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|a repost from July 15, 2014|
I’m shocked. Greenpeace just received a leaked proposal that the US plans on submitting to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) next week, and the news is terrible. In July
Here’s what it says: “lethal sampling (also known as whaling)…is appropriate in relation to achieving the stated objectives.” Translation: You can kill as many whales as you want if you promise to run experiments on their dead bodies.
It’s killing whales disguised as science. And it’s something that the US government has long rejected. Until now.
As unbelievable as it sounds, we’ve actually been here before. Four years ago, there was a proposal discussed that would have legalized commercial whaling for the first time in over 20 years!
Thanks to millions of people like you from around the country, we were able to stop those plans. We can do it again.
Just this March, the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program does not have any scientific purposes — and the number of whales being killed was not justifiable. Japan even decided to end its Southern Ocean whale hunt due to the ruling.
We (and the whales) were celebrating then. Now we have to speak up. We only have until Thursday to convince the US government to change its proposal.
Despite the IWC moratorium on whaling, Japan has been killing minke whales and critically endangered fin whales for years, selling their meat and claiming to be conducting scientific research. Greenpeace has been working with governments from around the world to put an end to this practice. And we’ve made a lot of progress over the last few years. This plan threatens all of that.
Back in 1975, Greenpeace launched the world’s first-ever Save the Whales campaign. The images we brought back from our first voyage sparked an international outcry and moved a generation of environmentalists into action. After a decade of intense activism, the IWC agreed to ban commercial whaling.
It was one of our pivotal moments as an organization — it was also one of the greatest moments for activists like you.
For the whales,
P.S. Greenpeace has received a leaked US proposal to legitimize “scientific” whaling. Take action to tell President Obama and the US government to drop this horrifying plan.
It was New Year’s Eve in 2009 when my helmet saved my life.
Training for the Winter Olympics in Utah, I was at the top of competitive snowboarding when I suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that I’m still recovering from to this day. And while I can never snowboard competitively again, I hope to be a voice for the millions of Americans who grapple with diseases of the brain.
Until my injury, I didn’t spend too much time thinking about my brain, but in the last few years, I’ve learned a lot about the engine that drives our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
I’ve learned that in my battle to recover from this devastating injury, I am not alone. Researchers estimate that around 100 million Americans suffer from brain disorders at some point in their lives. From Alzheimer’s to autism and ALS all the way to traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic depression, diseases of the brain are not only catastrophic, they are common.
That’s why the President’s BRAIN Initiative — an all-hands-on-deck effort to understand the human brain and enable the tools, techniques, and technologies that can improve scientists’ ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent neurological diseases — is personal for me.
Since my injury, I’ve learned that the human brain remains one of the greatest mysteries in science. Decades of neuroscience have revealed much about how the brain works, but the great majority of the brain’s activity, involving about 100 trillion neural connections, remains uncharted.
That’s changing quickly. Since the President announced the BRAIN Initiative last year, the research community, federal agencies, foundations, patient advocacy groups, private research institutes, companies, scientific societies, and individual scientists have committed more than $300 million to this bold effort to capture a dynamic image of the human brain, similar to the one that mapped the human genome.
The goals of the BRAIN Initiative are ambitious, but they’re achievable.
Imagine if no family had to grapple with the helplessness and heartache of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or TBI, or PTSD. Imagine if Alzheimer’s, or ALS, or chronic depression were eradicated in our lifetime. Imagine if we played a role in those breakthroughs.
That’s why I’ve worked so hard on connecting, educating, and empowering around brain health, and to tell the story about how much the brain can improve, adapt, heal, and grow. And that’s why I’m so excited to lend my voice to these efforts to help catalyze the next generation of treatments for brain diseases. Though my voice may be more public than most, I know that so many Americans have loved ones that have battled brain disorders just as I have.
I may never get to stand on the Olympic podium, but I’m thrilled to stand with the scientists and students, researchers and citizens on the edge of the next great frontier — unlocking and understanding the three pounds of matter that sit between our ears.
The tragic police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown hit home for millions across the country. The horror of losing a loved one, to senseless, racially-motivated police violence is a daily threat in the lives of Black people in America. In a time when law enforcement kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow era lynchings,1 discriminatory and violent policing is a national crisis.
National leaders are paying more attention to racial profiling and police brutality than they have in years, due to the hard work of Black youth and community leaders in Ferguson and across the country.2 In order to capture the momentum of this moment and secure long-term, systemic reforms that transform policing nationwide, we need the federal government to intervene and set a higher standard of policing.
If enough of us demand action, we can change things. Will you join us in calling on the federal government to implement critical reforms to end abusive, militarized, and biased policing targeting Black and brown communities?
While we continue to fight for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham and so many others whose lives have been taken at the hands of racially-motivated and violent local law enforcement, the federal government has a clear role to play in overturning the conditions that led to these tragedies, and setting a higher standard of policing across the country. In key ways, the standards, policies, and practices of the executive branch set the tone and tactics of local and state law enforcement.
For decades, our communities have worked tirelessly to combat the wholesale criminalization of Black Americans and the unimaginable police violence that threatens our children, parents, and friends every day. A walk to the store or drive to the mall have long held the risk of an unwarranted search, false arrest, or death. But we are in a historic time and how we capture this time will impact generations to come — the kind of world our children live in, the types of freedoms they have to fight for.
With Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation approaching, now is the time to push the Department of Justice to do much more.5 Widespread public pressure can keep this issue at the top of the administration’s agenda, and push them to move forward before this major change in DOJ leadership. Next week, community members in Ferguson are organizing a Weekend of Resistance to build momentum for a nationwide movement to end police brutality.6 We need your support to move federal officials beyond symbolic actions to systemic reforms that protect the civil and human rights of all communities.
Thanks and Peace,
— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
October 3rd, 2014
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1. “Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up,” The Guardian 08-25-14
2. “Justice Dept. opens civil rights inquiry of Ferguson police,” LA Times 09-04-2014
3. “Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year,” FiveThirtyEight Politics 08-19-14
4. “Stop and Seize,” Washington Post 09-06-14
5. “Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General,” NPR 09-25-14
6. “Join us in Ferguson for a national mobilization,” ColorOfChange