Systemic racism expresses itself both before the law and in environmental injustice. Progress comes when Climate Hawks speak out about the issue. For example, the Flint water supply was damaged four years ago this week. Activist Siwatu-Salama Ra‘s imprisonment is a case of a combination of injustices. The good news is that a Minnesota judge has allowed the necessity defense in a jury case. This will allow the introduction of climate science into a court hearing—an important precedent for future legal cases. Listen in.
The reading list:
- Macron: "There is no Planet B"
- Today Explained on Flint.. search for "Don't drink the water"
- A good guy without a gun
- Police treatment of woman at Waffle House
- Systemic environmental racism puts blacks 75% more likely to live near oil facility
- Grist: where race and EJ collide
- Democracy Now: Demand Freedom for Ra
- Report on Red the Tree sitter
- Report on Canadian Activists
- The Climate Minute on the crackdown on climate activism
- NYT on Valve Turners
- MN court allows necessity defense
- HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.
Thanks for listening.