Tell the NRC: NO Deadly Nuclear Waste Transport Across the US!!!

Posted on 25. Apr, 2017 by .


Waste Control Specialists (WCS), in Andrews County, Texas, is seeking to expand its existing hazardous waste site to include high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants across the country. If approved, 40,000 tons of irradiated fuel rods from nuclear reactors around the country could be transported through major cities and farmlands to be stored  for 40 years or longer on a concrete pad, creating a de facto permanent disposal facility at a site that has not been designed or evaluated for permanent isolation.

We need your comments in opposition to the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) Consolidated “Interim” Storage waste dump site in West Texas now!

The NRC must conduct safety and environmental reviews before it decides whether to approve the dump application. Hundreds of Texas and New Mexico residents turned out last week to tell the NRC they don’t want a radioactive dump and nuclear waste shipments in their communities—now we all need to make our voices heard.

Public comments wll be accepted through April 28th. Now is the time to make our voices heard loud and clear: No Consolidated “Interim” Storage Waste Dumps!

click here to take action!

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Tell Congress: We Need a Budget That Works For All

Posted on 15. Apr, 2017 by .


The President has proposed a budget that would cut human needs to the bone.

We need your help to fight back. We need a budget that not just keeps us safe and secure, but also provides opportunities and gives us all the chance to succeed. By partnering with other groups, we’re aiming to collect 100,000 signatures in support of a fair budget.

Please sign our petition.

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Take action on EPA’s refusal to ban Neurotoxin

Posted on 15. Apr, 2017 by .


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a stunning reversal on the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos.

The EPA’s own scientific studies have determined that this pesticide is not safe and even very low levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause irreparable harm and damage children’s developing brains. Pruitt’s refusal to ban this dangerous chemical puts millions at risk. Farm worker children are particularly at risk, since they’re exposed to this pesticide when it drifts from nearby fields. It is long past time for EPA to stop caving-in to corporate interests and permanently ban all uses of chlorpyrifos.

We will continue to hold the EPA accountable. Help us keep up the pressure. Ask your Congressional representatives to take action to get chlorpyrifos off the market, once and for all.

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The Hands That Feed Us

Posted on 10. Apr, 2017 by .


The Hands That Feed Us from Emerson Collective on Vimeo.

Taken from emersoncollective.com –

Scan Matt Black’s photographs of migrant farm workers in California, and you might assume the black-and-white images come from a textbook or museum — documentation from a bygone era. A man in a sun hat kneels under grapevines, straining to pluck the small orbs. In the corner of an outhouse with no running water, a shirtless man washes off a day’s work by dumping cups of water over his head. A small child stands in between rows of crops, too young to understand her place in the world, but old enough to help her family toil in the field. The conditions appear harsh, the people seem weathered and exhausted.

Look a little closer, and you’ll understand that Matt’s images are far from relics of a bygone era. In fact, they date from 2015, captured in the vast agricultural region of California known as the Central Valley. The images chronicle the plight of America’s modern-day migrant farm workers – the means by which America gets its food today.

“The fundamental feeling that I’m trying to create [is] that this is real, that this exists,” Matt says. “This might be surprising to see, but this is a part of our life, of our experience in California and in the Unites States more broadly.”

The Central Valley’s farming industry, largely dependent on immigrants from Mexico, generates billions of dollars annually. Yet poverty rates are staggeringly high. According to the California Institute for Rural Studies, 45 percent of farm workers in the Central Valley’s Fresno County — the country’s “most productive” agricultural county — are food insecure.

A Central Valley native and resident, Matt is uniquely positioned to shine a light on these issues and to give voice to those in this region whose circumstances won’t permit them to have one. Behind every photograph is a conversation and a story.

“I felt duty-bound to deal with those sorts of issues and stories in my work, to be a representative of this place, of this side of the country that really rarely get seen,” he says.

Matt points to his cache of photos documenting grape-picking for raisin production as an example. Almost all of the United States’ raisins are grown near Fresno in the Central Valley. Matt describes grape-picking as particularly arduous and fast-paced. His photos were taken under blinding sun, with temperatures routinely above 100 degrees. Workers are shown caked in a mixture of grape juice and dust, rushing to fill buckets. Matt says workers often encounter snakes and spiders, seeking shelter in the shade of the vines. For each grape-filled bucket, he says, farm workers earn 20 to 25 cents.

“[It takes] so much human exertion and, frankly, suffering to produce raisins, this little snack fruit that we all kind of like. There’s this whole other side to it. None of which is really ever seen or appreciated. It’s taken for granted.”

These men and women are the ones feeding our country, yet they often can’t afford to feed themselves. Matt’s photos bring this irony to light.

“It still seems to be widely unknown and underappreciated how interconnected we are with Mexico and other countries that are sending their youngest, their strongest, and their most resourceful people to do this work for us,” Matt says. “There would be no food grown in America without immigrant labor.”

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U.S. airstrikes against Syria

Posted on 10. Apr, 2017 by .

We are strongly against the use of chemical warfare . Yet:

The War Powers Resolution states: “The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” [2]

The ACLU says: “President Trump has unilaterally launched strikes against a country that has not attacked us, and without any authorization from Congress. Doing so violates some of the most important legal constraints on the use of force… we have been steadfast in insisting, from the Vietnam War through the wars in Iraq and strikes in Libya and Syria by the Obama administration, that the decision to use military force requires Congress’ specific, advance authorization.”

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