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I've written before about the Alberta Tar Sands (Stop the Oil Sands and some other posts with the same tag). Now 350.org tells me about the Keystone XL pipeline, a dangerous and destructive project that would pump over one million barrels of dirty "tar sands" oil from Canada to the USA every day. The oil in the Keystone pipeline could poison drinking water, threaten the communities it runs through, and wreck the climate. The building of the pipeline depends on a presidential permit, and 350.org are petitioning President Obama to reject it. The petition page also has a link for people who can get to Washington DC this summer to do something more practical than signing petitions.

Via Amnesty International: On 28 September 2011 women's organisations and Nicaraguan men, women and children will be marching to demand the repeal of the country's total abortion ban and an end to widespread violence against women and girls. Amnesty is organising to send thousands of symbolic butterflies for a display of solidarity. La Mariposa: Send a butterfly to Nicaragua has more and a link to create butterfiles online. (Access notes: page auto-plays video. Further down there are details about the background to the campaign which could be triggering. The butterfly creator depends on mouse interaction.)
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10th October is World Day against the Death Penalty. Here are some death penalty facts:

  • More than two-thirds of the world (139 countries) has abolished the death penalty in law or practice

  • China executes more people every year than all other countries in the world put together

  • There are over 3,000 prisoners on death row in the United States. In Pakistan there are an estimated 7,000

  • The world's longest-serving death row prisoner is Hakamada Iwao, who has been on death row in Japan since 1968

  • Troy Davis has been on death row in the US for 19 years; 7 of the 9 witnesses against him have changed their testimony, but a judge in Savannah recently rejected his appeal


You can read more about Amnesty International's work on the death penalty on the AIUK site.
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