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Report: Mississippi Workers Are Dying on the Job at One of the Highest Rates in the Nation

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:25
National Employment Law Project

Workers in Mississippi suffer high numbers of severe work-related injuries, and they face one of the highest workplace fatality rates in the nation, yet the government systems that are supposed to protect these injured workers are among the nation’s worst, according to a report released today by the National Employment Law Project and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

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NOW announces #EnoughIsEnough Campaign To Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:15
National Organization for Women (NOW)

The National Organization for Women (NOW) announces today the #EnoughIsEnough campaign, led by NOW and coalition partners including Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Legal Momentum and UNITE HERE. #EnoughIsEnough will bring together different voices and perspectives to develop effective strategies aimed at bringing about substantive change to prevent, address and remedy sexual harassment in the workplaces and schools.

Categories: Latest News and MN350 on the Appointment of Tina Smith

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:53

In response to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s decision to appoint Lt. Governor Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate, MN350 Executive Director Kevin Whelan gave the following statement:

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Dourson’s Withdrawal a Victory for Science, Health

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:49
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Michael Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has withdrawn his name from consideration after key senators made it clear he could not win confirmation. That’s a victory for science-based policy and the health of millions of people across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of UCS.

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EPA Nominee Michael Dourson Withdraws

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:46
Friends of the Earth

 Bloomberg is reporting that Michael Dourson, a career chemical industry scient

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A.G. Schneiderman Releases New Details On Investigation Into Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:08
New York State Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman

New Analysis Shows as Many as 2 Million Comments Stole Real Americans’ Identities; To Date, Over 5,000 People Have Filed Reports with the AG’s Office at

FCC is Scheduled to Vote on Net Neutrality Tomorrow, Based on Corrupted Public Comment Process

In New Letter, A.G. Schneiderman Urges Postponement of Vote, Tells FCC: “Moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of the notice and comment process… and reward those who perpetrated this fraud”

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Federal Monitor Submits Status Report in Court-Ordered NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Reforms, Advocates Raise Concerns

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:27
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

In response to the court-appointed monitor in the Center for Constitutional Rights’ landmark stop-and-frisk case Floyd v. City of New York filing his seventh status report with the court on the court-ordered reforms, CCR issued the following statement:

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Committee Advances Bill to Target Financing of Human Trafficking

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:43
Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to advance legislation targeting the financing of human trafficking, in a move welcomed by the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition.

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Green Party Leaders Speak Out Against The Republican Tax Bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:38
Green Party of the US

Green Party leaders took to video to speak against the Republican tax bill moving through Congress and called on all Americans to contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators and urge defeat of the legislation before the final vote. House and Senate Republicans reconciled their respective versions of the bill on Wednesday.

Links to three videos, with text excerpts, are appended below.

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Sixth Round of NAFTA Talks Stall

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:51
Friends of the Earth

The sixth round of secret talks on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, D.C., this week appear to have stalled. Donald Trump may be preparing to unilaterally withdraw the United States from NAFTA by executive action in the near future, according to reports from the negotiations. Despite ongoing negotiations, Canada and Mexico appear unlikely to concede to Trump’s demands.

Bill Waren, senior trade analyst at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement:

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At Least $2 Billion In Stolen Wages Was Recovered For Workers in 2015 and 2016

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:34
Economic Policy Institute

A new EPI paper finds that at least $2 billion in stolen wages was recovered for workers across the United States in 2015 and 2016. The comprehensive report on wage theft, by EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas, Research Assistant Zane Mokhiber, and intern Adam Chaikof, is an update of EPI’s 2014 survey.

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Progressive Organizations Call on Democratic Leadership to Insist on Clean Dream Act By Year’s End

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:19
Credo Action

Since the Trump Administration announced its decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5th, more than 11,000 young people have lost their protection from deportation and their ability to work.  What’s worse — each day that passes without a permanent legislative solution in place, 122 DACA recipients will lose their protections and millions more have no protections at all.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Headlines #ReplaceNAFTA Day-of-Action Event: Millions Nationwide Call for Successful Renegotiation to Eliminate Job Outsourcing Incentives, Add Strong Labor and Environmental Terms

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:08
Public Citizen

An event on Capitol Hill today launched the national #ReplaceNAFTA Day of Action during the last North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks in 2017, which are now underway in Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and union and civil society leaders joined Americans nationwide calling, emailing and tweeting at Congress to demand a successful renegotiation of NAFTA to eliminate its outsourcing incentives and add strong labor and environmental terms.

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Organizations Demand an Expanded Public Process on Fracking Rules for Delaware River Basin

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:41
Food & Water Watch

Representatives of organizations and members of the public spoke directly to the Delaware River Basin Commissioners today during a comment period at the Delaware River Basin Commissioner’s (DRBC) public business meeting demanding a just public input process for the draft fracking regulations and proposed ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River Watershed.

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Brexit Lobby Meetings Dominated By Big Business, Official Figures Reveal

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:24
Global Justice Now
  • Finance, accountancy and fossil fuel companies dominate meetings held by UK’s Brexit and Trade departments
  • UK government accused of sidelining concerns of civil society by granting extremely privileged access to corporate lobbyists

Updated analysis released by Corporate Europe Observatory and Global Justice Now exposes how official lobby meetings about Brexit and post-Brexit trade are being dominated by big corporate interests at the expense of civil society.

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Over 40 Members of Congress Urge President Trump to Call on Turkey to Drop Charges Against Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:42
Amnesty International

Over 40 members of Congress recently sent a letter urging President Trump to call on Turkish officials to stop the prosecution of human rights defenders, drop charges against Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10, and immediately and unconditionally release those still in detention. This letter was co-sponsored by Representatives Randy Hultgren and Jim McGovern.

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Judiciary Committee Marking Up Fair Elections Act Today

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:56
Public Citizen

The Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in Washington, D.C., today is marking up the Fair Elections Act of 2017 (B22-0192), which would strengthen local democracy, empower small donors and break down barriers to running for office.

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Explosion at Austrian Baumgarten Gas Hub and Shutdown of Forties Pipeline System Shows Europe’s Vulnerability

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:48
Food & Water Watch

An explosion yesterday forced operator Gas Connect Austria to shut down a major European gas hub at Baumgarten, taking one life and injuring 21 others.

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FCC Vote Tomorrow Will Weigh the Public Interest Against Corporate Interests

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:46
Common Cause

This may well be the last gasp of the open internet, as big telecom’s majority as the FCC decrees instead the Gate-keeper’s Internet—a shadowy world of monopoly, commercialism, and conspiracy in restraint of democracy that totally subverts the promise of what might have been.

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70 U.S. Mayors Embrace Solar And Call For Strong Policies

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:42
Environment America

70 U.S. mayors, representing cities from sea to shining sea, are calling for solar energy to power their communities. A statement released today by Environment America includes mayors from cities ranging from South Miami, Fla., to Traverse City, Mich., who agree on the need to tap into clean energy from the sun.

“There is no downside to solar energy,” said Naples, Fla., Mayor Bill Barnett. “It’s a win-win for all involved.”

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