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The NAACP and the Sierra Club hosted the protest. La’Tonya Troutman, with the LaPorte County NAACP, attended the protest. She says if NIPSCO follows through with their plan, low-income customers will have to pull money from other areas of their budget to be able to pay their bill.
“There is a major lack of facilities in the community,” said the Rev. Andrea Boutselis, who works with Overdose Lifeline and runs a weekly Parents of Addicted Loved Ones support group in a Carmel church. “There is nowhere that is not being affected by this problem and no town that has not been hit by this.”
NIPSCO customers, the Sierra Club and NAACP plan to rally Thursday night in Michigan City against 19% cuts to industrial electricity bills at a time when NIPSCO is raising electricity bills for everyone else.
Advocates, like Justin Philips, the executive director of Overdose Lifeline, says a tool like this could be a game changer once in production.
Of the 40 most populous US cities, Indianapolis ranks in the bottom five for access to public parks, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.
An Indianapolis Christian nonprofit draws attention to food insecurity this week with 10 businesses and more than 30 local churches.
Overdose Lifeline will visit seven different faith organizations across the state. Executive director Justin Phillips says churches have been asking how to engage their community regarding the opioid epidemic.
Dressed in neon blue-and-green shirts, a dozen walkers used the 3-mile Downtown Canal Walk loop Saturday to carry signs and share statistics about food scarcity faced by some people in the Indianapolis area.
Sierra Club tracks Beyond Coal “victories” and now tallies 792 coal units retired — with 487 units remaining open.
A Sierra Club report on Rockport several years ago called it the sixth largest carbon polluter in the nation, citing EPA statistics estimating some 5.8 million pounds of air and water pollution in 2013.