Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nearly 600 victims and their families of the largest mass shooting in US history last Sunday night in Las Vegas. The mass carnage made that city into what can only be described as a war zone. But our response needs to include more than prayers and moments of silence. We need to act to prevent more mass shootings, which are now occurring at an average of more than one per day.
At the League of Women Voters debate* held on Sunday at Hofstra University, Cassandra Lems, Green Party Candidate for Nassau County Executive, announced her support of the New York Health Act.
Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe.
“Today, Scotland’s government banned fracking, acknowledging what the science shows: if we want to address climate change, we have to start with cutting fossil fuel emissions.”
Responding to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse's announcement today of the Scottish Government's proposal to ban fracking, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:
"This is a victory for the environment and for local communities fighting fracking. The Scottish Government's decision today to ban fracking will be warmly welcomed across the country and around the world. This is a huge win for the anti-fracking movement, particularly for those on the frontline of this dirty industry here in Scotland, who have been working for a ban these last six years.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse is due to make an announcement to the Scottish Parliament on the future of the fracking industry this afternoon. Commenting on the forthcoming announcement, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:
"Given the strength of feeling against fracking in the country, and the First Minister's well documented skepticism about the industry it's hard to see how the Scottish Government could do anything other than announce an outright ban.
Today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in collaboration with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, announced two lawsuits against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to unlawfully block the entry of Muslims into the United States and to carry out President Trump’s long-promised Muslim ban.
For more information, please join a press call tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. EST. Dial in 866-342-8591; Passcode “Muslim Ban 3”
Yesterday, we awoke to news of more tragedy. In the late hours of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and leaving more than 500 others injured. The NAACP released the following statement to what has now become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history:
From Leon Russell, NAACP Board Chairman:
Phillips 66 agreed yesterday to dismiss its lawsuit challenging the county of San Luis Obispo’s denial of its proposed oil train terminal in the coastal town of Nipomo, Calif.
“Phillips 66 has finally given up fighting the county’s rejection of its reckless plan to run trains carrying explosive crude oil through California,” said Clare Lakewood, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. “We’re relieved that the county’s decision to protect communities and wildlife from toxic air pollution, train derailments and oil spills will stand.”
A new report out today by Oil Change International reveals that U.S. taxpayers continue to foot the bill for more than $20 billion in fossil fuel subsidies each year. These subsidies amount to billions of dollars wasted to prop up an industry responsible for a climate crisis that has contributed to lives lost and hundreds of billions in damages this hurricane season alone.