Every year, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, sending massive amounts of textiles to landfills or incinerators and contributing to the emission of hazardous greenhouse gases, which speeds up climate change. There’s no question that the rise of fast fashion and the ever-increasing rate at which consumers are discarding clothes has contributed to fashion’s serious environmental problem. The industry is currently the second largest polluter in the world, after fossil fuels. And while companies and consumers areincreasingly doing more work to recycle garments and keep clothes out of landfills, only part of the issue is being addressed.Read More
A panel of federal judges on Friday grilled the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the implications of the agency's decision to repeal its net neutrality rules in 2017.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from both sides in a case challenging the FCC’s order to eliminate the rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.Read More
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday threw out the state of Maryland’s bid to protect the healthcare law known as Obamacare in a ruling that also sidestepped a decision on whether President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was lawful.Read More
The controversy surrounding William Barr’s confirmation as attorney general has mostly focused on his expansive views of executive power. But Barr’s views on social issues have also come center stage. After serving as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, Barr penned an essay calling on Catholics to fight abortion and to “restrain sexual immorality, obscenity, or euthanasia.”
For the most part, time seems to have passed Barr by. As marriage rates continue to decline, nonmarital cohabitation has spiked, especially among those over 50. In 2017, the number of Americans who saw divorce as morally acceptable hit an all-time high. Internet pornography is everywhere, and more than 40 percent of Americans find it morally acceptable.Read More
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For three decades, California has led the fight to control tailpipe pollution, with countless policies promoting cleaner gasoline, carpooling, public transportation and its signature strategy - the electric vehicle.
Rush hour traffic moves north and south on interstate 5 near Encinitas, California, U.S. October, 24, 2018.Read More
The Trump administration has reportedly ended foreign assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as well as ended $60 million in annual aid to Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.
A U.S. official on Friday told Reuters that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased funding for a number of projects that the U.S. has funded in the areas, including programs meant to improve access to clean water and economic growth projects. Aid from the agency was previously frozen last year.Read More
President Donald Trump’s planned “great, great wall” began morphing into a physical barrier and an array of high-tech gadgets in congressional talks launched on Wednesday to forge a compromise on security at the U.S. border with Mexico.Read More
The Department of Energy (DOE) secretly shipped about a half-ton of weapons-grade radioactive plutonium to Nevada despite the state’s opposition.
The Trump administration made the disclosure Wednesday as part of a federal court case in Nevada in which the state is trying to block the DOE from its publicly stated plans to ship radioactive materials from South Carolina.Read More
Texas officials are taking a step back on their claim they found 95,000 possible noncitizens in the state's voter rolls. They say it is possible many of the people on their list should not be there.Read More
Tapping into this enormous potential, Purple Patriot provides a platform for women to flex their political muscles. Understanding change is a marathon not a sprint, the non-partisan app focuses on education, organization and motivation of women and their allies through the building of routine engagement.Read More
Started by two sisters, Purple Patriot was launched after the November 2016 elections as a way to empower women to "reinvent government, driving equality and inclusion, with our voices, votes, and our wallets." The name "Purple Patriot" is meant to be inclusive to both Republican and Democratic parties.Read More
Today we are in Phildelphia PA talking with four amazing women. The Women of Ward 2Read More
This evening (June 30th) I attended the People Power’s townhall with Sheriff Ahern. Ahren is the Sheriff of Alameda county, California. Alameda county is located in the East Bay (near San Francisco), has a population 1.4Million with 52% residing in 4 cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Freemont and Oakland, all which happen to be sanctuary cities.Read More
Now I have been handed off to a staffer. Staffers as I am told are the men/women sent out into field to talk to the “regular” people like me. In fact, I was told that “talking to a staffer is like talking to the legislator”. Well, I don’t agree. I did not vote nor give the power to represent me to a staffer.Read More
Continuing on my quest to get a simple meeting with my reps, I encounter the scheduler. A scheduler is in fact someone who schedules my representatives time. I know, a weird concept. Most of us use Google Calendar to do this work for us — time slot open, people can schedule time to meet with you. Each and every one I emailed from Fed to County, I got the same response. Your Rep is to busy, they can’t meet you, BUT you can meet with their staff. By far, my favorite response came from the Scheduler of Alameda County Board of Supervisors Nate Miley — District 4, Anne Gee.Read More
I am new to all this political stuff and have been on a journey to talk to each of my elected officials. Why? Like many of you, the results of the 2016 elections left me in a state of shock. It had and still has me wondering, how could the results happen, what did I miss? how did it happen? I needed to understand everything, how the system works why it works and as a product person to question everything along the way.Read More
I met sisters Jean and Christine Templin, cofounders of Purple Patriot. These women are powerhouses of tech industry experience, and wanted to create a tool that gave women a shortcut to participating in politics. They were galvanized by the 2016 election, like so many of us, and wanted to give people a place to find information. They encouraged me to send them feedback on their app (available for iOS and Android), and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you too.Read More