Fight This Hate: A Weekly Roundup

Fight this Hate shows a small selection of hate crimes and/or harassment that has taken place recently in the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center keeps detailed accounts of hate crimes. Colorlines tracks all manner of topics related to race and publishes them daily. The following incidents are only a small sample, and each includes a form of direct action.


April is Earth Month and we’re in trouble, with a capital T, which stands for Trump

As promised, President Trump signed an order rolling back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was designed to curb climate change. And the US Energy Department has banned the use of the term climate change. Specifically, the new executive order will do away with regulations that had yet to go into effect on limiting carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning plants, among other things. Instead, it prioritizes revitalizing jobs in the dying coal industry over safeguarding the environment.

As it turns out, clean energy employs more people than the fossil fuel industry in almost every state in the US. The Sierra Club analyzed the Energy Department’s jobs data. Nationally, clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs by more than 2.5 to 1. And when it comes to coal and gas — two sectors President Donald Trump has promised to bolster through his upcoming executive order on energy regulation — clean energy jobs outnumber jobs dealing with those two fossil fuels by 5 to 1.

Meanwhile, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues. People there have not had potable water since cost-cutting measures by the local government led to water being tainted by lead and other toxins. However, on March 28, 2017 – A federal judge approved a $97 million settlement, in which the state of Michigan agreed to replace lead or galvanized steel water lines (the pipes what connect household plumbing to the main distribution pipe running beneath the street) for at least 18,000 Flint households by 2020.

In South Florida, the Florida Power & Light won the right to dump full-on radioactive waste into the lower water table, called the Boulder Zone. A small group of activists called Citizens Allied for Safe Energy (CASE) tried to stop FPL’s plan, but their legal petition was denied.

FIGHT BACK:

Join the People’s Climate March in your area. Continue to resist.

 


GOOD NEWS:

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch has committed to using only renewable energy sources by 2025.

 


Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.

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