human rights

Why We’ll March Again

Why We’ll March Again

This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women’s March that happened on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration—the largest protest march in our nation’s history. The Sierra Club was there that day, and we’ll be there this year, too—at a significant moment for women’s rights and justice. Some people still ask whether “rights and […]

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    While Puerto Rico Fights For Aid, This Long-Forgotten Island Remains ‘Slum of the Pacific’

    While Puerto Rico Fights For Aid, This Long-Forgotten Island Remains ‘Slum of the Pacific’

    By Whitney Webb Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory—which rarely garners much attention from the national media—has received widespread coverage which has focused on the Trump administration’s slow response to the disaster. The situation in Puerto Rico is undoubtedly dire, as many struggle without power and access to basic […]

    EPA Adds Prison Locations to Its Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

    EPA Adds Prison Locations to Its Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

    By Zoe Loftus-Farren As an environmental reporter, it’s not every day that I get to communicate good news—the state of our environment often feels pretty bleak. But today, at least, there is a victory to celebrate: Thanks to the persistence of a small group of prison ecology advocates, the support of their allies, and the […]

    How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

    How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

    By Rina Diane On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, […]

    The True Cost of a Cup of Assam Tea

    The True Cost of a Cup of Assam Tea

    This article originally appeared on Women & Girls, and you can find the original here . For important news about women and girls around the world, you can sign up to the Women & Girls email list. Pinky Munda, 25, is eight months pregnant with her second child. She lives at a tea plantation in […]

    World’s Largest Tuna Company Commits to Major Fishing Reforms

    World’s Largest Tuna Company Commits to Major Fishing Reforms

    It took two years of relentless campaigning and nearly 700,000 concerned people from around the world, but today we are sharing the good news that together we convinced the world’s largest tuna company to clean up its act! Tuna giant Thai Union, which owns brands such as John West, Chicken of the Sea, Petit Navire, […]

    30 Anti-Protest Bills Introduced in U.S. Since Election Day

    30 Anti-Protest Bills Introduced in U.S. Since Election Day

    By Andy Rowell Since Donald Trump was elected, there has been an assault on the pillars of what many would be considered a free and fair democratic society: the right to protest and the right to free speech. As millions stand up for science, for women’s and LGBT rights and for the climate, the authorities […]

    Indigenous Peoples’ Protest in Brazil Met With Police Brutality

    Indigenous Peoples’ Protest in Brazil Met With Police Brutality

    By Dawn Bickett A group of farmers viciously attacked a nearby Indigenous community in Brazil on Sunday. Thirteen Indigenous People were wounded. Two men had limbs hacked off with a machete. This kind of violence may seem unthinkable, but it is becoming the rule in the Brazilian Amazon. Each year, dozens of Indigenous People are […]