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Honduran Farmers Sue World Bank Group for Human Rights Violations

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 07:04
Earthrights International

EarthRights International (ERI) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Honduran farmers charging two World Bank Group members with aiding and abetting gross violations of human rights. The suit arises out of the substantial financial support two World Bank entities, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC Asset Management Corporation (IFC-AMC), invested in Honduran palm-oil companies owned by the late Miguel Facussé.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Concerned with FCC Chair Pai’s Recent Actions

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:53
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is raising concerns over Federal Communications Chair (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent decisions on Lifeline, media ownership, and inmate calling rates.

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Statement From Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota People’s Law Project Lead Counsel, on Judge Boasburg’s Decision to Deny Preliminary Injunction

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:41
Lakota People's Law Project

“It is simply unacceptable that the government is allowing Energy Transfer Partners to build this pipeline through our sacred lands. The water the pipeline threatens supplies the Lakota and more than 17 million other people downstream.

Sunoco, which will operate Dakota Access upon its completion, is the worst pipeline company in America, responsible for more oil spills than any of its competitors. Sunoco is to blame for 254 pipeline leaks in the past 10 years alone, totaling nearly 1,200,000 gallons of oil despoiling Grandmother Earth in that time.

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Nurses: GOP Plan Would Abandon Millions of Americans with Less Coverage, Higher Costs

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:31
National Nurses United

National Nurses United (NNU) today sharply criticized the Republicans’ proposed healthcare “repeal and replace” bill as a cruel abandonment of the gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a betrayal of the promises made by candidate Donald Trump to ensure that “we’re going to have healthcare for everybody” that is “far less expensive and far better.”

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With Plagiarized Praise, Trump White House Becomes Mouthpiece for ExxonMobil

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:00

Yesterday, ExxonMobil announced plans to spend $20 billion to expand fossil fuel infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. Just minutes after new CEO Darren Woods announced Exxon’s plans, Trump’s White House released its own statement praising the news, plagiarizing a paragraph verbatim from Exxon’s own.

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Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 09:05

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

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Common Cause and 170 Allies Call on FCC and Congress to Protect and Enforce Strong Net Neutrality Rules and Secure the Open Internet

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 08:22
Common Cause

On the eve of the Senate Commerce Committee’s first Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Oversight Hearing of 2017, Common Cause and 170 allied public interest organizations sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson calling for the protection of the free and open internet.

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Jewish Voice for Peace: New Bill Will Bar Human Rights Advocates from Entering Israel

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:01
Jewish Voice for Peace

Today, Israel passed a bill barring foreign supporters of the

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Mulvaney Lies About Trump’s Promise Not to Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:31
Social Security Works

The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, Founding Co-Director of Social Security Works, in reaction to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney claiming that Trump’s campaign promise was to “save” Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and that Republican plans to cut the programs (which M

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House Republican ACA Repeal Plan Replaces Taxes on Rich and Corporations with Taxes on Middle-Class Workers

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:58
Americans for Tax Fairness

Americans for Tax Fairness Executive Director Frank Clemente made the following statement in response to a news story about a significant shift in health care financing reported on Thursday, March 2, by CQ’s Erin Mershon and Joe Williams (behind a

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ACLU Comment on Trump’s New Muslim Ban

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:15

The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban. Instead, President Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people.

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The Affordable Care Act Allows Workers to Have More Freedom and Flexibility

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:14
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, is on the path to be repealed, and supposedly replaced. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), shows that the ACA has not only increased the number of people insured, but also made it so workers have the flexibility to choose the type of job they want and still have the security of having health insurance. 

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Supreme Court Sends Gavin Grimm Case Back Down to Appeals Court

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 07:53

The Supreme Court today announced that it is sending Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to be reconsidered in light of the Departments of Justice and Education rescinding a Title IX Guidance clarifying protections for transgender students.

The remand means that the Supreme Court will no longer be hearing arguments in the landmark transgender rights case on March 28th as originally scheduled.

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Groups To Democratic Senators Regarding Gorsuch: “We Need You To Do Better”

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 07:27
NARAL Pro-Choice America

Today, eleven progressive advocacy organizations led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, sent a letter to all Democratic Senators urging them to take bolder action to defeat Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

In the letter, the groups state, “Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee [Gorsuch] despite the fact that he is an ultra-conservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms and threaten the independence of the federal judiciary.” And then states, “We need you to do better.”

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ACLU Statement on Florida Supreme Court Hearing on Voting Rights Restoration Ballot Language

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 07:27

The Florida Supreme Court today held a hearing to review the language of a proposed amendment to the state constitution which would automatically restore the right to vote for many people with past felony convictions.

Responding to the hearing, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon stated:

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