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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:22
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life.

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Tribal Leaders Demand Army Corps of Engineers Stop Pipeline Work at Standing Rock, Call on President Obama to Intercede

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:12
People's Action Institute

Tribal leaders from throughout the country, along with their supporters, are gathering today for a peaceful rally outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Omaha to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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US Ex-Drone Operators Join Yemeni Drone Victim in Court Challenge

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 08:37
Reprieve

Three American ex-drone operators have filed a legal brief in support of an innocent Yemeni drone victim's lawsuit in Washington DC.
 
Brandon Bryant, Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland, who have all worked on the Obama Administration's drone killing program, weighed in to support Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni environmental engineer whose innocent family members were killed in a US strike.

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Veterans Organization Supports Colin Kaepernick

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 07:47
Veterans for Peace

Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military members, released a statement in support of Colin Kaepernick.

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Report Highlights Investor Risks from Anonymous Shell Companies

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 07:45
Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition

A new report released today by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and Global Witness emphasizes the importance to investors of knowing who owns and controls the companies with which they invest and with whom those companies do business.  Titled “Chancing It: How Secret Company Ownership Is a Risk to Investors,” the briefing highlights a number of financial and non-financial risks posed to companies and investors from anonymously-owned companies, and is published as global investors managing

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Amidst Mounting Climate Chaos, One Court Presides Over Fate of Nation and Its Youth

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 13:19
Our Children's Trust

WHAT: Oral arguments in Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al., before Judge Ann Aiken on government and fossil fuel industry’s objections to Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin’s denial of their motions to dismiss.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @10:00 am PST. Arrive by 8:00 am to secure a seat in the courtroom. 

A news conference will be held on the courthouse steps immediately following the hearing at approximately 12:00 pm.

WHERE: The Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse

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As White House Spotlights Conflict With Democratic Presidential and Congressional Candidates by Escalating Toward TPP Lame-Duck Vote, Sen. Warren and Hundreds of Academics Urge Rejection

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:49
Public Citizen

The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime at the heart of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would newly empower thousands of multinational corporations to challenge U.S. policies before panels of three private lawyersto demand taxpayer compensation is the target of a letter sent to Congress today by leading pro-free trade U.S. economics and law professors calling on Congress to reject the TPP.

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NAACP National Leaders Appear in Court For Voting Rights Sit-In Thursday

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:28
NAACP

NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and NAACP Youth & College Division Director Stephen Green are scheduled to answer charges in a southwest Virginia courthouse tomorrow over their refusal to leave a Congressman’s office during a Voting Rights protest last month. 

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Oil Production Begins at Controversial Amazon Drilling Project

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 09:09
Amazon Watch

Tomorrow, Ecuadorian state oil company Petroamazonas will produce the first barrel of commercial crude from the ITT (Ishpingo, Tambococha, Tiputini) fields that lie beneath Yasuní National Park, an area that some scientists have called the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth. Much of the oil will likely be processed in California, which refined 60% of Ecuador's oil exports in 2015.

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Ron Johnson’s Embrace of Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Bigotry Ensures They’ll Both Lose Wisconsin

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 08:35
Voces de la Frontera

Speaking to a Green Bay Press Gazette reporter last Thursday, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson called Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies “common sense.” Voces de la Frontera Action issued the following response:

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New CEPR Paper Questions Effectiveness of US-Funded Anticrime Programs in Central America

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 08:32
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) questions the findings of one of the only studies to measure the impact of Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) anticrime programs.

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House Votes to Silence Public Opposition to Oil and Gas Lease Sales

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 05:25
Friends of the Earth

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will shield offshore oil and gas lease sales from public scrutiny. House Resolution 5577: Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act, sponsored by Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Ca.) would require the Bureau of Ocean Management to conduct an Internet-based lease sale for oil and gas deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. An online lease system will marginalize public input and comes amid rising public pressure from the Keep It in the Ground movement to end new oil and gas leasing on public lands and oceans.

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Sen. Whitehouse and Rhode Island Officials Call for Federal Campaign Finance Reform to Ensure Government Works for All Americans, Not Just Special Interests

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:24
Public Citizen

Note: Today, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, in partnership with Public Citizen and Common Cause Rhode Island, are hosting an event calling for action on federal campaign finance reform. The participants discussed the “We The People” legislative package – introduced in the U.S.

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Proposed Enbridge-Spectra Energy Merger is Bad News for Consumers and a Clean Energy Future

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:58
Food & Water Watch

“The proposed merger of Enbridge and Spectra Energy, two fossil fuel pipeline giants that already control much of the oil and gas flow throughout the country, would be bad news for energy consumers and terrible news for the clean energy revolution on which the future of our planet depends. The consolidation of these companies would only enhance the power of the oil and gas industry to manipulate the energy marketplace and encourage the continued use of fracking, the widely used fossil fuel extraction method that is inherently hazardous to human health and our environment.

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G20 Summit: World Leaders Fail to Act, But an Energy Revolution Remains Possible

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:56
Friends of the Earth International

At the G20 leaders summit held over the weekend in China, climate change and tax avoidance were centre stage. The United States and China ratified the Paris Climate agreement. However, as the treaty lacks concrete demands for action, more concrete measures are needed.

Climate change and tax evasion are symptoms of our broken system. The energy transformation involves not just switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but also challenging the corporate power and greed that has led to these twin crises.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Undermines Global Efforts to Address Climate change

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 08:34
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

Last weekend, US President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping officially signed onto the Paris Agreement on climate. Yet, President Obama is simultaneously pushing a trade agenda that directly undermines the US’s ability to address climate change.

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Employers Report Little Difficulty in Complying with New York City's Paid Sick Days Law

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 07:02
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Back to school doesn’t just mean snack packs, new pencils, and notebooks – for many parents, it means forfeiting income when their child will, most likely, get sick at some point during the school year. But a recent report from The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York (CUNY), finds that there is little reason paid sick days should not be provided to workers.

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G20 "Burden-Sharing" Call on Refugee Crisis Hypocritical

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:45
Amnesty International

The G20 Hangzhou Summit Declaration calling for greater “burden-sharing” to address the refugee crisis reveals how little most G20 countries have done to share responsibility so far, said Amnesty International today.

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Obama Needs to Take TPP Off the Table

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:41
Progressive Change Campaign Committee PCCC ON OBAMA PUSHING FOR TPP AT THIS WEEK’S G-20 & ASEAN SUMMITS:

“President Obama’s misguided insistence on a lame-duck vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership is threatening to tarnish his legacy and cause lasting political harm to Democrats with voters.

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Greenpeace Urges G20 Governments to Bring Paris Agreement into Force This Year

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:39
GreenpeaceThe Hangzhou G20 communique issued today brings climate change to the center stage of the global political agenda and sends a strong signal for all nations to join the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. Greenpeace urges governments around the world to bring the Paris Agreement into force by the end of this year and begin working on a new era of more ambitious global climate action.
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