Racism as the Disease

by Sonya Bhatia On June 3rd, 2020, the Cleveland City Council voted to declare racism a public health crisis. This requires that following CDC guidelines, they must eradicate health disparities that emerge from racism. These measures also acknowledge the racist history of the United States and that racism directly impacts …

Reflection on Juneteenth

by Sonya Bhatia CW: Slavery and Racial Violence Yesterday marked the celebration of Juneteenth, the symbolic mark of the emancipation of enslaved peoples. In fact, Juneteenth is the oldest holiday that celebrates the end of slavery.   Even after the Emancipation Proclamation, the legal words of freedom had not reached its …

In Times Like These…..Responsing to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic by Phyllis Richardson

These are uncertain times: information on COVID-19 is rapidly changing; employers are laying off employees;grocery stores’ shelves are low and in some cases empty; and we are told in some places to “shelter in place” and other places we are just being asked to practice “social distancing”.  One thing is clear, we must …

Energy Dept. Nearly Triples Funding for Plutonium Pit Production Cuts Cleanup in Half But Refuses to Complete New Env. Impact Statement for Los Alamos Lab

Nuke Watch New Mexico FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 10, 2020 Contact: Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, 505.989.7342, jay@nukewatch.org Scott Kovac, Nuclear Watch NM, 505.989.7342, scott@nukewatch.org Santa Fe, NM – Today the Department of Energy’s semi-autonomous nuclear weapons agency, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), announced that it will not complete a new site-wide environmental impact …

The Women of Georgia WAND at Capitol Conservation Day by Phyllis Richardson

The Georgia WAND squad lobbied under the Gold Dome on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, focusing on HB 545, The Right to Farm and SB 123 which helps to offset the burden of having a landfill accept coal ash within their jurisdiction.  Coal ash, the waste leftover from burning coal, has …

Government Affairs End of Year Report by Phyllis Richardson

This year was filled with lots of highs and lows and it was a very busy legislative year! We attended and spoke at hearings held at the Public Service Commission “PSC” to speak to the Georgia Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the proposed fee increase to extract an additional …