The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017.
A coalition of interfaith leaders and organizations, spearheaded by Jewish Voice for Peace, DC-Metro, has won a major victory in its campaign against an anti-Muslim hate group. The Clarion Project, listed its offices at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, just two blocks from the White House in a building owned by real estate giant Tishman Speyer. In December, JVP DC-Metro and nearly 30 interfaith clergy leaders launched a campaign to declare Tishman Speyer’s Pennsylvania Avenue building a hate free zone, and sent a letter to corporate executives in D.C.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee today begins a nomination hearing on President-elect Trump’s selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as the next secretary of the Interior. As secretary Zinke would oversee the nation’s more than 1,500 endangered species, hundreds of millions of acres of public land, including national parks, high deserts and national wildlife refuges.
Friends of the Earth Praises U.S. Contribution to Green Climate Fund Despite Congressional Obstacles
In response to the Obama administration’s announcement of a $500 million contribution to the Green Climate Fund, Friends of the Earth U.S. Deputy Director of Economic Policy Karen Orenstein issued the following statement:
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating with the DC NLG Chapter in preparation for anticipated mass protests at the upcoming 58th Presidential Inauguration and related protests taking place January 19-21, 2017.
CODEPINK Brings Colorful Audacious Resistance to the Inauguration of Donald Trump and the Women’s March on Washington
CODEPINK will be visible in our dissent of the inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump.
More than 500 national, state and local organizations representing a wide range of interests and identities signed a letter to U.S. senators today, calling on them to reject Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA.
Following reports that Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “short list” for a possible commutation, the Internet has exploded with support for the imprisoned transgender transparency advocate.
Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states.
Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.
ACLU Calls on Americans to Take “The People’s Oath” and Pledge to Protect and Defend the Constitution
Building on the sense of urgency and desire to take action that many Americans feel as we approach Donald J. Trump taking the Presidential Oath, the American Civil Liberties Union invites people to create their own oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution through its new campaign –The People’s Oath (peoplesoath.org) – launching this week to coincide with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
On Saturday, January 14, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Phoenix, Arizona to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison we be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices.
For the last six weeks, a global coalition has been pressuring banks providing project loans to the Dakota Access Pipeline to renegotiate or cancel their loans. In December, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous leaders requested that each of these banks meet with tribal representatives to hear their concerns.
The deadline for banks to respond to the Tribe’s meeting request was January 10, and as of this statement:
20 Groups + Ethics Experts Tell Hse. Oversight Comm. Chairman Chaffetz: Hands off the Office of Government Ethics
20 government accountability groups and ethics experts today called on the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), to desist from apparent efforts to undermine the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Many more citizens have been contacting members of the House Oversight Committee directly. The letter is here.
The following is the statement of ACLU of Illinois Police Practice Project Director Karen Sheley regarding the release of the Department of Justice findings on the Chicago Police Department:
“The report issued today by the U. S. Department of Justice confirms what many residents of Chicago have known for years — the system for policing in our city is broken. There can be no debate that it is past time for fundamental reform within Chicago Police Department.
Yesterday, the U.S.
Haiti's debt approaches $2 billion dollars as it recovers from Hurricane Matthew and remembers the devastating earthquake that shattered the country seven years ago. After the 2010 earthquake, most of Haiti's debt was wiped out following a campaign led by Jubilee USA. $300 million in Haiti's debts were cancelled through a specially created International Monetary Fund (IMF) trust to aid low-income countries struck by natural disasters.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump to drop notorious Islamophobe Rev. Franklin Graham from the list of those invited to pray at the presidential inauguration.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee today announced that she will not attend the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday, January 20, 2017.
“Inaugurations are celebratory events, a time to welcome the peaceful transition of power and honor the new administration. On January 20th, I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.
In response to the second day of questions to Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson allegedly occurring behind closed doors with Senators, Greenpeace USA Climate Liability Campaigner Naomi Ages said:
A Pakistani court has stayed the execution of a severely mentally ill man, who had been due to be hanged next week.
At a hearing in Lahore today, the court granted a stay of execution for Khizar Hayat – a former policeman who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia – until January 30th. Mr Hayat’s lawyers at the Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) had argued that his hanging would be illegal.