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ACLU and Demos Present Arguments at Supreme Court in Ohio Voter Purge Case

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:51
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union and Dēmos presented arguments today to the Supreme Court in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a case focusing on Ohio’s practice of purging voters from its registration rolls. The groups argued that the Supplemental Process directly violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

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Thursday: Following Votes on Legalizing Marijuana in NH and VT, New York State Legislators Hold Public Hearing on Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:45
Drug Policy Alliance

On January 11, 2018, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Goal to Divest New York City from Fossil Fuels

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:58
Sierra Club

Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to divest the city’s $189 billion pension fund from fossil fuels within the next five years, making New York City the first major US pension plan to do so. Momentum behind the push to defund the fossil fuel industry is growing in New York; last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the state’s retirement fund to divest from fossil fuels.   

Mayor de Blasio also ​announced that the city has filed a lawsuit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies over their contributions to climate change.

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Nurses Opposes Trump Administration Deportation Threats Against Salvadorans, Other Immigrants Living in the U.S.

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:52
National Nurses United

In the wake of the Trump Administration decision this week to end the temporary protected status for over 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S., National Nurses United said today that it opposes the administration’s threats of deportation of an expanding list of Mexican, Central American and Caribbean immigrants in the U.S.

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Ethiopia: Closure Of “Torture Chamber” Could Signal New Chapter For Human Rights

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:40
Amnesty International

Responding to an announcement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn that all political prisoners will be released and a notorious detention centre closed, Fisseha Tekle, Ethiopia Researcher at Amnesty International, said:

“Today’s announcement could signal the end of an era of bloody repression in Ethiopia. For prisoners who have spent years incarcerated on politically motivated and trumped-up charges, this is long overdue.

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Gov. Wolf Bows to Public Pressure, Suspends Mariner Pipeline Construction

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:28
Food & Water Watch

Today, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection acted to suspend all construction related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline. The order states, “Suspension of the permits described… is necessary to correct the egregious and willful violations described herein.”

Food & Water Watch organizer Sam Rubin released the following statement:

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More Than 60 Groups Urge Senators to Reject Azar to Run HHS

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:08
Public Citizen

Saying that it would be detrimental to Americans for Alex Azar to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 60 organizations today urged senators not to confirm him.

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Net Neutrality Supporters Launch 2018 Campaign To Oust Lawmakers Who Don’t Vote For CRA To Overturn FCC Decision

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:06
Fight for the Future

Internet activists are kicking off 2018 with a bang by launching VoteForNetNeutrality.com, a no holds barred campaign calling on Internet users to vote en masse against lawmakers who refuse to overturn the FCC’s deeply corrupt repeal of net neutrality

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