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The entire nuclear fuel chain involves the release of radioactivity, contamination of the environment and damage to human health. Most often, communities of color, indigenous peoples or those of low-income are targeted to bear the brunt of these impacts, particularly the damaging health and environmental effects of uranium mining. The nuclear power industry inevitably violates human rights.

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Thursday
Jan192017

Water Protectors Score Key Legal Victories in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported by Democracy Now!:

Native Americans and their allies fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline have scored a series of legal victories. The North Dakota Supreme Court partially granted a petition that will open the door for out-of-state lawyers to represent the more than 600 people who have been arrested amid the ongoing resistance. Also on Wednesday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by the Dakota Access pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, to block the Army Corps of Engineers from beginning a lengthy environmental impact statement on the section of the pipeline slated to cross the Missouri River. The ruling means the environmental impact study will now move forward, indefinitely halting construction of the pipeline. The legal victories came only hours before, late Wednesday night, water protectors say police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets against Native Americans trying to erect a tipi on Backwater Bridge, a site of frequent police attacks.

[See all of Democracy Now!'s coverage from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and related crude oil pipeline and Native American environmental justice coverage, here.]

Thursday
Jan192017

Canada: Sabotage Against Alberta Pipeline Costs Company Half a Million

As reported by Democracy Now!:

In more pipeline news, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say more than a half-million dollars of damage was caused after people sabotaged an oil pipeline under construction in northern Alberta. Authorities say people used heavy machinery to dig up a section of the contested pipeline.

[See all of Democracy Now!'s coverage from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and related crude oil pipeline and Native American environmental justice coverage, here.]

Tuesday
Jan172017

North Dakota: Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas Fired at Water Protectors

As reported by Democracy Now!:

In North Dakota, police opened fire with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets Monday to disperse water protectors holding a prayer march against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline near the site where Energy Transfer Partners hopes to drill beneath the Missouri River. Police said they arrested at least three people after they cut through a section of razor wire surrounding the site.

[See all of Democracy Now!'s coverage from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and related crude oil pipeline and Native American environmental justice coverage, here.]

Friday
Jan132017

Pipeline Protesters Decry North Dakota Bills That ‘Criminalize’ Protests 

As reported by NBC News.

The article quotes Tara Houska of Honor the Earth. Houska will be the keynote kick off speaker at the J21 #WeRise Teach-In in Washington, D.C. after the Women's March.

Thursday
Jan122017

Tara Houska, Honor the Earth and Standing Rock Struggle, #NoDAPL Water Protector, confirmed as kickoff keynote speaker at #WeRise - J21 Teach-In

As posted at the Program section of the J21 #WeRise Teach-In website:

1:30-2:10
Kickoff: Sign Up Here
Tara Houska, Honor the Earth and Standing Rock Struggle, #NoDAPL Water Protector

The J21 #WeRise Teach-In follows and complements the Women's March on Washington (Jan. 21 in D.C.).

You can register and learn more at the J21 #WeRise Teach-In website.

Beyond Nuclear is honored and privileged to serve on the J21 #WeRise Teach-In planning committee, environmental subcommittee. Beyond Nuclear is an official endorser of both the Teach-In and Women's March.