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Bipartisan Senate ‎and House Bills Tackle Abusive Shell Company Practices

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 13:58
Jubilee USA Network

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act. The bill requires corporations to register the identities of the owners who benefit from the business. The information is then available for law enforcement to identify those who are responsible for crime and corruption. ‎Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced companion legislation in the House in June.

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Under Pressure, Pruitt and Trump Buckle, Withdraw Attacks on Safeguards Against Smog Pollution

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:42
Sierra Club

Late yesterday, Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, dropped his unlawful one-year delay of the implementation of 2015 smog pollution standard after numerous environmental groups (including Sierra Club), public health organizations, and attorneys general from across the United States sued to block the effort.

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Greenpeace Report Shows Risk of Spills from Proposed Tar Sands Pipelines

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:33

Today Greenpeace released a policy brief and accompanying map that demonstrate the persistent threat of spills from oil pipelines. The report and map show the location and size of the 373 spills produced by pipelines belonging to just three companies–Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, TransCanada– and their subsidiaries and joint ventures.

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Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:39

The NAACP Travel Advisory for the state of Missouri, effective through August 28th, 2017, calls for African American travelers, visitors and Missourians to pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently, and noted therein.

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Leading Progressive Groups: Party Must Stand Up and Proudly Support Abortion Rights

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 05:15
NARAL Pro-Choice America

Leading progressive groups, led by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Democracy for America (DFA), today released a Statement of Principles when it comes to the Democratic Party and abortion.

Joining NARAL and DFA on the Statement of Principles are MoveOn Political Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY's List, Working Families Party, Ultraviolet, Daily Kos, Demos, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Indivisible Project, American Federation of Teachers, and Social Security Works.

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NIAC Action Statement on President Trump Signing New Iran Sanctions Into Law

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:13
NIAC Action

Jamal Abdi, Executive Director of NIAC Action, issued the following statement in response to President Trump signing the ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’’:

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strongly Opposes Anti-Immigrant Bill to Slash Greencards and End Family Immigration

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:27
Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Today, President Trump announced support for Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senator David Perdue’s (R-GA) updated restrictionist anti-immigrant bill, the RAISE Act, that would upend the immigration system to further a white nationalist agenda and move the country in the wrong direction.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice issued the following statement in response to this harmful proposal:

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Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Reduce Puerto Rico Child Poverty

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:13
Jubilee USA Network

Puerto Rico religious leaders are urging Congress to reduce child poverty on the island by granting equal access to US health care funding and child tax benefits.‎

“We are grateful that Congress moved forward a process to restructure the debt,” noted San Juan's Catholic Archbishop Roberto González and Bible Society Head Reverend Heriberto Martínez, in a letter they sent to Congress on August 2nd. “We now encourage you to act on the remaining and related bipartisan proposals from the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico.”

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Syria: Extrajudicial execution of Bassel Khartabil a grim reminder of Syrian prison horrors

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:20
Amnesty International

Responding to news of the execution of Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Bassel Khartabil today, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said: 

“We are deeply saddened and outraged at this awful news. Bassel Khartabil will always be remembered as a symbol of courage, who peacefully fought for freedom to the very end. Our thoughts are with his family. 

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ACLU Comment on Reports Justice Department Will Target Affirmative Action

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:11

The Justice Department is reportedly exploring the idea of suing colleges over their affirmative action policies in admissions.

Dennis Parker, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program, had this reaction:

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Stronger Protections Urged for Pacific Fishers, Other Rare Wildlife, From Expanding California Marijuana Industry

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:46
Center for Biological Diversity

As California officials begin work this week to finalize environmental oversight of recreational pot growing, conservation groups are calling for stronger protections for imperiled Pacific fishers, spotted owls and other rare wildlife.

Following voter approval last year of Measure 64, which allows personal production and use of marijuana, the state was required to create strict environmental measures to regulate pot growers’ use of pesticides, water and energy.

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Italy Ready to Consign Refugees and Migrants to Horrific Abuse in Libyan Detention Centres

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 08:33
Amnesty International

Responding to news that the Italian parliament has voted in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director Gauri Van Gulik said:

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Deregulatory Disasters: Americans Harmed by Deregulation Speak Out Against the Regulatory Accountability Act

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 08:28
Public Citizen


WHAT: People who have been harmed by inadequate regulatory protections will share their tragic stories at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Economic Policy Institute. They also will call on Congress to reject the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951), which would shut down our system of public protections.

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UK Court Injunction Won’t Stop Anti-Fracking Movement

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 08:24
Food & Water Watch

On July 31, petrochemical giant Ineos Corporation won a High Court injunction intended to stifle protest against the company’s plans to frack sites in the UK.

In response, Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

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Consumers Fare Better Under Class Actions Than Arbitration

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:14
Economic Policy Institute

Many financial institutions use forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to block consumers with disputes from banding together in court, instead requiring each consumer to argue their case separately in private arbitration proceedings. Recently, members of Congress introduced legislation to repeal a new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that restores consumers’ ability to join together in class action lawsuits against financial institutions.

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Latest Justice Department Action to Obstruct Work of Civil Rights Division

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 05:15
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement in response to the release of new information signaling efforts to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division toward investigating and suing universities that maintain race-conscious admissions policies.  

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Reported Justice Department Move to Weaken Educational Opportunity

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 04:49
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement based on a report by the New York Times that the "Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deem

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Sierra Club Decries Move to Put Border Wall Before Public Health

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:16
Sierra Club

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver allowing the agency to ignore key health and environmental safeguards in their misguided efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego.

In response, Dan Millis of  the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter Borderlands Program issued the following statement.

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Expert Availability: Gov. Christie to Announce Initial Findings of Commission Tackling Drug Addiction

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:17
Brennan Center for Justice

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was scheduled yesterday to release the initial findings of his task force on opioid addiction. The recommendations are expected to focus on cutting down on unnecessary medical use of opiates and other measures designed to prevent addiction.

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