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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns DeVos Committee Vote

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:30
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Senate HELP Committee’s party-line vote recommending Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education:

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Over 500,000 People, With Thousands More Joining by the Hour, Call on Congress to Begin Impeachment Investigation

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:21

Eleven days after the inauguration of President Trump, more than half a million people have joined the campaign and petition at Impea

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House Poised to Repeal Global Anti-Corruption Measure

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:13
Jubilee USA Network

Within the next 24 hours, the US House of Representatives could repeal a bipartisan transparency initiative that affects the oil, gas and mining sector. The "Cardin-Lugar amendment" of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act requires oil and mining companies to disclose financial activity and payments to governments in the countries it operates. While repeal in the House seems likely, transparency advocates hope the Senate will stop any repeal. If repeal measures pass the House and Senate, President Donald Trump would have to sign the bill to go into effect.

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ACLU Statement on Potential White House Anti-LGBT Executive Order

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 08:25

The White House yesterday sought to distance itself from rumors of an impending anti-LGBT Executive order, pledging to continue to enforce a 2014 Obama Administration order that enshrines nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people when seeking federal employment.

American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project Director James Esseks had the following reaction:

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Earthjustice Outlines Opposition To Trump Nominees

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 07:08

President Donald Trump has nominated a number of individuals who will promote policies that will harm the environment, increase the exposure of families and communities across our country to air and water pollution, blunt efforts to promote environmental justice, reverse progress in reducing climate changing pollution, and otherwise turn back the clock on environmental and public health protections. Several of those nominations will be voted on this week — either by key committees or by the full Senate. 

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Press Call Tonight: Legal and Civil Rights Groups Respond to Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 06:58
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Legal  and civil rights groups will hold a press conference call tonight at approximately 8:15 pm EST immediately after President Trump announces his nominee for the Supreme Court. Americans expect presidents to appoint justices of the highest character who are fair-minded and independent, as President Obama did when he chose Judge Merrick Garland to fill the current vacancy.

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Sierra Club: Warner’s Vote to Advance Tillerson Confirmation “Extremely Disappointing”

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 06:56
Sierra Club

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Mark Warner voted for cloture on the nomination of former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, effectively helping advance Tillerson’s confirmation.

Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Released the Following Statement in Response:

“Rex Tillerson is an unacceptable candidate for Secretary of State. While CEO of Exxon, he knowingly covered up the reality of climate change, showing his willingness to put his company's profits over people's health and safety.

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CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:27
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and “john doe” individuals challenging the constitutionality of President’s Trump’s recent “Muslim ban” executive order.

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No Vote on Tillerson Until He Opposes Muslim Ban

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:47 supporters across the country are calling their Senators this afternoon urging them to delay any vote on Rex Tillerson’s nomination as Secretary of State until Tillerson comes out publicly against Trump’s Muslim Ban. The "No to the Ban, No to Rex" page is being shared across social media and calls are beginning to flood into Senate offices. 

Jamie Henn, Strategic Communications Director issued the following statement:

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Trump Orders Massive Rollback of Environmental Protections

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:36
Center for Biological Diversity

In a major effort to dismantle environmental protections, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order requiring all federal agencies to repeal two regulations before implementing a new rule.

This unprecedented and illegal restriction would hamstring every federal agency’s efforts to implement laws and dramatically curtail the federal government’s ability to protect human health, wildlife and the environment from emerging threats.

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Sierra Club on Trump’s Fire Sale on Clean Air and Water Safeguards

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:32
Sierra Club

President Trump signed an executive order this morning requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

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Nearly 250 Civil Rights and Education Groups Oppose DeVos Education Secretary Nomination

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:30
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Today, nearly 250 national, state and local civil rights and education groups have signed a letter opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. Secretary of Education and urging the U.S. Senate to reject her nomination.

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Trump’s ‘Two-Out, One-In’ Executive Order on Regulations Is Radical, Unworkable and Dangerous

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:46
Public Citizen

Note: Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order with the goal of repealing two public protections for every new one issued. The order also establishes a process for setting an annual cap on federal regulations, which the Trump administration intends to set at $0, according to reports.

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

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NAACP Statement on Executive Orders Targeting Muslims, Legal Immigrants

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:16

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks has issued the following statement in response to multiple executive orders issued in the first week of the Trump Administration, including orders banning refugees, targeting visitors from Muslim countries and detaining people with legal permits to visit, live and work in the United States:

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Advocates Urge Delay of Sessions Vote to Examine His Role with President’s Executive Orders and Proposals

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:05
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Today, 187 national advocacy groups are calling for the committee vote on the Jeff Sessions nomination for Attorney General to be delayed given the lack of information on how Senator Sessions views and intends to implement the many executive orders that have been signed since his hearing. Collegiality for Senator Sessions has no place in this inquiry.     

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Over 100 Food and Farm Groups Oppose Puzder for Labor Secretary

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:04
Friends of the Earth

Today 105 food and agriculture organizations, representing more than 10 million people across the food system, sent a letter to

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Trump’s Lobbying Policy Will Not Stop Rampant Corruption

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:01
Public Citizen

The lobbyist policy that President Donald Trump has adopted today is inconsequential in light of the president and his administration’s demonstrated disdain for ethics and conflict of interest standards, said Public Citizen.

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Statement: NEB Hits Reset Button on Energy East Hearing, Ecojustice and Transition Initiative Kenora React

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:08

Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer said:

“We believe the Board made the right decision, indeed the only decision allowed by law. Canadians have the right to fair and impartial hearings before bodies like the National Energy Board, free from any perceptions of bias. Too often the Board has strayed from these obligations but today’s decision signals, perhaps, a new approach.

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Women’s Group Launches New Campaign: “Abortion Access is More Popular Than Trump”

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:04

On Friday, January 27th, as anti-abortion groups rally in the nation’s Capitol for the annual “March for Life” rally, UltraViolet, a national women’s organization, is launching a new campaign spreading the message that abortion access is more popular than Donald Trump.  To launch the campaign UltraViolet has taken out a full-page ad in The Washington Post Express, a free DC-daily paper, and will be flying a plane over I-495 from 10:30am to 1:30pm ET with the banner reading:


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Arkansas Governor Signs Ban on Most Common Method of Second Trimester Abortion

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:02
Center for Reproductive Rights

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a measure (HB 1032) into law yesterday which bans the most common method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester. 

Said Amanda Allen, Senior State Legislative Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights:

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