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  • Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

    Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

    NEWSWEEK 03/17/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson As thousands of Native Americans protested across the country this weekend, led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux, taking the protest to the White House and to Trump Tower, it’s important to remember that Standing Rock was recently a […]

  • Don’t Let Yemen Turn Into Syria

    Don’t Let Yemen Turn Into Syria

    USA TODAY 03/17/17 By Michael Shank Diplomacy and foreign aid are best ways to end terrorist groups. Why is Trump slashing them? President Trump, who promised as a candidate to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” authorized a military raid in Yemen during his first couple of weeks in office […]

  • How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

    How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

    HUFFINGTON POST 03/09/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous and deadly addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks, in part, to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastic manufacturing industry. Yet the recent showdown over plastic bag fees […]

  • Yemen Needs Us Now

    Yemen Needs Us Now

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/17 By Michael Shank Yemen is now a White House talking point. It was in President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress last week and there’s speculation of increased American military involvement. While most Americans aren’t tracking the complexities of the civil […]

  • Pruitt’s EPA will Lead to More Toxic Chemicals in Our Food and Farms

    Pruitt’s EPA will Lead to More Toxic Chemicals in Our Food and Farms

    THE HILL 02/17/17 By Michael Shank and Danya Hakeem This year is set to witness one the greatest rollbacks of environmental protections in Republican history. Even if Scott Pruitt hadn’t been confirmed this week as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator, Republicans are already easing the restrictions on coal mining […]