Of course, she was escorted from the hall and her credentials were revoked. Thank you, Abigail, for speaking out for the rest of us. From Think Progress:
The delegates assembled in Durban, South Africa to tackle the civilizational challenge of manmade climate destruction burst into sustained applause on Thursday when a young American interrupted the proceedings to speak on behalf of the United States people. Abigail Borah, a 21-year-old student from Middlebury College and member of the youth climate delegation, spoke out in the plenary hall as US climate envoy Todd Stern prepared to address the assembled environmental ministers.
I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The obstructionist Congress has shackled justice and delayed ambition for far too long. I am scared for my future. 2020 is too late to wait. We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty. We need leaders who will commit to real change, not empty rhetoric. Keep your promises. Keep our hope alive.
GOP leaders hope to build momentum for an end-of-year tax package with sweeping reforms to federal unemployment benefits.
The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the total number of weeks unemployed workers are eligible for aid by as much as 40 weeks and tighten rules for eligibility.
Such a reduction would significantly reduce the cost of extending federal unemployment benefits, making it easier to secure GOP support for a measure that will also include an extension of a payroll tax cut many conservative Republicans dislike.
The late Laura Nyro, one of rock music’s most influential singer-songwriters, is among the latest group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Nyro began her career as a teenager, releasing her first album at 19. She was briefly married in 1971 but began a relationship with painter Maria Desiderio that would last until Nyro’s death in 1997 at age 49.
Elton John spoke of Nyro’s influence on him, saying “The soul, the passion, the out-and-out audacity of her rhythmic and melody changes was like nothing I’d ever heard before.”
Nyro wrote hit songs for bands such as The 5th Dimension; Blood, Sweat, and Tears; and Three Dog Night. In an unlikely pairing, Nyro also wrote “Stony End,” which would become one of Barbra Streisand’s biggest-selling singles.