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Council of Canadians Celebrates End of Energy East Pipeline

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:05
Council of Canadians


The Council of Canadians is celebrating the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project and is available for comment.

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NAACP Wins Crucial Step in Protecting Texas Voters

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:46

The NAACP Texas State Conference, League of Women Voters of Texas, and Ruthann Greer were granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state of Texas from providing documentation to President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity until after a hearing on October 16.

“This is an important win regarding the NAACP’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the vote,” said NAACP Interim President Derrick Johnson.

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Monopoly Man Photobombs Senate Equifax Hearing

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:40
Public Citizen

In a story that exploded on social media this morning, an activist dressed as the Monopoly Man photobombed the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s hearing on Equifax (see images and video). The surprise appearance is part of a campaign organized by Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform to draw attention to forced arbitration rip-off clauses, used by Equifax, Wells Fargo and other financial companies to evade accountability and take advantage of consumers.

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Puerto Rico Faces an Imminent Medicaid Funding Crisis, Too

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:07
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, urgent Puerto Rico recovery efforts must also extend to solving the island’s imminent Medicaid crisis, “a preexisting condition that plagued Puerto Rico before the hurricane and that has been exacerbated by it,” a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) states. Without urgent congressional action, Puerto Rico will lack sufficient funds to continue operating Medicaid in 2018.

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Earthjustice on BLM Methane Waste Delay: When Oil and Gas Industry Says “Jump,” Trump Administration Asks “How High?”

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:05

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a proposal to delay or suspend key parts of its Methane Waste Rule until 2019. The rule, finalized nearly a year ago, requires the oil and gas industry to use cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce venting and flaring, as well as find and fix leaks from oil and gas infrastructure on public and tribal lands – protecting taxpayers, public health, and the environment.

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Green Party supports sanctuary cities, demands a halt to ICE raids

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:02
Green Party of the US

Green Party leaders and candidates said today that Greens are firmly on the side of sanctuary cities that are defying President Trump's immigration crackdown.

The Green Party has called for a halt to raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting undocumented immigrants.

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Our Revolution Congratulates Randall Woodfin on Victory for Birmingham Mayor

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:57
Our Revolution

Our Revolution on Tuesday congratulated its endorsed candidate,

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Over 200 Groups Urge Congress to Level the Playing Field for Farmers, Workers and Consumers

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:06
Food & Water Watch

Today, a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations released principles for a fairer farm bill that would address the lack of competition in every link in the food chain.

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Trump Calls for Puerto Rico's Debt to be "Wiped Out"

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:55
Jubilee USA Network

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, President Trump called for Puerto Rico's debt to be wiped out. "They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out. You're going to say goodbye to that, I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is you can wave goodbye to that," Trump said.‎

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Our Revolution Congratulates Tim Keller

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:26
Our Revolution

Our Revolution on congratulated

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RN Relief Program Deploying Big Team to Puerto Rico 50 RNRN/NNU RNs to Join AFL-CIO Led Relief Mission

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:34
National Nurses United

A large delegation of 50 volunteer registered nurses from across the U.S. will join a unique, multi-union two-week disaster relief effort heading to Puerto Rico Wednesday morning to provide medical aid in the wake of the ongoing humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria.

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Veterans Express Dismay At "Vietnam War" Series

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:09
Veterans for Peace

With the conclusion of the Burns/Novick “The Vietnam War” series, veterans express dismay over the lack of attention paid to civilian deaths and the legacy of the war on Viet Nam.

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New Analysis Finds Virginia Could Create Over 50,000 New Jobs With Commitment to 10 percent Solar By 2023

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:43
Sierra Club

Today, the Sierra Club released a new report from the Solar Foundation finding that Virginia could create 50,400 new jobs if it developed enough solar energy to meet 10 percent of residents’ electricity consumption over the next five years.

The Solar Foundation conducts an annual census of solar jobs across the U.S. that provided much of the data used for the Virginia jobs analysis. The most recent National Solar Jobs Census found the state of Virginia had 3,236 solar jobs in 2016, representing a 65 percent growth from 2016.

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Puerto Rico and US Virgin Island Religious Leaders Issue Debt and Aid Statement As President Trump Visits Islands

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:04
Jubilee USA Network

As President Trump visits Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, island religious leaders are calling for aid, debt relief and measures to end child poverty. The statement is issued by San Juan's Catholic Archbishop, Roberto González Nieves, St. Thomas' Catholic Bishop Herbert A. Bevard and Evangelical Bible Society Head Reverend Heriberto Martínez.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement on Gill v. Whitford Oral Arguments

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:53
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, delivered remarks at the Rally to End Partisan Gerrymandering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, during oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford.

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Forced Arbitration Is a ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free’ Card for Banks That Cheat Customers

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:52
Public Citizen

Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform and their allies are defending limits on forced arbitration from congressional attack with a special delivery to all 100 U.S. Senate offices: a mock “Get-Out-of-Jail-Free” card for the banks inspired by the board game Monopoly. An activist dressed as the billionaire Monopoly Man led the delivery.

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Urgent: Reinstate Ban On Assault Weapons To Prevent Mass Killings

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:23
Coalition for Peace Action

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nearly 600 victims and their families of the largest mass shooting in US history last Sunday night in Las Vegas. The mass carnage made that city into what can only be described as a war zone. But our response needs to include more than prayers and moments of silence. We need to act to prevent more mass shootings, which are now occurring at an average of more than one per day.

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Cassandra Lems Speaks on New York Health Act and Taxation Reform

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:19
Green Party of the US

At the League of Women Voters debate* held on Sunday at Hofstra University, Cassandra Lems, Green Party Candidate for Nassau County Executive, announced her support of the New York Health Act.

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Scotland Bans Fracking. The UK and U.S. Should as Well

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:16
Food & Water Watch

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe.

“Today, Scotland’s government banned fracking, acknowledging what the science shows: if we want to address climate change, we have to start with cutting fossil fuel emissions.”

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Scottish Government To Ban Fracking

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:50
Friends of the Earth

Responding to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse's announcement today of the Scottish Government's proposal to ban fracking, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:

"This is a victory for the environment and for local communities fighting fracking.  The Scottish Government's decision today to ban fracking will be warmly welcomed across the country and around the world. This is a huge win for the anti-fracking movement, particularly for those on the frontline of this dirty industry here in Scotland, who have been working for a ban these last six years.

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