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  'From the Ground Up': A National Action Plan for Community Policing and Racial Justice
by Deirdre Fulton
"While media attention waxes and wanes, the groundswell of anger and grief unearthed by the public killings of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and transgender sisters and brothers has started to translate into meaningful policy reform at the local, state and national level."


  Sanders to Clinton: The Time to Come Clean on TPP, Fast Track is 'Right Now'
by Deirdre Fulton
"Trade policies have been disastrous," Sanders reportedly said, calling on Clinton to elucidate her stance on mammoth trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership. "If she’s against this, we need her to speak out, right now."
  No More False Solutions: Rising Call to Ban Corporate Polluters From UN Talks
by Sarah Lazare
With this latest round of discussions ending in disappointment for climate justice advocates, the groups set their sights on the future, focusing on the UN Conference of the Parties 21, or COP 21, negotiations slated to take place in Paris later this year.
  As Bonn Climate Talks Conclude, Another Failure for Planet Earth, Humanity
by Jon Queally
While solutions are available to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, Bonn has once again proven that leaders from the most developed countries are unwilling to buck the fossil fuel industry and make the urgent transition to renewable energy sources.
  Sen. Graham's Abortion Bill: Threat to Women's Lives, Assault on Their Dignity
by Nadia Prupis
As many critics of the bill have pointed out, it is based on the false premise that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks—a political argument that has been debunked by science and medical experts.
  Big Pharma's Hidden Hand In Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
by Sarah Lazare
Some of the most well-known drug corporations are fueling the global health problem of antibiotic resistance.
  'Time to Act Is Now': North American Scientists Unite Against Tar Sands
by Nadia Prupis
"We believe the time has come for scientists to speak out about the magnitude and importance of the oil sands issue and to step forward as participants in an informed and international public dialogue. Working together, we can solve the energy problems before us. It is not too late, but the time to act is now."
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  Climate Action Is In the Air
by Hoda Baraka
Leaders are responding because the public demand for action is undeniable.
  When I Lost My Hands Making Flatscreens I Can't Afford, Nobody Would Help Me
by Rosa Moreno
We don’t ask for even a tiny share of the billions these companies make. We are just asking for enough to take care of our families and, when we are hurt, to take care of ourselves, too.
  Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement
by Amy Goodman
There are an estimated 80,000-100,000 prisoners held in some form of solitary confinement in the United States. The United Nations says the practice often amounts to torture. It is cruel and unusual punishment, and must be abolished, once and for all.
  Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality
by Sonali Kolhatkar
LAPD officers might be living in an alternate reality, in which they are a besieged minority under attack from all sides, accused of misbehavior constantly and under scrutiny for the tiniest of missteps. The truth is that that exact description applies more accurately to Black America.
  G7 False Commitments Won't Help Us Tackle 7-Million Air Pollution Deaths
by Nick Fillmore
Had they been more concerned about the hardship people around their world are experiencing – including people in some of their own countries – perhaps the Summit would have taken a more realistic, more dynamic approach to tackling the world’s most pressing problem.
  Expelled for Life: A Palestinian Family's Struggle to Stay on Their Land
by Jen Marlowe
Um Jihad’s voice took on an edge of defiance as she summarized her community’s plight: "They demolish and we rebuild."
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