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Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

A massive proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) pipeline and export terminal has been proposed in Coos County, on the southern Oregon coast. These projects, which are expected to cost $7.6 billion (twice as much as the Dakota Access Pipeline), are known as the “Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline” and the “Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.” The … Continue reading Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law

Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon—the idea that nature itself can have rights. ... Continue reading →

Terra Nullius and the History of Broken Treaties at Standing Rock

If treaties are the supreme law of the land, as the U.S. Constitution states, then how is it that treaties can be so easily broken by a government that claims to uphold a respect for the law? An even more unsettling question: how is it that the trail of broken treaties has been able to span generations under an outdated, imperial logic unknown to the majority of the U.S. citizens? The founding of the United States is predicated on this painful contradiction between principles of equality and rule of law on one side, and the colonial appropriation of land from native peoples who have inhabited them for millennia, on the other. ... Continue reading →

Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab

     by Kim Baca / Indian Country Today Media Network A congressional bill touted as an alternative to the Bears Ears proposal, an intertribal request to designate nearly two million acres of land as a national monument in southeast Utah, is moving forward to the full House of Representatives. The Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, H.R. … Continue reading Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab

Spokane Moves to Ban Oil Trains and Legalize Direct Action Against Fossil Fuels

ACTION ALERT Direct Action Spokane Initiative Banning Coal and Oil Trains Through Spokane Background: On Friday, June 10th, Gunnar Holmquist, M.D. filed an initiative with the Spokane City Clerk which seeks to ban the transportation of crude oil and coal through the City of Spokane, because of climate change and the threat to public safety. … Continue reading Spokane Moves to Ban Oil Trains and Legalize Direct Action Against Fossil Fuels

Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement will “Condemn Tribe to Poverty”

By Dan Bacher / Intercontinental Cry On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.” The Tribe filed its complaint prior to a hearing on … Continue reading Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement will “Condemn Tribe to Poverty”

Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

New Law Shields People from Arrest for Protesting Project By Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Grant Township, Indiana County, PA: Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct action to stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township. Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) has sued the Township to overturn a local democratically-enacted law … Continue reading Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

New Finnish Forestry Act could mean the end of Sami reindeer herding

Sámi representatives call for swift support from the international community By Hannibal Rhoades and Tero Mustonen / Intercontinental Cry Featured image: Sámi and reindeer. Photo by Dutchbaby @flickr (some rights reserved). An unprecedented land grab will threaten the last old growth forests of Finnish Lapland and the homeland of the indigenous Sámi Peoples if a new Forestry … Continue reading New Finnish Forestry Act could mean the end of Sami reindeer herding

Protect Prairie dogs! Join us Monday, March 21st, and Help Kill House Bill 16-1010

By Wildlands Defense In Colorado, a house bill has been introduced to the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee entitled “A bill for an act concerning the authorization process for the release of destructive rodent pests into a county.” If passed, this bill will make it increasingly difficult to save prairie dogs and the land … Continue reading Protect Prairie dogs! Join us Monday, March 21st, and Help Kill House Bill 16-1010

Utah Lawmakers Scheme to Fund California Coal Terminal

By Center for Biological Diversity SALT LAKE CITY­— Republican lawmakers in Utah are attempting an eleventh-hour maneuver that would use $53 million in state sales tax money to pay for a California coal-export terminal. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams (R-Layton) has proposed using $53 million in sales-tax revenue targeted … Continue reading Utah Lawmakers Scheme to Fund California Coal Terminal