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The Rundown

Your daily guide to what’s working, what’s not, and what you can do about it.

by Impact Staff
Apr 28 2017, 1:00pm

Tomorrow, we march: Thousands of people from across the country representing a range of issues are expected in Washington, D.C. tomorrow as part of the People's Climate March. Get the deets you need here. If you can't make it then be sure to join us on our livestream outside Trump's front door and get plugged-in to take action near you!

Enough is enough: The homophobic crisis in Chechnya, a republic of Russia, has reached its peak. The international LGBTQ activist organization, Outright, has reported gay men in Chechnya are being jailed, tortured and killed in Nazi-esque concentration camps. Russian President, Vladimir Putin appears to be nonchalant about the atrocities. OutRight is petitioning American oil companies that do business in Russia to speak up about this violation of human rights. Over 3,000 people have pledged their support. Get involved by signing the petition or making a donation to the Russian LGBTQ Network.

Law & Order IRL: There's no question that child pornography is wrong, but is consensual sexting between teens worth sending them to prison and giving them a lifelong record as a sex offender? The governor of Massachusetts thinks not. On April 25, Gov. Charlie baker introduced a bill that would protect teen sexters from felony charges and find more appropriate punitive measures, particularly in incidents of revenge porn.

It's about damn time: Senate democrats are now in support of a bill that would increase the national minimum wage to $15. This would include banning lower wages for disabled employees and workers under the age of 20. The change would be a steady increase over seven years and would continue to rise with the rest of county's wages. The best revenge is your paper.

Under the sea: In the House, representatives on both sides of the aisle are pushing a bill that will block fuel companies from using airgun blasts to find drilling locations. The blasts disrupt the lives of underwater creatures, which these communities rely on for tourism, recreation and fisheries. The bill comes just one day before Trump could issue an executive order for offshore drilling.