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African American churches have been on the frontlines of the most important social movements of the last century. The movements begin at the pulpit, with preachers stirring their congregation to action via Sunday sermons that link spirituality and faith to a greater calling.

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“This Land is Your Land" is one of our country's most beloved folk songs, painting a picture of America as vast and brimming with natural beauty. Children learn it in elementary school and sometimes sing it after the morning Pledge of Allegiance. Woody Guthrie's song recalls the wonder he felt during strolls through redwood forests, golden valleys and the sparkling sands of diamond deserts. He ends each verse with the warm and inclusive refrain, “This land was made for you and me.”

fields in Hawaii

Last week, Hawai‛i counties were back in court to defend their right to protect themselves from genetically engineered (GE) crops and the harmful pesticides that they’re modified to withstand. At stake is whether communities have a say over what goes on in their own backyards. But the Big Ag industry would have you believe these cases are about protecting upstanding companies from hostile anti-GE activists and their senseless acts of vandalism.

On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train carrying crude oil to the Port of Tacoma, Washington derailed near the town of Mosier, Oregon along the Columbia River.

The latest wake-up call on the dangers of transporting explosive crude oil by train happened just 30 miles from where Earthjustice met for its June board meeting. The plume of black, acrid smoke marring the otherwise clear blue sky was a stark reminder of why our attorneys are fighting against crude-by-rail: This dangerous practice puts profits ahead of people, threatening the health and safety of communities along the rail lines.

Pagan

This is a guest blog post by Jerome Kaipat Aldan. Aldan is mayor of the Northern Islands. 

Jerome Kaipat Aldan.I was eight years old when Mt. Pagan, one of two volcanoes that created Pagan Island, erupted. I have many precious childhood memories of that beautiful island. I remember going for swims in the ocean. Small houses made of wood and tin blended in with the natural beauty.

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In Los Angeles, we like to drive. 

If you drive by the Jefferson Boulevard drill site in South Los Angeles, you won’t see that the densely populated community around it sits atop an oil field. You also won’t see all of the houses and businesses that the city tore down in 1965 in order to make space for a nearly two-acre drill site to extract that oil.

wind farm

It was just a few decades ago that people started to see the breadth and depth of the flaws in our fossil fuel-based energy system. On its surface, fossil fuel energy seemed cheap and convenient; underneath, it was dirty, damaging to the climate and adept at making people sick. But because the system was backed by an entrenched, wealthy and politically powerful industry, change seemed impossible.

offshore oil field

Time is running out for the public to tell the Obama administration to protect our oceans from future offshore drilling. People celebrated World Oceans Day with film screenings, beach cleanups, festivals and special events at aquariums. This global celebration of the briny deep also happens to arrive just as Earthjustice and our partner organizations are entering the final push against federal plans for new offshore oil and gas leasing.

Oakland waterfront

Earthjustice is proud to partner with organizations that are challenging unjust and polluting infrastructure projects that threaten the wellbeing of their communities, the land and wildlife. In Oakland, California, Earthjustice is working with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and others to fight against a proposal to export coal through a terminal on the Oakland waterfront. APEN organizes local Asian community members to advance an agenda of environmental, social and economic justice.

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