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NIAC: ‘Trump’s Violations of the Iran Deal Begets Unfortunate But Predictable Iranian Response’

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:27
National Iranian-American Council

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement regarding comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggesting Iran could back out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the U.S. continues to escalate sanctions:

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Activists Drop “WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY” Banner Inside Trump Tower Lobby

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:59

Moments ago, activists from UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, and the Working Families Party, unveiled a massive banner inside Trump Tower’s lobby reading: “WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY.” 

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Quad Caucus Demand Immediate Removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from White House

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:41
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and leadership of the Congressional Quad-Caucus – which is composed of chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) – sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the immediate removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from the White House. Bannon, Gorka and Miller serve as senior advisors to the President.

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Coalition Challenges Water Pollution Permit for Montanore Mine

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:37

A coalition of conservation groups took legal action today to protect clean water and native trout on wild public lands in northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains from pollution threatened by development of a massive copper and silver mine.

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Court Stops Expansion of Country’s Largest Proposed Underground Coal Mine Over Climate Impacts

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:41
Sierra Club

In a rebuff to the Trump administration’s decision to ignore climate change in federal decision-making, a U.S. District Court judge on Monday invalidated a proposed expansion of Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain mine because its climate impacts were not adequately considered.

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As CEOs Abandon Trump’s Manufacturing Council Over Lackluster Repudiation of White Supremacists, Over 26,000 Demand Ford, GM, IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Other CEOs Follow Their Lead

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:22

Over 26,000 people have signed a petition by consumer watchdog group SumofUs, demanding CEOs on President Trump’s business councils to resign from their posts advising the president. The petition comes  after news yesterday that Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced their resignations from Trump’s manufacturing council over Trump’s failure to adequately repudiate white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend.

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Net Neutrality Activists Launch Crowdfunded Billboards Targeting Key Members Of Congress During August Recess

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:04
Fight for the Future

Today digital rights organization Fight for the Future unleashed a series of crowdfunded billboards targeting lawmakers who support FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to repeal the country’s net neutrality rules.

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Getting Organized in the Wake of Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:37
Jewish Voice for Peace

Jewish Voice for Peace stands unequivocally and emphatically against the white supremacy, antisemitism and fascism on display in Charlottesville this weekend.  We join the voices of mourning for Heather Heyer, who was murdered by one of the white supremacist marchers, and for the full recovery of all those injured and traumatized by Saturday’s events.

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Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:31
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country’s drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Tech Firms Urge Supreme Court to Adapt Privacy Protections for ‘Realities of the Digital Era’ in Cell Phone Tracking Case

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:27

Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Verizon, and other technology companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court late last night declaring that when it comes to the government’s tracking of people’s cell phone locations, “Rigid analog-era rules should yield to consideration of reasonable expectations of privacy in the digital age.”

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Green Party Urges Prosecution of White Supremacist Groups For Domestic Terrorism In The Wake of Racist Violence In Charlottesville

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:05
Green Party of the US

The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12.

Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.

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Cholera count reaches 500,000 in Yemen

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:30
The World Health Organization

The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April.

The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.

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Sierra Club Sues Department of Energy Over Secrecy on Grid Study

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:53
Sierra Club

Sierra Club sued the Department of Energy (DOE) today for the agency’s repeated delays in providing information on Rick Perry’s ongoing grid study, amid suspicion that draft versions of the study may be dramatically altered by political appointees in the Trump Administration.

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Trump Urged to Condemn Hateful Ideology, Violence of White Supremacists

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:27
Human Rights First

Human Rights First strongly condemns the hateful gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urges President Trump to speak out clearly and forcefully against the dangerous extremist ideology of racism and discrimination perpetuated by members of the so-called "alt-right." The organization mourns with the families of the slain counter-protestor and Virginia State Troopers, and all those who were injured as they peacefully stood up against bigotry and hatred.

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PRESS CALL: Lawyers’ Committee Joins Charlottesville Vice Mayor to React to Violence During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:46
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Today, August 14th at 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), will hold a press call to address President Trump’s failure to condemn white nationalists groups in the violent aftermath and death of a counter-protester during a “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Wes Bellamy, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville wil join the call to discuss the impact on the community. 

WHO: Kristen Clarke - President and executive director, Lawyers' Committee for civil  rights Under Law

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NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump's Tolerance of White Supremacists

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:09
National Iranian-American Council

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump's tolerance of White Supremacists:

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Until Trump Condemns Racism and Hate, He is Condoning It

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:20
People's Action

Racism claimed another life Saturday – that of a 32-year-old woman who was on a street in Charlottesville, Va. taking a stand against hate. It is shameful enough that in 2017 we are still subjected to scenes in this country reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan marches of decades ago.

That white nationalist terrorism killed one person and maimed 19 others is not merely “sad,” as President Trump said on Twitter, it is despicable beyond words.

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Statement on Charlottesville

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 09:05
Indivisible Guide

On Saturday night, Indivisible co-executive directors Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg made the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, VA.

“This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists went to Charlottesville, VA to push their vile message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

“There, they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing and injuring these Americans. We mourn for the lives that were lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

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Charlottesville Solidarity Rallies

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 09:01
Democracy for America

The horrifying scenes we have seen over the last 24 hours from Charlottesville are a direct result of the monstrous, racist words and actions by Donald Trump during the campaign and since he became President.

Now, as a result of the hate that Trump has stoked, at least one person in Charlottesville is dead and many more are injured.

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