Plastic or People? Protecting the Gulf Coast From the Fossil Fuel Industry Helps the Whole Planet

Plastic or People? Protecting the Gulf Coast From the Fossil Fuel Industry Helps the Whole Planet

Refineries and petrochemical plants that process fossil fuels are hurting poor communities and communities of color along the Gulf Coast, including southern Louisiana’s notorious Cancer Alley. And that environmental racism is only getting worse, as Formosa’s decision to target St. James Parish for its next massive plastic facility shows.      

Connecting the Dots: Fracking and Voter Suppression in Youngstown, Ohio

Connecting the Dots: Fracking and Voter Suppression in Youngstown, Ohio

People in Ohio have a right to the initiative to directly “check and balance” the government. Nonetheless, governing officials are repeatedly telling residents that they do not have the authority to vote on these measures. “It’s voter suppression,” says Wilkins, “because they’re not allowing you to vote on things you believe in. We the people should have the right to vote on these things.”

Ohio Voting Rights Case For Pretrial Detainees Erupts Out Of 2018 Midterms

Ohio Voting Rights Case For Pretrial Detainees Erupts Out Of 2018 Midterms

Ohio, like many states, has a system that allows people who experience unforeseen hospitalization or other medical emergencies to request, receive, and cast absentee ballots, even if their emergency took place after the normal absentee ballot request deadline. However, despite the constitutional presumption of innocence, the same provision is not available to voters arrested after the deadline. These voters, have not been convicted of any crime, are similarly unable to reach the polls on Election Day, yet they are denied access to the emergency voting procedure.

El maíz nativo de México se enfrenta a la gran Agricultura Corporativa en batalla épica por la justicia ambiental, marcando así el camino para las acciones colectivas

El maíz nativo de México se enfrenta a la gran Agricultura Corporativa en batalla épica por la justicia ambiental, marcando así el camino para las acciones colectivas

Sin embargo, a pesar de la enorme importancia del maíz nativo, en el año 2009 el gobierno mexicano comenzó a conceder permisos a las empresas multinacionales para cultivar un maíz modificado genéticamente. Los defensores del medio ambiente, de la salud y de la justicia social denunciaron dicha maniobra. En 2013, una surtida coalición compuesta por 53 personas y organizaciones no gubernamentales en representación de científicos, pequeños agricultores, apicultores, consumidores y activistas de derechos humanos se unieron para presentar una demanda judicial colectiva e innovadora para frenar el cultivo del maíz modificado genéticamente (transgénico). Su caso, La Demanda Colectiva para la Protección del Maíz Nativo de México contra la Modificación Genética, va a generar leyes fundamentales para la justicia ambiental y social en México.

Advocates for Clean Water Fight For Environmental Justice as Pollution from California BigAg Creates Looming Central Valley "Flint" Crisis

Advocates for Clean Water Fight For Environmental Justice as Pollution from California BigAg Creates Looming Central Valley "Flint" Crisis

Discharges from irrigated agriculture are the largest source of pollutionin California’s Central Valley. Water diversions for irrigated agriculture pose significant environmental challenges by diminishing instream flows and depleting aquifers throughout the state. Agricultural operations also pose a significant threat to water quality when nitrates, pesticides, sediment, pathogens, heavy metals, and salts run off fields into surface and groundwater. Farming right up to the riverbank by intensive farming operations has also led to the destruction of natural riparian zones through increased erosion, nutrient and sediment pollution, higher water temperatures, and degraded aquatic habitats. 

Native Corn In Mexico Takes On Big Ag in Epic Environmental Justice Battle, Trailblazing A Path For Collective Actions

Native Corn In Mexico Takes On Big Ag in Epic Environmental Justice Battle, Trailblazing A Path For Collective Actions

Despite native corn’s enormous importance, in 2009 the Mexican government began granting permits to multinational corporations to cultivate genetically modified corn. Environmental, health, and social justice advocates denounced the move. In 2013, a diverse coalition made up of fifty-three individuals and non-governmental organizations representing scientists, small farmers, beekeepers, consumers, and human rights activists banded together to file an innovative class action lawsuit to halt further genetically modified corn cultivation.

Youth v Gov: 11-year-old Levi knows Climate Change is no hoax; Sues Government for His Future

Youth v Gov: 11-year-old Levi knows Climate Change is no hoax; Sues Government for His Future

Levi and the other Juliana plaintiffs are going to see the lawsuit through to trial so that their voices may be heard in court. Climate change is one of the most pressing problems that the world faces, and Levi and his co-plaintiffs are determined to get their government to stop contributing to it and start stopping it.

TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund - Helping to Break the Cycle of Silence and Isolation

TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund - Helping to Break the Cycle of Silence and Isolation

We’re fueled by all those who are with us, including you, and the conviction that every person deserves a workplace free from violence and where they are treated with dignity and respect. We know you share this conviction, and we need you. We can’t wait to fund your cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, for you to join our Network, and for you to tell us about your experience.

Impact Fund and allies say "YES" to Equality Act

Impact Fund and allies say "YES" to Equality Act

Since 1994, federal lawmakers have repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination because of sexual orientation and—later—gender identity. The 116th Congress, with its historic numbers of women, people of color, and LGBTQ members, offers the best chance yet for the Equality Act to pass the House of Representatives. But what exactly would it do? 

Sharing Food With The Homeless Is Not A Crime--It's A First Amendment Right

Sharing Food With The Homeless Is Not A Crime--It's A First Amendment Right

The Court recognized the significance of food sharing throughout history: “Like the flag, the significance of sharing meals with others dates back millennia.” The Court found that Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs was clearly engaged in more than a “picnic in a park” and had instead established “an intent to ‘express[] an idea through activity.’” The Court concluded that Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs is engaged in protected expression when it shares food outdoors in public parks.

Too Many, Too Much, and Too Young: Class Action Seeks To Protect Foster Kids From Dangerous Mistreatment With Psychotropic Drugs

 Too Many, Too Much, and Too Young: Class Action Seeks To Protect Foster Kids From Dangerous Mistreatment With Psychotropic Drugs

On any given day, thousands of children in foster care across the country are administered psychotropic medications to address mental health and behavioral issues. Some of these children receive combinations of two, three, or more such medications at a time, often in elevated dosages. Some, like Joe, are even placed on antipsychotics, which led him to say, “I feel like I have knives in my eyes.” 

Class Action Hero: Denied Mental Health Care, Patrice Makes A Stand For Human Rights

Class Action Hero: Denied Mental Health Care, Patrice Makes A Stand For Human Rights

Although acutely suffering mental instability, I never lost the ability to discern what was just. I strongly believed an injustice was occurring that directly and negatively impacted the entirety of my life and those of countless others. I also believed that so long as these things went unchallenged myself and others would continue to suffer. Not only did I want to change what happens within the prisons, I also wanted to raise public awareness of mental illness in relation to solitary confinement – the criminalization of mental illness within the prison walls. 

Kids Win Big In Yazzie Case: New Mexico Court Says State Must Address Systemic Discrimination

Kids Win Big In Yazzie Case: New Mexico Court Says State Must Address Systemic Discrimination

Like all parents, Wilhelmina Yazzie wants her children to have an education that gives them the opportunities they need to learn and thrive. But her 15-year-old son Xavier hasn’t been getting what he needs to be college and career ready because the state has been starving our public schools. Unfortunately, Wilhelmina’s son Xavier, like so many other students in New Mexico, has not had the benefit of the programming and resources he needs to thrive.

Psych Patients In Connecticut File Class Action For Civil Rights Violations

Psych Patients In Connecticut File Class Action For Civil Rights Violations

Karen testified:  “When I was getting discharged from Connecticut Valley Hospital, there were money and staffing problems that delayed me from getting out. Hospital staff were worried that there wasn’t enough money to get me the staffing that would keep me safe.... On the Thursday I was supposed to be discharged, staff were telling me I would be back by the next Monday.”

Economic Justice: Low-Income Detroiters To Keep Their Homes

Economic Justice: Low-Income Detroiters To Keep Their Homes

Cynthia was told she’d have to pay a flat fee of $5,000 to save her home. She folded, and her home will be offered up at an auction this fall. Cynthia is not alone. These obstacles, combined with the fact that few eligible homeowners know about the exemption, resulted in tens of thousands of low-income Detroiters losing their homes for inability to pay taxes they should’ve never been charged. This foreclosure crisis had a disproportionately devastating effect on African-American homeowners, who are often more likely to be foreclosed on than non-black homeowners.

Economic Justice For Los Angeles Bus Riders!

Economic Justice For Los Angeles Bus Riders!

The case was a classic civil rights case involving poor minorities whose need for basic travel to jobs and for everyday life fell victim to the desire of public officials to serve rail riders from the better-off, mostly white suburbs and the lure of flashy new trains and ribbon-cutting at sparkling new train stations. 

Don't Despair: Litigate! The Legal Community’s Response to the Family Separation Crisis & How You Can Take Action.

Don't Despair: Litigate! The Legal Community’s Response to the Family Separation Crisis & How You Can Take Action.

The response of civil and human rights advocates has been strategic litigation to remind those in power that they cannot do that, that there is a rule of law, and that it will be enforced.

Jeff Sessions Just Drew a Line Between Parent & Child, but What About You?

Jeff Sessions Just Drew a Line Between Parent & Child, but What About You?

Jeff Sessions stood behind a podium—the welcoming blue of the Pacific glittering behind him, a gentle breeze ruffling his hair—and vowed to separate children from their parents. Directing his words to families immigrating across the southern border of the United States, he said, “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you.” Separating children from their parents—unless absolutely necessary as in the case of abuse—is an immoral act.