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President Trump Should Not Attend Grand Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:48

In a statement released today, the NAACP criticized President Trump’s proposed visit to this weekend’s opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Peace Action: With Jerusalem Decisions, Trump Kneecaps His Own Push for Peace

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:33
Peace Action

In response to reports that President Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement:

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Human Rights Attorneys Decry Trump Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:30
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

In response to reports that the Trump administration plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

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UN: China Fails To Scupper Resolution On Myanmar’s Persecution Of Rohingya

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:13
Amnesty International

Responding to the failed attempt by China, Philippines and Burundi to vote down a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the situation of the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar, Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International, said:

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Zinke to Dismantle More National Monuments

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:18
Friends of the Earth

Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final monument review report recommends significant reductions to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Gold Butte and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments. Further, Zinke proposes management changes to ten additional National Monuments.

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Philippines: Police Reinstatement In “Drug War” Threatens Catastrophic Return To Mass Killing

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:28
Amnesty International

Responding to the news that President Duterte has ordered the police to resume their role in supporting his administration’s so-called “war on drugs,” James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

“In returning police to his anti-drug operations yet again, President Duterte has consigned the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines to another catastrophic wave of violence, misery and bloodshed.

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API’s Methane Reduction Program is No Substitute for Federal Protections

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:25
Sierra Club

Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is touting its new, voluntary program for its members to cut methane emissions from oil and gas facilities.

Meanwhile, API is a driving force behind the Trump administration’s push to roll back common sense regulations that would limit methane pollution and other danger emissions from new oil and gas facilities and those on public lands.

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Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is An Endorsement Of Israel's Annexation

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:49
Jewish Voice for Peace

The Trump administration is poised to fulfill its campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Jewish Voice for Peace offers the following statements:

Rebecca Vilkomerson, JVP Executive Director:
For 70 years, the US has given Israel tacit approval to steal Palestinian land, build illegal Jewish settlements, and deny Palestinians in East Jerusalem and elsewhere their rights. Trump’s decision takes these ongoing policies to the next level and is reckless, irresponsible and endangers the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.

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Trump Lawyers Attempt to Sue an Environmental Philosophy Under Anti-Racketeering Laws

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:21
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

On behalf of the environmental magazine the Earth First! Journal, the Center for Constitutional Rights urged a court to dismiss parts of a lawsuit brought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). ETP and ETE are part-owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and have attempted to sue the broad social movement known as Earth First! for racketeering.

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Public Citizen Decries Senate Committee Retreat From Safe Banking Consumer Protection Rules

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 07:44
Public Citizen

Note: On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee will begin voting on legislation (S. 2155) that would reduce consumer protections and bank safety rules. Public Citizen analyzed the bill’s problems in this letter to the committee.

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New Trade Data Shows Marked Rise in Deficits During Trump’s First 10 Months, Spotlighting Urgency of Successful NAFTA Renegotiation, Action on China Trade

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 07:37
Public Citizen

Contrary to President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to speedily reduce the U.S. trade deficit, the deficit with Canada and Mexico is 9.4 percent higher and with China 4.1 percent higher during the first 10 months of the Trump administration relative to the same period in 2016, according to the Census Bureau’s goods trade data released today.

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NOW President Toni Van Pelt Addresses Supreme Court Rally for LGBT Rights

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 06:57
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), spoke this morning at a rally organized by the ACLU legal team on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court heard arguments today in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which involves a business that is open to the public refusing to sell a wedding cake to a couple because they were gay.

Toni Van Pelt’s prepared remarks are as follows:

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Plastics Industry Knew its Products Were Polluting Oceans by 1970s, Then Spent Decades Denying Responsibility and Fighting Regulation

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 06:45
Center for International Environmental Law

A new report released today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) examines the plastics industry’s knowledge of the ocean plastics problem, answering the question: When did industry become aware of the problems caused by their products, and what did they do about it?

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Groups Announce Lawsuit Challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order to Eliminate Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 06:14

The Conservation Lands Foundation, Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, represented pro bono by the law firm Covington & Burling, announced today that they jointly filed suit in federal court to overturn President Trump’s proclamation dismantling Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and carving it into small pieces representing about half of the area protected by the original, 21-year-old national monument.

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Sea Shepherd, Taino Warriors And Actress Michelle Rodriguez Team To Provide Sustainable Tools And Resources To Puerto Rico

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:31
Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has partnered with Taino Warriors and actor/activist Michelle Rodriguez on a campaign to help the hurricane ravaged and economically impacted island of Puerto Rico rebuild in a sustainable manner.

The campaign, titled Operation Taino Spirit Promise, comes 75 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, forcing a complete rebuild of its already weakened infrastructure.

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Dreamers and Allies Escalate Sit-Ins in 30 Offices Across the Country

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:19
Our Dream

On Tuesday December 5, undocumented youth across the country escalate the pressure on members of congress from both parties to publictly pledge to vote against a spending bill to fund the government unless a clean version of the DREAM Act is attached.

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President Trump Eliminates Protections for Treasured Public Lands

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:57
Environment America

President Donald Trump announced today that he is drastically cutting Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Not only is this decision environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the U.S. Interior Department asked the federal government to maintain or expand protections for these and the 25 other national monuments still under review by the Trump administration.

Environment America’s Christy Leavitt made the following statement:

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Alaska Native and Conservation Groups Sue Bureau of Land Management for Shortsighted Approval of Mineral Exploration

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:13

An Alaska Native Tribal Government and three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for failing to consider the future impacts of mine development before approving an exploration plan for a hardrock mine project in the Chilkat River watershed in Southeast Alaska.

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Groups Call on Trump Administration to Evaluate New Keystone XL Route

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:57
Friends of the Earth

A coalition of environmental groups filed letters today urging the Trump administration to analyze the environmental impacts of the approved route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Last month, the Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected TransCanada’s preferred route for the pipeline, which the Trump administration approved in March, and instead approved a different route through the state. This new route has not been analyzed by federal agencies.

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"Adding Insult To Injury"

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:52
Patriotic Millionaires

Today, as analysis of the Senate GOP tax bill rolls in and Congress prepares to negotiate in conference committee, the Patriotic Millionaires commented on some of the most insulting parts of the bill and the surrounding process. 

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