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Race of Jury Affects Conviction

Race of Jury Affects Conviction | Environmental Justice | Scoop.it
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Know:

-I choose this piece because it has to do with the affects of race on the conviction of a defendant.

-I knew that there was racial misbalance in convictions, and I wondered where exactly that misbalance came from.

Want (to Learn):

-I want to learn whether or not the inequality in the justice system stems from police prejudices or prejudices in court.

-Also, it would be interesting to find out how other races are affected.

Learn: 

-I learned that the jury plays a large part in the racial inequality in court. When the jury has at least one black person, the conviction rates go from 66% for white people and 81% for black people to 73% for white people and 71% for black people.

-It is outrageous that something that is purely fate, like who gets chosen for jury duty, has a such a large (and negative) impact on racial equality. 

 

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Chevron is Still Not Held Accountable for Pollution in Ecuador

Chevron is Still Not Held Accountable for Pollution in Ecuador | Environmental Justice | Scoop.it
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No Environmental Justice In Ecuador
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In a legal battle involving one of the largest instances of environmental contamination in history, a U.S.
Leon Gilligan-Steinberg's insight:

Chevron Still Not Held Accountable for Pollution in Ecuador

 

Golden Ideas:

In areas of lower socio-economic status, rich companies manage to avoid being penalized for pollution. 

Legal decisions regarding the pollution take decades, which can be very financially taxing to the victims of the pollution. 

 

Thorns:

It is worrisome that big-money companies like Texaco are manipulating populations such as these Amazonians.

This pollution was done from the 60s to the 90s and still has not been cleaned up!

"Oil is Ecuador's largest source of income... and it will continue to dominate the Ecuadorian economy despite its proven negative on the environment"  

Chevron managed to win a case in the USA in order to overturn a 9 1/2 million fine for spilling oil. They also bribed the Ecuadorian court.

 

Questions:

What resources are there for the victims of pollution to legally battle these companies?

Of the problem they created, how much would the company have to clean up if found guilty? 

How can the population of Ecuador find ways to prevent this from happening in the future? Can they limit their interactions with the oil companies?

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Outsourcing Dumps?

Outsourcing Dumps? | Environmental Justice | Scoop.it

jSThe Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what supporters described as an ambitious bid to put Los Angeles at the forefront of reducing landfill waste nationwide.

Leon Gilligan-Steinberg's insight:

Golden Ideas: 

-The City of LA just voted in order to improve the systems in place that manage their trash-collection. 

-Apparently, there will be less traffic from the garbage trucks, which would lead to less pollution. Apparently, this will move "the city to get away from landfills to show the world that the second largest city in the country is doing its best to recycle and to improve the air quality..."

-An official said "The environmental benefits are subterfuge for an effort to organize an industry that the unions couldn't organize themselves" 

Thorns:

-First of all, the system only treats big apartments and companies.

-The plan does not specify a specific waste for relocation, however the trash will probably be relocated to an area of lower socio-economic status. 

-This has pitted environmental justice activists against union workers. 

Questions:

-Where exactly will the waste be relocated?

-How much will this do to help the city? 

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