In 1982, a moratorium on offshore drilling was imposed due to the disastrous environmental effects caused by Unocal’s oil spill. In 2008, that moratorium was lifted and in 2010, President Obama announced that new offshore drilling operations would take place in subsequent years. Because of the extreme environmental damage and worker injuries that offshore drilling causes, a reinstatement of the ban on offshore drilling is necessary and urgent.
The United States Department of Labor is considering adopting a new tool that could largely help track and enforce equal pay in the workplace. Tell the Department of Labor to start using this tool to enforce equal pay for women.
One in eight women in Sierra Leone dies during childbirth. The Free Health Care Initiative was designed to decrease maternal mortality and increase access to life-saving medical care before, during, and after pregnancy. Yet, aid is not reaching those who need it. Oversight of the initiative is critical.
Goldcorp, owner of Marlin Mine, has violated the human rights of the indigenous communities who live around the mine, and environmental rights. It’s time Guatemala’s government shut the mine down and put the needs of indigenous communities before those of major corporations.
Recently, a court in California ruled that Taco Bell was in violation of a number of disability laws in light of a class action suit filed in 2002. Despite the changes the company says it’s made since 2007, the judge ruled against Taco Bell, indicating that it still has a far way to come before it complies with all disability laws. The state of Taco Bell restaurants in California is indicative of deeper problems and similar violations in Taco Bell restaurants all over the country.
In Victoria, Australia, fear of out-of-control dogs has reached a fever pitch, taking the form of strict legislation. But it’s not all dogs that are being targeted; only certain, stereotypically aggressive breeds are reprehensible, according to the new legislation. And national government officials, most notably national Attorney-General Robert McClelland, have indicated that they intend to spread these laws around the country.
Unauthorized prescription drug use is at an all time high in the U.S.. Roughly 50% of users obtain these medications from friends or family for free. As more prescription drugs are dumped on the market, illegal use continues to rise and often results in serious, even lethal, consequences.
Hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from taxpayer-owned land benefits private gas companies, not the public interest. This toxic process presents a significant threat to the water supply, wildlife, and the environment.
Following such deadly confrontations as the Tucson shooting by Jared Loughner, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 should have prevented assault weapons and military-style features from falling into lethal hands. Yet, for reasons unimaginable, the ban was allowed to expire in 2004 without being further expanded upon.
The fact that same sex marriage is still illegal in California is both surprising and unjust. Even more surprising is the fact that the organization Equality California, an LGBT support group, will not be supporting the opposition of Proposition 8 in 2012.
Over a billion people worldwide – roughly 1 in 6 individuals – live with hunger each day. Millions are in danger of malnutrition and starvation. Food prices have reached record highs in 2011, with no relief in sight for at least a decade. Global solutions are possible, but governments must step up and address the severity of the problem.
Found prowling the mountains of 12 different countries spreading throughout the Middle East and Asia, snow leopards are soon to exist only in memory. Numerous dangers intersect the lives of these majestic creatures causing their numbers to diminish at an alarming rate.
Menhaden may be the United States’ most important fish. As the Atlantic’s primary herbivore, the fish has maintained an important role at the bottom of the aquatic food chain. However, due thanks to corporations like Omega Protein, Inc., this fish is dangerously close to extinction. Without this important fish, many other species will be threatened as well as the ecosystem which houses them.
Sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of two young women, Reggie Clemons has served two decades on death row. Yet, zero physical evidence, claims of police coercion, prosecutorial misconduct, inadequate legal representation, and issues of race are interwoven throughout the case. There is too much doubt. Clemency must be granted to Reggie immediately.
Spain is not the only nation to celebrate the terrible act of bullfighting. France not only supports bullfighting, but recently termed it a cultural treasure. It’s time to take a stand against the cruel act that isn’t tradition but rather torture.
Budget cuts for California will result in the closing of 70 state parks. Meanwhile, an industry that destroys wildlife habitats and pollutes our water will continue to drain taxpayer dollars at the expense of the parks that protect our environment. The $18 million that taxpayers are paying to the logging industry should be part of the budget cut discussion, not our state park funding.
An estimated 250,000 animals in the U.S. fall victim to hoarding each year. Individuals housing these animals suffer from psychological illnesses, and, while many view themselves as animal rescuers, the consequences can be severe. Legislation is necessary to provide for the safety of these animals and mandate treatment for animal hoarders.
The Topeka, Kansas City Council has voted to decriminalize misdemeanor domestic assault in an attempt to save money and shift the responsibility to another agency. Domestic violence is a crime, not a bargaining chip, and its use as a political ploy is a gross dereliction of duty.
One of the most popular types of contraceptives in the world is an injectable hormone and is administered every three months. But a recent study has shown that this particular drug doubles a woman’s risk of contracting HIV and, when used by an H.I.V.-positive woman, a male partner’s risk of being infected is also double.
Japan will illegally kill hundreds of whales near Antarctica again this December in the name of “research”. Tell Japanese government officials to stop defying international bans and end this senseless brutality once and for all.
After nearly 40 years and 2 failed Supreme Court cases, the United States still refuses to accept blame for the 3-4 million Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. 20 million gallons of herbicide were dumped by the United States on Vietnam during the Vietnam War, resulting in more than 50 known diseases and genetic deformities for those who have come into contact with the chemicals.
The recent death of Troy Davis is still fresh in the minds of death penalty abolitionists throughout the country. Meanwhile another potential victim, named Cory Maples, sits on death row awaiting a Supreme Court decision regarding his case that went terribly wrong in the Alabama court system. The deadline for Cory’s appeal came and went without his knowledge and because of it, he faces death.
As we desperately seek viable solutions to America’s looming debt dilemma, modifying our economy so that the purchase of superfluous and ostentatious goods reduces our debt and deficit seems like a no-brainer.
The city of Yellville has had a tradition stretching back over 60 years involving dropping live turkeys from aircraft at 1,000 feet. These animals are poor flyers who more often than not crash to the earth and die. The time has come to end the Yellville turkey drop tradition.
A North Carolina law subjects women to viewing and receiving an explanation of an ultrasound before they terminate a pregnancy, even if the woman does not want to see it. This is a cruel practice for women who are already undergoing such an emotional decision as abortion and should not be allowed to continue.