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USDA Says U.S. Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Colonies Last Year

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:24
Friends of the Earth

Today the Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the United States Department of Agriculture, released its annual report on honey bee losses in the United States.

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ACLU Files Discrimination Charges Against Frontier Airlines on Behalf of Breast-Feeding Pilots

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:15

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Colorado, and the law firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP today filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of four female Frontier Airlines pilots who claim that the company’s policies discriminate against women by failing to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breast-feeding.

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Leader of Region's Largest Grassroots Peace Group Response to Obama's Visit to Hiroshima

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:08
Coalition for Peace Action

The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), the largest grassroots peace group in the region, responded with the statement below to today’s May 10 announcement that President Obama will include a visit in Hiroshima during his upcoming trip to Japan.  

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TUESDAY: Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Consumer Group Rally at Kinder Morgan (KMI) Shareholder Meeting in Opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:12

On Tuesday, May 10th, representatives of global corporate watchdog and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in Vancouver, Canada will attend Kinder Morgan’s annual shareholder meeting in Houston to oppose the corporation’s proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline project.  

The pipeline, which would cut through Tsleil-Waututh traditional territory, would pump more than 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canadian tar sands to export off the Pacific coast near Vancouver.

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TPP Critics to Make Case Against the Controversial Deal at Montreal Consultations

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:10
Council of Canadians

On Tuesday, May 10, the Council of Canadians, Citizens in Action, ATTAC-Québec, and the Raging Grannies will welcome the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade to Montreal just before planned hearings get underway on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The groups will remind the trade committee, composed of MPs from three federal parties, about the growing opposition to the TPP. The Raging Grannies will offer their tongue-in-cheek musical perspective on the subject.

When: Tuesday, May 10 at 8:30 am EDT.

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Brazilian Soy Moratorium Renewed Indefinitely

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:51

The landmark Soy Moratorium, an agreement between civil society, industry and government which prevents major traders from selling soy linked to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, was renewed today. The agreement, signed in a ceremony at the Ministry of the Environment, renews the moratorium indefinitely – or as the renewal document says – until it is no longer needed.  Originally established in July 2006, the Soy Moratorium was renewed annually starting in 2008.

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Army Corps Denies Coal Export Permits and Upholds Lummi Nation Treaty Rights

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:45
Friends of the Earth

After careful review, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision to deny federal permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Wash. In January 2015, the Lummi Nation asked the Army Corps to reject the project because of its significant harm to their treaty-protected fisheries and ancestral lands.

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Investor Announcements are One Step Towards Ending Tainted Agua Zarca Project

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:42
Oxfam International

The Dutch Development Finance Company (FMO) and Finland’s Finnfund, two of the development banks backing the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras, yesterday announced they would seek an exit to their involvement in the project. In response, George Redman, Oxfam’s director in Honduras, said:

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Support DOJ Lawsuit Against North Carolina Anti-LGBT Bill

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:23

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory challenging House Bill 2, a law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Earlier today, McCrory had filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department asking a federal court to determine that the law does not violate civil rights laws.

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Rights Group Challenges Law that Punishes Animal Rights Activists as “Terrorists”

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:39
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the constitutionality of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) on behalf of two activists convicted as terrorists for freeing thousands of mink and foxes from fur farms.

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Panama Papers Database Hugely Important - but Governments, not Whistleblowers, Should be Policing our Tax System

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:07
Oxfam International

The publication of the Panama Papers database is a significant blow against tax dodgers but the public should not have to rely on whistleblowers to expose tax cheats, said Oxfam today.  Oxfam is calling on politicians gathering in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May to end the secrecy that enables companies and wealthy individuals to avoid paying their fair share of tax.

Max Lawson, Head of policy for Oxfam’s ‘Even it Up’ campaign said:

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Macalester College Signs Resolution to 'Bee' Friendly

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:00
Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety (CFS) congratulates Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota on becoming a designated neonicotinoid-free campus. This recognition comes from the BEE Protective Campaign, a program led by Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides which aims to protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides like neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have severe impacts on bee populations.

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ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:59

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals.

The lawsuit, which targets the registrar of vital records, was filed on behalf of ACLU of Mississippi members and Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple who are engaged to be married and face discrimination as a result of this law.

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Interior Secretary Asked to Revoke Oklahoma Oil, Gas Leases

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:57
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the Bureau of Land Management pull 11 public fossil fuel leases sold last month in Oklahoma and Kansas over concerns that fracking and underground injection of oil wastewater could increase the risk of earthquakes in these areas, threatening the physical safety and homes of tens of thousands of residents.

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European Financiers “Seek to Exit” Agua Zarca

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:52
Friends of the Earth

 In an announcement today, FMO stated that it took the decision after a court in Honduras decided on May 8th to press charges against four individuals in connection with the murder of Berta Cáceres. One of the suspects is the acting Manager for social and environmental matters of the Honduran company DESA, the developer of the Agua Zarca project. FMO and FinnFund will organise a mission to Honduras, to take place as soon as possible, comprised of independent experts, to develop a strategy for exiting the project.

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Mothers Gather at the Honduran Consulate in Solidarity with the Mother of Berta Cáceres

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:52
Grassroots Global Justice

On Tuesday, May 10th, Latin American Mother's Day, at 12 noon  dozens of mothers and community activists will gather at the Honduran Consulate in New York City, 255 W 36th St, Manhattan, in solidarity with Austra Bertha Flores Lopez’s call for an independent investigation into the assassination of her daughter, Indigenous and environmental justice activist Berta Cáceres. A team of mothers will deliver a large mother's day card to the Consulate with a bowl of water representing Berta's struggle for water rights of the Lenca people, along with the demands of Berta's family.

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina’s Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 09:12

North Carolina Gov. McCrory today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice that asks a federal court to determine that House Bill 2, the discriminatory law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity, does not violate civil rights laws.

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