Jeff Biggers

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Trump & Joe Arpaio Views
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Trump Is Following Arizona’s Playbook On Immigration. We Know How To Fight Back
The “ total chaos ” of the Trump administration’s handling of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border is deja vu all over again for Arizonans. The same goes for this week’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a proclamation “motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” as Justice...
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George Washington; Thomas Paine; Donald Trump (Getty/Shutterstock/Photo Montage by Salon) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Trump's Immigration Debacle Repeats History's Mistakes
When lawmakers meet with President Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration policy, the trauma of thousands of incarcerated immigrant children separated at the border from their asylum-seeking parents should pinpoint the failure of the Trump administration's new " zero tolerance " policy. "To undo a...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
May Day: Arizona Teachers Have Resistance History on Their Side
Now in their fourth day on the picket line, the striking Arizona teachers are following a century-old labor tradition that galvanized the founding of the state in 1912 and constitutionally required the legislature to adequately fund education. Arizona's first governor George W. P. Hunt oversaw a...
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Students from Coral Glades High School hold signs as they participate in a school walk for gun law change on Feb. 21. (Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
My Kid Doesn’t Need Permission To Walk Out
My 15-year-old son texted me from the streets of Iowa City last week, as he joined other kids in a walkout to support survivors of the shooting that took place earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. By the time they reached the historic Old Capitol of Iowa...
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And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That ain’t dead. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
Coal Kills And Coal Is Not Dead
Amid all the “war on coal” and climate denial banter, you never hear one basic fact from either side: Coal kills. And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That...
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Arizona already has six Confederate monuments—almost all of them dubiously constructed in recent memory. It doesn’t need another one, albeit in the form of a presidential pardon. Views
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Trump’s Arpaio Pardon? Instead, Arizona’s Confederate Monuments Must Come Down
Any pardon of disgraced and criminally convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio by Donald Trump would be a de facto monument to “the most egregious racial profiling in the United States” and “chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations,” at least according to a federal...
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"And every day, thousands of residents, many of whom live unprotected within a football field of massive detonations, fly rock and silica dust, must deal with the fallout of cancer-linked mountaintop removal strip mining in West Virginia, as well as strip mining operations in states across the country." Views
Friday, August 04, 2017
Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
Joined on stage by billionaire coal baron and Gov. Jim Justice, Donald Trump returned to West Virginia last night with another barnstorming lie that should make a Boy Scout cringe: His administration has “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.” The August 3rd rally actually marked the 40th...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Let Us Now Praise A Coal Miner: Chuck Nelson Is An American Hero
Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence at hearings, meetings, media briefings, and in his beloved mountains, Nelson’s...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
Call It What It Is: Climate Cover-Up, Not Climate Denial
Today’s remarks by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt that human activity is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see” should effectively bring an end to the term formerly known as “climate denial.” Dear media: Call it what it is—a climate cover-up. As our nation’s top official...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Mountaintop Removal Never Ended: Coal River Mountaineers Fight On
Standing in solidarity with the water protectors on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Coal River Mountain residents already fending off seven square miles of devastating mountaintop removal mining permits are planning a protest on Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection in Charleston,...
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