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Statement: Province of B.C. Formally Opposes Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:35

Today the Province of British Columbia announced its opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in its submission to the National Energy Board.

Sven Biggs, ForestEthics Advocacy campaign organizer released the following statement:

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After 14 Years of Guantánamo, US Govt Faces Deadline Over Release of Force-Feeding Tapes

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:52

The Obama Administration has less than two weeks to decide whether to appeal a federal judge’s order that it must release videotapes showing the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantánamo Bay – as the prison marks 14 years of existence.

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Northern Rockies Fishers One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:37
Center for Biological Diversity

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Northern Rockies fisher, a rare and vanishing species, may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are cat-like, medium-sized members of the weasel family with slender, brown bodies and long, bushy tails.

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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Kentucky Mosque Vandalism

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:09
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 state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Kentucky mosque as a possible hate crime.

On Friday, when worshipers left congregational prayers as the Islamic Center of Owensboro in Owensboro, Ky., they found the mosque’s sign smeared with red markings. Mosque officials believe the vandalism was motivated by bias.

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Arch Coal Bankruptcy: The End of an Era

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:06
Sierra Club

Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest coal supplier in the United States, announced today that it would be filing for bankruptcy protection after suffering several quarters of losses and being unable to restructure its debt. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin.

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Federal Trial Begins Over Voting Rights in Ferguson, Missouri

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:02

A federal trial gets underway today over voting rights and race discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the Ferguson-Florissant School District's at-large electoral system, charging it locks African-Americans out of the political process in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

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Groups Gather Today at Noon at White House to Protest 14th Guantánamo Anniversary

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 07:26
Witness Against Torture

Today, a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo attorneys, and members of diverse faith communities will hold a rally at the White House to mark the 14th anniversary of the first arrival of detainees at Guantánamo on January 11, 2002.

The coalition is calling on the Obama administration in its last, crucial year in office, to close Guantánamo and end indefinite detention. With recent transfers, 104 men remain at Guantánamo, dozens of them cleared for release, the majority from Yemen.


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