"I can tell you from first-hand experience that living in a toxic environment, with little hope of getting out, is a family's worst nightmare," writes environmental activist Lois Gibbs.
An Arkansas state representative is seeking to expunge books he doesn't like from public school curricula.
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Amanda Marcotte writes for and manages the blog Pandagon. She's the author of the book It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.