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Sanders Applauds Pope’s Remarks

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:23
Senator Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24  – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress:

Sierra Club Statement on Pope Francis’ Speeches Before Congress and the White House

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:16
Sierra Club

Yesterday, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House for the kick off event to the Pontiff's first visit to the United States. Today, the Pope will address both a joint session of Congress and the public gathered on the National Mall.

Soil Can Reverse Climate Change: A Message of Hope To Address the Pope’s DC Congregation

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:26
Carbon Underground

On September 24, the Pope, after addressing a Joint Session of Congress on the environmental and moral crisis of climate change, will speak to one of the largest congregations at the National Mall since two million people attended President Obama’s inauguration. Shortly before he speaks, Larry Kopald, from The Carbon Underground, a not-for-profit organization, will deliver a message of hope to the crowd. “For the first time a real solution to climate change has emerged.

Parents of Saudi Juvenile Set for 'Crucifixion' Plead for Mercy, Amid UK and US Silence

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 07:18

The family of a juvenile sentenced to ‘crucifixion’ in Saudi Arabia have appealed to the Saudi authorities to spare him, as pressure mounts on the US and the UK to intervene.

Syrian Government Forces Pound Health Care System in Idlib

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 07:09
Physicians for Human Rights

NEW YORK – The Syrian government kept up its assault on the health care system in August, which saw an unprecedented number of attacks on medical facilities in a four-day period, as well as the highest number of medical personnel killed in the last 10 months.

CPJ Urges El-Sisi to Release All Journalists Jailed in Egypt

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 06:50
Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes a letter to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi expressing concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt, days before he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York. CPJ welcomes the pardon on Wednesday of the Al-Jazeera journalists, but calls for the immediate release of all other journalists imprisoned in Egypt in relation to their work.

Parliamentarians Threaten Legal Challenge over Government Secret Kill Policy

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 06:45

Members of the British Parliament are threatening legal action to force the UK Government to come clean over its ‘targeted killing’ of people in countries where Britain is not at war.
The challenge comes in response to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of a US-style programme, in which covert strikes are carried out, commonly by drones, as part of the ‘War on Terror.’  A combination of faulty intelligence and a lack of safeguards has seen hundreds of civilians killed by the US drone programme in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.

Influential Voices Call on World Leaders to Do More to Support Social Justice and Equality for the People and the Planet

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 05:19
Together for Global Justice (CIDSE)

A group of leading voices has come together to demand greater ambition in tackling social injustices, calling for a new emphasis on notions of well-being, a culture of care and shared prosperity.

“The SDGs Miss the Point: It’s about Power, Stupid,” according to Global Justice Now

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 05:12
Global Justice Now

On the eve of the UN conference in New York that that aims to eradicate poverty by 2030, campaigners have spoken critically on the policy measures that are being promoted by the conference as a means of achieving the goals.

Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:

* Pope vs. Exxon? * Hunger Strike Against Pipelines and Fracking

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:45
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

SARAH ANDERSON, via Elaine de Leon Ahn, elaine at
Anderson just wrote the piece “Papal Smackdown: Pope Francis v. Fossil Fuel Execs” for AlterNet. She directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

More Than 117,000 People Voice Opposition for Proposed Coal Export Rail Project

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:18
Sierra Club

More than 117,000 people have submitted public comments opposing a small coal railroad spur proposed in remote southeastern Montana, citing a range of concerns from small-town economic impacts to global climate pollution. The massive comment delivery comes two days after the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council voted unanimously to oppose the railroad.

Cluff Disrespects Communities With Coal Burning Plans

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:14
Friends of the Earth

Reacting to news that energy company Cluff Natural Resources has dismissed community fears as ‘unfounded’ and ‘irrelevant’ towards experimental technology Underground Coal Gasification being developed around the Forth, Ms Flick Monk, Unconventional Gas Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

'You Betrayed Us.' Thousands of Customers Email Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and Other Companies Who Signed Letter Endorsing CISA

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:11
Fight for the Future

In less than 24 hours, more than 15,000 Internet users have sent angry emails to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Symantec, and other technology companies who signed a letter supporting controversial cybersecurity legislation that experts say will undermine user security and privacy while failing to prevent cyber attacks.

Why is 'Radical Pope' Canonizing an Enslaver of Native Americans?

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:04
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

NBC reports: “More than 20,000 people are expected to converge on a Washington basilica Wednesday to witness the canonization of Junipero Serra, who brought Christianity to California some 300 years ago.”

Pope Francis Highlights Poverty During US Visit

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:13
Jubilee USA Network

As Pope Francis begins the first leg of his three-city US tour, his central message will focus on an economy that serves everyone. The Catholic leader will speak at a rare joint session of Congress, the White House and in New York at the United Nations. 

Volkswagen: A Premeditated, Intentional Act With Callous Disregard for People and the Planet

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:39
Public Citizen

Below are statements from two Public Citizen experts about the unfolding Volkswagen emissions scandal.

From Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen:

“The Volkswagen emissions scandal grows worse by the hour. Now we read that the deception went on for seven years and that Volkswagen executives lied to U.S. regulators a year ago about the discrepancy between pollution tests on the road and in the lab.

Morgan Stanley Pressured to Drop Coal Financing

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:52
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

San Francisco – Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN)announced that Morgan Stanley is the next major investment bank being targeted with a public campaign to demand that the bank commit to stop financing coal mining and coal-fired power.

“Morgan Stanley has longstanding financing relationships withsome of the worst offenders from the global coal mining industry, including Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal mining company,” said Ben Collins, Senior Research and Policy Campaigner at RAN. “Last year alone, the bank financed $477 million for coal mining.”

Senate Blocks Bill on Abortions

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:57
Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after he voted to block legislation that would have prohibited certain abortions:  

“Republicans should stop politicizing the right of women in this country to control their own bodies. The decision to end a pregnancy should be made in consultation with a doctor without interference or judgement from politicians.”

Grassroots Collaborative Responds to Mayor Emanuel’s Budget Address

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:08
Grassroots Collaborative

CHICAGO - This morning Mayor Emanuel delivered his first budget address since being forced into a runoff election.  Emanuel laid out various taxes, fees and fines to address the city’s budget deficit, with a focus on a property tax increase.  The Mayor estimated 1 out of 4 dollars of his proposed property tax increase would come from the central business district. This is the right direction. For Chicago to be financial sound we need to put a greater burden on downtown and commercial interests, a group that has not had to pay their fair share in previous Chicago budgets.

“Prison for the Corporate Criminal Elite”

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:02
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

“Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge Monday. Randy Napier, whose 80-year-old mother died from salmonella poisoning after eating the company’s peanut butter, said the punishment should ‘send a message to the other manufacturers’ of American foods.” AP also reports: “Volkswagen has now admitted that it intentionally installed software programmed to switch engines to a cleaner mode during official emissions testing.