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I'm just one person! How can I help tell OfficeMax and Grand & Toy to support Indigenous rights?

For all the people who live in cities where no action is planned, and who still want to get involved - we've got a great alternative to planning an action! If you want to make sure that your voice is heard, and that your local OfficeMax or Grand & Toy store manager hears our demand to publicly support the moratorium in Grassy Narrows, just download a pre-written letter addressed to store managers from the action website (the letters can be found directly above the map showing all the planned actions.) Just follow these 5 easy steps: 1. Download and...

I'm just one person! How can I help tell OfficeMax and Grand & Toy to support Indigenous rights?

For all the people who live in cities where no action is planned, and who still want to get involved - we've got a great alternative to planning an action! If you want to make sure that your voice is heard, and that your local OfficeMax or Grand & Toy store manager hears our demand to publicly support the moratorium in Grassy Narrows, just download a pre-written letter addressed to store managers from the action website (the letters can be found directly above the map showing all the planned actions.) Just follow these 5 easy steps: 1. Download and...

Freedom From Oil Video

While automakers plan to offer more buyouts, permanently close more plants and continue to drag their feet to mass produce cleaner more fuel efficient vehicles, our labor solidarity allies (Bob Mabbitt and Melodee Hagenson) from Public Development in Flint, Michigan took our concerns to the street by creating a Freedom From Oil video highlighting the larger environmental and economic impacts of job loss in the auto sector. The video was presented at the Tranportation Challenge Weekend Getaway in Detroit, Michigan days before sixty plus courageous students from across Michigan rallied in the cold outside of...

Greenwash of the Week: Coal industry buys off CNN debates

Coming to us via Think Progress: In Democratic presidential debate last night, CNN once again failed to ask any questions about global warming. Perhaps not surprisingly, last night’s debate was sponsored by the coal front group Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC). Considering that this is an ongoing greenwash and a blatant attempt to buy the presidential candidates' silence on one of the most important issues facing the human race, "greenwash of the century" is probably more accurate. "Americans for Balanced Energy Choices," the coal industry front group funding the debates, is trying to defend the indefensible. No reasonable argument can be made for allowing the construction of new coal-fired power plants at this point in time, but they're hoping to build as many new coal plants as possible before the public catches...

The Mainstream Media Spreads the Word about Palm Oil

It has been an amazing few weeks for media about palm oil. Three articles, from the Sacramento Bee, the NYTimes, and CNN.com highlighted the problems with the expansion of palm oil in Indonesia and Malaysia. The Sacramento Bee article highlighted the role of palm oil in habitat destruction in Indonesia-- underlining the threat to orangutans and other endangered species, as well as to local communities. Our own Rainforest Ag campaign director, Leila Salazar-Lopez, was quoted as saying "How can (palm oil) be sustainable if it's causing so much destruction?". Too true. The front page, above the fold, New York Times article covered the effect that the rising price of palm oil-- driven by consumption both of frying oil and biodiesel-- has had for the food security of poor communities around the world. Palm oil is used every day for frying in many developing countries, and families are...

RAN Supporters Shut Down GM Greenwashing Site!

Last week RAN supports shut down one of the biggest and most ambitious online corporate greenwashing campaigns. To mark its 100th anniversary two weeks ago, General Motors launched a new interactive website, gmnext, where the public was encouraged to submit photos, videos and comments in order to help the company answer questions like "how should GM best address global energy issues we’ll face for the next 100 years?" Yeah, it's typical corporate greenwashing, but with a new "web 2.0" spin where the company pretends to care what the public thinks. So last week we posted photos on the site of student activists in Michigan protesting at the Detroit auto show. Then we asked our supporters to go comment on the site and tell GM what the public really thinks about how the automakers should address global warming and energy issues. GM's response? They turned off public...

RAN LA to Citi: "Stop Funding Global Warming"

Last Friday, activists with RAN LA held a small informative demo outside of a Los Angeles area Citi bank branch. Signs were held and flyers passed out. Citi's representatives in San Francisco contacted RAN LA and attempted to explain how green Citi really is and...

Sea Shepards Activists Taken Hostage by Japanese Whalers

Two Sea Shepard's activists that boarded a Japanese whaler were taken hostage while delivering a letter to the ship's captain calling on them to stop the illegal killing of whales. The two were detained by the crew of the Yushin Maru No 2 and...

Bad News Day for Massey

Two bits of bad news for coal giant Massey Energy 1. Massey agreed to pay $30 million for lootin' and pollutin'. "The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., has agreed to a $30 million settlement with the government over allegations that over...

2007. A rough year for coal - 59 plants cancelled!

Ahh, 2007. What a year. The iPhone made its debut (got one). The Harry Potter series comes to an end (never read a single one). Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, OJ Simpson, Kid Rock, and Senator Larry Craig all went to jail. (As did I,...

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