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Fighting Back against Big Oil

by Dusty Sklar It’s common knowledge that big oil is at least in part responsible for the disasters caused by climate change, so it’s fair that they should shoulder some of the burden of the costs it causes. Now, two coastal cities in California, San Francisco and Oakland, have filed lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Conoco […]

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“Why Were You Not Zusya?”

CORPORATE AND PERSONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents IN A NOVEMBER 2014 CARTOON in the Washington Post, Tom Toles skewered the Republican obstructionist stance on climate change. In a dialogue between a Republican elephant and Toles’ beardless version of Uncle Sam, the elephant argues, “We shouldn’t […]

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March 22: Abe Pomerantz and the Class-Action Suit

Attorney Abe Pomerantz, a 1924 graduate of Brooklyn Law School who pioneered the use of the class-action suit to tame corporate misconduct and return corporate profits to small shareholders, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1903. In 1933, a woman with twenty shares in the National City Bank of New York, which had […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet

by Arthur Waskow From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents For details about Jewish organizations and the monumental People’s Climate March in New York on September 21, click here. WE BEGIN THIS DISCUSSION CONVINCED OF THE FOLLOWING: • That human actions, driven by international corporations (which we call Carbon Pharaohs), are bringing a climate crisis […]

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March 16: Herb Kurz: Life Insurance and Civil Liberties

Herb Kurz, the founder of Presidential Life Insurance in 1965 and a progressive supporter of civil liberties activism, was born on this date in 1920. Kurz was the key funder of the NYU Tamiment Library’s Frederic Ewen Center, named for his uncle, a Brooklyn College professor who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The Center […]

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