on this day … 5/21 1998 – In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric acid-attacker.

0996 – Sixteen year old Otto III was crowned the Roman Emperor.

1471 – King Henry VI was killed in the tower of London. Edward IV took the throne.

1536 – The Reformation was officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.

1542 – Hernando de Soto died along the Mississippi River while searching for gold.

1602 – Martha’s Vineyard was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

1688 – The English poet Alexander Pope was born.

1790 – Paris was divided into 48 zones.

1819 – Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as “swift walkers.”

1832 – In the U.S., the Democratic Party held its first national convention.

1840 – New Zealand was declared a British colony.

1856 – Lawrence, Kansas was captured by pro-slavery forces.

1863 – The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, LA, began.

1881 – The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

1881 – The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

1891 – Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought for 61 rounds only to end in a draw.

1904 – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded.

1906 – Louis H. Perlman received his patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim.

1922 – The cartoon, “On the Road to Moscow,” by Rollin Kirby won a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.

1924 – Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb. The killers were students at the University of Chicago.

1927 – Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.

1929 – The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City.

1929 – William Henry Storey registered the trademark for the board game Sorry! in the U.K. (U.K. number 502898)

1934 – Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.

1947 – Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.

1956 – The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.

1961 – Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, AL.

1968 – The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

1970 – The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

1980 – The movie “The Empire Strikes Back” was released.

1982 – The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.

1991 – In Madras, India, the former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bouquet of flowers that contained a bomb.

1998 – An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR, killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.  Additional info …this teen was mentally ill

1998 – Microsoft and Sega announced that they are collaborating on a home video game system.

1998 – In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric acid-attacker.

Sign the petition to protect net neutrality!

Despite millions of people calling for the FCC to protect the open internet the FCC commission voted to move forward on repealing net neutrality protections. This process will last several months so we still have time to stop them!
Let’s show them the power of the internet. Sign the petition to tell the FCC: stay strong on net neutrality!
The future of the free and open internet is doomed if we don’t stand together and fight back.

“The internet is the repository of all human knowledge—and goats singing Taylor Swift songs,” said John Oliver on his “Last Week Tonight” show this weekend. Oliver pleaded with his viewers to flood the FCC with comments to protect consumers’ rights to a free and open internet, and I am with him.Why? Because it’s true. The internet is a great place for many things—from animal videos to news and education to small business startups and our economy as we know it — we can’t afford to let FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections.

Net neutrality protects our ability to access the content we want on the internet – and we must stand up for it. 

Net neutrality keeps internet service providers from picking and choosing the speed and content you can access based on big corporations’ spending. It’s about protecting consumers’ ability to access affordable high-speed internet – which is especially critical for low-income families.

Last time we won net neutrality protections because millions of Americans made their voices heard. We have to do it again. The internet needs us. 

Trump is once again putting the powerful ahead of ordinary Americans. His administration is allowing the FCC to give big corporations what they ask for — even if it hurts consumers.

The open internet is our platform for free speech, education, and innovation. John Oliver and I agree – everyone needs to stand together and protect it.

Raise your voice with us!


All Eyes on ExxonMobil and Chevron: Speak Out Now

Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron to take real climate action.

The fossil fuel industry has been manufacturing climate disinformation for decades. Business as usual isn’t the answer. Tell fossil fuel giants ExxonMobil and Chevron to stop spreading climate deception and start taking climate action.

Keep the pressure on companies to stop climate denial and take climate action

Later this month Exxon Mobil and Chevron, two companies responsible for decades of heat-trapping emissions and deception on climate science, will be in the spotlight as they hold their annual shareholder meetings. These meetings are a critical opportunity to turn up the heat and demand that these fossil fuel giants stop blocking climate action.

Since the 1980s, these companies have hid behind trade associations and front groups, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, to oppose common-sense emissions reductions and confuse the public with manufactured dissent and debate on climate change. Many of ExxonMobil’s and Chevron’s own shareholders are calling on them to stop spreading climate deception and start taking responsibility for the damage they’ve done to our planet. We need your help to drive this message home.

Keep the pressure on: Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron to stop spreading climate disinformation and start taking climate action!

We cannot afford to let the fossil fuel industry continue “business as usual.” The safety of our communities depends on these companies facing reality and the global call to climate action. As they prepare for their shareholder meetings this month, they need to hear from you to be held accountable to supporting global climate action.

Act now: Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron to stop spreading climate disinformation and start taking climate action!

Take Action

Kathy Mulvey
Kathy Mulvey
Climate Accountability Campaign Manager and Advocate
Climate & Energy
Union of Concerned Scientists

P.S. Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Take an extra action to help flood ExxonMobil’s and Chevron’s social media with calls for climate action.

Tell JPMorgan Chase: #DefundTarSands!


Photo: Activists organized by Mazaska Talks and 350 Seattle shut down 12 JPMorgan Chase branches in Seattle to demand the defunding of the Keystone XL pipeline.]

Today, we showed up at the JPMorgan Chase shareholder meeting to send a message to the whole finance community: Stop Banking on Human Rights Violations and Climate Chaos.

We need your voice. Tell JPMorgan Chase to defund tar sands, one of the dirtiest forms of oil.

We delivered a letter on behalf of 20 Indigenous rights and environmental organizations directly to JPMorgan Chase leadership.

We are demanding that the finance community stop bankrolling projects like the Dakota Access pipeline, the KXL pipeline, and the pending Trans Mountain pipeline. These pipelines will wreak havoc on communities, pollute critical water sources, destroy our climate, and trample the rights of Indigenous communities and local residents across the continent. But massive energy giants such as TransCanada depend on banks to fund their disastrous projects.

Tell JPMorgan Chase to do their part to protect Indigenous rights and the environment.

Tell Banks to Say No to Tar Sands: More than 120 First Nations and Tribes have signed a treaty opposing all tar sands pipelines — one of the dirtiest forms of oil on the planet!

Tell Banks to Say No to Human Rights Abuses: The conflict over the Dakota Access pipeline resulted in despicable violence and abuses — and these will continue as communities fight for their clean air and clean water.

Tell Banks to Say No to Indigenous Rights Violations: These projects continue the shameful history of trampling on Indigenous land rights and broken promises.

We need your voice — today. Tell JPMorgan Chase that you expect banks to live up to their commitments to Indigenous rights and the environment.

For people and planet,


Ruth.jpgRuth Breech
Senior Climate Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network