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Leanna First-Arai


Memphis, TN, United States

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Past articles by Leanna:

Billions Are Available to Tackle Environmental Racism. Where Is the Money Going?

Under-resourced communities of color are struggling to access funding supposedly allotted for environmental justice. → Read More

Biden Promised "Good-Paying Union Jobs," But It Will Take Organizing to Get Them

Activists are poised to leverage and expand the Inflation Reduction Act’s provisions to protect workers’ rights. → Read More

Great Plains Farmers Push Back Against CO2 Pipelines Encroaching on Their Land

Largely unregulated pipelines designed to shuttle CO2 have many concerned for their health and livelihoods. → Read More

Western US’s Worst Drought in 1,200 Years Brings Year-Long Fire Season

The faster we get “firewise,” the less destruction our fires will bring. → Read More

States Are Letting Utility Companies Cut Off Power Just as Winter Arrives

The looming shutoffs come as public health officials warn the newest COVID-19 variant is spreading across the U.S. → Read More

Fossil Fuel Companies Turn to “Green” Pipelines to Qualify for New Subsidies

With emission cuts on the horizon, the fossil fuel industry is working hard to stay in business. → Read More

Activists Have Shut Down a Memphis-Area Pipeline

Developers still retain indefinite rights to access privately owned land along the Byhalia Connection's canceled route. → Read More

Nuclear Subsidies May Be Slowing Transition to Clean Energy, Advocates Say

New York state’s nuclear facilities received over $500 million in 2020, whereas renewables received just $5 million. → Read More

California’s Wildfire Season Looms. Regenerative Agriculture Could Offer Hope.

Regenerative agriculture practices could slow California’s grim fire season this year. → Read More

Fossil Fuel Phase Out Must Begin Where the Industry Has Hurt People the Most

Low-income and communities of color have borne the environmental brunt of our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. → Read More

"Just" Transitions Are Possible, But They Require State Investment

A national strategy that weaves local initiatives into a more inclusive economy will bring solutions that workers want. → Read More

Winter Storms Offer a Taste of the Climate Chaos Ahead If We Don’t Cut Emissions

Weather extremes are what we must expect as we fill the atmosphere with fossil fuel emissions, a climate scientist says. → Read More

Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills

GOP lawmakers are taking advantage of white supremacist violence to criminalize racial and climate justice protests. → Read More

Climate Justice Advisory Groups Are in Vogue. But Are State Agencies Listening?

Members of the advisory groups say government agencies often fail to act on their input regarding racial justice. → Read More

Federal Workers Are Forced to Invest in Fossil Fuels. A New Bill Would End That.

The RESPOND Act and RISE Act together would help facilitate fossil-fuel-free pension plans for federal workers. → Read More

Hundreds of Thousands of Students Traveled Home This Week Amid COVID Spike

Masking, social distancing and single-household celebrations are key to stopping new outbreaks. → Read More

Factory Farms Are Poisoning Rural Communities. Will Biden Take on This Crisis?

Public health researchers say Biden must take action to protect the rural communities overrun by factory farms. → Read More

Opponents of Trump’s Border Wall Are Getting Out the Vote in Texas

Canvassers are building opposition to the wall among affected communities in a newly competitive state in the 2020 race. → Read More

Youth Activists Are Transforming the Election by Leading Protesters to the Polls

In three major battleground states, early voting from people under 29 has increased by almost 700 percent since 2016. → Read More

The climate crisis is eroding Trump’s support among farmers. Will they swing the vote?

Farmers’ support for Trump has fallen from 89 percent to 71 percent since April. → Read More