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Groups Urge FCC to Force Disclosure of Political Ad Donors

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 06:58
Common Cause

With the presidential election just a year away and critical primaries and caucuses beginning in a few weeks, a coalition of legal and civic advocacy groups called on the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to require broadcasters to disclose the “true sponsors” of political advertising.

Greenpeace Calls On Indonesia’s Plantation Industry To Adopt Fire Action Plan

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 06:35

Greenpeace has launched a challenge to the plantation industry to respond to the devastating scale of the forest fires crisis, set out in a new Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis. The four-step Fire Action Plan aims to bring the fires under control and make sure there is no repeat of this disaster. Greenpeace has also released a new set of photos that show how people are affected by smoke from the fires.

Outside Spending by Special Interests Floods Judicial Elections at Record Percentage, Report Finds

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 05:06
Brennan Center for Justice

Special-interest groups accounted for a record-high 29 percent of total spending in state judicial races in the 2013-14 election cycle, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Justice at Stake, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Bangladesh Must Stop International Criminal Tribunal Executions; Government's Actions Imperil Democracy

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 04:41
Amnesty International

Bangladesh is in a state of unrest that will only grow worse if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continues to abandon the rule of law by allowing the execution of two opposition leaders in days. PM Hasina has long given up listening to the people of Bangladesh or respecting human rights. The international community must immediately pressure her to stop these executions and reform her government.

Palau Creates National Marine Sanctuary

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:06

Earthjustice applauds the creation of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, signed into law today by President Tommy Remengesau, establishing one of the world’s largest marine protected areas.

“This bold action to protect the full sweep of the country’s valuable ocean resources affirms that Palau is a world leader in marine conservation,” said Drew Caputo, Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Lands, Wildlife and Oceans. “No other country has done more.”

30,000+ Signatures Supporting Strong Protection From Coal Pollution for Utah Sent To EPA

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:23
Sierra Club

A coalition of outdoor industry business leaders, clean air and park advocates, and winter sports athletes today announced that a petition with more than 30,000 signatures has been delivered to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath urging the EPA to compel strong and fair limits on coal pollution impacting Utah’s national parks and communities.

New Oceana Study Reveals Scary News about America’s Favorite Fish

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:00

Oceana released a new study today that reveals mislabeling of America’s favorite fish – salmon. Oceana collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that most of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as wild-caught product.

Why is Syria Burning?

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:54
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

NBC News is reporting: “Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin ‘direct action on the ground’ against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.”

USDA Whistleblower Complaint Raises Question: What Else Is USDA Hiding on Pesticides?

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:52
U.S. Right to Know

Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a whistleblower complaint on behalf of U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist Jonathan Lundgren, who may have been harassed and suspended for research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on monarch butterflies.

First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:30
Worldwatch Institute

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has receivedrecommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% renewable energy generation by 2027. The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment, released today by the Worldwatch Institute, also suggests a 33% reduction in the region's energy intensity. Achieving these sustainable energy goals would result in a 46% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions over the period.

UK Supports Dubai Police Fair, Despite UAE Torture Record

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 04:37

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is supporting a trade fair hosted by the Dubai police this week, despite widespread use of police torture in the UAE.

The event, the Emirates Security Exhibition and Conference (Emsec), is said by its organizers to be ‘designed to support and encourage UK exports’. It is officially hosted by the Dubai police, though UKTI has organized a reception at the British embassy in Dubai for UK companies taking part.  

Fight for the Future Statement on CISA Vote in US Senate

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 13:43
Fight for the Future

Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a profoundly unpopular cyber surveillance bill that expands and codifies the U.S. government’s unconstitutional spying programs while completely failing to prevent cyber attacks.

Oceana Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Save Dusky Sharks in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 06:50

Today, Oceana, which was represented by Earthjustice, sued the federal government to end the overfishing of dusky sharks in U.S. waters. Dusky shark populations off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have plummeted by 85 percent in the past two decades as a result of overfishing and bycatch – the incidental capture of fish and ocean wildlife. In 2000, the National Marine Fisheries Service prohibited fishermen from targeting dusky sharks and bringing them to the dock, in an attempt to help rebuild the population.

Palestine Legal's Statement in Response to Surge in Incidents

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 06:23
Palestine Legal

As protesters in the U.S. condemn the recent surge in violence against Palestinians, students, community and labor activists across the country continue to face what we call the “Palestine Exception to Free Speech.” In recent weeks, Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activists in the U.S. have faced harassment, violations of their free speech rights, baseless legal threats, and material threats to their physical safety.

ACLU of South Carolina Comment on Video of Violence Against Student by School Resource Officer

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 06:11

CHARLESTON – Cell phone videos surfaced on social media today of a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, using excessive force on a female student who was sitting at her desk in a classroom. The videos show her being thrown to the floor and dragged:

Common Cause Urges New, Clear Rules for Political Activity by 'Social Welfare' Nonprofits

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 05:50
Common Cause

The Internal Revenue Service should write new rules to clarify what constitutes political activity under the tax laws and clearly state that social welfare groups can spend no more than an insubstantial amount of their resources on political activity, Common Cause told senators today.

Edward Snowden Weighs in on CISA: "It's a Surveillance Bill."

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 04:46
Fight for the Future

Last night, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined Fight for the Future’s Q&A session on reddit to weigh in on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA,) the controversial “cybersecurity” bill that is expected to see a vote on the Senate floor this afternoon.

Security Fears Lead to Press Freedom Decline in Tunisia

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 04:43
Committee to Protect Journalists

Tunisian press freedom is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism, CPJ finds in a report released today, "In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears." The report finds that while Islamic militants threaten journalists, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault members of the press.

Iowa Clean Energy Business and Public Health Leaders, Parents and Students Call on Presidential Candidates to Embrace Renewable Energy Policies, Clean Power Plan

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 13:08
Climate Parents

Today, Iowa clean energy business leaders, parents, public health leaders and students called on presidential candidates to learn from Iowa’s bipartisan example and embrace clean, renewable energy policies such as the Clean Power Plan and renewable energy tax credits.