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Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has "radical views" on Big Oil

Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has "radical views" on Big Oil

She does — and that’s a good thing.“I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people,” Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico said in her opening remarks on the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Interior Department.It’s likely the first time a Cabinet nominee acknowledged tribal lands upon testifying before the Senate. If confirmed, Haaland — a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe — would also be the in history.But it is her pledge to protect the environment and tribal communities that has some in the Republican Party up...

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The police shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., explained

The police shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., explained

Goodson’s family say he was holding a sandwich when police shot him. Police say the shooting was “justified.”More than 30 people showed up at a in front of the Ohio Statehouse to honor the killing of Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a SWAT deputy officer in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday afternoon.According to family members, Goodson was at the side door of their home, having just come back from a dentist appointment and carrying a Subway sandwich, when he was shot three times in the back by Jason Meade, a Franklin County sheriff’s SWAT deputy...

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Black Lives Matter helped shape the 2020 election. The movement now has its eyes on Georgia.

Black Lives Matter helped shape the 2020 election. The movement now has its eyes on Georgia.

Founder Patrisse Cullors on the Senate runoffs, the impact of the protests, and what the movement wants from the Biden administration.The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor set off protests like the nation has never seen — marched in the name of justice for Black lives this summer. So it’s no surprise that the rallying cry out on the streets was still on voters’ minds when they cast their ballot in November.According to , a comprehensive survey conducted for the Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago, roughly a fifth of all voters said the racial justice...

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How the Navajo Nation helped push Democrats ahead in Arizona

How the Navajo Nation helped push Democrats ahead in Arizona

Indigenous voters are often forgotten about. But they may have been key in turning swing states for Democrats.Before the onset of the , grassroots organizers in the Navajo Nation were able to attend chapter meetings and perform door-to-door campaigns to encourage people to register to vote. But as the pandemic continued to overwhelm tribal communities, field organizers had to figure out other ways to reach out to Native American voters while limiting physical contact to prevent the spread of the virus. It was a challenge, considering many homes in Indian reservations do not have formal...

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For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal

For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal

Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land activist during a brawl with the country’s military police while investigating illegal logging.These are some of the most prominent examples of violence faced by environmental activists in recent years — but, according to a new report, they are not unusual. As police crack down on protests demanding...

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