Lessons from Cochabamba on Borders, Labels and Justice

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2010, 5:50PM

It’s fitting that migration has been a major focus at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which brought thousands from all around the world to gather and discuss the racial, socioeconomic and…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

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Earth Day at the Climate Justice Frontier

by Joseph Huff-Hannon, Alexandra Corazza, Roberto Lavato on April 21 2010, 12:00PM

A global movement is building strength. Meet some of its most dynamic leaders in a ColorLines slideshow from the World People’s Conference on Climate Change.

Topics: Environment

Changing the Climate for Justice

by Joseph Huff-Hannon on April 19 2010, 12:00PM

The Copenhagen climate talks went nowhere last year. Now, tens of thousands have gathered in Bolivia to envision a revolution instead. 

Topics: Environment

Abandoning Justice for Power in South Africa

by Michelle Chen on April 19 2010, 8:00AM

South Africa has been struggling for over a decade to overcome the vestiges of apartheid, and to this day is constantly challenged by racial conflict and socioeconomic inequality. And as if there weren’t enough obstacles strewn in the country’s rocky…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

The Morning Browse: Green Jobs Build Communities, WashPost Wilding Out and Wealth Gaps

by Kai Wright on March 24 2010, 9:52AM

ColorLinesTV profiles three green jobs projects that show how we can end the jobless recovery while tackling long-standing challenges in communities of color. NYT profiles the big idea that health insurance reform is part of President Obama’s effort to…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Media, Race and Recession

The Morning Browse: Noose Faxes, GOP’s Immigration Rhetoric, and More

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 9:37AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Tea Party onslaught continued yesterday as Rep. James Clyburn told Keith Olbermann about noose faxes to his office - “This stuff is not all that isolated.” GOP…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration, Politics

On the Eve of the Winter Olympics, Everything in Canada Ain’t Pretty

by Jamilah King on February 9 2010, 3:11PM

Looks like athletes and fans won’t be the only ones converging on this year’s Winter Olympic games, which kick off this Friday in Vancouver. A sizable contingent of native protesters will also be on hand to speak out against…

Topics: Environment, Sports

Coal Mining Curbed on the Black Mesa, Paving Way for Navajo Green Economy

by Yvonne Yen Liu on January 13 2010, 9:33AM

The indigenous environmental justice movement celebrated a victory last Friday when a judge ruled that Peabody Energy cannot expand its coal mining operations on the Black Mesa in northern Arizona. Former president Bush Jr. approved a permit for Peabody in…

Topics: Environment

EPA Moves to Shield Neighborhoods from Smog

by Michelle Chen on January 8 2010, 10:07PM

The EPA proposed stronger regulations on smog pollution this week, paving the way for stronger controls on the poisonous fumes that hover over poor and racially segregated communities. The agency is starting to undo the damage of Bush-era guidelines…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

A Message to World Leaders from Global Youth

by Jorge Rivas on December 28 2009, 11:26AM

Following the failure and collapse of the 2009 Copenhagen UN climate summit, the international youth climate movement has the following message for world leaders: “You’re not done yet. And neither are we.”…

Topics: Environment

Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Global Affairs, News Items, Race and Recession

Shifting Climate, Moving People: Immigration and Climate Justice

by Michelle Chen on December 15 2009, 9:36AM

The impasse in Copenhagen underscores just how interconnected, and perhaps collectively doomed, we all are in the face of global climate change. And like the rapid currents of trade coursing around the globe, environmental destruction is reshaping the flow…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

A Fresh Face at Greenpeace

by Michelle Chen on November 19 2009, 7:10AM

Greenpeace has earned a reputation as the quintessential radical environmental group, facing down oil tankers and crusading against nuclear plants. Today, the organization’s new executive director, a veteran of racial justice struggles in Africa, is tipping the group’s focus…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

South Los Angeles Residents Being Forced to Buy Unnecessary Flood Insurance

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2009, 11:23AM

Hundreds of Los Angeles area home owners are being forced to buy unnecessary flood insurance with steep fees. Why? Because FEMA, using 40 year-old maps, has declared their neighborhoods as flood zones. The city could have intervened, but they…

Topics: Environment

The Quest for Environmental Justice in Dixie

by Michelle Chen on October 29 2009, 4:27AM

Some of the most toxic communities in the country confronted the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, hoping for a sign that the new administration is more willing than its predecessor to deal with the legacy of environmental racism in…

Topics: Environment

Shades of Gray in the Green Economy and Communities of Color

by Michelle Chen on October 10 2009, 8:41AM

Much has been said on green jobs lately: a economic and environmental cure-all, an overblown promise, an untested ideal. The departure of Van Jones from the White House may seem like another setback for the grassroots movement pushing for…

Topics: Environment

Rinku Sen and Billy Parish: Young, Green, and Broke

by Rinku Sen on October 6 2009, 8:08AM

This piece was coauthored with Billy Parish of the Energy Action Coalition; it originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Last week, the Labor Department reported that youth unemployment stands at 18.2%, nearly twice the national average of 9.8%. The percentage…

Topics: Economy, Environment

Florida: No Job Creation, No Stimulation

by Debayani Kar on October 2 2009, 8:09AM

Today, Vice President Joe Biden announced specific benchmarks that the federal government will use to determine whether the Recovery Act has been a success. But none of his benchmarks include numbers of jobs created. October will see the roll out…

Topics: Economy, Environment

Court Supports Cleaner Air for Tribal Lands in Michigan

by Michelle Chen on September 11 2009, 8:38PM

Cross-posted from Air America: After generations of seeing their habitat ravaged by industrial pollution, one Native American community in the Midwest is reclaiming sovereignty over the air they breathe. A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin-based Native…

Topics: Environment

Van Jones Resigns

by Channing Kennedy on September 6 2009, 11:01AM

Van Jones, special adviser on green jobs to President Obama, has resigned. The text of his statement follows: I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today. On the eve of historic fights for health care…

Topics: Environment