The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence.
Ian Thompson, ACLU legislative representative, offered the following statement:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Islamophobe Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could negatively impact Muslims served and employed by that federal agency.
Carson is notorious for his assertion that a Muslim should not be elected president of the United States. CAIR called on Carson to drop out of the presidential race when he made that bigoted statement.
Environmental Leaders Call on President-Elect Trump to Renounce Hate, Rescind Bannon and Sessions Appointments
In a statement released Monday, executives and board members from twenty-six leading environmental organizations spoke out against rising intolerance in the wake of the Presidential election and expressed solidarity with national and global movements for civil rights, social justice and an inclusive economy.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Supreme Court Argument in Key Redistricting Cases
The United States Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in two significant appeals concerning claims of racial gerrymandering.
"We are relieved that the Obama administration is showing the Standing Rock Sioux the dignity and respect they deserve by halting further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on or near their sacred lands and water sources. But the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline isn't over. It won't be until this hazardous, antiquated oil conduit is canceled for good.
Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Other Activists
National Nurses United Sunday congratulated leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of supporters, including 2,000 veterans assembled over the weekend, for the news that the federal government will deny authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through tribal lands posing a threat to water sources and sacred sites.
Indigenous Environmental Network Issues Statement on Obama Administration’s Dakota Access Pipeline Denial
Following an announcement from the Obama Administration announcing a denial of an easement permit for the Missouri River, the Indigenous Environmental Network released a statement thanking supporters.
Dallas Goldtooth, lead organizer for the IEN, said:
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not be granting an easement under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross the Missouri River a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The Corps further stated that it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for alternative routes. These actions trigger a new round of public involvement processes to permit the final piece of the pipeline as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson released the following statement in response to the news that the Obama administration has denied an easement needed to complete construction of the Dakota Access pipeline:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement
The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.
The Obama Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers have officially denied the easement to cross under Lake Oahe. The Army Corps will be undertaking a full environmental impact study on the pipeline, which was missing from the original process, to look at potential alternative routes.
In response to the news, Greenpeace spokesperson Lilian Molina said:
Immediately upon arriving at the Standing Rock encampment last night, Dr. Cornel West was engaged in speaking to a group gathered in greeting.
“So much of that solidarity has to do with the fact that we are expressing our genuine love for Indigenous People! Deep love, and when you have the love you hate the fact that they are being treated unfairly. You loathe the fact that they are being treated unjustly… and if we don't do something, the rocks are going to cry out.”
National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S. service veterans who are assembling this weekend as peaceful, unarmed defenders for the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota who are enduring military style police assaults for opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project.
Friends of the Earth International Stands in Solidarity With the Water Protectors at Standing Rock: Water is Life, and We Stand for Life.
Friends of the Earth International stands in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock: Water is Life, and we stand for life.
On Friday December 2nd at approximately 2pm CST Water Protectors from Oceti Sakowin camp will fulfill a donation list that the Morton County Sheriff's Department released on November 22, 2016.
National Nurses United today re-affirmed its strong support for Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee and condemned the latest round vitriolic attacks on Ellison as “symbolic of McCarthy era politics that should have no place in American politics.”
President-Elect Donald Trump formally announced his support for the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline yesterday.