Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was indicted on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. A federal grand jury charged Blankenship with conspiring to cause routine and willful violations of mine safety and health standards and alleges he was part of a conspiracy to cover up mine safety violations and hinder federal enforcement. MORE
Uneven Growth is a 14 month long project commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. It addresses the ongoing uneven development across New York City’s boroughs by designing a radically new affordable housing program (Cooperative Housing Trusts) and by exposing— through local narratives— the economic, social and spatial inequalities mirrored in the unprecedented housing crisis. The narratives describe the experiences of local advocates for housing justice, including Noyes grantee Right to the City. They reveal the other New York City by exposing some of the agents and outcomes of illegal conversions, homelessness, foreclosures, land values, vacancies and re-zoned inner city areas. The exhibit runs through May, 2015. MORE
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers launched its Fair Food Label, representing a worker certification program two decades in the making. Over twenty years ago workers began organizing general strikes in Immokalee, demanding dialogue with growers and a fair wage. It was thirteen years ago that people around the country joined workers in the Campaign for Fair Food, demanding that major corporations take responsibility for working conditions in the fields. And it was four years ago that the Fair Food Program went into effect, where a worker-designed vision long in the making became a reality. MORE
On November l2th, Honor the Earth joined with White Earth Nation, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Indigenous Environmental Network, and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the US State Department. The suit challenges the issuance of a permit to the Enbridge Company to bring tar sands oil into the US prior to completion of an Environmental Impact Statement. The pipeline proposal is a “mockery of federal law” by allowing the company to bypass regulation and use an older line to move the oil. MORE
Noyes Foundation’s Board Member Gregg Houston, Program Director Wilma Montanez and Board Member Dorothy Anderson attended the annual meeting of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights in New Orleans. They are with Dr. Willie Parker, one of two doctors who perform abortions at the only women’s health clinic in Mississippi where abortions are performed. Dr. Parker is a devout Christian who feels he is doing the right thing to help women in need.