Queens marches against environmental racism

Council member Costa Constantinides of District 22 spoke to the crowd. Pointing to the waste plant in their neighborhood, he said, “This plant burned six million gallons of No. six oil this year and 12 million gallons last year. This grade of oil has many noxious gasses when burned. My district has higher levels of asthma and hospitalizations. When Trump is stepping out, we have to step up!”

Costa’s is co-author of INT. 359 (bit.do/INT359), which ensures that the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Mental Health and Hygiene will identify and study environmental justice communities, neighborhoods with a significant low-income population and communities of color. The study would include sources of pollution, adverse health impacts on the pollution, the environmental impacts of city policies on communities, barriers to participation by the communities in environmental decision-making, use and potential future use of renewable energies, and policy recommendations to address environmental concerns.

Women’s health is on the chopping block, again

Politicians putting women’s health on the chopping block isn’t new. But the pain feels so much sharper with this Congress and White House chipping away at constitutional rights and slashing funding for women’s health. The burden will fall heaviest on women who can least afford cuts, but who will be forced to pay the heaviest price.

United Airlines excavates a new low in “race to the bottom”

From cutting food offerings, to drastically reducing legroom, to consolidating the industry through buyouts, private airline companies have tried their best to maximize profit by squeezing customers (sometimes literally). Now, United has taken to defending their bottom line with violence. […]

The profit motive has shown, once again, that it can motivate humans to carry out inhuman acts. Regardless of whether or not this was a rare incident, we should all empathize with Dr. Dao and take time to question the status quo of air travel today.

The deregulatory spiral, begun when President Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers when they went on strike in the 1980’s, continues.

Resistance Seder

Join us for a celebration of the struggle for Freedom and Liberation for all people Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 – 2:00pm Winston Unity Hall 235 West 23rd Street, 7th floor, NYC Come to retell the story of the freedom of the Israelite Slaves We retell the story (Haggadah) of the Israelite rebellion against the Egyptians…