Flint residents may soon have to pay full-price for their water despite the fact it remains contaminated. The removal of subsidies may also stall efforts to fix the water system. Demand that the state abandons plans to make Flint residents pay for contaminated water.
Articles written by: Nathaniel McKenzie
President Trump has announced plans to repeal rules aimed at protecting wetlands, streams, and other freshwater bodies from pollution, overdevelopment, and depletion. Demand that he abandons these plans.
In the Philippines, a Senator who is critical of the president and the drug war has been arrested on allegedly politically motivated charges. Demand her release.
A woman receiving treatments for a brain tumor was detained at a hospital and transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center. Her condition is worsening and she requires brain surgery to survive. Demand that she is released into the care of doctors.
The planned sale of a publicly-owned bank that is tasked with investing in renewable energy will allow the bank to invest in fracking and other fossil fuel developments. Currently, the bank plays a critical role in building a greener economy. Demand that the government halt the sale.
Seven hundred people, including children, were attacked by plainclothes men while trying to submit legal complaints against the company responsible for a major ecological disaster. Demand an independent and transparent investigation of these attacks and call on the government to help those affected by this disaster to submit their legal complaints.
An indigenous leader has been assassinated in the latest act of violence in a campaign of intimidation and murders. Community members allege that assailants are protected by a culture of impunity and often have ties to the military, law enforcement, and state security forces. Demand protection for the community.
CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration for the position of labor secretary. He opposed minimum wage increases and ran restaurants accused of wage theft and systemic sexual abuse. Applaud the end to his nomination.
President Trump plans to reverse a rule that forces companies to declare whether they are using conflict minerals — minerals obtained in conflict zones. This may contribute to more conflict and will reduce consumers’ ability to make ethical purchases. Demand that the president abandon his plans.
The UK government has closed a child refugee resettlement program, blocking asylum claims for thousands of child refugees, many of whom are unaccompanied. Demand the government reopens the scheme and live up to its commitments to the rights of refugees.
An oil company is asking permission to leave dozens of containers filled with oil and sediment in the North Sea. This could result in an ecological disaster. Demand that the company is required to clean up this waste.
In the first five days of the year, London exceeded annual air pollution limits; air pollution is estimated to cause 50,000 deaths each year in the United Kingdom. Despite this, air quality regulations may be repealed when Britain exits the European Union. Demand action to improve air quality and maintain pollution regulations.
Dozens of women have alleged that they were sexually assaulted by soldiers. Myanmar’s government has launched no serious investigation. Demand an independent investigation and access to health care for survivors.
Three refugees at the Moria refugee camp reportedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning after using an improvised heater to heat their tent. The camp has been facing high winds, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. Demand that authorities provide adequate heating to the camp.
President Trump is threatening to renege on a deal with Australia to resettle as many as 1250 refugees currently detained in camps on Pacific islands. There have been numerous allegations of abuse at the camps, and several suicide attempts attributed to poor conditions and lack of medical services. Demand that the president honor the agreement and allow the refugees to enter.
Over 40 percent of a national park has been included in an oil and gas concession that will allow oil companies to begin exploratory drilling. This will threaten uncontacted indigenous communities in the park as well as the park’s ecosystem, and ecosystems downriver. Demand an end to oil and gas exploration in the park.
Oil companies plan to drill for oil near a newly discovered coral reef, in the habitat of river otters, dolphins, and turtles. The drilling and inevitable oil spills will harm local ecosystems and undermine the livelihoods of nearby fishing villages. Demand a moratorium on drilling in the region.
The Canadian government has imposed a cap on the number of Syrian and Iraqi refugee applications, citing a backlog of applications. Urge the government repeal the cap and do everything possible to live up to its obligations under international law.
A bill would make protesters responsible for the costs of policing protests. This would put protesters on the hook for millions of dollars and undermine the rights of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. Demand that this bill be blocked.
An oil spill that released 50,000 gallons of oil from a single pipeline or, potentially, multiple pipelines may have been ongoing for ten days before the government called for a response. The spill detection systems failed, and the government can only identify the pipelines responsible by excavating them, which risks causing another spill. Demand a better system for identifying and cleaning up spills.
Legal observers and journalists face felony riot charges and 10 years in prison because they were arrested with over 230 people rioting on inauguration day. Demand that these charges against innocent journalists and legal observers are dropped immediately.
President Trump has revived the previously rejected Keystone XL pipeline project. If this project goes ahead, it will be a catastrophe for the global fight against climate change. Demand that the project is halted.
President Trump has reinstated a law that bans international NGOs that receive federal funding from discussing or providing abortions. Unsafe abortions already claim tens of thousands of lives every year, and this law will undoubtedly increase both maternal and infant mortality rates. Demand that President Trump repeal this law.
Isidro Baldenegro, an award-winning environmental activist and indigenous leader, has been murdered by unidentified gunmen. Demand that the authorities identify those responsible and bring them to justice and, in the meantime, that his family and associates receive protection from further violence.
In one of his final acts in office, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Manning, who released classified documents exposing Army misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan, will now be released in 2017, rather than 2048. Applaud this commutation.