The National Park Service protects and maintains many African American heritage sites around the country to honor the significant contributions African Americans have made to the nation. To help celebrate Black History Month this February, explore a few of the more than 25 historical sites, from Little Rock, Arkansas, to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Recently, a U.S. District Court judge took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task for withholding government documents related to the agency’s approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The judge’s decision is a big win for public transparency, but it’s also a small step toward finally doing a proper evaluation of the risks posed by GE animals—which could one day end up on our dinner plates.
We’re coming down to the wire. February 7, 2017 is the last day to ask federal agencies to remove four aging dams on the lower Snake River. Since October, more than 250,000 people have submitted comments demanding dam removal. Now, there are just a few days left to support the largest river restoration project in U.S. history.
Last November, Americans did not go to polls to vote against protections for our air, water or health. But certain members of Congress backed by polluting industries have taken it upon themselves to unleash a whole new world of legislative attacks aimed at eviscerating our public safeguards.
Couldn’t we all use a bit of good news right about now? Well, here you go: Earthjustice just won a major environmental victory in a South Florida legal case to protect a portion of the only near-shore coral reef in the continental United States.
Los Angeles area air regulators should be forcing polluters to cut their dangerous emissions. Instead, they want to shift the responsibility for cleaning up our air from those profiting from the pollution to those of us simply trying not to die from breathing it. Whether they get away with it will depend on a critical vote this coming week.
California’s Kamala Harris won decisively to replace Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate, and now Governor Jerry Brown has picked Congressman Xavier Becerra to take up Harris’ mantle as the state’s attorney general. This is good news for Californians because the state needs a smart and courageous legal mind to fill Harris’ shoes in the coming years. Becerra fits that bill to a tee.