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Welcome to ActionAid USA’s Staff Blog

August 18, 2022 By Brandon Wu

ActionAid USA currently has fourteen full-time staff who spend a lot of time thinking about, advocating towards, fundraising for, and generally working towards, global justice. If you follow our website and our email list, you occasionally get to hear from some of us, like me and our Executive Director Niranjali. …

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COP27 Wrap-Up: We Won a Loss & Damage Fund!

November 22, 2022 By Brandon Wu

In the title and subhead of her COP27 wrap-up article for The New Republic, Kate Aronoff accurately conveys the magnitude of what happened in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt at the latest round of UN climate negotiations: “How the U.S. Abruptly Shifted Decades of Climate Policy: In just 72 hours, the…

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Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Territorial Rights in Guatemala

November 15, 2022 By Doug Hertzler

Recently, we welcomed a delegation of Indigenous leaders from Guatemala who were visiting Washington, D.C., to present their case for territorial rights in Guatemala to the Interamerican Human Rights Commission. Momentum against corruption in Guatemala’s justice system and favor of land rights was stopped by the Trump administration and some…

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It’s time to expose the false illusion of net zero

November 8, 2022 By Christal James

If you have been following the activities at COP27, then you know that Tuesday was a big day for Net Zero (or maybe I should say exposure of what it really is). The UN High-Level Expert Group on Net Zero, led by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, released its report in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. My colleagues have…

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The Supreme Court’s legitimacy problem 

October 14, 2022 By Daniel Russell

The Supreme Court has a major legitimacy problem that threatens American democracy and the future of our country. Considering recent Supreme Court rulings on women’s rights and the environment, two issues at the core of ActionAid’s work around the world, the Court and its reputation is timely and on the…

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When will women’s rights in Iran be a wake up call?

October 14, 2022 By Saniya Patel

If there is one thing that I think the death of Mahsa Amini has proven and re-proven, it is that in Iran, women’s freedom has reached a whole new level of insignificance in the eyes of those in power. This, however, should highlight the increasing importance of protest and standing…

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It’s not a freaking handbag

October 11, 2022 By Brandon Wu

The Guardian has the latest exhibit of “Corporations don’t care if you die” in a story about Big Pharma objecting to a South African company replicating Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna has filed several patents in South Africa and has refused to cooperate and share technology with the hub in Africa,…

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Climate as a “vulnerability multiplier”

October 3, 2022 By Brandon Wu

NPR’s Ari Shapiro has a good article out today about the links between climate change, migration, and the rise of far-right ethno-nationalist politics. (Whenever this comes up I will always re-share my colleague Teresa Anderson’s sketch of this vicious cycle from several years ago.) Particularly useful in this piece is…