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‘We’re Back’

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:47
Fight for $15

Hours before the Democratic presidential debate Thursday, fast-food workers across Wisconsin will walk off the job to demand $15/hour and union rights, and will join more than a thousand underpaid workers at a massive protest outside the debate, calling on candidates to stand with the 46% of workers in the state who are paid less than $15/hour.

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UK Parliament Report Rejects Encryption Backdoors, Other Parts of Sweeping Surveillance Bill

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:34
Center for Democracy & Technology

Today, the UK Parliament's Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee — a group of Members of Parliament charged with assessing a draft of sweeping new surveillance legislation — issued an important report recommending significant changes to the proposed law.

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Largest Peace Group Endorses Sanders

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:13
Peace Action

For the first time in nearly 25 years, Peace Action PAC, the political action committee of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S.) has endorsed a candidate for President:  Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for the Democratic primary.

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Egypt’s Foreign Minister defends mass imprisonment on US visit

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:17
Reprieve

The Egyptian Foreign Minister has defended his government's mass imprisonment of political activists, and the use of lengthy pre-trial detention periods, during a visit to Washington DC to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry among other officials.
 

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President Obama's Proposed Budget Short-changes Endangered Species

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:34
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 continues a trend of flat or declining funding for the protection and recovery of endangered species. The Service’s overall budget request for the endangered species program increased slightly to $251 million from $234 million, but still represents less than 15 percent of the $2.2 billion in annual subsidies the federal government gives to oil and gas companies to extract fossil fuels on public lands.

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In Wake of Flint Water Crisis, Federal Slashes to Community Water Funding are Unacceptable

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:33
Food & Water Watch

“The budget delivered to Congress by the Obama Administration Tuesday cuts funding to the State Revolving Funds for our water infrastructure by 11 percent. Following the Flint water crisis, which is emblematic of our national water woes, it is outrageous that the Obama Administration can’t be moved to truly step up and deliver the leadership needed to fully fund our water infrastructure. With the exception of the recovery stimulus, this administration has shown no interest in adequately investing in our water infrastructure.

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Veterans For Peace Calls on U.S. Government to End Persecution of Julian Assange and Wikileaks

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:31
Veterans for Peace

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been wrongly subjected to arbitrary detention for five and a half years, according to a ruling by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.  The ruling is critical of Swedish prosecutors, who have refused to interview Assange in London about sex crimes allegations.  It is also critical of the UK government, which is prepared to arrest Julian Assange as soon as he leaves the London Embassy of Ecuador, which has granted Assange political asylum.  The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says that Assange should be able to leave the embass

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Clean Power Plan Will Prevail on Legal Merits

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 05:17
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Supreme Court today blocked implementation of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, pending litigation in the lower courts over a challenge by the coal industry.

The following is a statement by David Doniger, director of the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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350.org Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Clean Power Plan

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 05:14
350.org

350.org Communications Director Jamie Henn issued the following response to the news that the Supreme Court would temporarily block the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired power plant:

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UN Report Places Correct Emphasis on Need for Political Solutions to Crises

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:37
Oxfam International

On the publication of the UN Secretary General's, Ban Ki Moon, report in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit, Oxfam's Humanitarian Representative, Charlotte Stemmer, said:;

"The UN Secretary General's report places emphasis on the need for political solutions to solve some of the world’s worst crises. This couldn’t be truer. The humanitarian system is overwhelmed with the amount of rising needs in a world racked by crises.  

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State Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto to Restore Voting Rights for 40,000 Marylanders

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:54
Advancement Project

Today Maryland’s General Assembly cleared the way for 40,000 Maryland residents to regain their right to vote. After Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed legislation restoring voting rights to more than 40,000 Marylanders with prior felony convictions in 2015, the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate overrode the veto with definitive majorities. The law will now automatically reinstate the right to vote for individuals released after incarceration, allowing persons on probation and parole to vote.

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ACLU Argues Before Florida Appeals Court in Challenge to Florida Law Mandating a 24-Hour Delay for Women Seeking Abortion Care

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 09:03
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is today arguing before a Florida appeals court challenging a law that would prevent a woman seeking an abortion from obtaining the procedure for at least 24 hours after meeting with her doctor. The compulsory waiting period would force women to make an additional, medically unnecessary trip to the clinic.

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Global Airplane Carbon Rules Too Weak to Protect Climate

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:39
Earthjustice

The first international standards for carbon pollution from airplanes recommended today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) would be too weak to protect the climate. Proposed standards just released in Montreal by the international body’s environmental committee would barely trim carbon emissions from new planes and would not even apply to in-service aircraft.

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British Father Marks 600 Days of Illegal Ethiopian Detention

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:24
Reprieve

A British man who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia will this Saturday mark 600 days of illegal detention.
 
Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, a father of three from London who turns 61 today, has been held by Ethiopian security forces since his disappearance on 23rd June 2014, when he was forcibly taken from an airport in Yemen to Ethiopia. Mr Tsege is a prominent member of the Ethiopian opposition, and is held under a sentence of death imposed in absentia in 2009 in relation to his political activities.

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Bush Hearing Voters' Message on Big Money, But Needs To Do More

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:10
Common Cause

Congratulations to Gov. Jeb Bush for joining the other presidential candidates who’re talking about what voters care about most -- restoring balance to our democracy by overturning Citizens United.  

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Clinton Firmly Opposes NED Pipeline

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:34
350.org

Just days ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed her direct opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline. When asked by Ian Ware, a student at the University of Virginia, if she supports the pipeline, Clinton responded with a firm “no.”

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NAACP Joining with ‘Democracy Awakening’ at the Nation’s Capital in April

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:12
NAACP

The NAACP will be with thousands of people who will converge on Washington, D.C., this spring as part of an unprecedented movement to demand a democracy that works for all Americans, one in which everyone has an equal voice and elected officials are accountable to the people, not the wealthy.

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Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero Rating” plans like Facebook’s Free Basics

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 09:27
Fight for the Future

Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program.

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New Report Spotlights Growing Support for Money in Politics Reforms

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 08:36
Common Cause

A citizens’ movement to break the power of big money in politics with tougher disclosure laws, financing systems that elevate small dollar donors, and other reforms is winning important victories in states and localities across the country, Common Cause and several allied groups advocates argue in a report released today.

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