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Victims of State Sponsored Terror Deserve Justice, Sponsors of Terror Need to be Held Accountable

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:11
SOA Watch

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to override the President's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act ["JASTA"] and the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to also vote to overwrite the veto shortly. JASTA allows 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia over allegations Saudi officials were linked to the 9/11 attacks. The bill makes no judgment about Saudi Arabia's responsibility for the attacks. It just removes Saudi Arabia's immunity from lawsuit over support for terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

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Maine Youth File Climate Rulemaking Petition

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:49
Our Children's Trust

Today, a group of Mainers submitted a climate change petition for rulemaking to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. The petitioners – 216 registered voters, 164 young people, and the groups 350 Maine and Earth Guardians – are requesting that the state carry out its constitutional and public trust obligations and implement an effective CO2 and GHG reduction strategy based on the best climate science.

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282,000 Petitions to Obama Administration: Clean Up Our Cars!

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:19
Environment America

Environment America and a dozen other environmental, conservation and consumer  groups delivered more than 280,000 thousand petitions to Administrator McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today.  The petitions urged strengthening of vehicle efficiency and the corporate average fuel economy standards to cut carbon emissions and protect health.

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Indigenous Women Leaders of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance to Speak Out For Protection of Earth and Water

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:11
Indigenous Environment Network

Women of the Standing Rock Sioux people and Indigenous women allies from across North America (Turtle Island) stand on the front-line of ongoing  actions to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect land, water, community, sacred sites and lifeways.

The women protectors stand for their homelands, for their children, and for the health and lives of generations to come.

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Pakistan Says It ‘May Limit’ Death Penality, Amid Fears for Mentally Ill Prisoner

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:06

Pakistan says it is seeking ways to limit the scope of the death penalty, amid fears for a mentally ill prisoner who faces hanging as early as next week.

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For Presidential Town Hall Debate, Public Will Vote On Questions At Cross-Partisan Open Debate Coalition’s

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:46
Open Debate Coalition

Immediately after the first presidential debate, the cross-partisan Open Debate Coalition is announcing that the public will submit and vote on questions at -- and ABC and CNN have agreed to receive the most popular 30 questions for consideration in the October 9 presidential town hall debate.

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After the Debate, Latinx Voters Re-Commit to Defeating Trump

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:34
Voces de la Frontera

After last night's presidential debate, Voces de la Frontera Action issued the following statement:

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New York City Stop-and-Frisk Facts: CCR Issues Statement

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:48
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights, which argued and won the landmark case in New York City challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices, issued the following statement:

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Today at 4:45 - #DoYourJob Rally at Upper Senate Park Urging a Vote on SCOTUS Nomination of Merrick Garland

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:40
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Today at 4:45 p.m. ET, several organizations and senators will host a rally urging the Senate to end its obstruction and take a long overdue vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The event is in support of the senators who will go to the Senate Floor from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today to call attention to the consequences of a handcuffed Supreme Court and the backlog of nominees for other federal courts.

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Clean Power Plan: It’s About People and Our Planet, Not Politics

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:24
People's Action Institute

More than 80 community leaders from throughout the country gathered outside the U.S. Court of Appeals and described the impact of climate change on their lives as hearings started Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by 27 states to stop President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Their message: Climate change isn’t politics; climate change is a life-and-death issue facing families and communities right now – affecting the legacy we leave future generations. 

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Pakistan Heads for Breach of International Law After Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in Hanging of Mentally Ill Prisoner

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 07:02

Pakistan's Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal brought by lawyers for a severely mentally ill prisoner, who now faces execution in as little as a week's time.

Lawyers for Imdad Ali, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, argued that he should not be executed as to do so would violate both Pakistani and international law.  Mr Ali came within hours of execution last week, despite prison doctors having assessed him as being "insane", including on the night before the execution.

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Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:23
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service finalized new rules today that restrict the ability of ordinary citizens, scientists and public-interest organizations to obtain Endangered Species Act protections for species on the brink of extinction. The new rules eliminate the ability of the public to submit multispecies petitions and require that 30 days prior to submitting a petition, the petitioner must notify every state where an imperiled species may live. 

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Civil Rights, Faith, and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Address Flint Lead Crisis before Recess

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:14
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

86 national civil and human rights, faith, and environmental groups are urging Congress to include immediate aid for Flint, Michigan, in the Continuing Resolution to fund the government before the congressional recess. The people of Flint, a low-income and majority-minority community, have been suffering from over-exposure to lead for more than a year without any emergency aid.

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ACLU: Charlotte Police Must Release All Footage of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting; Disclosed Videos Raise Many Questions

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:11

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina joins those calling on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to publicly release all body and dash camera footage, as well as audio dispatch recordings, of the events surrounding the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old man with a traumatic brain injury, who, according to the Guardian’s database The Counted, was the 194th Black person killed by U.S. police this year.

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Veterans Demand Immediate Withdrawal of National Guard in Charlotte

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:32
Veterans for Peace

Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released a statement demanding an immediate withdrawal of the National Guard in Charlotte.

Veterans For Peace denounces the ongoing instances of police violence against people of color, this time resulting in the killing of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Terence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma. We also stand in opposition to the State of North Carolina’s militarized response to protests in Charlotte.

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200+ Environmental Groups Call on EPA to Correct and Clarify Unsupported Top Claim in Major Fracking Study

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:27
Food & Water Watch

Led by Food & Water Watch, more than 200 public interest and environmental groups — including Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, NRDC, Greenpeace, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, Union of Concerned Scientists, Friends of the Earth, anf Clean Water Action — sent a letter to the EPA today, urging the agency to heed the recommendation of its own independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) and clarify the seemingly unsupported top-line fin

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People Can Power the Energy Revolution

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:25
Friends of the Earth

Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today.

The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million “energy citizens” could generate 45% of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.

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Standing Rock Chairman and Youth Join Hundreds in Washington DC for White House Tribal Nations Conference

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 06:57
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

On Monday, September 26th, 2016, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Dave Archambault II and members of the Standing Rock Youth Council will join President Obama, tribal leaders from across the country, and key federal officials for the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC). This event seeks to build upon the President’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indians and strengthening nation to nation relationships with Native Nations from across the US. 

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UN Conference on Trade and Development Warns Global Economy is in "Fragile State"

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:50
Jubilee USA Network

A report released from a UN group calls the global economy "fragile" and urges action on trade, tax and debt policies to improve economic growth. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) annual "Trade and Development Report" notes rising debt and inequality levels. The report warns that current economic challenges may be more difficult to manage than the 2008 global financial crisis.‎

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Petition Going to the Pentagon Calls for Closure of “War on Terror” Air Force Hub

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:22

A petition calling for closure of the U.S. overseas military base described as the hub for the “war on terror” -- the Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany -- is set for presentation at the Pentagon on Monday morning (Sept. 26).


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