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FYI: News you won’t find in mainstream media

There’s a Toxic Weed Killer on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the US –  Glyphosate has been found in over 70 percent of oat-based breakfast cereals served in US schools. Creative Communities Are Addressing Social Isolation –  Social connections … more

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Ag policy is health policy

Long a strong advocate for healthier food and small growers, Health Care Without Harm points out in a recent fact sheet what should be obvious: ag policy is also health policy (& climate policy). By supporting agribusiness and unsustainable crops, the US … more

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Thank you, Greta!

I think we all owe a debt of thanks to Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden, for her speech calling out ‘leaders’ for their failure to lead! Some excerpts from her remarks (at COP-24 in Katowice, Poland): We can no longer … more

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Advocating for Change in the Criminal Justice System

This semester, I have done extensive research into the criminal justice system and believe that how the US handles crime and punishment is fundamentally flawed. I am calling for campuses to hold a criminal justice week that will make students … more

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What is the purpose of prisons?

I recently watched a film called Circles by Shanti Thakur that discussed an alternative form of sentencing, called Circle Sentencing, used with Aboriginal offenders. In this process, the focus is on healing the community, offender, and victims. This film made … more

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Death Penalty in Slow Motion

Most of the inmates at the facility that I am interested in are there for non-violent (specifically drug-related offenses). The process of re-entry for those in jail for shorter periods of time is much different from those who are imprisoned … more

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Peter’s blog: A Tale of Two Disasters — and U.S. Response

On 9-11-2001, terrorists (mostly Saudi) attacked the World Trade Center in New York, killing 2996 people. The US allowed Saudis to leave the US after the attack and has maintained good relations with Saudi Arabia — while pouring trillions of … more

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FYI: Fracking chemicals still showing up in PA freshwater mussels

Environmental Health News, 10 September 2018—Chemicals from fracking wastewater dumped into Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River before 2011 are still accumulating in the bodies of freshwater mussels downstream, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental … more

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My Personal Prison Project

I am on a quest to make a change in this world. Inequality, injustice, and inhumanity exist around us, and we need to open our eyes to it. Last year, I joined a club at my university called the Prison … more

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FYI: Weekend reading from AFSC

Just came across this interesting newsletter from the American Friends Service Committee [AFSC]. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition to stop Congress from expanding deadly immigrant detention (if you haven’t signed, you can still add your name here). … more

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