QUOTATION: Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. AUTHOR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) ATTRIBUTION: President FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, remarks before the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C., April 21, 1938.—The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938, p. 259 (1941).
On August 13, eight African-American residents filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Rochelle, Georgia–a town of around 1,200 people. Represented by the environmental advocacy group Earthjusice, the plaintiffs claim the city discharged raw sewage onto their property for decades in violation of the Clean Water Act. Continue reading »
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates Continue reading »
Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking”, is a process which involves injecting water, sand, and chemicals into the hard shale rock under high pressure in order to break it up and extract the gas trapped within. While this unconventional source of gas has transformed energy supplies in the United States, it has also spurred growing health … Continue reading »
The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) allows a citizen to sue to enforce the CWA’s prohibition against discharging water pollutants without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Congress allows for citizen enforcement suits as a way to ensure regulatory agencies do their job. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit bolstered citizens’ abilities to enforce the Clean Water Act. Continue reading »
Last month, a Colorado appeals court reinstated a family’s lawsuit against fracking companies who claimed they were sickened by the companies’ shale gas well near their home. The decision signified a victory for environmental plaintiffs as the Colorado appeals court ruled “Lone Pine orders” are not permitted under Colorado Law. In the past, Lone Pine orders were used by companies as a procedural roadblock to prevent toxic exposure claims from making their way through the court system. Continue reading »
The life source of many nonprofit organizations is their pool of volunteers. While nonprofits often invest a lot of time into getting individuals to volunteer, they often fail in keeping those individuals. Recruitment is great, but retention is key. Learn how to keep your volunteers around. Continue reading »