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What I’m Reading – June 4, 2017

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Fight Back

“”Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement,” the billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor said on Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner. “Just the opposite — we are forging ahead.” Bloomberg believes that “non-state actors” will be able to achieve the United States’ 2025 emissions reduction target without the federal government’s support.” Michael Bloomberg Offers $15 Million to Make Up for Washington’s Share of the Paris Accord Costs (by Ryan Kilpatrick for Fortune)

This is amazing:

Horrific Executive Action and Legislation

“The new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has proposed eliminating its environmental justice program, which addresses pollution that poses health threats specifically concentrated in minority communities. The program, in part, offers money and technical help to residents who are confronted with local hazards such as leaking oil tanks or emissions from chemical plants.” Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies (by Juliet Eilperin, Emma Brown and Darryl Fears for Washington Post)

Racism

“American society is so racist and misogynistic that it has convinced itself that attacking and threatening a Black woman for criticizing the words and actions of an abuser is the moral high ground. That silencing the voices of those who can see that the Emperor has no clothes is the proper thing to do. And that free speech should protect those who seek to hurt the marginalized, but not the marginalized themselves.” When It Comes To Free Speech, The ‘Whites Only’ Is Silent (by Talynn Kel for The Establishment)

Criminal Punishment System

“After the deadly incident, it was reported by BuzzFeed News and other media outlets that Loehmann, who had only joined the Cleveland police eight months prior to the shooting, was not forthcoming about his employment history in documents provided as part of his application to the department.” Cleveland Cop Who Shot And Killed Tamir Rice Has Been Fired For Lying On His Job Application (by Mike Hayes for Buzzfeed)

Islamophobia

“Christian screamed out that he was getting off the train at the next stop, and that “if anyone (expletive) followed, they were going to die,” Macy recalled. Namkai-Meche turned back toward Christian and briskly walked over to him, and loudly implored him, “You need to get off this train. Please, get off this train.” Portland MAX hero’s last words: ‘Tell everyone on this train I love them’ (by Maxine Bernstein for Oregonian)

International

“”Everywhere was dark and everybody was….they were just shocked,” said Karimullah Khan, who works for the Roshan telecommunications company near the site of the explosion and whose brother was among the wounded. “I opened up my eyes and I was just looking after my brother.” A 32-year-old survivor named Saminullah said one minute he was in his office, then next he was in the hospital.” Kabul Bomb: Explosion Near German Embassy Kills Dozens (by Ahmed Mengli and Mushtaq Yusufza for NBC)

Good Stuff

“”My view is that all kids should feel safe to be who they are culturally and in terms of their sexuality, because we know that if kids can be who they are in a whole range of areas they will achieve better,” he said.” Teachers’ union proposes gender-neutral school uniforms, toilets and changing rooms (by Simon Collins for Daily Post)

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