Archive for June 28th, 2010

This past Saturday a “Hands Across the Sand” event was nothing short of a worldwide movement.

The movement called in order to  “protect of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry,”  was sponsored by the  multiple environment agencies including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.

People around the world gathered on beaches to share their knowledge,and passion for protecting beaches from devastating effects of oil drilling. They said “No to offshore drilling, and Yes to Clean Energy.”

820 events were scheduled in all 50 states and in 34 countries. Even Florida Govenor Charlie Crist took time to join hands with participates on Florida beaches.

Check out Hand’s Across the Sand’s pictures from the event, and videos of the event.

Also check out Hand’s Across the Sand for more information about the fight against offshore drilling!

Flickr photo by ecotist.

When the Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of Rent-A-Center in another controversial 5-4 decision, the justices again put the interests of corporations above those of the people.

The New York Times published this great editorial about it over the weekend, highlighting the absurdity of SCOTUS’s decision:

The court ruled last Monday there was nothing wrong with requiring that the fairness of an arbitration clause be determined by — an arbitrator.

Congress is working to fix the problems with mandatory binding arbitration agreements as the members hash through the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1020 and S. 931) and the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act (H.R. 1237 and S. 512).

While it was scheduled for markup last week, the committee did not get to the AFA and the nursing home bill last Wednesday. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date for Congressional action on these bills because your representatives in Congress will need to hear from you.

Learn more about forced arbitration and the problems with it.

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