Jeff Biggers

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Monday, November 26, 2012
With Historic Desegregation Plan, Will Tucson Reinstate Mexican American Studies?
Overshadowed by the ballot fallout in the recent elections in Arizona, a long-awaited and historic federal desegregation proposal was released earlier this month that could reinstate the Tucson Unified School District's nationally acclaimed but dismantled Mexican American Studies Program.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Clean Coal is a Hoax, Mr. President, So Drop it
Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama's clinging to the " clean coal " banner ranks as one of the most specious.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Arizonification of America
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Monday, August 27, 2012
Judy's Plank: Democratic Party Platform Must Call for End to Mountaintop Removal
The Democrats have nothing to lose. And everything to gain--especially the health and lives of residents in the coal mining areas of central Appalachia.
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Friday, August 24, 2012
Arizonification of the Republican Platform
While notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio entertains the Republican Party convention diehards at a Tampa zoo next week, the real Old West show will have already taken place at the platform committee meetings.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Obama's August Surprise on Mountaintop Removal?
As the ravages of mountaintop removal coal mining--including the re-emerging scandal of reckless black lung policies on strip miners--continue to mount despite the shift of coal production to the heartland and western Power River Basin--President Obama has an election-year opportunity to declare an armistice in the polarized Appalachian coalfields, mend a 30-year mining policy of betr
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SB 1070 Backlash Isn’t Over
The Supreme Court ruling to uphold a key provision in Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law may send out a last shred of hope to “attrition through enforcement”
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Freedom Summer: AZ Attorney General's Chance to Learn About Civil Rights
Facing a $10 million lawsuit and an FBI investigation for campaign violations, and with a federal court decision imminent on the constitutionality of Arizona's thinly veiled ban on Tucson's Mexican American Studies
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Have You No Decency, Republicans?
Last Friday night, en route to the cankered strip mined ruins of my family's 200-year-old homestead in southern Illinois, I was too stunned by Goldman Prize recipient Maria Gunnoe's story on the phone to adequately follow up in writing.
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Friday, May 04, 2012
Coal Train Uprisings
In a dramatic lockdown on the coal-hauling train tracks leading into the Marshall Steam Station, a half-century-old toxic coal-fired plant owned by Duke Energy on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, legendary mountaintop removal activist Mickey McCoy and other Appalachian coalfield residents teamed up with Greenpeace and regional groups to launch a new phase in a galvanized anti-Big Coal movement across the country.
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