This week in La Calentura...
The Southeast braces for Hurricane Harvey
The biggest storm to hit the United States in 12 years is underway. The hurricane is quickly progressing to a Category 3. Both Texas and Louisiana governors have declared a state of emergency. It's expected to rain down onto Corpus Christi, Texas, and Houston by early tomorrow (Aug. 26) morning. Both cities are predominantly Latinx. Houston, in particular, is prone to flooding. Climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these storms. Post-storm recovery efforts also tend to be a shit show, especially for the poor.
In Cali, clean drinking water for poor rural communities?
The state's considering a tax that would help provide clean drinking water to poor rural communities by raising water bills by about $10 a year for individuals and more than $1,000 for farmers. Agricultural and environmental groups are into it—but not water companies. They rather see the state fund it through other governmental funds. More than 1 million people don't have access to clean drinking water in the state known for its so-called "green" policies. NPR's Latino USA did an episode about its drinking water problems in Coachella last week.
Brazil is opening up the Amazon for mining
Brazil is opening up the country's Renca National Reserve. That shit is bigger than Switzerland or Belgium, reports BuzzFeed News. Copper, gold, nickel and other precious minerals call the land home. But so do indigenous people (which hold much more value than fucking minerals). Logging usually comes before the mining since it's, y'know, a rainforest. These moves ignore that indigenous people sustain themselves off the rainforest's resources. And that they have a right to their lands—and to say no.