Congratulations to Gov. Jeb Bush for joining the other presidential candidates who’re talking about what voters care about most -- restoring balance to our democracy by overturning Citizens United.
Just days ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed her direct opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline. When asked by Ian Ware, a student at the University of Virginia, if she supports the pipeline, Clinton responded with a firm “no.”
The NAACP will be with thousands of people who will converge on Washington, D.C., this spring as part of an unprecedented movement to demand a democracy that works for all Americans, one in which everyone has an equal voice and elected officials are accountable to the people, not the wealthy.
Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero Rating” plans like Facebook’s Free Basics
Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program.
A citizens’ movement to break the power of big money in politics with tougher disclosure laws, financing systems that elevate small dollar donors, and other reforms is winning important victories in states and localities across the country, Common Cause and several allied groups advocates argue in a report released today.
School of the Americas Graduates Responsible For 1989 Jesuit Massacre Face Extradition to Spain, Military Officers Arrested in El Salvador
The 1989 massacre of 16-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos, and six Jesuit priests at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador, that galvanized opposition to the U.S. relationship with Central American death squads and that sparked the movement to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, is making headlines again.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed more than a decade ago by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Defense Department has released some 200 photographs related to prisoner abuse at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, after Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign made clear for the first time that she will not commit to never cut Social Security, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works have launched an online ad buy in New Hampshire to increase pressure on Clinton to make that explicit promise before Tuesday’s primary.
The Guinean government should ensure telecommunications companies are not required to hand over in bulk the personal data of mobile phone users, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to Prime Minister Mamady Youla. The government should enact measures to ensure that any intrusion of phone users’ privacy is necessary, proportionate, and clearly defined in law.
A new regulation finalized today by the Obama administration will put hundreds of endangered plants and animals at greater risk of extinction by dramatically reducing protections for their designated critical habitat.
Just days before the New Hampshire primary, cooks and cashiers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and other chains will walk off their jobs for the first time across the Granite State on Saturday to demand $15/hour and union rights.
WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning has released a podcast where she tells her story in her own words.
The recording was produced in collaboration with Amnesty International and voiced by actress Michelle Hendley. Due to prison restrictions, Chelsea is barred from speaking to any members of the press directly, or being recorded during her incarceration, so actress Michelle Hendley (known for her performance in Boy Meets Girl) has lent her voice to Chelsea’s words for this episode of Amnesty’s series "In Their Own Words."
The SLO County Planning Board holds hearings today on the controversial proposal to build a crude oil train terminal at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in SLO County. Hundreds of citizens will gather to testified against the proposal and at a rally outside the hearing room to demonstrate opposition to the plan.
Representatives of citizen groups released the following statements:
Today, the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released a proposed rule aimed at tackling these problems in the United States. The rule, which is open for public comment for 60 days, proposed new requirements for seafood, including requiring traceability at the first point of entry into U.S. commerce for a select number of species considered “at risk” of IUU and seafood fraud.
Today, Greenpeace released a new report on the hazards posed by chlorine bleach plants across the United States. According to findings, 86 facilities continue to needlessly use huge quantities of chlorine gas in their manufacturing process and endanger more than 63 million people living in nearby areas.
Actor and filmmaker Joseph Gordon-Levitt launched a new community-sourced video project today with his production company hitRECord and the American Civil Liberties Union, putting out a call for people to submit videos with their takes on the connections between technology and democracy. The submissions will be used for a series of collaborative short films about the subject.
The climate campaign, 350.org, which helped lead the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and supports the growing fossil fuel divestment movement, is calling the energy bill currently under debate in the Senate a “big oil giveaway.”
On the bill:
“The fossil fuel industry’s fingerprints are all over it,” said Jamie Henn, 350.org Communications Director. “Big Oil has donated millions to Republican super PACs and promised millions more this election--now they’re getting what they paid for.”
A study published on Wednesday reveals that following Planned Parenthood’s exclusion from the Texas Women’s Health Program, fewer low-income women were able to access highly effective reversible contraceptives and the number of Medicaid births increased.
Responding to today’s protests in Auckland ahead of the signing of the controversial TPP deal, Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman said:
“Peaceful protest is the beating heart of any democracy. And that’s why today’s peaceful protests in Auckland are so important.
“They’re a direct way for people to show their feelings to the politicians and the large corporations, whose interests all too often appear to be in conflict with those of the people. And that’s certainly the case with the TPP.