Posts tagged health

Tell California regulators to reject plans to build new polluting gas plants near our families!

State authorities are about to vote on a proposed plan giving Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric a pass to build new polluting gas-fired power plants in Southern California. These “natural gas plants” are anything but “natural”.

Particulate matter and ozone emissions from these plants are known to exacerbate asthma rates in our already polluted communities. And guess where these power plants are often built? Probably not by wealthy mansions but right near where Latinos and other working-class families live.

There is a better way. Renewable energy sources like solar and energy conservation, among other clean alternatives, are far better solutions. This is what our Latino community in Southern California would prefer. In fact, a recent poll released by The Sierra Club jointly with showed that Latinos support a replacement strategy favoring clean renewable energy over polluting power plants.

Tell the PUC to stand strong against giving Southern California’s utilities a pass to build more polluting gas-fired power plants in our communities!

Better contraceptives are part of the reason for the declining abortion rate. Lower teen pregnancy rates are part of the reason. Changing sexual mores might be part of the reason. But laws restricting abortion? That might succeed in making lots of poor women miserable, but it has nothing to do with declining abortion rates. Not yet, anyway.

Tell Monsanto: It's Time to Label GMOs!

For the past 22 years, Monsanto has worked behind the scenes with our federal government to keep Americans in the dark if their food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory. In the past two years alone, Monsanto has spent more than $13.4 million to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington state. This is an outrageous fortune wasted!

At the same time, two GMO labeling bills have passed in Connecticut and Maine, while more than 25 states have introduced bills to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. The truth is: We’re not backing down and we’re not going away until we win GMO labeling!

If Monsanto can profit from a patent in their products and label their foods in India, China, Russia and South Africa, they can certainly agree that Americans should have this basic right as well. We need your help today. Every voice counts!

Click here to join the Facebook Event for Monsanto’s Shareholder Meeting.





Just before Thanksgiving, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued new “emergency” regulations that overhauled the existing regulations on abortion clinics. These 21 pages of rules give DHH the authority to immediately shut down a clinic without opportunity for appeal, even for simple infractions. Clinics have stated that they would be unable to meet the burdensome and excessive requirements, and this would lead to the closure of all five clinics in Louisiana.

Oh my god, these regulations are the height of impossibility. Among other things, patients have to have certain medical information documented by the clinic a month before their procedure. This is a 30-day waiting period.

Louisiana residents, there is a hearing on Wednesday, January 27 at 9:30 am in Room 118 of the Bienville Building in Baton Rouge. PLEASE submit written comments (the link has sample letters) or get there early wearing purple to match the folks at the New Orleans Abortion Fund.

hhhhey but guess what severe weather is shutting down a lot of the state so we can’t go anywhere :C ISN’T THAT GREAT

that was sarcasm it’s not great at all

You can still submit your opposition by emailing for them to read at the hearing, or sending a letter (received by Jan. 30) to:

J. Ruth Kennedy

Bureau of Health Services Financing

PO Box 91030

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0930

Please don’t think that your physical presence is all that will make a difference! Your opposition will be registered whether they see your face or not. Don’t let bad weather stand in the way of defending your civil rights!

This was done the right way: it gives you access to action

Didja see her latest video? The one where she hangs out with Jesus?

Didja see her latest video? The one where she hangs out with Jesus?

If the state of California is going to be legislating changes to help prevent foodborne illness, shouldn’t they maybe mandate more oversight of production? It makes the conspiracy-minded among us wonder: Is it just easier to make laws that will impact small individual businesses rather than large, powerful corporate businesses?

Of course, people do get sick because sick people handle their food in restaurants. Rather than mandating that your bartender wear a glove to flame the orange on your cocktail, perhaps it might make more sense to mandate that restaurant and food workers get paid sick leave so that they’re less likely to show up sick in the first place. Gloves or no, I don’t want someone with a stomach virus cooking my burger.

I don’t think any of us would argue against the idea that our food should be safer. But if we’re going to devote resources and write laws towards that aim, perhaps we should focus on real problems rather than complicating the lives of cooks and bartenders with overbearing laws requiring cumbersome tactics that may not even work.
A comparison of terroristic threats to the United States’ water supply.

A comparison of terroristic threats to the United States’ water supply.

BREAKING: Don't let Congress cave to Big Tobacco!

Right now Congress is considering railroading through the corporate-driven agreement using an extreme procedure called Fast Track, just introduced by Senator Baucus. This would prevent Congress from amending provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that harm the public.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated by the United States, and it’s happening behind firmly closed doors. If passed, it would give global corporations, including the tobacco industry, more power to strip public health and environmental safeguards. We can’t let this happen. Tell your representative to oppose Fast Track and the TPP.

academic studies more or less confirm this

Ladies and gentlemen, never, EVER, trust ANYONE who uses the phrase “more or less”. Ever. Is it more? Or is it less? “More or less” is just another way of saying “I have no idea really. Won’t even bother trying.”

And that’s today’s top tip.
One of many comments about a prohibitionist screed published in the New York Times today in David Brooks Outgrew Smoking Pot & Thinks You Stupid Stoners Should Be In Jail: Gothamist