Author Archives: Julia Conley

Research exposes $16 billion bottled water industry’s predatory marketing practices

Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. Continue reading

Instability mounts in Puerto Rico amid privatization efforts and power authority’s cash shortfall

As nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck the island territory—the longest blackout in U.S. history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Sunday it will reduce its operating reserve to save money, as the island’s government moves toward privatizing the authority. Continue reading

US global standing plummets as Trump threatens human rights at home and abroad

The United States’ global standing has plummeted under the Trump administration, according to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) annual report and an international Gallup survey regarding the country’s reputation as a world leader. Continue reading

#GOPTaxScam equals a big win for investors in mass incarceration

Because private prisons are classified as ‘real estate investment trusts,’ investors will get a major tax cut thanks to the Republican tax law

Investors in the private prison industry in the U.S. will see major tax cuts under the new Republican tax law, making the unpopular law beneficial for those who count on the country’s mass incarceration crisis for financial gain. Continue reading

Trump’s disgusting, tone deaf, paper-towel-throwing trip to Puerto Rico

President suggests crisis not a ‘real catastrophe’ and jabs islanders for costing government ‘a lot of money’

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump alarmed critics during his long-awaited trip to the U.S. territory on Tuesday, during which he appeared eager to continue his one-sided feud with the mayor of San Juan, openly complained about the cost of the disaster, and took on a self-congratulatory tone regarding the recovery—one that was at odds with the ongoing reports of devastation throughout the island. Continue reading

In shadow of Puerto Rico’s nightmare, Virgin Islands and others facing intense struggle

The economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands ‘evaporated pretty much overnight’

While much media attention has rightly been focused on the devastation in Puerto Rico this week as calls have grown louder for President Donald Trump to deploy more resources to help the recovery from Hurricane Maria, the White House’s inaction has caused attention to be pulled away from the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean that were also ravaged by the storms. Continue reading

Anti-choice states are worse for women and children, says study

States that don't prioritize reproductive rights, don't prioritize healthcare for women and children in general

A new study challenges the conservative idea that abortion restrictions are put in place by legislators who simply want to protect women’s health and safety. Continue reading