Dreamers have many of the same experiences we have: they go to school, they buy homes, they raise families, they run companies. Many serve to prect us and our country. They are as American as any of us, and that’s why we must not waver in our fight to defend them.
Some of the worst fears and dire predictions of opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline came true on Thursday when pipeline owner TransCanada announced that more than 200,000 gallons of oil had spilled from the existing portion of the Keystone system in Marshall County, South Dakota.
While the company reported the spill in a public statement, Buzzfeed notes there was an approximately four-and-a-half hour gap between when the company said the breach was discovered at 6:00 am and when local officials say they were notified at 10:30 am. As a South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources told the news outlet, “We’re not quite sure why there was a time gap in there.”
Outside of the company’s statement, there has been no outside or independent verification of the size of the spill or details about the scale of the possible damage.
Those who had warned against the pipeline’s approval for precisely these reasons and continue to work tirelessly to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL (KXL) project, were among the first to respond to Thursday’s spill.
“With their horrible safety record, today’s spill is just the latest tragedy caused by the irresponsible oil company TransCanada,” said Ben Schreiber, senior political strategist at Friends of the Earth. “We cannot let the world’s fossil fuel empires continue to drive government policy toward climate catastrophe. The only safe solution for oil and fossil fuels is to keep them in the ground.”
Rachel Rye Butler, an anti-tarsands campaigner with Greenpeace, noted that Thursday’s spill comes just days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is set to decide on state approval for Keystone XL, which was ultimately rejected under President Obama but given a greenlight earlier this year by the Trump administration. “The writing on the wall to reject this pipeline could not be more clear,” Butler said in a statement. “These pipelines are bound to spill, and they put communities, precious drinking water, and our climate at risk.”
While we do not need more evidence to show us that pipelines are dangerous and must be stopped, more keeps coming. https://t.co/8PelLe6fLb
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 16, 2017
More news/video/tweets/etc. in the comments, including:
*Indigenous Woman Gets San Diego Support For Mexico Presidential Run
*What Democratic civil war? The left already won.
*Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still living in misery.
*‘Say Goodbye to Local Media,’ as Trump FCC Opens Corporate Merger Floodgates
*Pipeline news, Water Protector updates * More
Hello friends. Starting todays news roundup with a tweet:
Corporate tax loopholes have become so absurd that one five-story building in the Cayman Islands is “home” to nearly 20,000 corporations. pic.twitter.com/L1YCapJ3qA
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 8, 2017
& a video:
and then the rest of the days news will go in the comments, including:
*Sanders: Election ‘a referendum on the disastrous Trump administration’
Election Wins Give Climate/Anti Pipeline Action a Boost
*Maine’s governor won’t expand Medicaid despite approval of ballot measure
*Pacific Islanders Demand End of Fossil Fuels to Create ‘Better, More Just World’
*AT&T, Time Warner under pressure to dump CNN
*Pipeline Updates, Water Protector News & More
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day friends. I’m fairly exhausted from my weekend so I admit to sleeping in and not doing as much news rounding up as I might normally have taken part in.
Given the nature of the ‘holiday’ Starting of with Red Eagle’s ‘Song of Surivival’ and then I’ll put the news in the comment threads.
If you’d like to join in the conversation, or already are a member and are having issues… send a message to the firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in this post:
*How Does Dental Care Fit Into the Healthcare Debate?
*Nina Turner’s gripping speech at Our Revolution Texas Gulf Coast
*Trump Proposal on Dreamers Nothing But ‘Red Meat for Xenophobic Extremists’
*Puerto Rico Faces a Medicaid Crisis
*Water Protector news, Pipeline Updates & More.
Currently I am a proud husband, father, Texan Democrat, and practicing business lawyer. Married for 12 years, my wife and I are proud parents of two smart and energetic girls who attend elementary school in Flower Mound. As a father I want to pass down the values that I learned as a child: to love people wherever they are, to yearn for justice, mercy, and equality, and to value the inherent dignity of the human soul.
Like so many others, I woke up on November 9th in shock from the direction our country had taken, unsure of what a future America looks like for my kids and future generations. The direction we are headed does not reflect our shared American values, and I believe our current congressman, Michael Burgess, is contributing to this moral disaster.
I’m proud to have put down roots and settled my family in Texas. I came for the economic opportunities, but soon learned that what made Texas special was its people. Good people with big hearts. I believe in fairness, justice under the law, and equality of opportunity, and I have a soft heart for those disadvantaged in our society. I believe we’re at our best as Americans when we’re diverse, and that ensuring minority groups have every opportunity and legal protection as the majority makes us a stronger, more vibrant nation. I believe that love is love, regardless of gender. Most of all, I believe that we’ll never be fully free so long as we allow inequality and injustice to persist. I believe we all deserve better than the representation our current leaders are providing, and by working together we can elect representatives who reflect our shared values.
These are the reasons I’m running for Congress! My team and I are fired up, and like you, we’re working hard so the entire district can bid farewell to Burgess. I invite you join me in this effort. Let us rise up and take District 26 together. Let’s teach Michael Burgess how to say goodbye.
As a proud, modern Democrat, Will is committed to fighting for our shared values. He pledges to:
•fight for single-payer, universal healthcare,
•advocate for all Americans’ civil rights,
•defend women’s rights,
•champion the rights of our LGBTQ loved ones,
•protect the rights of Americans with disabilities,
•combat voter suppression, and
•push for a true public works infrastructure program to put Americans in high-paying, middle-class jobs.
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