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CPS Energy Proposes Moving ‘Beyond Coal’ by 2030

After years of community pressure and, most recently, a petition that would have forced the JK Spruce Coal Plant to shutter, San Antonio’s City-owned utility starts facing reality. Greg Harman On Monday, January 25, CPS Energy officials announced they have charted a possible course “beyond coal” for San Antonio. In a pair […]

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Biden Reportedly to Rescind Keystone XL Permit Wednesday, Rejoin Paris Accord

Indigenous-Led Movement Credited With Huge Victory over Proposed Alberta-to-Nebraska Tar Sands Pipeline. Jake Johnston President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning on the day of his inauguration to rescind a federal permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, a move environmentalists said would represent an immense […]

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‘Terrified’ Pennsylvania General Energy Company Seeks to Destroy Local Rights of Nature Law

‘PGE throwing another lawsuit at us to try to bring us to heel, when our community has overwhelmingly said “hell no” multiple times.’ Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the […]

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‘Ready to Mobilize’: 500+ Demonstrations Planned to Make Every Vote Count

San Antonio Rally to ‘Protect the Results’ as National Movement Mulls Mass Action. As the nightmare scenario many have been warning about for months came true early Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s false declaration of victory, advocacy organizations behind the “Protect the Results” coalition reaffirmed that they are prepared to […]

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Lender Oportun Is Suing Low-Income Latinx in Texas by the Thousands

A monthslong investigation revealed that California-based Oportun Inc., founded to help Latino immigrants build credit, routinely uses lawsuits to intimidate a vulnerable population into keeping up with high-interest loan payments—even amid COVID-19. Kiah Collier, Ren Larson, & Perla Trevizo HOUSTON—On an afternoon in mid-June, Analleli Solis was walking home from […]

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‘Lamborghini’ Border Wall About to Topple into the Rio Grande

Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. But experts say the wall is already critically failing. Jeremy Schwartz and Perla Trevizo Tommy Fisher billed his new privately funded border wall as the future of […]

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Americans in Pandemic: Cancel Rent, Suspend Mortgage

“My bill to cancel rent and mortgages isn’t just necessary,” says Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, “it’s popular.” Jessica Corbett New polling from the think tank Data for Progress shows that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum support canceling rent payments and suspending home mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic—results […]

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VIDEO: San Antonio Rises Against Border Security 2020

Greg Harman Tracking devices, night vision and motion detectors, micro drones (and “drone killers”) … a sharpshooter competition. Amid a feast of military gear on sale at Border Security 2020 in San Antonio last week were talks by current and former US immigration officials, who spoke in defense of this […]

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Esto’k Gna Reviving Ancestral Villages In Border Wall’s Path

The Esto’k Gna tribe is reviving ancestral villages along the length of the Rio Grande that stand squarely in the pathway of Trump’s proposed border wall expansion. “We’ve been here thousands of years,” said Isidro Leal, a member of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, or Esto’k Gna, as he surveyed […]

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VIDEO: As Matamoros Tent Camp Swells, a Cry for Support

Greg Harman BROWNSVILLE, Texas—As the number of asylum seekers crowded in a Matamoros tent camp swells across the river from Brownsville, ordinary people from a range of community aid and migrant solidarity organizations are calling for assistance. Last weekend, Deceleration met members of Team Brownsville, Angry Tias and Abuelas of […]

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Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Fight Forcing Trudeau to the Table

“Canada invades. Invades on behalf of industry. Invades during ceremony. Canada tears us from our land.” — Wetʼsuwetʼen Resistance Camp Communication Greg Harman The Wet’suwet’en peoples’s struggle against powerful fossil fuel interests and escalating violence of Canada’s militarized police forces is putting massive pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Over […]

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Weekly Witness: Asylum Seekers Forced into ‘Boxcars in the Sky’

Since November 2019, under a new program called Asylum Cooperative Agreement, the U.S. government has shipped 536 asylum-seekers to Honduras and El Salvador in what witnesses call “boxcars in the sky.” Marisol Cortez In our Weekly Witness series, we share some of the most significant messages posted by volunteers to […]