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Forced to Endure Extreme Heat, Texas Prisoners Becoming Casualties of Climate Denial – June 12, 2017

Dangerous prison conditions likely to worsen as heat waves intensify with climate change

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On a spring day in May, temperatures in Dallas, Texas, were already in the 90s. Sunlight glinted off the barbed wire perimeter outside the Hutchins State Jail, located just a mile down the road from Hutchins High School. The first blooms of Castilleja, colloquially known here as "prairie fire," seemed to set a field across from the prison ablaze.

It was hot outside, but it was nothing compared to the temperatures inside the Hutchins Unit, one of 79 state-run prison units still lacking air-conditioning in its cellblocks in 2017. Even those temperatures, though, still pale further in… more

by: Candice Bernd

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Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline Site Consecrates New Indigenous Resistance Camp – January 11, 2017

West Texas Water Protectors aim to protect Rio Grande, sacred sites

An Indigenous Water Protector and an Alpine, Texas, resident were arrested Saturday morning after locking themselves to pipe-laying equipment at an Energy Transfer Partner (ETP) easement and work site in Presidio County, Texas. The lockdown temporarily halted construction on the company's 143-mile Trans-Pecos pipeline that, if completed, would carry 1.4 billion cubic feet of fracked gas from West Texas to Mexico every day.

Frankie Orona with the Society of Native Nations speaks with Truthout as an Indigenous Water Protector and an Alpine, Texas, resident lock themselves to pipe-laying equipment, temporarily shutting the site down, Saturday, January 7, 2017. (Photo: Garrett Graham)photo by Garrett GrahamFrankie Orona… more

by: Candice Bernd

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