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Synthetic Turf update [August 2017]

Tug McGraw. John Vukovich. Johnny Oates. And now Darren Daulton—that’s 4 Phillies who have succumbed to brain cancer that may be connected to playing on artificial turf at Veterans Stadium. Phillies Unnerved by Possible Brain Cancer Pattern After Darren Daulton … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Local Health Issues, Synthetic Turf |

Peter: ‘Charlottesville — for Teachers”

I have heard quite a few people say they are amazed that something like the events in Charlottesville could happen here, ‘happen in America’. The stream of violence—often police violence—directed at Black people, Latinos, and Indigenous people is not new, … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Education for Sustainability, Indigenous People, Minority Rights, People Power v. State Power, Policing & law enforcement, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Violence Against Women |

Coming Soon—A Guide for Teaching About the Food System

Student interns are working with Peter Crownfield to complete a guide and resources for teaching about the food system in the classroom.  The guide is designed for K-12 teachers & students, and will include a guide to the history of our current … more

Posted in Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Composting, Environmental Health, Farmers, Food, Food for Health, Food Philosophies, Home Food Gardening, Indigenous People, Industrial Food Production, Local Food, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainable Growing, Urban Gardening |

Dan Poresky: “Wanted: People hot over climate change”

I’ve got an out-of-the-box idea for how to mobilize public opinion to force congress to get serious about climate change. I’m looking for a few collaborators to develop the idea and then, working together (with the same or new people), … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Energy, Media, Political Economy, Sustainability & Business |

Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Calculating Your School’s GHG Emissions

by Megan Arnold and Peter Crownfield Climate change is in the news, and we’ve seen a huge marches for science and for climate action. In many schools, though, global warming and climate change have been largely ignored, except for brief … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy, Waste |

Peter’s blog: “Trump’s New Travel Ban”

The wording of the new ban is designed to slip past some of the problems that made the first ban so clearly unconstitutional. But it’s still stupid.  Just look at this recap: Note: This was published online, and I have … more

Posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Democracy, Diversity & Heritage, Immigrants' Rights |

fyi: “Extending voting rights to non-citizens”

Yes! Magazine reports that San Francisco recently joined the list of jurisdictions where non-citizens can vote: … San Francisco is one of the latest jurisdictions to expand voting rights to noncitizens. Others include Chicago, which grants all parents the right … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Ballot Access & Voting, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning |

Peter’s blog: “Standing Rock: attacks by ‘law enforcement’ are shameful”

Law enforcement officers swear an oath to uphold the law, which includes the Constitution, aka ‘the Supreme Law of the Land’. Why then are they so willing to break the law by attacking people exercising their Constitutional rights? According to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Minority Rights, Pipelines, Policing & law enforcement, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health |

What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone?

A recap of rights with ICE/Border Patrol agents: New York Times What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone? by Daniel Victor 14 February 2017—Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia last week … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Immigrants' Rights, Minority Rights, Students' Rights, Women's Rights |

Thank you, 9th Circuit Court!

I applaud the District Court in Washington State for restraining the trump administration and all federal employees from enforcing their discriminatory and offensive travel ban. Equally important, this restraining order was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Diversity & Heritage, Immigrants' Rights, Justice System, Minority Rights, Social Justice, Students' Rights |