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Navajo Dissidents Take Action to Stop Tribe-Backed Power Plant

As energy corporations closed in on Navajo territory, a cluster of elderly women and other locals rushed to greet them – planting themselves in defiance on the ground they hold as sacred.

USDA Stocks Organics Board with Business Reps

Food-safety activists are protesting the government's attempt to stack an organic-food advisory board with representatives of corporate agribusiness and food commerce.

Feds Make Forest Planning, Protection Less Deliberative

The government rewrote the rules for managing forests last week, largely erasing obligations to consider potential environmental harm when planning the future of public wild lands.

LAX Hotel Workers Hungry for Living Wage

As Los Angeles airport hotels fight a law ordering them to pay enough to barely raise a family on, some workers are staging a hunger strike to gain public sympathy and realize the promise of a better wage.

Closures Loom for Community-Focused Hospitals in New York

Healthcare advocates say a state commission's plan to consolidate hospitals is wrong-headed, glossing over the real problem and real reforms.

Meat Contributes to Climate Change, UN Study Confirms

The typical American diet adds significantly to pollution, water scarcity, land degradation and climate change, according to a United Nations report released last week.

Companies Leave Coal Miners Gasping for Health Payments

In the ultimate game of buck-passing, coal firms and the government have spent decades withholding benefits from black-lung-inflicted miners and their spouses.

Activists Redouble Efforts Against Past Lead-Paint Makers

In the ongoing battle to eradicate lead poisoning, state and local governments have begun targeting the companies that sold toxic paint before it was banned for residential use in 1978. This week, grassroots activists are taking that fight to the streets.

Spontaneous Strike Forces Smithfield to Change Policy

An employee walk-out at a giant hog slaughterhouse in North Carolina forced company officials to alter its policy on firing workers whose Social Security numbers are not verified.

Employers May Get Access to Applicants’ Minor ‘Offenses’

The FBI is looking to make people's criminal records more extensive and more accessible to private employers. Critics say that increased exposure of people's criminal histories will unfairly foreclose job opportunities.

GPS Surveillance Creeps into Daily Life

Public-interest advocates say cell phone surveillance is becoming cheaper and more pervasive, but companies and governments are lagging behind in establishing policies to protect the right to privacy.

New ‘Terrorism’ Laws to Protect Animal Abusers’ Profits

Legislation that zipped easily through the Senate would re-criminalize certain acts, including non-violent civil disobedience, as "terrorism" if carried out in defense of animals.

Employers Use ‘No-Match’ Social Security Letters to Fire Immigrants

Immigrant workers throughout the US are facing layoffs as employers haphazardly, and perhaps illegally, implement a proposed rule from the Homeland Security Department.

Rising Violence Against Native Women Has ‘Colonial Roots’

As native women experience increasingly severe abuse by non-Indian and Indian men, many are addressing the systemic foundations of misogyny in their communities, which they trace to colonization.

Fresh EPA Library Cuts May Limit Safety Scientists’ Knowledge

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest downsizing of scientific library materials say it threatens to strip access to information from the very people who help develop environmental policies.

Immokalee Workers Tell Chipotle to Walk Its Talk

Tomato pickers have targeted McDonald’s and the green-tongued Chipotle restaurant chain for buying tomatoes from growers that underpay workers.

Despite Laws, Disabled Voters Face Barriers at Polls

Voters with disabilities warn that despite anti-discrimination laws, many still face barriers when they try to go to the polls.

Sex-segregated Classes Get Gold Star from Education Dept.

The US Department of Education’s change to a law forbidding sex discrimination in federally funded schools has infuriated rights groups, who say the change is a step toward separate but unequal education.

New Jersey Program Bought Polluted Lands for Low-income Schools

In what critics consider one of the more blatant examples of environmental racism, a fund supposedly intended to give a leg up to impoverished pupils of color was used to put them at risk while favoring private developers.

DuPont Refuses to Release Teflon Chemical Study

While withholding its full report, Dupont is touting findings it says exonerate the controversial substance PFOA.

State Initiatives May Use ‘Property Rights’ to Deregulate

On Election Day, voters in four states will consider allowing property owners to claim financial damages when public-interest regulations cost them money.

L.A. Cops Crack Down on Skid Row as Gentrification Looms

In a move that coincides with rising property values and shirks a federal ruling that slammed Los Angeles's treatment of homeless residents, the LAPD is cracking down on the city's poorest residents.

Nuke Watchdog Urges New Look at Whistleblower Case

Newly uncovered documents show discrepencies between what managers told two different federal agencies before and after firing an employee who raised safety concerns at Fitzpatrick nuclear plant.

Corporate-friendly Rules Threaten Alaskan Crabbers

A crab fishing program started in 2005 -- ostensibly to stop overfishing and ensure fishermen's safety -- has given fishing rights to corporations, put individual fishermen out of work, and risked the marine ecosystem.

Oil Giant Tries to Shirk Royalty Payments to Indians

A case pending before the US Supreme Court may determine whether the oil industry can cast off millions in debts incurred while exploiting natural resources on Indian lands in the Southwest’s San Juan Basin.

Internal Audit Suggests EPA Complicit in Environmental Racism

Environmentalists, civil rights advocates and even federal auditors say the US government is ignoring its duty to protect low-income people and people of color from harmful pollution in their communities.

Housing Watchdogs Call Post-Katrina Ordinance ‘Racist’

Outraged by a controversial local ordinance, civil-rights activists say that although Hurricane Katrina wiped out just about everything in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, a legacy of segregation clings stubbornly to the community’s racial landscape.

Critics Consider Interrogation 'Reform' a Step Backward

While most attention focused on supposedly moderate voices among Senate Republicans, the GOP debate over terror-war detainee policy nixed rights and empowered the administration.

Navajos, Cuba Strike Unprecedented Trade Deal

The Navajo Nation has negotiated an unprecedented trade pact with Cuba, signaling an effort by the tribe to strengthen its sovereign status through economic outreach.

Defense Dept. Continues to Stall Wind Power Projects

Environmental groups are accusing the Defense Department of “paralyzing” the development of wind energy projects, and costing citizens the environmental benefits of clean energy in the process.

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