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The US at the abyss: What did we learn from the child separation policy?

After several weeks of shock, horror, tears, and rage, we are back from the abyss of war crimes and a level of racial terrorism that seemed unimaginable since the Civil Rights Era. Make no mistake, this was a defining moment … Continue reading

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American policy past and present: Ripping brown children from their mothers’ arms

Few images evoke a more visceral reaction than seeing authorities tear children from the arms of their mothers. As the men in uniform pry hands from their mothers’ legs, the children are wide-eyed in terror while the mothers scream in … Continue reading

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Trump guts Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Years ago, Chevron came out with a series of commercials showing them going out of their way to protect wildlife and the environment. These ads would invariably conclude with a question like, “Do people stop work on an oil pipeline … Continue reading

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An EPA separation letter from a major acid mine site

In the course of my work, I’m involved with the cleanup of a massive open pit mine that has been leaching acid mine waste into nearby rivers and streams for most of a century, killing everything in it. No fish, … Continue reading

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The Electoral College: White lives matter

In the wake of Trump’s election, in which he lost the popular vote by nearly three million, much has been said about the use of the Electoral College. Only four times in US history has the winner of the electoral … Continue reading

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Trump’s doppelganger from colonial New Mexico bodes difficult decades ahead for US

If Trump had a doppelganger in history, it was probably Don Diego de Peñalosa, Governor of colonial New Mexico from 1661 to 1664.  If history repeats itself, we may be able to learn something about our future.   Colonial New … Continue reading

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Standing Rock: Understanding the EIS Process

It’s time to comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  The deadline is February 20.  Here’s what you need to know. First, Trump’s “executive order” did not automatically approve the pipeline (and it’s actually … Continue reading

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