After reports that the United States will meet its goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees, Amnesty International USA issued the following statement:
“Thousands of families from Syria have found safety on our shores, and that is a wonderful thing. But so many are still trapped in horrific conditions in refugee camps or war zones,” said Tarah Demant, senior director with Amnesty International USA. “The U.S. must do more to uphold its responsibility to do all it can to protect those fleeing human rights abuses.”
Today, "Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking" was informed that not enough signatures were validated by the Secretary of State's office to place Initiatives 75 & 78 on the November ballot. At this time, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking is reviewing the ruling and the disallowed signatures to determine whether to file a challenge. By the Secretary of State's numbers, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking achieved one of the highest validation rates of any submitted ballot this year.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued statements Monday after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the agency will review its use of private detention facilities.
LGBT rights groups challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender, today announced they will appeal part of a Friday district court ruling in order to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial.
While debate rages in Europe about CETA, the Canada-EU trade agreement, a new report warns that the deal could lower food safety standards.
Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, released today by the Council of Canadians and numerous European partners, outlines the regulatory differences between Canada and the EU that could jeopardize European food safety and production standards.
European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will have to compete with Canadian imports.
Black workers are more likely than workers of any other race to be represented by a union, finds a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). The report, “Black Workers, Unions, and Inequality”, finds that Black union workers experience higher wages and better access to health insurance and retirement benefits than their non-union peers.
Momentum Continues to Grow in the Opposition to Fracking: More Than 70 Brazilian Cities Approve Fracking Bans
The cities of Arapongas and São Manoel do Paraná, in the state of Paraná, have approved in the past week the prohibition of the exploitation of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing, an unconventional method known as fracking. With them, a total of 72 cities in Brazil have freed themselves from one of the most harmful fossil fuel extraction practices for water, the environment and society.
Responding to the news that the German Vice Chancellor said that the TTIP negotiations had failed, Kevin Smith, a spokesperson for campaign group Global Justice Now, said:
NC NAACP & Forward Together Moral Movement to Launch a Moral March to the Polls Kickoff on Monday August 29 followed by a weekend of Action
Sunday, August 28th is the 53rd anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington DC when Dr. King shared his vision for America. The NC NAACP will commemorate this weekend with a series of actions beginning on August 27th to August 29th. All of our NAACP Branches across the state will be conduct voter registration drives as we continue to build the "This is Our Time! This is Our Vote! This is Our Selma!" campaign.
Recently, a compelling photo of a bleeding and seemingly confused young Syrian boy seated in an ambulance in Aleppo was widely distributed and commented upon in domestic and international news media. In response, some journalists have called for the Obama Administration to "take action," including bombing government military targets in Syria.
Veterans For Peace feels great sympathy for all of the victims in Syria, and for all who have lost family members, friends and loved ones in this terrible war.
The US Government is seeking international agreements on the "'applicability of international law' and human rights when using armed drones," according to documents obtained by Defense News.
The draft agreements do not appear to acknowledge the long-running, secretive US use of armed drones in countries where it is not at war, in a program which violates international law.
This morning at the State Fair, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson announced Minnesota’s comprehensive new plans to limit the use of bee-harming pesticides across the state. Today’s decision concludes a nearly 3-year review of the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinators, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The executive order announced today makes Minnesota a national leader in pollinator protection — and the first state to tackle neonicotinoid use in farm fields and on public lands.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Friday that opponents of a bad trade deal scored a major victory with an announcement by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the Senate will not vote this year on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“I welcome Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement that he will block a vote in the Senate this year on the disastrous, job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is good news for American workers, for the environment and for the ability to protect public health.”
Today, President Obama will expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument making it the largest marine sanctuary in the world. The designation will ban commercial fishing and mineral extraction in the region.
In response to the news, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar said:
New research indicates that living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvania residents – a state that has over 9,700 fracking wells.
As Vermonters mark the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pointed to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that warns damage from severe weather in future decades is expected to become increasingly common in Vermont and throughout the United States because of climate change.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement in support of grassroots and legal efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois:
Environmental, Tribal, Landowner Groups Urge President Obama to Repeal Permits for Dakota Access Pipeline
Leading national and local environmental, tribal, and landowners’ rights organizations sent a letter to President Obama today expressing concern about the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of some of the permits for the Dakota Access pipeline and urging him to direct the Corps to repeal those permits and not issue any further permits until it can be fully evaluated and held to the same standard as the Keystone XL pipeline.
“A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.
On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the federal district court in Honolulu brought to a close a Clean Water Act consent decree that required former Kaua‘i developer and O‘ahu auto dealer James Pflueger to stabilize and restore property at Pīla‘a on Kaua‘i’s north shore that Pflueger previously owned. Pflueger’s unauthorized construction activities at Pīla‘a had triggered a massive mudslide in November 2001, smothering the reef and ruining a favorite spot for diving, subsistence fishing and gathering of limu, swimming and other subsistence and recreational activities.