NPCA's Park Advocate » social justice News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:02:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:11 +0000 Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]]]> 2 Pride Month Trivia Challenge Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:35:52 +0000 Q: The National Park Service has not always done a great job of interpreting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in the park system. Fortunately, the agency has made strides in recent years toward both celebrating equality in the workplace and educating the public on landmarks and historic figures central to LGBT communities. Test […]]]> 0 Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:16:39 +0000 National park rangers and staff are some of the nation’s best storytellers, charged with protecting the most momentous places in America’s history. Our park system preserves the legacy of visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington, as well as landmark sites in the struggle for equality like the Brown v. […]]]> 0 6 Reasons to Act Today for Clean Air in Arizona Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:50:40 +0000 It’s no secret that reducing air pollution creates a host of benefits for human health and the environment. But what does it mean in real terms when a coal plant cleans up its act and spews fewer particulates into the air? It’s not just a theoretical question for communities surrounding the Navajo Generating Station in […]]]> 1 One Year Later: Park Service Recommendations for Expanding César Chávez Monument into Comprehensive Historic Park Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:45:42 +0000 Ever plan a birthday party where no one shows up? Sadly, the César E. Chávez National Monument could not commemorate the one-year anniversary of the park’s dedication on October 8—because the site was closed and the monument’s one dedicated Park Service employee, Superintendent Ruben Andrade, was furloughed due to the federal government shutdown. Despite the […]]]> 0 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2 From the Mountaintop Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:17:48 +0000 On June 24, Adina Scott made a satellite phone dispatch from 17,200 feet on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. As part of the climbing team Expedition Denali, she and the 18 others had already spent a total of 16 days on the mountain and nearly a week camped at 14,200 feet. Now, they were […]]]> 2 Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Thu, 30 May 2013 08:52:58 +0000 “What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed […]]]> 0 The Stonewall Inn Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:44:25 +0000 On a bus in Montgomery, a lone woman refused to be sent to the rear. In the dry desert east of Yosemite lie the foundations of an internment camp where thousands of Americans were imprisoned simply because of their ancestry. In a small, drab bar on Christopher Street in New York City, a handful of […]]]> 2 Charles Young Monument Preserves Enduring Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:51:05 +0000 At the turn of the last century, a great American hero set an enduring standard of excellence that forged the basis of the modern National Park System. With a “take charge” style of leadership, Colonel Charles Young commanded a regiment of U.S. Army soldiers in the construction of improved roads that made it possible for the […]]]> 2