her species. Demand that she be relocated to an ocean sanctuary where she can move and live freely in her natural habitat.

Protect Farmworkers from COVID-19

Farmworkers are at high risk for contracting COVID-19 because of a lack of safety measures and social distancing on farms. Call for the Department of Labor to set safety requirements for farms to protect the lives of their workers.

Border Patrol: Stop Destroying Humanitarian Aid Camps

The U.S. Border Patrol raided a humanitarian aid camp for the second time, taking medical documents and arresting undocumented immigrants. Humanitarian aid camps deserve support, not destruction. Demand that the Border Patrol stop with these cruel raids.

Protect Indigenous Heritage by Saving the Northwest National Archives

The National Archives in Seattle, which contain numerous undigitized historical documents valuable to indigenous groups, are going to be closed. This would make it even more challenging for indigenous groups to access and preserve their history and heritage. Demand that the archives be saved.

Protect the Sonoran Desert Tortoise From Extinction

The Sonoran Desert Tortoise is at imminent risk of extinction due to climate change and habitat loss. Call on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect this unique animal under the Endangered Species Act.

Save the U.S. Postal Service to Protect the Election

Trump has defunded the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to prevent vote-by-mail and suppress voters. Call for the Postal Service to be funded to ensure a safe and fair election.

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