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CJPME Backs Ceasefire Call, as Death Toll Hits 172, 77% Civilians

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 14:03

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) supports the UN call for a ceasefire, and shares its concerns about the high civilian casualties among Palestinians. According to international reports, 172 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military. The UN estimates that 77 percent of the victims were civilians. Meanwhile, no Israelis have been killed.

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Food & Water Watch Exposes FSIS Mismanagement

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:42

Today, the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack containing concrete examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections due to severe shortages of inspection personnel across the United States. These examples directly contradict statements made by high-ranking officials of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), both on USDA’s website and before Congress.  

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Food & Water Watch Exposes FSIS Mismanagement

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:42

Today, the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack containing concrete examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections due to severe shortages of inspection personnel across the United States. These examples directly contradict statements made by high-ranking officials of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), both on USDA’s website and before Congress.  

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24 People Arrested Blocking Entrances to FERC to Protest Proposed Fracked Gas Export Facility

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:25

Residents impacted by shale gas infrastructure and their supporters blocked the entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters today in protest of the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and others proposed around the country.

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24 People Arrested Blocking Entrances to FERC to Protest Proposed Fracked Gas Export Facility

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:25

Residents impacted by shale gas infrastructure and their supporters blocked the entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters today in protest of the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and others proposed around the country.

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Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Demand a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:50

Anti-fracking and climate activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and FERC to halt approval of all LNG export projects and instead promote true clean energy solutions.

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Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Demand a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:50

Anti-fracking and climate activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and FERC to halt approval of all LNG export projects and instead promote true clean energy solutions.

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Leading Groups Stand Strong With American Muslims in Appeal of NYPD Spying Lawsuit

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:06

Last night, dozens of organizations and individuals representing diverse interests and faiths filed amicus briefs in support of a lawsuit challenging the blanket surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey by the New York Police Department (NYPD). Late last week, Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a federal district court’s dismissal of the case, Hassan et al v.

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Leading Groups Stand Strong With American Muslims in Appeal of NYPD Spying Lawsuit

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:06

Last night, dozens of organizations and individuals representing diverse interests and faiths filed amicus briefs in support of a lawsuit challenging the blanket surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey by the New York Police Department (NYPD). Late last week, Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a federal district court’s dismissal of the case, Hassan et al v.

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Palestinian Fatalities Hit 100; Gaza Ark Ship Among Civilian Targets Hit

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:04

The Guardian reports: “Palestinian officials say 100 killed so far in conflict.” The Los Angeles Times reports that “the death toll topped 100 people.” There are no reports of Israeli fatalities.

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Palestinian Fatalities Hit 100; Gaza Ark Ship Among Civilian Targets Hit

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:04

The Guardian reports: “Palestinian officials say 100 killed so far in conflict.” The Los Angeles Times reports that “the death toll topped 100 people.” There are no reports of Israeli fatalities.

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World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:50

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide.

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World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:50

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide.

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