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Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, and Racial Justice

, climate accountability campaign director

Although we’re barely one quarter into 2021, multiple forces are squeezing Chevron for the preventable harm it is inflicting on the global climate. The company is also being dragged for its greenwashing, its role in perpetuating racial injustice in the United States, and its violations of Indigenous peoples’ rights and other human rights from Burma/Myanmar to Ecuador.

The table is now set for Chevron’s annual meeting in May, where several climate-related shareholder proposals will be on the agenda. Campaigners are calling for votes against both the board chair and the lead independent director on the basis of failures to oversee climate performance. Last year, a majority of Chevron shareholders rebuked corporate leadership by demanding increased disclosure of the company’s climate lobbying. Here are six issues UCS and our partners will be watching in the lead-up to Chevron’s annual meeting this year. Read more >

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Signs outside a Minnesota home saying Black Lives Matter and Voting Is Sacred

Republican State Legislatures Are Attacking Voting Rights. Congress Has the Power to Fight Back.

, Kendall Science Fellow

In the wake of record turnout in the 2020 election and the success of the Democratic Party winning control over the presidency and both houses of Congress, Republican lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are proposing to scale back ballot eligibility and access to voting at a level not seen since the end of Reconstruction. As the Brennan Center, Voting Rights Lab and Washington Post have documented, over 200 restrictive bills have been introduced across the states, more than a seven-fold increase compared to this time last year. Read more >

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Voter Suppression in Georgia Again: Anti-Democracy, Anti-Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping set of election measures targeted at restricting access to voting and suppressing Black voters and voters of color across the state from participating in future elections. The new law imposes stricter voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water. Read more >

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The US Capitol seen through a fence with flowers and a US flag inserted in it
Erin Scott/Reuters

How to Quarantine a Political Virus: Stopping the Sedition Caucus by Improving Democracy

, Kendall Science Fellow

One of the attackers who breached the Capitol building last week in an attempt to halt our democracy’s peaceful transition of power left a note for House Speaker Pelosi after breaking into her office: “We will not back down.” We must take these people at their word and take seriously the prospect that a coalition of voters and elected leaders are committed to undermining free and fair elections and our democratic government. Read more >

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Is our democracy being swallowed up like Little Red Riding Hood, having fallen into a trap laid by the Big Bad Wolf? Chris Ensminger/Unsplash

Surrounded by Wolves, the Electoral Process and the People Move Forward

, Kendall Science Fellow

For the first time in the nation’s history, we are seeing a faction refuse to yield power while deliberately using every mechanism at its disposal to foment distrust in the levers of democracy. Read more >

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