Inside look into one of 20 active and non-active Red Hill Fuel Tanks. Photo credit: Maritime Exclusive.

In an effort to pursue United States Military operations in the Pacific during World War II, the US government commissioned the installation of 20 fuel tanks on the Island of O‘ahu. The fuel tanks are situated underground in Ko‘olau Range, a mountain range in the middle-east portion of the island. In 2014, one of the 18 currently active fuel tanks just outside the metropolitan area of Honolulu, Hawai‘i leaked approximately 27,000 gallons of fuel (Jedra). Just recently, another 1000 gallon fuel leak was reported by the Navy. The facility is only 100 feet above the main water supply of Honolulu…


Struggle is a process — not an event — a continual, eternal process.

Video screenshot of a Climate Strike I put together in September of 2019. Pre-Mask.

Labor unions have been one of the most effective organizing structures to achieve massive and long-lasting systemic change. So much so that almost every benefit enjoyed by the workforce regularly — weekends, a minimum wage, and the regularity of the 40-hour workweek — can be attributed to a labor union(s) fight for it.

But how do labor unions organize for power to achieve such changes? As Jane McAlevey notes in her 2016 book, No Shortcuts, there are two main organizing models: mobilizing and organizing. Labor unions have been long term users of organizing models.

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The carbon tax has been a largely elusive form of public policy, escaping the same vitriol other climate solutions get while also receiving varied support from economists across the ideological aisle. Despite this, implementation has been largely non-existent on a state or federal level in the United States. And even with broad support, many people do not quite understand what a carbon tax is or how it works. This paper aims to explain what a carbon tax is, identify proposed and ongoing variations, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of implementation.

The climate crisis is here. In the past several…


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The US education system has largely been regarded as broken, corrupt, and in some cases, unfixable. Whether that is because of the advent of standardized test scores or the over-reliance on the federal government, it is a common feeling to be resentful of the problems of American education. This paper aims to explore a key issue that, over a period of decades, has plagued the education system by storm: the school-to-prison pipeline — its origin, history, and effect on communities.

After 1989, and a nearly 20 year long increase in violent crime, major school districts around the country (such as…

Kawika Pegram

Community organizer and student at American University.

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