NPA News

 The New Progressive Alliance is a 100-percent volunteer, educational organization dedicated to positively influencing public policy.  Toward that end, we support the Unified Platform; participate in official public comment opportunities to regulatory agencies; and help people and organizations make their progressive case with Make your Case by using documentation which is continuously updated.

 

1. News is a list of our activities for the last three months. 

2. United Nations links articles showing our involvement with the United Nations and how you can be involved as well.

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1.  News: 

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  • In May we published “How the oil and gas industry is trying to hold US public schools hostage.”

  • In May we published “Climate activist's fight against 'terrorism' sentence could impact the future of protests.” This raises troubling questions on both civil rights and the environment.

  • In May we published “The Age of Self-Delusion” by Chris Hedges which showed how the US and Russia, faded relics of the Cold War, unable to accept their terminal decline, launch futile and self-defeating wars to reclaim their lost imperial power.

  • In May we published “March 2022: Earth’s 5th-warmest March on record  - The month featured a $4 billion flood and a mass coral bleaching event in Australia, and an extreme heat wave in Antarctica.”  Time is short to deal with climate change.

  • In May we published the New Progressive Alliance article “Corporate Overreach” with over 450 references. A disturbing trend is that both nationally and worldwide corporations are taxed less, able to move money outside the country where it is made, less subject to laws, less subject to disclosure, and dramatically contributing towards an unequal society. Both major parties eagerly contribute to this.  The Supreme Court in a series of decisions without legal precedent - such as the 2010 Citizens United case, McCutcheon, Hobby Lobby and others – also speed this disastrous approach. 

  • In May we published articles showing the devastating effects of climate change in India and Pakistan as well the world’s continuing massive subsidizing of fossil fuels.

  • In April the New Progressive Alliance with about 100 other organizations asked congress on behalf of the Clean Budget Coalition to be free from “Poison Pill Riders.” Public Comment 240 may be found in full at http://www.newprogs.org/public_comments_2020_224

  • In April we published “The Truth About Inflation: Why Milton Friedman Was Wrong, Again - As inflation fears return, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the real-world facts.”  Many economic assumptions we operate under are just plain wrong.

  • In April the New Progressive Alliance in Public Comment 239 joined with other organizations urging Senate passage of the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act (PLUM Act, S.857), which would increase transparency and oversight of the most senior leaders of the Executive Branch. The publication United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly called the Plum Book, is a congressional document published every four years that lists more than 9,000 political appointees. The PLUM Act, as amended, would modernize the Plum Book and annually publish online an updated directory of senior government leaders. The PLUM Act would resolve an important issue raised by the Government Accountability Office, which noted “there is no single source of data on political appointees serving in the executive branch that is publicly available, comprehensive, and timely.” It would address GAO’s conclusion that such a source of “information would facilitate congressional oversight and hold leaders accountable.” 

  • In April we published “American Commissars” by Chris Hedges. Social media platforms are aggressively censoring all who challenge the dominant narrative on Ukraine, the ruling Democratic Party, the wars in the Middle East and the corporate state.

  • In April we published the New Progressive Alliance article “Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population” with over 720 references.

  • In April we published an article documenting how fossil fuel companies are financing Russia’s war on the Ukraine.

  • In April we published two articles showing how bank funding of fossil fuels destroys our future. In 2021 banks funneled $185.5 billion into 100 companies doing the most to expand fossil fuel use.

  • In April we published “The Lie of American Innocence - Our hypocrisy on war crimes makes a rules-based world, one that abides by international law, impossible” by Chris Hedges.

  • In March we published an article by “Climate Scorecard” which identified the leading climate justice issues facing various countries. Climate change affects all countries and sooner rather than later. 

  • In March the New Progressive Alliance made Public Comment 238 which encouraged the DOT and NHTSA to allow cameras to substitute for side mirrors because of safety, economic competitiveness, and to encourage electric vehicles for the environment. Public Comment 238 may be found in full at http://www.newprogs.org/public_comments_2020_224

  • In March we published “Millions suffering in deadly pollution ‘sacrifice zones’, warns UN expert - Businesses blamed for rise of toxic hotspots hitting poor communities hardest” and the NPA article “Cost of Environmental Destruction” with over 200 references.

  • In March we published the New Progressive Alliance article “The War on Whistleblowers” with over 520 references.

  • In March we published interviews with two climate scientists about the latest IPCC Report. There are many serious legitimate issues to be concerned with, but many scientists say climate change is the most dangerous.

  • In March we published the three articles “Afghanistan is on the brink of famine. How can Biden just forget about us?” “Beware the Biden Administration” and “Continuous Wars.” The record on wars for the past half century by the United States is shameful.
  • In March we published “Climate change and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: A nexus?” which shows a clear connection between fossil fuel use and war.  

  • In March we published “New IPCC report highlights urgency of climate change impacts - Scientific assessment warns that missing Paris targets would harm human health and biodiversity worldwide, and risk irreversible losses sooner than previously thought.” It was yet more scientific verification that we cannot keep putting off dealing with climate change.

  • In March we published “Why does Biden want to make the Chevron lawyer whose firm prosecuted Donziger a judge?” Biden’s real record on civil rights and the environment is not good.

  • In March we published “At Least 132 billion dollars in finance for fossil fuels is locking Africa out of a just transition, shows new report. African Countries kept in fossil fuel stranglehold by overseas money.”
  • In March we published “Russia has become an overnight pariah. Banks should take rapid action to divest.”

  • Fossil fuels thrive because they are supported by banks. In March the New Progressive Alliance again joined other organizations to call out banks for funding climate chaos and to endorse the Banking on Climate Chaos 2022 report. Last year’s report was endorsed by over 300 organizations from around the world, and has been used by activists, politicians, climate strikers, the media, and concerned bank shareholders to call out banks for their funding of climate destruction.

  • In March the New Progressive Alliance welcomed Urgewald as an ally.  For over 25 years, Urgewald has been fighting against environmental destruction and for the rights of people harmed by corporate profit interests.

 

2. United Nations:

United Nations: The New Progressive Alliance  has been in special consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Council since 2015.  The NPA is a U.N. NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). If you would like to investigate participating with the New Progressive Alliance in UN activities with meetings or submitting papers, then just email us. See So You Want to Volunteer for the United Nations.

UN DESA Voice 

DESA NGO Newsletter

 

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