Not being able to breathe is one of every human being’s greatest fears. Hearing those words from a dying man, in the midst of a pandemic that threatens some lives more than others, was the tragedy that commanded long-overdue attention to systemic racism. Of the many poignant lessons of this moment in our history is that place matters and air matters. Decisions about where and how to manage solid waste can be brutally unjust. Targeting these communities must be exposed and stopped. Communities of color must be allowed to breathe. … [Read more...] about The racist suffocation of environmental justice
Dumping waste effects
Hundreds of local groups nationwide, largely run by volunteers, already pick up surplus food to feed the needy. In San Francisco, nonprofit Food Runners has been active for almost 30 years and has spawned similar efforts on the Peninsula and and elsewhere. Supporting the local efforts, Congress passed a Good Samaritan Food Donation law in 1996 to protect food donors from liability if products given in good faith cause harm. (Once food has been served on a plate, it cannot be donated.) … [Read more...] about Copia, Food Runners recover leftovers to feed the hungry
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stepped in, announcing that it will set up a “coordination center” to help meat producers who have closed their plants, including finding new markets for them. On April 19, as part of the $19 billion federal Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, the department said that it planned to purchase $3 billion in agricultural commodities, including $100 million per month in meat products. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: The Bay Area isn’t facing a meat shortage, but we may see higher prices
Maxwell and Prince Andrew have been scrutinized most in the press. This year, (now former) head of the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman claimed Andrew had provided “zero cooperation” in the investigation. In June, The Sun reported Berman’s office asked British officials to hand over the Duke of York for questioning. Andrew’s attorneys issued an unprecedented statement, claiming the 60-year-old royal had offered himself as a witness “on at least three occasions this year.” The legal team suggested U.S. prosecutors were “perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered.” … [Read more...] about A Year After Epstein’s Arrest, Will Victims Finally Get Justice?
Biden’s campaign has pledged to resume a normal campaign schedule that will take him around the country, but not before authorities and health officials deem it safe. Trump will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his first major campaign rally in months on Saturday — though he doesn’t take questions from voters at such events. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Says President Trump Exercises ‘No Leadership’ On Coronavirus Response While Campaigning In Delaware County