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Oct 16
2009

Ecosystem Rights

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , trees , speaker , resources , protest , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , Marin , legislation , land rights , justice , international , Ideas , government , environment , conservation , climate change , birds , author , animals , activism

Bruce Robinson

U.S. law gives constitutional rights to corporations. Now a countervailing legal theory is emerging that defines and defends the legal rights of the environment.

Mari Margill is Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, based in their West Coast office in Portland, Oregon. But as she explains here, the organization's origins lie in Pennsylvania.


Obtaining legal standing for nature, says Margill, requires enacting new laws to spell that out, something that is beginning to happen in scattered local jurisdictions, but faces an uncertain future on appeal.

 

For more information about CELFD click here.

 

 

 

Sep 21
2009

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Posted by Bruce Robinson in veterans , rights , protest , policy , nonprofit orgs , legislation , justice , government , Congress , activism

Bruce Robinson

Sixteen years after it was adopted, the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is up for review, as public support for it is waning.



Paula Molnar's first command position was leading the Women's Army Band Corps at Fort McClelland Alabama. And it was there that she first had to confront the conflict between her duties as an officer and her own personal life.

 

She has posted an online photo album of her service career.

Molnar sees the fixation on sexual preference as a relic of the old guard within the military establishment, while the next generation of recruits simply doesn't care.

One of the groups leading the campaign to end the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is the Service Members Legal Defense Network.

 

Sep 20
2009

Health Benefits Suit

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma County , seniors , protest , policy , news , jobs , healthcare , Health , government , finances , families , employment , business , budget , aging

Bruce Robinson

A group representing several thousand former Sonoma County employees is suing the county to roll back a reduction in health care benefit for the retirees.

Former Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Greg Jacobs, vice president of the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees (SCARE), contends the county has ample fiscal resources to keep paying the retirees’ promised health care benefits.

Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown says that while the board made the cuts reluctantly, albeit on a 5-0 vote, other counties have had to take even harsher actions.

 

Sep 17
2009

Cuba and the Bacardis

Posted by Bruce Robinson in protest , politics , news , media , international , history , government , economy , business , author , activism

Bruce Robinson

The famous rum-making Bacardi family has deep roots in their native Cuba, where they first supported, then vehemently opposed the Castro-led revolution.

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten (below)  says he was surprised to find how deeply intertwined the histories of Cuba and the Bacardi family had been for over a century.

The Bacadi family were still strong backers of the revolution led by Fidel Castro (center, below) when they marched into Havana to claim power in 1959, although that changed 20 months later when their rum distillery and other business properties were seized by the new government.

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