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UN Conference on Trade and Development Warns Global Economy is in "Fragile State"

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:50
Jubilee USA Network

A report released from a UN group calls the global economy "fragile" and urges action on trade, tax and debt policies to improve economic growth. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) annual "Trade and Development Report" notes rising debt and inequality levels. The report warns that current economic challenges may be more difficult to manage than the 2008 global financial crisis.‎

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Petition Going to the Pentagon Calls for Closure of “War on Terror” Air Force Hub

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:22

A petition calling for closure of the U.S. overseas military base described as the hub for the “war on terror” -- the Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany -- is set for presentation at the Pentagon on Monday morning (Sept. 26).


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Peace Action Praises UN CTBT Resolution; Urges Republican Senators to Ratify

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:22
Peace Action

Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, made the following statement in response to today’s first-ever CTBT resolution (number 2310) passed by the UN Security Council.  Their Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, Paul Kawika Martin, said:

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Prison Disciplinary Board Decides to Punish Chelsea Manning with Solitary Confinement for Charges Related to Suicide Attempt

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 05:35
Fight for the Future

A prison disciplinary board has decided to punish imprisoned transparency advocate Chelsea Manning with 14 days of solitary confinement (with 7 days suspended) for charges directly related to her suicide attempt in July, and possession of an unmarked book in her cell. The decision is the latest example of the U.S. government’s campaign of harassment and mistreatment of Chelsea, who has been incarcerated in all male military facilities for 6 years.

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ACLU of Oklahoma Responds to Charges Against Tulsa Officer Involved in Killing of Terence Crutcher

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:02

In response to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s announcement of the charge of manslaughter in the first degree against Officer Betty Shelby, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statements:

Please attribute to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director:

“The manslaughter charge against Officer Shelby is welcomed and appropriate. We echo the Tulsa County District Attorney’s firm assertion that Officer Shelby is entitled to due process and presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Patient Safety Threatened by HHS Refusal to Close Dangerous Loophole That Allows Health Care Providers to Evade Malpractice Reporting

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:37
Public Citizen

Statement of Dr. Michael Carome, Director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group

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ACLU Lawyer Awarded MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant For Groundbreaking Immigrants’ Rights Work

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:49

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Ahilan Arulanantham is the recipient of a prestigious 2016 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for his legal and advocacy efforts to protect immigrants’ rights. The prizes are awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.

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UK 'Has Not Checked' Whether Saudi Police Training Led to Torture

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:48

The UK has failed to check whether training it has provided to Saudi police has contributed to abuses including torture and the death penalty, new research by human rights organization Reprieve has revealed.

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Fossil Fuel Expansion Has Reached the Sky’s Limit: Report

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:28
Oil Change International

The embedded carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in currently operating fields and mines, if they run to the end of their projected lifetimes, will take us just beyond the Paris Agreement’s 2?C warming limit, and even further from the goal of 1.5?C, a new study has found.

The study scientifically grounds the growing movement to keep carbon in the ground by stopping all new fossil fuel infrastructure and industry expansion.

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NC NAACP Statement Press Conference Location 700 W. Sugar Creek Rd. Charlotte NC 28213,

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 08:56

Today, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference stands with those in mourning in the city of Charlotte. We call for the full release of all facts available. We ask that the city of Charlotte be transparent with any video and any additional information held by the city that can bring light in the tragic death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer yesterday. 

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NEB Must Start Energy East Pipeline Review From Scratch

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 08:40

The National Energy Board (NEB) cannot simply press pause on its review of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline the process needs to start over from scratch for it to be credible and fair, group says.

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BREAKING: Federal Court Denies Request to Turn Off Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking in the San Bernardino National Forest

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:32
Courage Campaign, Story of Stuff Project, Center for Biological Diversity

Federal court today, declared Nestlé’s reliance on a long-expired permit valid, ruling in favor of the US Forest Service for allowing the Swiss conglomerate to continue its use of a four-mile pipeline that siphons water from the San Bernardino National Forest despite the Forest Service’s lack of action on any permit renewal for 28 years.

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Analysis: Monterey County Crude Worse for Climate Than Alberta Tar Sands Oil

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:02
Center for Biological Diversity

Crude from Monterey County's biggest oilfield is more climate damaging than any other large source of oil produced in, or imported into, California, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of state data.

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Tribal Member Fasts in Salem to Protest Gov. Brown's Nestlé Policies

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:14
Food & Water Watch

A group of tribal members, citizens from the Columbia River Gorge and throughout the state gathered on the Capitol steps today to support Anna Mae Leonard, a tribal member who launched a five-day fast to protest a planned give away of 118 million gallons a year of public water in the Columbia River Gorge to Nestlé Corporation. Leonard and her supporters called on Governor Kate Brown to demand that state agencies to stop the Nestlé water exchange.

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Community Control Over Police Surveillance Effort Launches with First Wave of Legislation in 11 Cities

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:09

Local officials in 11 cities announced today that they are launching legislative efforts to bring transparency to the acquisition and use of local police surveillance technologies for the first time. The measures include mandating explicit city council approval and a public hearing process that maximizes community input into surveillance technology decisions.

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Dr. Bronner’s Announces Resignation from the Organic Trade Association and Escalates Commitment to Organic Agriculture and Other Causes

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:54
Dr. Bronner's

VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, North America’s leading natural brand of soap and organic body care products, has resigned from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), citing the association’s betrayal of the consumer-led GMO labeling movement, and general drift away from the core principles that drive the organic movement. The OTA compromised their initial position of opposition to the DARK Act and lent the crucial support that allowed anti-labeling legislators to push that same legislation through the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama this summer.

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ACLU Calls on Charlotte Police to Release Video Footage of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:59

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina today called on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to release any body or dash cam footage that captured yesterday’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the 194th Black person killed by U.S. police this year. Police say Mr. Scott was shot and killed while officers were trying to execute an arrest warrant for a different person.

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Supreme Court of Canada Asked to Weigh In on Future of Environmental Assessment Law

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:57

Environmental groups are asking Canada’s highest court to overturn a legal precedent that restricts the public’s ability to challenge flawed environmental assessments.

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New Paris Climate Agreement Ratifications Reaffirm Necessity to Divest and Break Free From Fossil Fuels

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:53

With more than 30 additional countries ratifying the Paris agreement during the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony today, thes imminent implementation of this historic treaty reaffirms the necessity for institutions, governments and individuals to divest and break free from fossil fuels.

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Farmworker Advocates Call For Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 08:32

Today, United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.

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