• Immediate Large-Scale Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package for Puerto Rico
    On September 20, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, struck Puerto Rico full force only days after the Irma storm. One week later, Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are suffering intensely in what has quickly become a major humanitarian and environmental justice disaster. The delivery of aid to Puerto Rico has been delayed, in part because of the Jones Act, a 1920 law that prohibits freight delivery to Puerto Rico on non-U.S. ships. The Act was recently repealed for 10 days. However, that is not enough time to be effective. The potential for great loss of life increases daily. Water, food, and medicine have become extremely scarce and material aid is bottlenecked by bureaucracy at the ports. 70,000 people were evacuated from an area near a failing dam that had not been inspected since 2013. Puerto Rico is home to 23 Superfund sites--industrially polluted areas that have been identified as too dangerously contaminated for humans and livestock to inhabit or use. These, and many other toxic sites were flooded, adding to the multiple sources of danger Puerto Ricans currently face. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ceased operations, removing its workers because it has deemed the island “too hazardous.” Science states that climate catastrophes are going to intensify. We have deep concerns about the breach of the democratic process needed to respond to the Puerto Rican people in this state of emergency and--in the long term--to rebuild Puerto Rico in a way that future storms will not decimate it again. "Standard responses to disasters leave behind more pollution, more debt, less democracy, and a weaker infrastructure. In contrast, a Just Recovery would reduce pollution, reduce debt, challenge systemic racism, deepen democracy, and leave behind a sturdier, more resilient public sphere." - Naomi Klein This is not business as usual or an opportunity for Wall Street to make money off of vulnerable communities. This moment requires a proactive vision, strong coordination, and a regenerative economic and environmental approach to the crisis, informed by the people of Puerto Rico. This is not the moment to abandon Puerto Rico.
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    Created by Chloe Henson
  • Tell the Nevada Legislature to bring back rooftop solar
    Designing and installing rooftop solar systems was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. But I lost my job when government regulators killed Nevada’s rooftop solar industry. I had to leave my newborn son behind to take a job in Texas to support my family. When I started in the solar industry, business was booming. There were close to nine thousand solar jobs in Nevada. It all changed when the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) cut net metering rates for solar customers. Overnight, the rooftop solar industry in Nevada collapsed. Around a thousand solar workers were laid off, many of us right before the holidays. Now there’s a chance to bring rooftop solar back to Nevada, returning good jobs to the state. The Nevada state legislature will be considering bills on rooftop solar, but we have to act fast. The legislature only meets every two years, for just four months. Please sign this petition to the Nevada Legislature now.
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    Created by James Atencio
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    Created by Lauren Gorelik