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Food Movement Opposes “Backroom Deal” on GMO Labeling

10 hours 38 min ago
Center for Food Safety

Today a national coalition of consumer, food safety, farm, environmental, and religious groups along with several food corporations sent a joint letter to all members of the Senate urging opposition to a discriminatory and deeply flawed GMO labeling bill being offered by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The coalition of 70 groups noted that the bill has come forward without a hearing or testimony and was the result of non-transparent dealing between the two Senators and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other industry groups.

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Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion Begins to Ripple Across States

11 hours 36 min ago
ACLU

One day after the Supreme Court’s most important decision on abortion in decades, the Court’s ruling is already having an impact on similar restrictions in other states.

The Supreme Court announced today that it would not review two lower court decisions blocking abortion restrictions similar to one of the restrictions struck down yesterday.  The two cases the Court refused to hear required abortion providers in Wisconsin and Mississippi to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

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D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Region-Leading 50% Renewable Energy Target

11 hours 44 min ago
Chesapeake Climate Action Network

he nation’s capital took another step toward nation-leading climate action today, as the District of Columbia Council unanimously approved legislation (B21-650) to expand D.C.’s renewable energy target to 50 percent by 2032. 

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Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Was a Crime; Feds Should Treat It That Way

12 hours 12 min ago
Public Citizen

Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay roughly $15 billion in compensation to car owners and civil penalties to settle its U.S. emissions scandal case. The terms of the settlement are expected to be announced today. In 2015, the automaker admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had software designed to cheat on emissions tests for unlawful air pollution.

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350.org Responds to North American Clean Energy Pledge

12 hours 19 min ago
350.org

In response to yesterday’s announcement that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will commit to producing half of North America’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2025, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

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Greenpeace: Europe Must Reconnect with its People and Values

14 hours 53 min ago
Greenpeace

Greenpeace EU deputy director Saskia Richartz said: “The values of peace, democracy, solidarity and sustainability are what bring people together. Millions across this continent are already striving to build fairer and sustainable communities. They harness the power of the sun and wind to produce clean energy, they grow and consume local food, and open their houses and wallets to those in need. At its best, the EU nurtures these efforts and secures the well-being and rights of its citizens.”

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Nurses Criticize Democratic Platform Committee Vote To Oppose Guaranteed Healthcare/Medicare for All

15 hours 22 min ago
National Nurses United

National Nurses United on Monday condemned the vote of the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee meeting in St. Louis for its vote late Friday night to reject a proposal to place a commitment to “fighting for Medicare for all” in the party’s platform to be adopted at the Democratic convention next month.
 

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Department of Justice Initiative on Implicit Bias

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:11
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias:

“Today’s announcement sends a clear signal to the nation that there’s no room for discrimination in America’s justice system.

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Victory for Safety: SCOTUS Holds Firearms Ban for Reckless Domestic Violence

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:39
National Network to End Domestic Violence

This morning the Supreme Court held that a reckless domestic assault is a misdemeanor crime of violence, for the purposes of limiting access to firearms, in their opinion for the Voisine v. United States case. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) celebrates this decision as a victory for victims and survivors.

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"A Victory for Women"

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:26
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Deep in the heart of Texas, the sneak attack on abortion care has been rebuked by the Supreme Court today. This decision puts the focus back on the constitutional rights of women, proven science and medical fact, and away from partisan politics and draconian attacks on women’s health.

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Exxon-Funded Members of Congress Play Key Role in Climate Deception Machine

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:23
350.org

Reaffirming their commitment to climate deception, Exxon-funded Republican members of Congress on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a second round of letters to 350.org, Greenpeace USA and other nonprofit organizations demanding full divulgence of communications related to each organization’s work advocating for climate action and holding Exxon accountable for its role in sowing public deception around climate change.

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Senate Faces Puerto Rico Vote Before July 1 Deadline

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:14
Jubilee USA Network

The United States Senate faces a likely vote on Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation this week. Puerto Rico's Governor, Alejandro García Padilla, called on the Senate to pass the bill by July 1, when the US territory owes a nearly $2 billion debt payment. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act passed the House on June 9.

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SCOTUS Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision: Protecting the Dignity of all Texans Accessing Abortion Care

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 07:36
Jane's Due Process

“Today the nation’s highest court heard the laments of the most vulnerable women in Texas — the young, the poor and those living in the vast stretches of rural Texas where access to reproductive health care and abortion has vanished,” said Tina Hester, executive director of Jane’s Due Process, an organization dedicated to assisting pregnant minors. 

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Statement by Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision:

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 07:25
National Abortion Federation

Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important first step in restoring abortion access for women in Texas and keeping high-quality clinics open. We could not be prouder of our members, Whole Woman’s Health; Austin Women’s Health Center; Killeen Women’s Health Center; Reproductive Services of El Paso; Sherwood C. Lynn, M.D.; and Pamela J. Richter, D.O., for their dedication to their patients and willingness to lead this successful fight against H.B.2.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Striking Down Clinic Shutdown Law

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 07:12
NARAL Pro-Choice America

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling striking down provisions of a Texas law that would have forced all but 9 abortion clinics in the state to close. The Supreme Court ruled  in favor of Texas clinics in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling:

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Appeals Court Urged to Strike Down Idaho Law That Hides Ag Operations from Public View, Imperils Public Health

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:50
Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity today urged the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a lower court’s ruling striking down an Idaho law that stifles the public’s access to information about industrial animal agriculture operations, citing food safety and public health concerns.

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Kidnapped Brit Enters 3rd Year on Ethiopia’s Death Row

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 05:22
Reprieve

A British father of three who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia will this week enter his third year of illegal detention in the country, where he is held under sentence of death.
 

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NEW INVESTIGATION: Secret Spending Pollutes State and Local Elections

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 05:21
Brennan Center for Justice

Secret money surged from 24 percent of all outside election spending in 2006 to 71 percent in 2014, in six states where data is available, according to a major investigative analysis released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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Shelby v. Holder – Three Years Later

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:41
NAACPThree years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Shelby v. Holder, nearly dismantling the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The court ruled that 16 states no longer needed to pre-approve their voting changes with the federal government.  These were the states with some of the longest and continuous histories of voting discrimination. Since then, our nation has witnessed the greatest assault on voting rights since the Jim Crow era.   
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CAIR-NY Calls for Stepped-up Security at Mosques After Hate Incident

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:20
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for stepped-up security for mosques in that state after another hate incident targeting Muslims in or near Islamic institutions.

CAIR-NY says a man faces hate crime charges after he allegedly threatened an imam (religious leader) with a pipe at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville, N.Y.

SEE: Pipe-Wielding Man Arrested for Hate Crime at Albanian Mosque, Cops Say

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