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Court of Appeals Rejects Governor McCrory’s Efforts to Suppress the Right to Vote for Minority and Other Voters in North Carolina; Permanently Blocks Voter ID and Other Extremist Tactics to Keep Black and Brown Voters from Exercising the Right to Vote

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 13:04

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that unconstitutional racial intent motivated North Carolina's 2013 voter suppression law and ordered that the law's elimination of same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and pre-registration, the imposition of an onerous photo ID requirement and the reduction of early voting be permanently enjoined. The three-judge appellate panel reversed the district court and ruled in favor of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other individual plaintiffs who filed suit on the day the law was signed an

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Restrictive Voting Law

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 10:38

A federal appeals court today struck down North Carolina's restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights. The ruling blocks voter ID and restores preregistration, a week of early voting, same-day registration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Coalition for Social Justice challenged the provisions restricting a week of early voting, same-day registration, and out-of-precinct provisional voting.

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Syria: Fatal Airstrike on Maternity Hospital a Potential War Crime

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 10:05
Amnesty International

An aerial attack which struck and partially destroyed a maternity hospital in rural Idlib province, north-western Syria, this afternoon appears to be part of a despicable pattern of unlawful attacks deliberately targeting medical facilities, Amnesty International said.

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To Protect Climate, Public Health, Americans Call for End to Federal Coal Program

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 08:42
Center for Biological Diversity

A coalition of groups today called on President Obama to permanently end the federal coal program, highlighting the fact that ending leasing and mining of public coal in the United States would keep up to 212 billion metric tons of carbon pollution in the ground — the equivalent of taking nearly 50 billion cars off the road and saving society more than $7 trillion in avoided climate damages.

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Jill Stein Joins Forces with Berner Rebellion Inside and Outside DNC To Bring Powerful New Critical Mass to Political Revolution

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:35

PHILADELPHIA - Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, joined forces with thousands of Sanders delegates who took to the streets outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to show their outrage at the DNC’s callous, backstabbing treatment of the Bernie Sanders campaign during the primary race - as evidenced by recent email leaks - and of Sanders delegates during the convention itself.

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Syria: Safe Passage for Civilians Will Not Avert Humanitarian Catastrophe in Aleppo City

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:57
Amnesty International

This morning Russia’s Defense Minister announced it was coordinating a “humanitarian operation” with safe corridors set up to allow civilians and fighters who lay down their arms to leave Aleppo city, and food and first aid points established outside the city. However, many civilians may be skeptical of the Syrian government’s promises of safety and might choose not to leave for fear of reprisals. The city’s only aid supply route, Castello Road, has been cut off by Syrian government sniper fire and heavy shelling since 7 July.

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ACLU Joins Lawsuit to Defend Confidential Medical Records from Warrantless Federal DEA Searches

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:42

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the national ACLU filed a motion in federal court challenging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to obtain Utahns’ private prescription records from the Utah Controlled Substance Database (UCSD) without a warrant. Last month, the DEA sued the state of Utah in an attempt to circumvent a state law requiring a warrant for such access, and today the ACLU filed a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of Utahns whose prescription records are in the database.

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Petition Calls on EPA to Require Pesticide Companies to Disclose Data on Chemical Mixtures

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:05
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to require pesticide companies to provide data on the “synergistic” effects of pesticide products when seeking approval for those products.

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Turkey: Media Shut Down, Journalists Detained

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 09:26
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Turkish government’s news media shutdown shows how the State of Emergency law is being used to deny the right to free speech beyond any legitimate aim of upholding public order today. The government ordered 131 newspapers, news agencies, publishers, television, and radio stations to close down.

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Feds Must Take Action to Ensure Safer Oil-by-Rail Facilities

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:40

Oil-by-rail facilities in Canada are not required to undergo environmental assessments, but they should be, in order to address public safety and environmental concerns, say community groups. 

“Every day unassessed oil-by-rail facilities put communities across the country at risk,” said Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer. “With a stroke of her pen, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has the power to fix this blind spot in our law and require all oil-by-rail projects undergo an environmental assessment before they are built or expanded.”

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Urging the CFPB to End Abusive Debt Collection Tactics

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 06:36
People's Action Institute

A statement on today’s release of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s preview of its regulation of the debt collection industry.    

From LeeAnn Hall, co-executive director of People’s Action Institute:

“We’re encouraged to see the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau take steps to end aggressive and abusive debt collection practices and protect consumers from the often illegal activities of debt collectors.

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Why is the DNC Trying to Silence Nina Turner?

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:38
National Nurses United

An all-star list of performers, including Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, and Kendrick Sampson, will headline a media availability today to respond to efforts by the Democratic National Committee to silence former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, a leading and prominent African American surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples, filmmaker Josh Fox, Women for Bernie co-founder Portia Boulder, and National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger will also participate.

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Lack of Accountability in Freddie Gray Case Highlights Need for Criminal Justice Reform

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:54
Amnesty International - USA

Following the announcement that charges will be dropped against the three remaining officers to face trial in the death of Freddie Gray, Amnesty International USA called for the strengthening of laws governing lethal force by police in Maryland and across the country.

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Nigeria: Catastrophic Malnutrition in Borno State

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:36
Doctors Without Borders

A major humanitarian operation is needed to save lives in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, where more than 500,000 people are living in catastrophic conditions in villages and towns affected by the conflict between the military and Boko Haram, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today, after finding extremely high levels of malnutrition in another town where MSF teams recently gained access.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Oil, Gas Exploration in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:29
Center for Biological Diversity

A lawsuit filed today by a coalition of local and national environmental groups would prevent extensive seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is home to endangered species like the iconic Florida panther and recharges an important source of drinking water for many South Floridians. ​The preserve also serves as a major watershed for Everglades National Park to the south.

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Wed, 07/27/2016 - 07:25

Today, and Greenpeace USA formally objected to a vague and over-reaching subpoena put forward by House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The subpoena is just the latest attempt by Exxon’s Congressional allies to chill the work of climate justice organizations to hold Exxon and the fossil fuel industry accountable for their decades of climate deception.

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New Study Finds US Coastal Military Installations Will Lose Land to Sea Level Rise in Decades Ahead

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 05:46
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

U.S. East and Gulf Coast military installations are at risk of losing land—where vital training and testing grounds, infrastructure and housing now exists—as sea level rise moves the high tide line inland in decades to come, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis released today.

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Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:33

Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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HHS Must Close Loophole Allowing Health Care Providers to Evade Malpractice Payment Reporting

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:31
Public Citizen

Federal agencies must act to ensure that health care providers are not allowed to evade medical malpractice reporting requirements, Public Citizen said in a lawsuit (PDF) filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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