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Rachel Landman

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau visited Washington, D.C. as the first sitting Canadian Prime Minister to visit the White House for a state dinner in nearly two decades. Following their meeting, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau released a Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership to emphasize the collaborative leadership role the United States and Canada will play in order to ensure the historic United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement is fully implemented. In their commitments the two leaders “share a common vision of a prosperous...

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On Purim, we celebrate the story of Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who saved the Jews of Persia from Haman’s plot to kill them. During this joyful holiday, we are thankful for the survival of the Jewish community in Persia, but we are also reminded of the injustice and oppression that still occurs throughout the world. The story of Mordechai and Esther reminds us that we are all tasked with standing up in the face of injustice and working to root out oppression. 

Mordechai reminds Esther, “Do not imagine that you, of all the Jews, will escape with your life by being in the...

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Following the recent attacks in Paris in November 2015 and San Bernardino in December 2015, there has been a noted rise in Islamophobia in the United States,  from anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric to mosque protests throughout the country. Additionally, Islamophobia has also manifested itself in anti-refugee sentiment, with calls to impose a religious test on refugees or limit refugees from Syria and the Middle East.

In his recent speech at the Islamic Center in Baltimore, President Obama condemned this type of religious bigotry, stating “we’re one American family.  And when any part...

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It can be difficult to measure the power of taking action, such as filling out an action alert, making a phone call, writing a letter, or meeting with your Members of Congress. But this week, we are celebrating a victory that clearly shows the power of raising our voices in a myriad of ways on issues that matter deeply to us.

On Monday, the United States deposited its first payment toward the $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund announced in November 2014. The Green Climate Fund is an international fund that was established to help vulnerable communities, those facing the...

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Throughout the United States, there is a clear connection between race, class and environmental justice. The Flint water crisis has made recent headlines, but for years there have been cases of environmental inequality throughout the entire country that uniquely impact communities of color and low-income communities. Safe drinking water is a fundamental human need, yet many communities throughout the world, and even here in the United States, lack access to clean water. Below are five examples that highlight areas in the United States that have faced environmental injustice as a result of...

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