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Report Warns of Increasingly "Top Heavy" Philanthropy

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:19
Institute for Policy Studies

A new report, “Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality,” authored by Chuck Collins, Helen Flannery, and Josh Hoxie of the Institute for Policy Studies and, raises the specter of a philanthropic sector dominated by wealthy mega-donors and their foundations, and donor-advised funds.

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ACLU Comment on Japanese Internment, Muslim Registry Comments from Trump Backer

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 10:46

A prominent backer of Donald Trump, Carl Higbie, recently cited the Japanese-American internment camps created during World War II as precedent for reviving a discredited and disbanded Bush-era Muslim immigrant registry and interview program called NSEERS.

Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said:

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Terry Tempest Williams & Brooke Williams appeal to Interior Board of Land Appeals over oil and gas lease purchase

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 09:42
Western Environmental Law Center

Today, on behalf of Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams, the Western Environmental Law Center administratively challenged the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rejection of the Tempest Exploration Company's October 2016 bids on oil and gas leases in Utah. WELC filed the appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals, which reviews appeals from bureau decisions relating to the use and disposition of public lands and their resources.

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UK Ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:56
Friends of the Earth

Reacting to news that the UK has joined the group of over 100 nations committed to keep climate change to safe levels following unanimous agreement from MPs, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

"This good news and sends a clear message to Donald Trump that the world’s nations will continue to act together on climate, and that he should reaffirm the USA’s commitment on this issue too.

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Indigenous Representatives from Across the World Stand with Standing Rock During COP22 Marrakech

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:55
Indigenous Environment Network

On November 17, 2016, Representatives of Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the world representing the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, as well as many international allies will raise their voices in solidarity with the Standing Rock Lakota Nation in their defense of Sacred Water, and say NO to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) at a direct action inside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP.

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ACLU of Minnesota Responds to Charges Against St. Anthony Officer Who Killed Philando Castile

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:38

Today the Ramsey County Attorney announced that the officer who killed Philando Castile will be charged with manslaughter in the second degree and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released the following statement:

Please attribute to Charles Samuelson, Executive Director:

“The charges against Officer Jeronimo Yanez are a step in the right direction. It is a relief that the officer responsible for taking Philando Castile’s life will be prosecuted for this crime.

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200k+ Demand Congress Vehemently Oppose, Work To Stop White Supremacist Steve Bannon's Appointment in Trump WH

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:25
MoveOn.orgMore than 200,000 people have signed a petition, and thousands are making phone calls to Congressional offices today, putting all members of Congress "on notice that we expect them to vehemently oppose Bannon's appointment, using all the tools at their disposal, including holds on all further Trump appointments."   The petition comes in response to Trump's appointment of anti-semitic, white supremacist leader Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counsel.  
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CAIR Urges Trump to Drop Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney from Transition Team

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:12
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-Elect Donald Trump to drop anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney as an adviser on national security for his transition team. (#DropGaffney)

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View from the Ground: Seven Days of DAPL Successes and Setbacks

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 08:42
Indigenous Environment NetworkThe battle over the land through which the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would span remains fully fledged as the unprecedented intertribal gathering at the encampments at Standing Rock continues its resistance to the $3.8 billion dollar Energy Transfer Partners and Enbridge project.  Events over the past week revealed that the fight is far from over, and the tribes and their allies will continue to band together in their resistance to construction that would disturb sacred land and pollute water relied upon by local tribes.  
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Youth Petition Obama to Come to Table in #Youthvgov Lawsuit Before Trump Takes Over

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 08:40
Our Children's Trust

Victoria Barrett, 17, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 16, sued the United States, President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate destabilization, and violations of their constitutional rights.

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First Broad Post-Election Rally – Thursday, DC

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 05:35
National Nurses United

Sen. Bernie Sanders will join with a broad array of labor, environmental, healthcare, consumer and other advocacy groups in Washington DC Thursday, November 17, to promote a people’s agenda and a common commitment to stepping up grassroots mobilizations for economic and social justice and equality as the incoming Trump administration takes office.

What:                      Rally for social and economic justice and equality

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Groups Across Europe Issue Statement on TTIP and Trump: “We Can Defeat Them Both”

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 05:31
Global Justice Now

A coalition of civil society groups and trade unions from across Europe have issued statements today saying that:

“Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.”

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Here’s What Candidate Trump Said About Clean Government. Use This to Hold Him Accountable.

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:13
Public Citizen

While a candidate, Donald Trump railed against special interests, lobbyists and conflicts of interest in the nation’s capital. Public Citizen today released a compilation of those statements to make it easier for watchdogs to hold Trump accountable.

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Voters Reject Citizens United in Landslide Election Victories in Four States

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:42
Move to Amend

In Tuesday’s elections, voters in California, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin approved nearly two dozen ballot initiatives calling for a 28th Amendment to reduce the amount of money in politics and empower ordinary voters over wealthy donors by wide margins. The victories for campaign finance reformers stands as a clear rejection to the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which opened the door for unlimited political spending in elections.

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Over 340,000 Signatures Delivered to Congress Rejecting Discrimination in Defense Bill

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:41

More than a dozen national organizations delivered over 342,000 petition signatures to Congress today in opposition to an amendment in the annual defense bill that would fund discrimination. The petitions were delivered to the Washington offices of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

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Food & Water Watch Applauds Demise of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:39
Food & Water Watch

“After years of campaigning against the fatally flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the deal appears dead. The TPP represented the latest in a string of trade deals that put corporate interests ahead of communities, workers, public health and the environment.

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As Army Corps Offers Concessions, Water Protectors Reiterate Demands

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:45
Indigenous Environment NetworkToday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement offering to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about ways to proceed with the Lake Oahe crossing. While this is a step in the right direction, this ignores the demands made by the tribes, the grassroots encampment, countless allied environmental organizations, and millions of people standing in solidarity across the globe.  
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UK Govt Buried Plans to Weaken FOI on Day Trump Elected

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:42

The British Government published plans to weaken the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on the same day as the result in the US Presidential election was announced, it has emerged.
The statement was published on Wednesday 9 November as part of an 18-page document entitled ‘Government Response to the Justice Committee’s Second Report of session 2016/17.’

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Public Lands Bills Would Strip Federal Regulation of Fossil Fuels, Give Away 7 Million Acres in Nevada

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:41
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today condemned three bills being considered in the lame-duck session of Congress that would strip federal regulation from all forms of energy production on America’s public lands and give away 7.2 million acres of federal land in Nevada.

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Thousands Will Join Actions on Tuesday to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:44
Indigenous Environment Network

WHAT: A national day of action at President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers offices to call for permanent rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the threat of a Trump presidency. This call to action from Indigenous leaders in Standing Rock is in response to increased violent repression from militarized police as the pipeline company continues construction on sacred land despite a voluntary hold by the Army Corps. More than 200 actions have been planned, with thousands expected to attend.

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