Tens of Thousands Worldwide Take Part in Largest Global Civil Disobedience in the History of the Climate Movement
Twelve days of unprecedented world-wide action against fossil fuels have just concluded, showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground. The combined global efforts of activists on six continents now pose a serious threat to the future of the fossil fuel industry, already weakened by financial and political uncertainty.
The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), released the following statement condemning the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency’s plans for a new wave of forced deportations that would target Central American mothers and children in the upcoming weeks:
Over the course of a four-day visit to the Philippines this week, four representatives of Communications Workers of America who are on strike discovered that the extent to which Verizon is offshoring work is far beyond what has previously been reported and what the company publicly has claimed. Verizon is offshoring customer service calls to numerous call centers in the Philippines, where workers are paid just $1.78 an hour and forced to work overtime without compensation.
Armed groups surrounding the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo city have repeatedly carried out indiscriminate attacks that have struck civilian homes, streets, markets and mosques, killing and injuring civilians and displaying a shameful disregard for human life, said Amnesty International.
The United States, European Union, and other international actors should renew their calls for accountability by the Uzbek government 11 years after the Andijan massacre, Human Rights Watch said today. Uzbek government forces killed hundreds of mainly peaceful protesters in the eastern city of Andijan on May 13, 2005.
The Departments of Education and Justice today announced comprehensive guidance that requires schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity.
James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, had this reaction:
On Thursday, subsea infrastructure connected to Shell Oil’s Brutus platform spilled over 88,200 gallons (2,100 barrels) of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the spill created a two mile by 13 mile sheen off the Louisiana Coast.
The Brutus platform began operation in 2001, but by the following year, Shell had to reduce its production due to valve failures.
Today, the Missouri Legislature took the final step in a direct attack on the right to vote by passing a photo ID requirement, known as H.B. 1631 and a ballot resolution, H.J.R. 53, which will undercut the state’s constitutional right to vote if passed by voters later this year. The measures equate to a full-force attack on the voting rights of Missourians – especially voters of color, who face disproportionate barriers to acquiring photo ID.
Shell Oil Accident Shows Why New Gulf Drilling Must End Nearly 90,000 Gallons Spew into Gulf of Mexico
An accident at an underwater pipe system connecting four oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico created a miles long oil slick in Gulf waters on Thursday. The facility is a Shell oil facility. Details, including the cause of the accident, are not being reported, though the amount released is said to be almost 90,000 gallons.
Hundreds of community, climate, and fracking activists today protested a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease auction at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood, Colorado. Roughly 300 activists from Colorado and surrounding states rallied outside the hotel, carrying signs, banners, art, and singing chants. From there, a large contingent entered the hotel, many of whom physically blocked the entrance to the auction room. The blockade, comprised of about 20 activists risking arrest and supported by a crowd of hundreds, is ongoing at this time.
The Internal Revenue Service is holding a public hearing Friday morning on proposed rules to crack down on corporate tax dodging by requiring multinational companies to report to the IRS their profits earned, taxes paid, and employee numbers on a country-by-country basis. Members and allies of the FACT Coalition are set to testify on the proposal, known as “country-by-country reporting”.
Statement of Clark Gascoigne, deputy director of the FACT Coalition:
Prosecutors responding to ACLU litigation have provided lists that, for the first time, identify more than 24,000 drug cases worked on by convicted chemist Annie Dookhan, in which people were convicted or had other adverse dispositions. These Dookhan cases appear to account for an astounding 25 percent of all drug prosecutions that led to conviction in the seven counties that used the Hinton State Lab during Dookhan's tenure, and one in six of such drug prosecutions in the Commonwealth over a 10-year period.
The Environmental Protection Agency today released final Clean Air Act standards for reducing methane pollution from new oil and gas production, processing and transmission equipment nationwide.
The following is a statement from Antonia Herzog, Deputy Director of the Climate & Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
In response to the release of the Energy Information Administration’s International Energy Outlook today, David Turnbull, Campaigns Director of Oil Change International, released the following statement:
The Government Accountability Project applauds landmark whistleblower protections Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 signed yesterday by President Obama, which would create significant safeguards for employees, contractors and consultants who lawfully disclose trade secrets to report illegality. Section 7 of the Act, championed by Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), establishes criminal and civil immunity for employees who make disclosures to the government or to an attorney and strengthens “anti-gag” notice requirements.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first nationwide safeguards limiting dangerous methane pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today long-awaited methane regulations on the oil and gas industry. According to scientific evidence, aggressively reducing methane emissions can play a significant role in slowing the pace of climate change, buying more time to transform the electricity and transport sectors to renewable energy.
Charlie Cray, Researcher at Greenpeace added:
Today, Thursday May 12, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) released “The High Cost of Getting Paid: How Payroll Cards Cost Darden Employees,” a report that examines Darden Restaurants’ use of payroll cards, which apply costly hidden fees to over a hundred thousand of their low-wage employees.