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Another USA Climate Official Gets it Wrong

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 1:28pm
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US Climate Envoy Blames ALBA for Copenhagen Failure, Backs Sidelining UN

A top US climate negotiator has said he hopes to see the United Nations sidelined at future talks on global warming. On Wednesday, US Deputy Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing said the scale of the climate talks called for a rethinking of the UN’s role. Pershing cited the objections of the ALBA bloc, which he said had blocked an agreement in Copenhagen.

Open Letter to Kerry, Planet DIE-OUT in Boston

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:41am
Open Letter to Kerry, Planet DIE-OUT in Boston
Protesters Demand Climate Justice, Reject False Climate Solutions

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(Boston, Nov 30) Amid rain and cold wind, climate activists stood solemnly around a tree near Senator John Kerry’s Boston office, each holding a picture of a life on the planet that is endangered or dying-off from the impacts of climate change.  One by one they told the story of why they were here, protesting the government’s inaction on climate change, and the false and unjust “solutions” that dominate domestic and international climate policies.

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$1.25 Billion 5 Year Plan To Displace The Poor

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 4:18pm
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Press Release

HUD's proposals to create the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program to replace the Hope VI program, is moving forward quickly.

The HOPE VI program has demolished around 155,000 public housing units since 1993, and only around 50,000 demolished units have been replaced with new public housing units.

The Obama administration & HUD is planning a new all out assault (5 year $1.25 billion plan) on poor neighborhoods across the nation, to displace the poor.

Climate SOS: Senate Bill "Condemns us to Climate Chaos"

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 3:43pm

Climate SOS, a coalition of scientists and activists who support science- and environmental justice-based climate legislation, today characterized the draft Senate bill, called the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” which was introduced on Wednesday by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) as an “irresponsible non-solution.”

They maintain that any bill that embraces cap and trade, offsets, outrageously inadequate emission reduction targets, and counter-solutions such as biomass burning, nuclear power and more coal fired power plants (under the guise of partial carbon capture technology that is as yet unavailable) will fail to meet its stated goal of forestalling catastrophic climate change.

Home-not-so-sweet-home

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:57pm


Young domestic workers fight for their rights in the informal economy.young domestic workers

For most of the morning, Antoñia Peña sat quietly at the end of the table on a panel of speakers. Throughout the event, called "Voices from the Front Lines of the Economic Crisis," another panelist translated the proceedings into Spanish for her. When Peña finally spoke, in a halting but urgent English, I wasn't the only one to sit up and take notice.


"Most of us have been exploited or abused by our employers," she began. Peña came to the United States from Colombia in her youth, hoping to find a better life for herself and for her family back home. What she found instead was a life of isolation and abuse. Like many immigrants who come to the United States as young women, it took her years to become aware of her rights.

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