Articles written by: Anika Anderson

Stop Funding the Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has been terrorizing protesters in several big cities, inciting violence and making arrests without probable cause. Yet while the U.S. Postal Service and other important agencies have been cut off from funding, they have received bailouts. Demand that the government utilize coronavirus funding to support necessary, beneficial services to the American public.

Keep Endangered Species From Extinction by Protecting Their Habitats

Countless endangered species face extinction due to a change in the federal definition of the term “critical habitat.” Demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service step in to prevent this deadly change.

Success: Federal Troops Leave Portland

Violent federal forces were removed from Portland, with conditions. While the fight to protect free speech is not over yet, it’s a victory for the safety of protesters in Portland. Thank Oregon lawmakers for pushing to remove federal forces, and encourage them to continue to protect protesters.

Prohibit Wildlife Trade that Spreads Disease

Wildlife trading and importation led to the COVID-19 pandemic. A bill in California would prohibit these dangerous practices that not only lead to disease, but also the spread of invasive species. Urge California to prohibit wildlife trading to protect public health and biodiversity.

Protect Sockeye Salmon From Destructive and Toxic Gold Mine

The EPA has approved a destructive gold mine that would contaminate sockeye salmon habitats in Alaska. This would have far-reaching effects not only on salmon, but also grizzly bears and the Alaskan fishing industry. Demand that the construction of this mine be cancelled.

Success: Methane Regulations Reinstated to Protect the Environment

Methane regulations have been reinstated to ensure that less of the potent greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere. This is an important step in the fight against climate change. Thank the lawyers who fought the rollback of these protections in an effort to save the environment.

UK: Sanction China for Uighur Concentration Camps

The Chinese government has attempted to hide their concentration camps that imprison and torture Uighur Muslims. This is a human rights violation that the international community must act to stop. Call for the UK to put sanctions on China until they close these inhumane internment camps.

Don’t Suppress Immigrant Voices in the Drawing of Congressional Districts

President Trump is seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from the drawing of congressional districts. Call for the 2020 census to be used to fairly and accurately represent immigrant communities.

Protect Marginalized Communities from Pollution and Environmental Hazards

The health and safety of minority communities is under threat by the federal government as they allow pipelines, chemical plants, and highways to be built practically unchecked. Demand that Congress block these destructive changes to environmental policy and protect marginalized communities.

Stop Federal Forces From Suppressing Free Speech

Federal forces have suppressed the free speech of protesters in Portland; now they could be coming to Chicago and other cities. Call for Congress to block the deployment of violent federal troops in big cities.

Protect Civil Rights Protesters from Violent Federal Forces

Federal officers in unmarked minivans have grabbed protesters off the street in Portland without explanation and tear gassed demonstrators even though the chemical weapon is banned in Oregon. Demand that these forces be removed from Portland to protect the safety and free speech of protesters.

Protect Ancient Waters Against Destructive Dam

Arizona’s limited water source and beautiful landscape could be damaged by a proposed dam that would pump unrenewable groundwater. Demand that the permit for this destructive dam be revoked.

Success: International Students Avoid Deportation During Pandemic

International students will be granted visas even if their classes are online, thanks to the efforts of Harvard and MIT lawyers. This decision blocks a recent policy that would deport international students who can no longer attend in-person classes due to the pandemic. Thank those responsible for this remarkable human rights victory.

Restore Endangered Grizzly Bears to the Cascades

Grizzly bears are nearly extinct in the North Cascades, and the Department of the Interior has scrapped plans to help them recover. Speak out to ensure a future for these majestic, imperiled animals.

Ban Trans “Panic” Defense and Convict LGBTQ+ Hate Crimes

Many murderers of trans women have gone unpunished because of a legal defense strategy that blames the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity for their own murder. Call on Congress to ban this legal defense that allows hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.

EU: Enforce Ban on Harmful Bee-Killing Pesticides

The EU has allowed companies to use harmful bee-killing pesticides repeatedly despite its ban on insecticides. Call for the EU to protect pollinators and enforce its ban on these deadly chemicals.

Trump: Don’t Dismiss International Health Experts During Deadly Pandemic

The Trump administration is withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization. This could result in many more COVID-19 cases and deaths and delay the development of a life-saving vaccine. Demand that the U.S. protect lives by continuing to work with and listen to health experts.

ICE: Do Not Deport International Students

ICE is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to deport international students whose fall classes will be online. Demand that these students who contribute to our economy and vital research programs not be expelled from the country.

Stop Criminalizing Animal Rights Activists

Activists and journalists exposing animal cruelty are being targeted with laws that stifle free speech. Call for Ontario to stop criminalizing animal rights advocates and journalists.

Cut Harmful Airline Emissions That Are Causing a Climate Disaster

Airline pollution is making climate change worse and reducing our chances of staving off an environmental collapse. Demand that the United Nations agency require airlines to reduce or offset their emissions.

Stop Mass Shooting of Endangered Gray Wolves

Endangered gray wolves have been repeatedly shot and killed for hunting livestock. Their population is dropping in Washington State, and yet there remains no consequence for their slaughter. Demand greater protections for these wolves and alternative solutions to protect livestock.

Don’t Let Polluters Recklessly Kill Wild Birds

Countless birds are under threat because the Trump administration wants to role back crucial protections. Don’t let industrial polluters kill birds with impunity.

Protect Wolverines from Extinction

Wolverines have suffered from overhunting and habit loss as a result of climate change. Fewer than 300 individuals of the species are living today. Call for wolverines to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Stop the U.S. Navy from Damaging Molokini’s Wildlife

The U.S. Navy is planning to detonate leftover unexploded bombs off of Molokini, an island with diverse marine wildlife. This would severely damage irreplaceable coral reef ecosystems. Call for the Navy to find an alternative that won’t harm aquatic animals.

Homeland Security: Don’t Send Sexual Abuse Victims Back Into Danger

The Trump administration is turning its back on immigrant women fleeing sexual violence in their home countries. Demand that domestic abuse victims continue to be granted asylum in the U.S.

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