Several years ago, community members in the neighborhood of Little Village, a largely Latino community in southwest Chicago, were suffering from major health problems because two coal-fired power plants were polluting their air. Residents suffered from high rates of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses and they were fed up with these coal plants making them sick. So they started taking action, creating the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) and working together with
Today marks the 100th straight legislative day, excluding the government shutdown that Representatives from the Safe Climate Caucus (SCC) have spoken on the House floor about the urgent need to act on climate change.
The SCC was formed in February 2013 as a way to facilitate conversations in the House of Representatives about the climate crisis we are facing. There are more than 30 Members of Congress who are part of the SCC, and
Last week, Senator Harry Reid took the first steps to break the gridlock in Washington by standing up for our democratic system and reforming the filibuster. This procedural rule change allows President Obama’s nominees to receive a simple majority rather than 60 votes, and prevents a few obstructionists from playing political games with highly qualified nominees.
Remember back in July when Gina McCarthy’s nomination to become the next Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator was being
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) is a true environmental champion. Since his first day on Capitol Hill, he has stood up for public health and fought to protect our environment. In fact, he is the only Senator to earn a 100 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. That’s why today LCV Action Fund endorsed him for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
It’s hard to overstate his leadership in Washington. The Senator supports comprehensive
In the face of gridlock in Washington and attacks from Big Oil and corporate polluters, environmental allies in Congress are fighting back. They’re standing up to the Tea Party and working to protect public health, create jobs and help us build a clean energy future. That’s why we launched a $1 million national television ad campaign thanking five of those members of Congress for their leadership on these environmental priorities.
One of the ads thanks Senator
Earlier this week, the organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families held their annual stroller brigade, bringing together parents, doctors and kids in a call for protection from dangerous chemicals. LCV’s Legislative Director Sara Chieffo spoke about the need to reform our outdated toxic chemical policy.
(Photograph was Michelle Martin from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families)
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families transcribed the event, and you can read the great speech Sara gave below:
(Photograph was Michelle Martin from Safer
With the government shutdown behind us, Congress has returned to business as usual. But that shouldn’t mean inaction on climate change. That’s why members of the Safe Climate Caucus (SCC) in the House of Representatives are pushing Congress to tackle the climate crisis by taking to the floor of the House every day they’re in session to draw attention to the impacts of climate change. It’s a message that leaders in Washington need to hear
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the East Coast, devastating the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people. Climate change is fueling extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy and costly floods, droughts and wildfires nationwide. This anniversary is a reminder that the time to act on climate is now.
Superstorm Sandy “…became the deadliest and largest Atlantic hurricane of the year and the second costliest in