Posts Tagged with "Frontline Communities"

“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

Monday, March 4, 2013

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“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

RAN’s latest Coal Risk Update highlights the potential human rights impacts of a planned mountaintop removal mine in Blair, West Virginia. Blair Mountain is a national treasure: The mountain is the site of arguably the most important post-Civil War battlefield in the US. Currently, Arch Coal plans to build a mine that would destroy the [...]

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From the Local To the Global: Why We Must Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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From the Local To the Global: Why We Must Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

“Now that we have seen what the Tar Sands in Alberta looks like, this is not about the pipeline going through our farm. This is about Alberta, about the world. ” This week tens of thousands of people have arrived in Washington D.C. to defend the climate and demonstrate their opposition to the Keystone XL [...]

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

A Guest Blog by Brandon Nida, Organizer—Blair Mountain Heritage Alliance Many people have not heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain, let alone a place called Adkins Fork in Logan County, West Virginia. But in 1921, the Adkins Fork area was the scene of an intense battle between miners attempting to organize and a private army [...]

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“Coal Blooded”: New Report Says Coal Plants Disproportionately Impact Communities Of Color

Monday, November 26, 2012

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“Coal Blooded”: New Report Says Coal Plants Disproportionately Impact Communities Of Color

A new report from the NAACP called “Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People” (co-authored by former RAN staffer Adrian Wilson) paints a grim picture. Grim, but not surprising. Of the 378 coal plants across the country, 75 are considered to be the most toxic and receive an “F” on the report’s environmental justice report card. [...]

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Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

Friday, November 2, 2012

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Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

After two days at the tenth annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), I had just about given up on hearing anything controversial. The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder group and process that aims to, in its own words, “transform the palm oil sector” by establishing a certification for palm oil that is [...]

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Meet the TPP: A Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Meet the TPP: A Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

As international trade negotiators gathered this week at a posh golf resort in rural Virginia to hammer out details of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), they sought to project an image of inclusion and receptivity to public input. In reality, this high-stakes global corporate pact, now in its 14th round of discussions, is heavily [...]

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Report from the Coal Export Action: Day 1

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Report from the Coal Export Action: Day 1

At around 9:30 this morning, one hundred strong gathered in Helena, Montana for the first day of the Coal Export Action. Today’s rally spread across the steps of the capitol building, kicking off a week of action against coal exports organized by the Blue Skies Campaign, a Montana-based, volunteer grassroots organization. Lowell Chandler, who is [...]

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Land Conflicts Spark Occupy-type Protests In Indonesia

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Land Conflicts Spark Occupy-type Protests In Indonesia

Here at Rainforest Action Network, I’m gearing up for the Occupy Our Food Supply global day of action on February 27th, 2012 and it reminded me of a story from Indonesia last month. On January 12, thousands of Indonesian farmers, workers, Indigenous community members, students, and people representing over 50 local non-profits flooded the streets [...]

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RAN Staff Finds Deforestation And Violence For Palm Oil Unchecked By The RSPO

Friday, December 2, 2011

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RAN Staff Finds Deforestation And Violence For Palm Oil Unchecked By The RSPO

As the 9thAnnual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meeting wrapped up on the island of Borneo, the crisis stemming from the uncontrolled expansion of palm oil plantations into rainforests and communities reached a fever pitch. Consider this: In the few days that RAN’s four staff-member delegation attended the RSPO meeting in SE Asia, the [...]

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Man Up: Music Video Call-To-Action To Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline Nov. 6th

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Man Up: Music Video Call-To-Action To Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline Nov. 6th

Obama: Man Up! No to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline! Becky White and the Secret Mission have just released this catchy and hilarious protest anthem/call to action track and music video — featuring RAN’s own Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton on violin — called “Man Up!” The song calls on people to gather at the [...]

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