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The JRC is an institution depicted as a “school” for disabled people, and it subjects its residents to painful electric shocks as a part of “aversive therapy”. ADAPT organizers view the JRC as a clear violation of the ADA and Olmstead decision, and, as a result, have demanded that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb order its closing and ban the devices that administer the shocks, called graduated electronic decelerators (GEDs), which have...
The Black Dress Protest
During the 75th Golden Globes Awards, many individuals wore black in solidarity of the Times Up movement that transpired in wake of the viral #MeToo movement. This became known as the black dress protest. The Times Up movement serves as a “next step” to the #MeToo movement where people, no matter their race, gender, or socioeconomic background, come together to create action-oriented goals that allow for meaningful change to occur, in regards to ending harassment for...
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With the help of Dr. Beverly Paigen, a cancer research scientist at Roswell Memorial Institute in Buffalo, NY and a member of LCHA, a study was produced interviewing more than 75% of homes outside the evacuated area of Love Canal. The data was collected through interviewing each family with a questionnaire and the 239 evacuated families who lived closest to the canal were not included because they were already evacuated. The study found that there were increases in...
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In March of early 1979, the residents of Love Canal and the LCHA organized a march on Mother’s Day to protest the state’s reluctance to expand funding for relocation of all Love Canal Residents. In their eager last hopes they marched to the state capital, sent letters and telegrams, threatened to hold an EPA official hostage, prayed and mourned.
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Before a weekend of United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, tens thousands of marchers gathered in the streets to demand an end to coal. Leading the charge was an affiliated group, the Pacific Climate Warriors, demanding that world leaders put an end to fossil fuel extraction.
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#ActOnClimate emerged as a social media action after the announcement of the Climate Action Plan in 2014.  Athletes and industry partners of Protect Our Winters mobilized on social media, sharing photographs of themselves enjoying the outdoors, celebrating the announcement of the Climate Action Plan and showing what is at stake if climate change is not acted on.  These posts used the hashtag #ActOnClimate change to urge people to engage with the issues surrounding...
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For over the past one decade (former) FTSE 100 company Vedanta threatened to displace the Dongria Kondh tribe and destroy the virginal lands of Niyamgiri, in order to extract Bauxite from under its hills. Vedanta planned to build a mine that would violate not just the land but the rights of the people whom rightfully belonged there. Deleterious effects on the environment, the people and the heritage of the tribal community would ensue. Survival is a UK based NGO, and...
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NARF has been retained by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe (EST) of the Shoshone or Wind River Indian Reservation to analyze the Surplus Land Act of March 3, 1905, and other legislation and cases to determine their implications for the reservation’s boundaries. The most active matter related to the reservation boundary issue is an ongoing appeal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) determination that the EST and Northern Arapaho Tribe (NAT) qualify for a...
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Hot Planet Cool Athletes is an in-school assembly program that utilizes multi-media and professional athletes to teach teenagers about climate science and why they should care.  The 45 minute assembly aims to educate teens on climate change and climate science and empower the next generation of environmental leaders.  By bringing professional athletes into schools to talk about their experiences in the outdoors and climate science in personal and engaging ways, teens...
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President William Kindle of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) promised continued vigilance in light of the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s decision today to permit TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline to cross that state’s lands. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has retained the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) to represent its interests with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline’s proposed route crosses through traditional Lakota...

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