AKPIRG co-signs amicus brief to the Supreme Court

AKPIRG and 58 other civil rights organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief today in a trio of cases before the Supreme Court. These combined cases, which the Court will consider next term, examine whether employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“This application of Title VII’s text is important to ensure that LGBTQ individuals are not “treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth.” Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colo. Civil Rights Comm’n, 138 S. Ct. 1719, 1727 (2018). That is especially imperative for people living at the intersection of LGBTQ and racial-minority identities. For these people, racial bias is often compounded by other forms of discrimination.

Indeed, though LGBTQ people of color have made and continue to make great contributions to our society, they suffer far higher rates of job discrimination than their white counterparts.”

Get free tax prep at the VA Clinic

AARP Tax-Aid is offering volunteer tax preparation at the VA Clinic once a month until October.   This volunteer site is for veterans who need help preparing an uncomplicated tax return.

This site is by appointment only, and the phone number to call for an appointment has changed.  Veterans needing tax help should call 563-4228 and leave a message stating they are calling for a tax appointment at the VA Clinic.  

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AkPIRG pressures big businesses to ban flame retardant chemicals.

Earlier this year, these chemicals were banned in Anchorage, but the rest of Alaska is still affected by big retailers who sell products containing flame retardant chemicals, which cause high rates of cancer in firefighters and consumers, and poor neurodevelopment in children.

Over 50 national and state consumer, public health, and environmental organizations are urging Best Buy to take action on toxic flame retardants.

Read our letter here >>

AkPIRG supports the ML&P and Chugach merger.

“Most importantly, this merger reflects the wishes of consumers. Both the Municipality of Anchorage and Chugach Electric have made assurances that no property tax or rate increases are needed to pay for this transaction. And the operation of ML&P will still be held accountable to those who receive its power, through Chugach’s cooperative model. This merging of two electric utilities in a relatively small electric market is a reflection of the wishes of Anchorage residents over the past few decades. This was codified in the 2018 municipal election in Proposition 10. “

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AkPIRG opposes Alaska's public broadcasting repeal.

Public broadcasting is an essential service in Alaska and the APBC is a part of the service. Public broadcasting creates a more engaged public, from news and media announcements to Gavel Alaska, which allows the public access to legislative affairs and creates a more informed electorate. Supporting the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission is supporting public broadcasting funding.

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We need healthy choices for consumers, children, and firefighters.

When buying children’s furniture, toys, and personal care products, consumers often are unaware that many of their options are loaded with toxic chemicals. Unsafe chemicals create high risks for customers and damage trusting relationships between consumers and businesses. And 62% of chemical producers have said that their customers are interested in sustainable chemicals.

AkPIRG supports banning flame retardant chemicals at the State level, echoing Anchorage’s recent unanimous ban.

Read our full statement here —>

AkPIRG supports Alaska's Regulatory Commission proposed rule.

In their proposed legislation, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s inclusion of other stakeholders besides the utilities co-ops themselves—notably, consumer and renewable energy advocates, member-owner representatives, and independent power producers—will make the Railbelt electric utility landscape more efficient, diverse, resilient and responsive.

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AkPIRG writes in support of Anchorage's Climate Action Plan.

Consumer issues are inextricably linked to climate issues. Creating an ambitious, collaborative plan for the Municipality is necessary in ensuring consumer quality of life, access to better products, and long-term benefits. The CAP accounts for these priorities through (to name a few): language access, urban forests and livable cities, vehicle updates, renewable energy credits, and community health.

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