Citing the need for a candidate who will break with politics-as-usual and fight for America’s working people, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) voted Thursday to endorse U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for president in the 2016 election. With 700,000 members, CWA is one of the largest unions in the U.S.
The decision followed a 3-month democratic process, including hundreds of worksite meetings and an online vote by tens of thousands of CWA members on which candidate to endorse.
Following is a statement by Bob McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, regarding the announcement of $680 billion tax cut package (split between the extenders and omnibus bills) to be considered by Congress in the next few days.
“At a time when we already face a $7 trillion budget hole over the next decade, increasing that hole by $680 billion to pay for a new package of tax breaks is an absolute disgrace. This tax-cut package would lose more revenue than was “raised” by the fiscal cliff package in 2013.
Today is imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 28th birthday. She has been in prison since she was 22, and is serving a 35 year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government’s worst abuses.
To celebrate Chelsea’s birthday and highlight the ongoing support for her fair treatment and release, Fight for the Future has launched a website that allows anyone to send Chelsea a physical birthday card with a customized message with just a few clicks.
See the website here: HappyBirthdayChelsea.com
The family of a Saudi juvenile who was 15 when he was arrested at a protest have appealed for help to stop his imminent beheading.
With the holiday season in full swing, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 40,000 free Endangered Species Condoms to encourage people to invite wildlife into holiday celebrations by talking about the effects of rampant human population growth on the environment and wildlife. More babies are conceived between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of year.
In a powerful public presence, community members and activists opposed to imprisonment celebrated as the Board of Supervisors rejected funding toward a controversial proposal to build a new maximum security jail in San Francisco at the board meeting earlier today. The jail proposal was rejected unanimously.
Today, Republicans, backed by ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers, forced a deal that will lift the crude oil export ban as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Package.
With the understanding that Republicans would not have the votes in a straight up or down vote, the measure was attached to the must-pass omnibus package.
Dean Baker, economist and a co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) issued the following statement in response to the Federal Reserve's decision regarding interest rates:
The UK Defence Secretary today refused to answer questions from Members of Parliament on whether there were any differences between the US’ long-running covert drone programme, and the UK’s own targeted killing programme, announced by the Prime Minister as a “new departure” earlier this year.
For over a decade, the CIA and the US’ secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) have been using unmanned aircraft to carry out ‘targeted killings’ in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen, where the US is not at war, as part of a global ‘war on terror’ without boundaries.
350.org Policy Director Jason Kowalski issued the following statement on news that Congress will lift the oil export ban as part of a larger legislative package:
“Supporters of climate action in Congress need to realize that caving on the oil export ban is like a group of firefighters giving an early Christmas present to the local arsonists. Big Oil’s business plan is to burn the planet and lifting the ban just adds fuel to the fire.
The "Omnibus" budget package includes International Monetary Fund (IMF) voting reforms that awaited Congressional approval since 2010. The so-called "quota" reforms give emerging and developing countries increased voting power within the IMF governing structure.
Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:
"I applaud this bipartisan Congressional action that fosters greater participation for countries impacted by IMF decisions and policies.
The daughter of a British man held under sentence of death in Ethiopia has asked the Queen for help.
Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, a father of three from London, has been held incommunicado in Ethiopia since June 2014, when he was kidnapped at an airport and rendered to the country. A well-known critic of Ethiopia’s ruling party, he faces a death sentence imposed in absentia. He has been denied access to a lawyer, and the British Ambassador has been permitted to meet with him only rarely.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a bid by the coal mining industry and its allies to throw out the first-ever national limits on mercury and other toxic air pollution spewed by power plants. The Court’s decision on the Environmental Protection Agency's [EPA] Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will save thousands of lives, and avert long term environmental and public health damage.
The oil giant Shell could be exposed to a raft of compensation claims and be forced to disclose previously withheld internal documents over its failure to stop and clean up decades of oil pollution in a test case before the Dutch Court of Appeal on Friday.
The case is the latest attempt by Niger Delta communities to hold Shell to account, with the support of international NGOs including Amnesty International.