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MAP: The Keystone XL's Path of Destruction

In “The Earth is the Lord’s (and just look what we’re doing with it)” (Sojourners, June 2014), Cal DeWitt writes that “we are Earth-keepers…commissioned to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” A project that stands in the way of maintaining creation’s integrity, however, is the Keystone XL—a tar sands oil pipeline that would span the U.S from north to south. The pipeline would also drastically accelerate emissions of carbon dioxide.

Take a look at the proposed route of the pipeline, which would wind from Canada to Texas.

Map route information gathered from TransCanada.

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MAP: Detention Facilities in the U.S.

The United States currently maintains 34,000 beds and spends nearly $2 billion a year to detain immigrants, according to the ACLU and Detention Watch Network.

These individuals, like the Guatemalan grandmother described in Patty Kupfer's article “Waiting for a Miracle” (Sojourners, April 2014), are, for the most part, not criminals. Yet, 11 million immigrants in the U.S. are forced to live in the shadows and are at risk of deportation.

The following map shows the addresses of the 250 facilities and jails that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency uses to detain and deport immigrants. Many thanks to Detention Watch Network for helping us with the research of this map.

Map credits: Kara Lofton and Elaina Ramsey

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MAP: Does Your State Pay a Fair Wage?

Across the nation, people are organizing in support of increased compensation for minimum wage workers. According to Chuck Collins in “A Minimum of Justice” (Sojourners, March 2014), low-wage workers are leading this grassroots movement to reduce economic inequality.

As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Check out the map below to view the 21 states that now have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage. Where does your state stand?

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MAP: Employee-Owned Businesses in the U.S.

Employee-owned businesses—you’re soaking in them! Sometimes it seems like corporations run everything, but alternative models are actually up and running everywhere—they just might be fixing your roof, making your cheese, or running your local nursing home.

For a few examples, check out our map based on data from the National Center for Employee Ownership. And read the August 2012 Sojourners article "More Bullish Than You Think" by Gar Alperovitz to learn how these employee-owned businesses are helping to create some economic good news!
 


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Elaina Ramsey is assistant editor of Sojourners.

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QUIRK: Is Your Town Red or Blue?

Beer and Church tweet map, FloatingSheep.org
Beer and Church tweet map, FloatingSheep.org

A new map has divided the country into red and blue ... but this one has nothing do do with politics or the upcoming election. No, we're not talking Republicans or Democrats; we're talking Church or Beer. (Do the two have to be mutually exclusive? What if you're Lutheran?)

FloatingSheep.org compiled geotagged Tweets from June 22 - 28 comparing the geographic concentration of convos regarding church and beer. 

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