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March 22, 2017

SPECIAL DEAL!

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beacon.pngbeacon.pngGet 20% Off when you use special coupon code “ClimateJustice” at the Beacon Press bookstore, and 10% of your purchase will support UU climate justice projects through the UU Ministry for Earth!

 

The coupon code will work with any book purchase, but here are some books we especially recommended:

 

Refinery_Town.jpegRefinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City

By Steve Early

Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a typical company town, dominated by Chevron. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.

   

 

 

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"All the Real Indians Died Off" And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker

In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths. Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the Real Indians Died Off” challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.

 

ALSO: Join the next Climate Action Roundtable (April 12 at 8pm EST) for a special chance to talk with author Dina Gilio-Whitaker!

 

Embrace your inner bookworm and support Commit2Respond and UU Ministry for Earth by using the discount code “ClimateJustice” at the Beacon Press bookstore!

RAPID RESPONSE: Defend Vital Climate & Environmental Justice Programs!

March 13, 2017

The proposed federal budget includes seriously dangerous budget cuts to environmental justice and climate programs for the EPA, NOAA, and NASA. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal "shows the Trump administration doesn't hold the same American values for clean air, clean water and healthy land as the vast majority of its citizens... Our health comes before the special interests of multibillion-dollar industries." (Source: AP, 3/3/17)

Here are some highlights of the budget cuts to the EPA:

  • The Environmental Justice program budget, which has historically supplied grants to 1,400 frontline communities, would be cut 78%, from $6.7 million to 1.4 million. Mustafa Ali, the director of the program for 24 years, resigned last week, saying “My values and priorities seem to be different than our current leadership and because of that I feel that it's best if I take my talents elsewhere."

  • Funding for restoration work in Puget Sound, the country's second-largest estuary, would be cut from $28 million to $2 million.

  • Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the Great Lakes, the world's largest group of freshwater lakes, would be cut from $300 million to $10 million.

  • Funding for restoration in Chesapeake Bay, the country's largest estuary, would be cut from $73 million to $5 million.

  • The EPA's work studying endocrine disruptor chemicals that can interfere with the body's reproductive and developmental systems would nearly be eliminated, dropping from $7.5 million to $445,000.

  • $9.5 million of funding for state testing of bacteria levels at beaches around the country would be 100% eliminated.

  • $8.7 million annually for children's environmental education programs would be cut to $555,000.

(Source & More Info at: OregonLive.com, 3/2/17)

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