Following years of government pressure, Backpage.com today announced that it would shut down the adult section of its website. This development is a direct blow to the freedom of speech we enjoy online. Backpage, like other classified ad platforms before it, has faced a long-running campaign from government officials at every level seeking to force the website to restrict lawful speech as a way to pursue criminal activity by some of the site's users.
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species. The native bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Three months ago, the Obama administration designated seven species of bees in Hawaii as endangered.
Environment America and other environmental organizations delivered nearly 120,000 comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service in support of protecting the rusty patched bumble bee during the public comment period on the listing.
The British Foreign Secretary has refused to respond to questions in Parliament over whether the UK will cooperate with a revived US torture program – as proposed by President-elect Trump.
ACLU Acts to Block Court Order That Permits Discrimination Against Women, Transgender People Seeking Health Care
The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in healthcare. The ACLU also asked the court to issue a formal ruling on its request to intervene in the lawsuit.
The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a legal challenge to block a Kentucky abortion restriction that was rushed through the state legislature just days into the new session.
International human rights organization Reprieve, which represents detainees at Guantanamo Bay, has urged President Obama to take steps to close the prison ahead of the 15th anniversary of its opening (Wednesday 11th).
President-elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to keep Guantanamo open. Last week, he tweeted that “there should be no further releases” from the prison.
NNU Nurses to Testify in D.C., Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings
On Tuesday, January 10, at a public stakeholder meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU)—from states around the country—will demand that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.
Note: Today, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the ‘‘Prevention of Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017.’’ The legislation seeks to require the president to sell all assets that would create a financial conflict of interest. The bill also would apply to the vice president, the spouse of the president and to children of the president or vice president.
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On Friday, the SRST filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., asking District Judge James Boasberg to throw out Dakota Access’s lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. The Department of Justice, which represents the Corps, filed a similar motion.
WHAT: Rallies will be held across the country targeting U.S. Senators as part of a ‘Day Against Denial’ aimed at stopping Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet, including: Rex Tillerson, recent former CEO of ExxonMobil for Secretary of State; Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator; Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy; and Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior.
WHO: A coalition of climate and environmental organizations joined by people in dozens of states across the country who are concerned about the future of our climate and our communities.