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Progressive Leaders Call on DNC for Bold Leadership on Abortion

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:51
Progress Michigan

A coalition of progressive leaders from across the country called on the Democratic National Committee to boldly support abortion rights in a letter issued today to DNC members. The letter was signed by executive directors from 18 affiliates of ProgressNow, a network of independent state-based advocacy organizations, and urged party leaders to not compromise on abortion policy.

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Trump Administration Undermines Independent Science Advice

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:13
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The advisory committees that federal agencies rely on for independent, expert scientific advice, are, by several measures, in the worst shape since the government began tracking them more than 20 years ago, according to the report “Abandoning Science Advice: One Year In, the Trump Administration Is Sidelining Science Advisory Committees” released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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Lawsuit Filed to Save North Atlantic Right Whales From Death in Fishing Gear

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:59
Center for Biological Diversity

Conservation and animal-protection groups today sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to prevent critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming ensnared by lobster trap lines and other commercial fishing gear.

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TLC Condemns Illegal HHS Rule Granting ‘License to Discriminate’

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:55
Transgender Law Center (TLC)

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Trump-Pence administration announced a new rule to allow medical providers to illegally discriminate against patients based on who they are, as long as the providers cite religion. Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people, issued the following statement from executive director Kris Hayashi:

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In Advance of Trump’s March for Life Speech, NARAL Releases Unprecedented New Report to Expose Key Anti-Choice Actors, Their Ties to Trump, and Their Dangerous Actions

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:46
NARAL Pro-Choice America

Today, the day before Donald Trump’s March for Life appearance, NARAL Pro-Choice America is releasing a new, comprehensive, opposition research report

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Energy Storage Revolution Poised To Expedite America's Transition To Clean Energy

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:36
Environment America

People have known for decades that solar and wind energy are cleaner and healthier than energy produced by fossil fuels. But utilities and consumers have sometimes expressed concerns about the variability and dependability of these renewable energy sources. Those concerns are starting to fade with the emergence of game-changing energy storage technologies.

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2017: Warmest Year Without El Nino Effect On Record

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:08
Friends of the Earth

Reacting to Met Office figures showing that globally 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded without the extra warming El Nino effect and overall the third hottest year on record, after 2016 and 2015, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance, said:

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US: Trump’s First Year Sets Back Rights

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:34
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The first year of US President Donald Trump’s administration was marked by a sharp regression in government efforts to protect and promote a range of human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. The Trump administration made policy changes that have harmed refugees and immigrants, undermined police accountability for abuse, and rolled back women’s rights, including access to important health services.

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Sens. Sanders, Casey, Warren Join Advocates to Deliver 250,000 Petitions Opposing Social Security Administration Cuts

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:10
Social Security Works

This Thursday, January 18th at 11am EST in 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will join advocates and seniors for a press conference opposing Republican plans to cut $492 million from the Social Security Administration's budget in the upcoming government funding bill. Advocates and seniors will then deliver 250,000 petition signatures to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) The event will be livestreamed here.

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“Women Need Roe, and Today, Roe Needs Us.”

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:56
National Organization for Women (NOW)

As a “peaceful counter-presence” to the divisive, anti-abortion March for Life, supporters of reproductive freedom will gather at noon on Friday, January 19 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Imagine what it would be like if Roe v. Wade had never happened,” said Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

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Venezuela Must Respond For Deadly Security Operation

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:45
Amnesty International

The operation by security forces to arrest the former CICPC (Scientific Investigation Police) official Óscar Pérez and others who had risen against the government, appears to be illegal and raise multiple concerns of grave human rights violations and even crimes under international law, said Amnesty International.

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“If We Don’t Stand Up For Our Rights, Donald Trump and his Right-Wing Allies Will Take Them Away From Us. We Must Get Out The Vote!”

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:34
National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization for Women President Toni Van Pelt will be among the speakers on Saturday, January 20, Women’s March on Washington 2018.

Women and allies will once again take to the streets of the nation’s capital to make a powerful statement to the current administration and the rest of the world. In a follow-up to the largest demonstration in U.S. history, people from across the country will meet at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial at 11a.m., for a rally followed by a march on the White House.

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ACLU Comment on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Repackage Failed Immigration Detainer Policies

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:35

Tom Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and representatives of the National Sheriffs’ Association and Major County Sheriffs of America today announced a plan under which 17  local jails in Florida will keep people in custody for ICE after they should be released, on ICE’s request and without judicial warrant or approval. 

Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

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President Trump Must Reject Plan to Use Nuclear Arms Under Any Circumstances

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:57
Amnesty International

According to reports, President Trump is considering a plan drafted by the Pentagon that would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to cyberattacks, including attacks on U.S. infrastructure like a power grid or communications. Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA, issued this statement:

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Israeli Authorities Must Release Ahed Tamimi Immediately

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:01
Amnesty International

Responding to the ruling today by an Israeli court that 16 year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, charged with aggravated assault of soldiers and incitement, will remain in custody until the end of her trial, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International said:

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Common Cause Urges Supreme Court to Reject Stay Request for Order to Redraw North Carolina Congressional Districts

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:34
Common Cause

Today, Common Cause filed a brief in Common Cause v. Rucho urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a stay request of a federal court ruling which ordered that the North Carolina Legislature redraw the state’s unconstitutionally gerrymandered congressional districts by January 24. The U.S.

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U.S. Gun Death Rate Jumps 17 Percent Since 2008 Supreme Court District of Columbia v. Heller Decision Affirming Right to Own a Handgun for Self-Defense

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:14
Violence Policy Center

Gun deaths in the U.S. have jumped 17 percent since the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is a right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of just-released 2016 data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention.

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‘Trump Not Welcome’ Petition Reaches 10,000 Signatures In Four Days

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:11
Council of Canadians

A new online petition to keep Trump out of Canada has already gathered over 10,000 signatures since it was launched on Saturday by the Council of Canadians.

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Women Would Be Most Affected By “Tip Stealing” Rule

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:04
Economic Policy Institute

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket the tips of their tipped workers, as long as they pay their workers the minimum wage. EPI previously estimated that if this “tip stealing” rule is finalized, workers will lose $5.8 billion every year, as tips are shifted from workers to employers.

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ICAN Response to Pentagon Broadening "Extreme Circumstances" for Use of Nukes

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:05
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Statement from Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN:

"These new leaks from the Pentagon show they are trying to make it easier for Donald Trump to use nuclear weapons. Does anybody seriously think it was not easy enough already? There is something seriously wrong with an administration who thinks the unilateral power for one person to end the world is somehow not enough power. Common sense must prevail, and the US must move to a world where the use of nuclear weapons is less likely, not more likely. They are winding the Doomsday Clock in the wrong direction."

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