According to a 2013 study, Chicago gunshot-wound victims more than five miles away from a trauma center were likelier to die. According to a Nation analysis of city data, nearly a fifth of Chicago residents live five or more miles away from a trauma center, most of them on the South Side. And between 2001 and 2013, more than a third of the city’s homicides and shootings have taken place more than five miles away from a trauma center. Damian […]
When California passed its Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32, in 2006, many environmental justice advocates hoped that the legislation, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions, would also combat health problems caused by big polluters, like refineries. A refinery emits carbon dioxide, which causes climate change, along with other kinds of pollution that are linked to respiratory disease and cancer. Some residents of the state believe that the regulation should force refineries to clean up their own operations, not allow […]
Undocumented immigrant activists Marco Saavedra and Viridiana Martinez were picked up by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and sent to Florida’s Broward Transitional Center last summer. But their cases were special: They had both voluntarily gotten themselves locked up, in order to more effectively organize other detainees against the spike in deportations in the past few years. Marco’s goal was “to make it such a PR nightmare for ICE to have someone in the facility that it’s more convenient, or […]
Super storm Sandy hit lower Manhattan hard over the night of October 29-30, 2012. Floodwaters spilled over doorsteps in Alphabet City, cars floated through Battery Park, and power went out for almost all of the residents of the island below 39th street. Electricity remained off for those residents on Thursday, four days after the storm struck, and was expected to remain off for at least another day. Municipal and federal aid to neighborhoods populated by low-income residents and people of […]
One year ago on September 17, a few activists began a peaceful protest just outside Wall Street in New York’s financial district. That action sparked a sweeping movement of public space “Occupations,” in which citizens could air their grievances against corporate greed, protected interests and much more. Encampments sprang up across the world, from Oakland City Hall to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Police cleared out the tents months ago, but the networks of activists, young and old, remain intact, as evidenced by this weekend’s packed schedule of Occupy actions. Watch this video to see what activists, union workers and students in debt are planning for the second year of Occupy. Get involved with Occupy activities all this week at the Free University in Madison Square Park.
Some 800 people gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Frazier Park and marched to Uptown, where the Democratic National Convention kicks off on Tuesday. Environmental justice, immigration, labor, education, anti-war, and Occupy activists spent nearly four hours in the streets despite an overwhelming amount of police and other security forces. The march marked the first major protest for Undocubus riders. The bus made its way from Phoenix, Arizona, picking up riders along the way from various states in the South in […]