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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Renewed Attempt to Take Health Care Away from Millions of Americans

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:46
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the House Republican’s attempt today to undermine the Affordable Care Act:

“Today, the House Republican leadership will attempt, yet again, to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. We continue to urge Congress to end its cruel attack on the millions of Americans who have benefited from the health coverage the current law provides.

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Trump’s Executive Order Is Citizens United 2.0, Threatens Integrity of Religious and Charitable Sectors

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:45
Public Citizen

As President Donald Trump prepares to sign an executive order attempting to fulfill his promise to “destroy” the law protecting churches and other 501(c)(3)s from partisan manipulation, Public Citizen is warning that Trump’s action threatens another “Citizens United moment” with elections subjected to a whole new tsunami of secret and unaccountable money.

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TODAY AT NOON: Pelosi, Franken Join, Progressive Groups for Capitol Hill ‘Stop Trumpcare’ Rally to Save Health Care

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 06:51

Members of Congress, including Sen. Al Franken and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, will join constituents, progressive advocacy groups, and allied organizations on Capitol Hill at noon today to send a simple message to Congress: NO on Trumpcare.

House Republicans are poised to vote on the vicious Trumpcare plan this morning—which, if passed, would rip health coverage from tens of millions of people, gut Medicaid, shred protections for pre-existing conditions, and slam the door on Planned Parenthood—all to hand the wealthy a tax giveaway.

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New Yorkers Harness Peoples Climate March Power for #DivestNY Actions

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 06:48

Just weeks after hundreds of thousands of people, including over 150 busloads from New York, mobilized in Washington, D.C.

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ACLU of Texas Comment on Fatal Shooting of 15-Year-Old by Balch Springs Police Officer

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:03

Last Saturday night, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was killed when Balch Springs Police Department officer Roy Oliver fired his rifle at a moving vehicle in which Edwards was a passenger. Police reports initially stated that the vehicle in question was reversing “in an aggressive manner,” but Balch Springs Police Department chief Jonathan Haber has since confirmed that it was in fact moving away from Oliver when it was fired upon.

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Peace Action: Nearly Half a Million People to Congress: Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:13
Peace Action

In response to the delivery of nearly half a million petition signatures to Congress in support of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, S. 200 introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and H.R. 669 introduced by Rep.

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Fossil Fuel-Funded Report Shows Industry Making Its Last Stand

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:35

On Monday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America issued a new report arguing that fossil fuel divestment is costly for students, pensioners, and stakeholders.

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HRC Responds to Rumored License to Discriminate EO

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:21
Human Rights Campaign

Today, HRC responded to a new media report about a rumored #LicenseToDiscriminate order that puts millions of LGBTQ Americans and women at risk of discrimination.

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ACLU Statement on Reports of Impending “Religious Freedom” Executive Order

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:18

Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will sign an executive order later this week that creates religious exemptions that open the door to discrimination:

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Release of EPA Chief's Emails, Schedule

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:00
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today to force the Environmental Protection Agency to turn over the emails and schedule of the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt.

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Walmart and True Value to Phase Out Bee-Killing Pesticides While Ace Hardware Lags Behind

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 07:39
Friends of the Earth

Today, Friends of the Earth and its allies are announcing a major advancement in their fight to protect essential pollinator populations. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains. This follows an ongoing campaign by Friends of the Earth and allies urging garden retailers, including True Value and Walmart, to stop selling plants treated with neonicotinoids and remove products containing them from store shelves.

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