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Should Companies do More to Curb Coal Ash Exposure?

Between 2001 and 2011, a natural experiment was conducted by researchers when eight power plants that produced a toxic byproduct of coal ash were retired. The study analyzed records of over 57,000 births that took place within 20 kilometers of the plants during this time. It was later concluded that preterm birth rates among women exposed to the toxins from the plants fell from 7 percent to...

Cesar Chavez’s Wrath of Grapes Speech – The Health Hazards Faced by Farm Workers

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The impact farm workers have on the American economy, and more importantly, the health of the American people, has never been more relevant than it is today. By enduring strenuous labor, farm workers guarantee that goods end up on our tables. It is essential work that has often been overlooked in the area of food production and consumption.

In 1965, César Chávez, an Arizona native...

Dolores Huerta – A Woman Who Marched On.

At a transformative period in our nation’s history, prominent figures led the fight for civil and social justice. They inspired the promise of a better future for every American despite turmoil that alleged otherwise. As an agricultural organizer outraged by racial and economic injustices, Dolores Huerta embodied the spirit of change which defined that period.

Today, Huerta, 90,...

César Chávez Day– Fasting for the Union

For over 30 years of his life, César Chávez fought to end the plight of farm workers in the United States. Through his civil rights activism and leadership, Chávez enabled a unionized movement. One that allowed farm workers to recognize that they are not only deserving of better wages and a life of dignity, but that they are entitled to it.

The Union of Farm Workers (UFW) which...

EPA Fails to Ban Chlorpyrifos

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Despite scientific evidence, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their decision to reject the ban on chlorpyrifos and to continue allowing the use of the pesticide. Since 2001, the use of chlorpyrifos has been a controversial issue and the center of a legal dispute. But as administrations and laws change, one fact remains the same: using chlorpyrifos is harmful to human health....

Dolores Huerta: A Legendary Champion of Farm Workers and Women

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One of the most resilient social activists of the 20th century, Dolores Huerta devoted her life to justice, long after she co-founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).

The expansion of holidays commemorating Dolores Huerta as a champion of farmworkers and women’s rights comes as her on-going efforts continue to ripple through today’s landscape. You can see Huerta’s influence...

‘Judicial Hellholes’: The Best Legal Joke of 2018

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Original article published on Public Justice, and written by Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman and Leslie A. Brueckner, Senior Attorney.

Here’s a good riddle: What do you call a court system that holds a drug manufacturer accountable for causing brain damage to children by failing to warn of its drug’s dangers? There are lots of good answers: Fair. Just. True to America’s...

Will Banning Just One Pesticide Protect American Families?

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If health and safety are of any concern, a study says that a whole family of pesticides should be outlawed.

No safe level of exposure to organophosphate pesticides exists, says a recent comprehensive study of all existing scientific literature on the subject. The writers contend the entire family of pesticides known as organophosphates must be phased out because they cause brain damage...

Rachael Ray’s Dog Food Line Contains Dangerous Chemical

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The celebrity chef’s kibble claims to be “natural,” but a suit filed in New York claims otherwise.  

When a man in New York realized that Nutrish, the natural dog food line made by Rachael Ray, contained glyphosate, a dangerous weed killer, he filed a lawsuit against the company. The plaintiff says that he relied on the Nutrish dog food label information when doing his shopping....

New Study Links Prenatal Opioid Use and Birth Defects

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A new study finds a causal link between prescribed opioid treatment during pregnancy and birth defects in newborns.

Researchers found a link between opioid painkillers use just before or during pregnancy and birth defects in a growing fetus.

Birth Defects and Opioids

Two to three percent of participating mothers in the CDC study reported treatment with opioid painkillers...

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