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ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:59
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals.

The lawsuit, which targets the registrar of vital records, was filed on behalf of ACLU of Mississippi members and Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple who are engaged to be married and face discrimination as a result of this law.

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Interior Secretary Asked to Revoke Oklahoma Oil, Gas Leases

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:57
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the Bureau of Land Management pull 11 public fossil fuel leases sold last month in Oklahoma and Kansas over concerns that fracking and underground injection of oil wastewater could increase the risk of earthquakes in these areas, threatening the physical safety and homes of tens of thousands of residents.

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European Financiers “Seek to Exit” Agua Zarca

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:52
Friends of the Earth

 In an announcement today, FMO stated that it took the decision after a court in Honduras decided on May 8th to press charges against four individuals in connection with the murder of Berta Cáceres. One of the suspects is the acting Manager for social and environmental matters of the Honduran company DESA, the developer of the Agua Zarca project. FMO and FinnFund will organise a mission to Honduras, to take place as soon as possible, comprised of independent experts, to develop a strategy for exiting the project.

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Mothers Gather at the Honduran Consulate in Solidarity with the Mother of Berta Cáceres

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:52
Grassroots Global Justice

On Tuesday, May 10th, Latin American Mother's Day, at 12 noon  dozens of mothers and community activists will gather at the Honduran Consulate in New York City, 255 W 36th St, Manhattan, in solidarity with Austra Bertha Flores Lopez’s call for an independent investigation into the assassination of her daughter, Indigenous and environmental justice activist Berta Cáceres. A team of mothers will deliver a large mother's day card to the Consulate with a bowl of water representing Berta's struggle for water rights of the Lenca people, along with the demands of Berta's family.

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina’s Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 09:12
ACLU

North Carolina Gov. McCrory today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice that asks a federal court to determine that House Bill 2, the discriminatory law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity, does not violate civil rights laws.

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Anacortes Break Free Mobilization begins FRIDAY

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 08:02
Break Free

On Friday, hundreds of regional residents will gather in Anacortes to kick off the Pacific Northwest Break Free from Fossil Fuels mobilization. The action is the last of dozens currently taking place around the world.

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There Is No 'Migrant Crisis' According to Social Justice Campaign Group

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 05:24
Global Justice Now

The media  is wrong to characterise the issues surrounding the thousands of people attempting to travel into Europe as a ‘migrant crisis’, according to a briefing released today by campaign group Global Justice Now. Instead, attention should be drawn to the multiple crises that are forcing people to move. The briefing argues that these include:

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White House Acts on Corruption and Tax Evasion in Wake of Panama Papers

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:31
Jubilee USA Network

The Obama Administration announced actions to combat money laundering, corruption and tax evasion. In April, the "Panama Papers" leak exposed how "anonymous shell corporations" facilitate crime and corruption.‎ 

"It's crucial to global development that we stop corruption and tax evasion," noted Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious development coalition Jubilee USA Network. "Developing countries lose a trillion dollars a year to corruption, crime and tax evasion."

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Global Witness on Panama Papers Impact, Steps Taken by U.S. Government to Address Anonymous Companies, Need For Comprehensive Beneficial Ownership Legislation

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:56
Global Witness

The Panama Papers exposed the dark world of tax havens, anonymous shell companies,and the various facilitators – attorneys, incorporation agents, and others – who love them.  Yesterday, The Treasury Department finalized a long-awaited rule requiring greater due diligence requirements by banks. Treasury announced a plan for new draft legislation specifically to increase transparency of the ultimate owners of American companies and to strengthen the U.S. anti-money laundering framework.

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MSF to Pull out of World Humanitarian Summit

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:46
Doctors Without Borders

Last year, 75 hospitals managed or supported by international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were bombed. This was in violation of the most fundamental rules of war, which give protected status to medical facilities and its patients, regardless of if the patients are civilians or wounded combatants.

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MSF Reaction to the United Nations Secretary General Report on HIV/AIDS

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:42
Doctors Without Borders

Sharonann Lynch, HIV policy advisor at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Access Campaign, made the following statement on the release of the United Nations Secretary General report on HIV/AIDS ahead of the June UN High Level Meeting on HIV—“Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to End the AIDS epidemic.”

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Ahead of Mother’s Day, Pregnant Mom Discusses TPP Food Safety Fears in New AFL-CIO Trade Video

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:29
AFL-CIO

As Mother’s Day approaches, the AFL-CIO released a video featuring a pregnant mom who’s concerned that the secrecy around food labeling and regulations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could negatively impact her unborn child.

“American families deserve to know that the food on their dinner tables is safe.” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “The TPP will undermine U.S. food safety regulations and once again put the greed of corporations ahead of the safety of working families. This is unacceptable.”

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Sierra Club Statement on Secretary Clinton’s Opposition to a Lame Duck Vote on TPP

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:17
Sierra Club

In response to a questionnaire released today by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Secretary Hillary Clinton stated for the first time that she opposes a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during the lame duck session of Congress at the end of this year. She also frontlined a commitment to “ensure that our trade policy supports, rather than undermines, our climate policies.

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Court Hearing Will Focus on EPA's Failure to Protect Nation's Endangered Wildlife From Pesticides

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:15
Center for Biological Diversity

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday, May 9 in the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect rare and threatened plants and animals from pesticides in the United States. The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s systemic failure to assess the impacts of more than 30 pesticides known to be harmful to dozens of endangered species found across the country.

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FCC Approves Merger to Create Price-Gouging Cable Giant

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 08:22

According to several news reports, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve Charter Communications’ $90 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

The merger combines the nation’s second-, third- and sixth-largest cable-TV and Internet providers. After the merger closes, two Internet service providers, Charter and Comcast, will control nearly two-thirds of the nation’s high-speed Internet subscribers.

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Ahead of KXL NAFTA Claim, Environmental Groups Deliver Voided $15 Billion Check to TransCanada Office

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:13
Friends of the Earth

Earlier this year, TransCanada announced plans to sue the United States under NAFTA in a private, unaccountable tribunal for $15 billion in damages because of President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Tomorrow, May 6th, is the first day the Canadian oil company can officially submit its claim.

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Doctors Call for Single-Payer Health Reform, Cite Need to Move Beyond the Affordable Care Act

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:32
Physicians for a National Health Program

In a dramatic show of physician support for deeper health reform – and for making a decisive break with the private insurance model of financing medical care – 2,231 physicians called today [Thursday, May 5] for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer national health program that would cover all Americans for all medically necessary care.

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California DMV Takes Important First Steps Toward 
Improving Voter Registration Services

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:53
Dēmos

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took the necessary first steps toward improving voter registration services offered online and at its 174 field offices across the state, though it still will need to address some major issues. 

Beginning this month, people who are eligible and affirmatively choose to register when applying for or renewing a driver license or identification card at a DMV field office will:

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The Right Move: Agency Aims to Ensure Consumers Can Band Together to Hold Corporations Accountable for Breaking the Law

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:47
Public Citizen

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposal (PDF) to restore consumers’ right to join together to hold corporations accountable when they break the law is commendable, Public Citizen said today.

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New Report Reveals 1 in 6 U.S. Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Prohibit Essential Health Care for Women

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:44
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a facility that complies with Catholic Directives that prohibit a range of reproductive health care services even when a woman’s life or health is in jeopardy.

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