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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

Indigenous Peoples Did Not Consent to the TPP

Featured image: Maori protests on February 4th signing of the TPP in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Dominic Hartnett By Cultural Survival The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, if approved, would be the largest trade agreement in history involving 11 countries including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples Did Not Consent to the TPP

Derrick Jensen: To Protect and Serve

Originally published in the September/October 2012 issue of Orion. Now republished for the first time online. In an era of government-sanctioned polluters, communities must defend themselves Several years ago I spoke at a benefit for an organization working to prevent a toxic waste site from being built in their community. Yet another toxic waste site, … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: To Protect and Serve

Congress Members Seek to Undermine Lummi Nation’s Request For GPT Permit Denial

Featured image: The 22-foot western cedar totem pole, which features animals and symbols important to the Northern Cheyenne people was created by Master Carver and Lummi Elder Jewell James and the House of Tears carvers, of the Lummi Nation. The totem pole is a gift from the Lummi Nation to members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe … Continue reading Congress Members Seek to Undermine Lummi Nation’s Request For GPT Permit Denial

Barabaig and Masai Gain Cattle Grazing Access in Tanzania

By Mary Louisa Cappelli, PhD, JD / Globalmother.org Featured image: Barabaig pastoralist Katesh — After a fifty-year struggle against land grabbing by foreign agribusiness corporations, nomadic pastoralists in the Hanang District of Eastern Tanzania have finally won Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy pursuant to the 1999 Land Act No. 5. With legal assistance from The … Continue reading Barabaig and Masai Gain Cattle Grazing Access in Tanzania