America has a water problem


There are serious consequences to water shutoffs:

  • They can cause health issues because without water, people cannot bathe or flush their toilets.
  • 21 states consider the lack of running water in the home to be child neglect, so families are in danger of being separated.
  • And, high water prices force many families to choose between water and other essentials like medicine and groceries.2

Water affordability is a national problem, and water shutoffs are a policy decision — which means this is an issue we can solve.

“Good policies are critical to addressing this affordability crisis,” says Mary Grant, Food & Water Watch Public Water for All Campaign Director.3

The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act would promote affordable water service for all.

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch

1. Right to Water, Food & Water Watch, July 28, 2011.
2. America’s Secret Water Crisis: National Shutoff Survey Reveals Water Affordability Emergency Affecting Millions, Food & Water Watch, October 2018.
3.  Shocking Study: 15 Million U.S. Residents Had Water Shut Off in 2016

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species


“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
— Rachel Carson, 1962

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.

If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.

The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.

Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

Tell CBP: Stop searching personal electronics at the border!


 

Petition to CBP:

Demand Progress


We demand CBP immediately stop searching personal electronics and forcing passengers to hand over passwords to websites and social media platforms just to enter and/or leave the country.

At the San Francisco airport, three CBP officers demanded an Apple employee, Andreas Gal, unlock his cell phone and hand over his laptop. Both devices had “Confidential and Proprietary” written on their lock screens. But CBP didn’t care, and when Gal refused their demands, he was detained and interrogated.1

CBP has gone too far forcing passengers flying into and out of the country to hand over personal electronics and passwords to website and social media platforms. Tell CBP: Stop violating passengers’ privacy by forcing them to hand over personal electronics.

Ever since Trump took office the CBP has ramped up their invasive searches of personal electronics at border crossings and airport. Last year, these invasive electronic device searches happened over 33,000 times.2 And if a passenger refuses to comply they can be detained and interrogated, even though they haven’t committed a crime.

No one should have to travel in fear of their privacy being violated. Tell the CBP: Stop searching passengers’ personal electronic devices.

Sources:
1. Washington Post, “Apple employee detained by U.S. customs agents after declining to unlock phone, laptop,” April 3, 2019.
2. Ibid.

Thanks for taking action,

Tihi and the team at Demand Progress

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Sources:
1. Washington Post, “Apple employee detained by U.S. customs agents after declining to unlock phone, laptop,” April 3, 2019.
2. Ibid.