"It's not just one Flint. It's hundreds of Flints," says environmental activist Erin Brockovich, describing how water supplies throughout the US have become repositories for industrial waste. More than 200 million Americans are exposed to the carcinogen Chromium 6 alone. With regulation-blocking Scott Pruitt in charge of our drinking water, we must mobilize to prevent widespread illness and death.
Neither of the established political parties is going to offer anything to everyday people, so it's time for social movements to lead, says Maria Poblet, outgoing executive director of Causa Justa :: Just Cause, a grassroots organization in the Bay Area. Trump's election has ushered in an era in which defending civil liberties must necessarily include fighting for immigrant rights and resisting gentrification and displacement.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a white nationalist, xenophobic organization that has long enjoyed access to politicians at the highest level, thanks to media complicity. By uncritically presenting its views for "balance," mainstream media outlets have bolstered FAIR's status as the primary driver of immigration policy under Trump.