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ACLU Urges Speaker Ryan to Disband Select Panel Attacking Women’s Healthcare

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:07
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union joined more than 175 Democratic members of Congress in calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to disband an investigative panel that has been issuing subpoenas to health care providers and medical researchers around the country.

Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, had the following reaction:

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NARAL Stands With House Democrats' Call to Disband Select Panel

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:20
NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America is proud to stand with House Democrats today as they call on Speaker Paul Ryan to disband the Select Panel. Since its inception, the Select Panel has been conducting a taxpayer funded witch hunt that has not only wasted government time and money, but also put the safety of students, researchers, and health care providers at risk with subpoenas that could open them up to violence and harassment.

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Legal Action to Shut Down Indian Point

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:18
Friends of the Earth

The disappearance and disintegration of more than 1 in 4 critical bolts holding the Indian Point nuclear reactor cooling system together is far more serious than owner Entergy admits. On Tuesday, May 24th Friends of the Earth filed an emergency petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission calling for immediate action by the agency. The filing demands keeping reactor 2 offline until the NRC certifies that the problem is fully diagnosed and fixed, and that the reactor is safe to operate.

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Chemical Reform Law Falls Short in Protecting Public Health, Environment

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:11
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Environmental Working Group issued the following statement ahead of expected passage today by the House on H.R.3576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2016.

EWG President Ken Cook:

Passage of the first legislation to regulate toxic industrial chemicals in 40 years ought to be cause for celebration, and it is—for the companies that make those toxic chemicals.

As for the rest of us, we should be mad as hell.

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Protesters to Urge Federal Officials Not to OK Offshore Fracking in California

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:08
Center for Biological Diversity

Coastal residents and members of three conservation organizations will rally today outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office in Camarillo against a federal proposal to let oil companies resume offshore fracking near the California coast.

The protest — organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, and the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter — starts at 11 a.m. at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo.

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Activists, Teachers, Parents and Youth Tell McDonald’s: End McTeacher’s Nights, Stop Using Teachers as Marketing Agents

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:06
Public Citizen

McDonald’s should stop using teachers as marketing agents and end McTeacher’s Nights, the corporate marketing stunt disguised as a school fundraiser, a coalition of groups said today.

The groups delivered more than 30,000 petition signatures to McDonald’s executives at the corporation’s flagship Chicago store, in advance of the company’s shareholders meeting, which will be held on Thursday.

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State Dept. Emails: How Clinton Pushed Fracking

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:56
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Fracking promises to be an issue in the upcoming Democratic Party presidential primaries, including California and New Mexico. See accuracy.org/calendar for upcoming events.

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Emergency Petition Filed to Save Plummeting Red Wolf Population

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:49
Center for Biological Diversity

Conservation groups submitted an emergency petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate steps to bolster flagging protections for the world’s only wild population of red wolves, which has declined by more than 50 percent in just two years, to as few as 45 wolves.

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Rep. John Conyers to Introduce Bill to Address Nation’s Looming Water Infrastructure Crisis

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:36
Food & Water Watch

On May 24, 2016, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) will announce the introduction of the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act, which will provide billions of dollars a year in dedicated funding to modernize U.S. water infrastructure. 

WHAT: Press conference to introduce the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act. 

WHERE: House Triangle on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 

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Over Seventy Prominent Scholars and Activists Call on Obama to Take Concrete Action in Hiroshima

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:50
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Over seventy prominent scholars and activists, including Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to visit with Hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors, and to announce concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament when he visits Hiroshima this Friday after the Group of Seven economic summit in Japan.

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10,000 Underpaid Workers to Flood McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting Demanding $15, Union Rights

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:44
Fight for $15

Fast-food, home care, child care, and other underpaid workers from across the country who are fighting for $15/hour and union rights will flood McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. this week, waging the biggest-ever series of strikes and protests to hit the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

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Lawsuit Challenging Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia is Undemocratic, Blatant Attempt to Suppress Ballot Access for Voters of Color

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:41
Advancement Project

Today, Virginia General Assembly Republicans filed a lawsuit challenging an April 2016 proclamation issued by Governor Terry McAuliffe that automatically restored the right to vote for all persons with past felony convictions, so long as they are not in prison or on probation or parole. The 206,000 Virginians now eligible to regain the fundamental right to vote are disproportionately from communities of color historically targeted by the criminal justice system.

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Syracuse Passes Resolution Supporting Verizon Workers

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:39
Communications Workers of America

Today the city of Syracuse passed a resolution in support of the nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who are currently on strike and fighting for a fair contract that prevents the company from outsourcing and off-shoring thousands of middle-class jobs. The wave of municipal resolutions is a demonstration of the groundswell of support building for workers who have gone over a month without a paycheck and three weeks without employer provided healthcare.

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Over 1,500 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:01
Public Citizen

A united cross-sector movement of 1,525 civil society organizations resent a letter today urging Congress to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  They highlighted for each Congress member the number of groups on the letter with supporters in their state.  The letter comes the same day as the corporate lobby group “U.S. Coalition for TPP” sent its own letter to Congress in support of the trade agreement.  

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NAACP Statement on Verdict in Officer Trial

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:50
NAACP

The NAACP issued the following statement on the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero by a Baltimore judge on Monday: 

“In spite of today’s verdict, we await justice for Freddie Gray.  We respect the legal process and pray that the family of Freddie Gray will receive justice for his tragic death as we continue to call on systemic reforms in municipal and state police departments across the country. 

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Affected Peoples from Ecuador and Richmond To Confront Chevron Management at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:20
Amazon Watch

On May 24th, at the headquarters of the Amazon Watch, representatives of communities affected by Chevron environmental destruction and disregard for human rights will announce plans to return to Chevron’s Annual Shareholders Meeting the following morning in San Ramon, CA. Speakers are from a growing network of organizations confronting Chevron on its corporate misdeeds and disregard for the environment and human rights. Two speakers come directly from communities suffering negative health impacts from Chevron’s pollution.

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350.org on Exxon’s Bought-and-Paid-for Congressional Allies Targeting Environmentalists: “We Won’t be Distracted”

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:00
350.org

Last week, 13 members of the House Committee on ‘Science, Space, and Technology’ sent broad and far-reaching letters to 17 state Attorneys General and eight non-governmental organizations, including 350.org, requesting records of communication sent between the offices.

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US Govt to “Exclude” 3/4 of Drone Strikes from Civilian Casualty Numbers

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:52
Reprieve

The Obama administration is set to “exclude Pakistan” from its publication of total casualties resulting from covert drone strikes, according to a report in the Washington Post.

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22 Investors Managing Over $505 Billion in Assets Sign Letter Calling on Congress to End Shell Company Secrecy

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 06:45
Global Witness

This week investors from across the country are gathering in Washington, DC to share the latest in sustainable investment strategies. An important topic will include the strong message sent to Congress by 22 institutional investors managing more than $505 billion in assets calling for passage of bipartisan legislation currently before it that would require all American companies to disclose the real people who own or control them, and to keep that information updated. 

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Neighbors Unite to Halt Construction on Spectra Energy's AIM Pipeline

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 09:28
Resist AIM Pipeline

Today, hundreds of people stood together to protect the community from the harmful impacts of Spectra’s AIM Pipeline, which if completed will carry high-pressure methane gas through residential communities and within 105 feet of critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety structures.

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