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ACLU Statement on Alton Sterling Shooting

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:20

Details surrounding the shooting last night of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continue to emerge. In reaction, ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman issued the following statement:

“Alton Sterling was shot to death while he was on the ground and two police officers were on top of him. Sadly, Mr. Sterling is the 122nd Black person to be killed by U.S. law enforcement this year. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the city of Baton Rouge.

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Press Call Thursday: Digital Rights and Progressive Groups Collect Hundreds of Thousands of Petition Signatures Calling on Democratic Leader Pelosi to Publicly Oppose TPP Lame-Duck Vote

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:17

WHAT: A coalition of major digital rights and progressive organizations from OpenMedia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to Daily Kos,  Demand Progress, and Corporate Accountability International

have collected hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling on Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi to publicly declare her opposition to a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Environmental Groups Head to Court Over Pollinator-Killing Pesticides

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 08:01

Environmental groups are headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides.

The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee have been tracking the scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid pesticides and pollinator deaths. Now, they say it’s time for Canada to stop ignoring the risks.

Ecojustice lawyers representing the groups argue that a number of pesticides containing two neonicotinoid active ingredients (Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) are unlawfully registered in Canada.

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Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:24

The American Civil Liberties Union and over 70 national, state and local groups sent a letter today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) urging him to cancel a hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and others.

Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has scheduled the hearing on the “First Amendment Defense Act” for July 12, the one month anniversary of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Death of Northern Gateway a Reminder That Tar Sands Pipelines Are Not Inevitable

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 06:45
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)Late last week, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal put the final nail in the coffin of the controversial proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. The court overturned the approval of the project on the basis that the Canadian government, under the previous Prime Minister Stephen Harper, did not properly consult with First Nations along the pipeline’s proposed route.
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Statement on the Chilcot Report by the Iraqi Transnational Collective - London Chapter

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 06:07
Iraqi Transnational Collective

While the Iraq War ended the brutal Ba’ath dictatorship, it unleashed a whole host of other forces on the country which have contributed significantly to the dire situation on the ground today. The Chilcot Report published today presents a scathing, although at times inconsistent, indictment of the Blair government in relation to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Its findings are limited however, by its own remit, never intended to discuss criminal or civil liability on the part of Blair, Straw and their principle spin doctor Alastair Campbell among others.

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Analysis: Leased Fossil Fuels on Public Lands, Oceans Will Be Producing Decades Beyond Paris Climate Targets

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 05:22
Center for Biological Diversity

new analysis finds that coal, oil and gas already under lease on public lands and oceans in the United States will last far beyond the point scientists predict the world will exceed the temperature targets set out in the global climate agreement that was reached in Paris.

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Largest Peace Organization Endorses Feingold for Senate

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:35
Peace Action

Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

“Peace Action has long taken a stand against the kind of rhetoric that drives fear, anger, and violence in our communities. I look forward to working alongside them to reduce threats to peace and ensure economic justice here in Wisconsin and across the world,” said former Senator Russ Feingold of the endorsement.

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Agreement: Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:36
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now legally bound to determine whether to protect imperiled monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, according to the terms of an agreement reached today with conservation groups. The agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety requires the agency to decide by June 2019 whether the butterflies will receive federal protection.

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Handouts to Manufacturers Will Not Curb Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:32
Public Citizen

A provision tucked into a U.S. House of Representatives bill to address opioid addiction is nothing but an expensive handout to the pharmaceutical industry that will do little to address the epidemic, Public Citizen said in a letter to Congress.

Lawmakers in the conference committee for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 6, for the first time to discuss the bill.

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Yemeni Drone Victim Responds to President Obama's Civilian Casualty Figures

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:06

A Yemeni victim of the U.S. drone killing program has called on the Obama Administration to reveal whether his family was included in civilian casualty numbers released last week.

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Central Role of Torture ‘Evidence’ in Iraq War Shows Need for Independent UK Torture Inquiry

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 05:27

In 2014, the US Senate’s intelligence committee established that a key claim used to justify the invasion of Iraq was extracted through torture from a victim of the CIA’s ‘rendition’ programme.

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The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement Will Hold a Press Conference and Release an Open Letter to the Trump Campaign and to NC Leaders Who Support His Hate Driven Campaign

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 05:25

The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will hold a press conference at 11 am at the SE corner of Morgan Street and Fayetteville St. Our coalition will release an open letter to the Trump campaign and its state leaders. The NC NAACP and our coalition partners will challenge Donald Trump on his anti-immigration policies, xenophobia, and racism.  

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EU Accused of Trying to Push Through ‘Toxic’ Trade Deal Ahead of Brexit

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 05:09
Global Justice Now

Trade campaigners in the UK have accused the European Commission of attempting to hasten attempts to push through a controversial trade deal between Canada and the EU ahead of the UK leaving the EU. The accusations come before a meeting tomorrow of the EU Commissioners in Brussels where it’s expected the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will be agreed upon.

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