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Sanders, Grijalva Respond to DHS Review of Private Prison Use

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:49
Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued statements Monday after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the agency will review its use of private detention facilities.

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ACLU, Lambda Legal Seek Greater Relief for Transgender North Carolinians Harmed by H.B. 2

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:48

LGBT rights groups challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender, today announced they will appeal part of a Friday district court ruling in order to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial.

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CETA Leaves Bad Taste on Food Safety: Report

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:24
Council of Canadians

While debate rages in Europe about CETA, the Canada-EU trade agreement, a new report warns that the deal could lower food safety standards.

Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, released today by the Council of Canadians and numerous European partners, outlines the regulatory differences between Canada and the EU that could jeopardize European food safety and production standards.

European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will have to compete with Canadian imports.

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Benefits of Union Membership Narrow Racial Wage Inequality for Black Workers

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:11
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Black workers are more likely than workers of any other race to be represented by a union, finds a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). The report, “Black Workers, Unions, and Inequality”, finds that Black union workers experience higher wages and better access to health insurance and retirement benefits than their non-union peers.

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Momentum Continues to Grow in the Opposition to Fracking: More Than 70 Brazilian Cities Approve Fracking Bans

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:07

The cities of Arapongas and São Manoel do Paraná, in the state of Paraná, have approved in the past week the prohibition of the exploitation of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing, an unconventional method known as fracking. With them, a total of 72 cities in Brazil have freed themselves from one of the most harmful fossil fuel extraction practices for water, the environment and society.

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NC NAACP & Forward Together Moral Movement to Launch a Moral March to the Polls Kickoff on Monday August 29 followed by a weekend of Action

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:25

Sunday, August 28th is the 53rd anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington DC when Dr. King shared his vision for America. The NC NAACP will commemorate this weekend with a series of actions beginning on August 27th to August 29th. All of our NAACP Branches across the state will be conduct voter registration drives as we continue to build the "This is Our Time! This is Our Vote! This is Our Selma!" campaign.

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Veterans Tell Cuomo: Don't Touch the First Amendment

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:23
Veterans for Peace

Recently, a compelling photo of a bleeding and seemingly confused young Syrian boy seated in an ambulance in Aleppo was widely distributed and commented upon in domestic and international news media.  In response, some journalists have called for the Obama Administration to "take action," including bombing government military targets in Syria.

Veterans For Peace feels great sympathy for all of the victims in Syria, and for all who have lost family members, friends and loved ones in this terrible war.

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US Needs to Lead By Example on International Drones Agreements

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:19

The US Government is seeking international agreements on the "'applicability of international law' and human rights when using armed drones," according to documents obtained by Defense News.
The draft agreements do not appear to acknowledge the long-running, secretive US use of armed drones in countries where it is not at war, in a program which violates international law.

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With New Rules, Minnesota Leads the Country in Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:16
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

This morning at the State Fair, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson announced Minnesota’s comprehensive new plans to limit the use of bee-harming pesticides across the state. Today’s decision concludes a nearly 3-year review of the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinators, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The executive order announced today makes Minnesota a national leader in pollinator protection — and the first state to tackle neonicotinoid use in farm fields and on public lands.

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Sanders Welcomes McConnell Decision to Block TPP

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:10
Senator Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Friday that opponents of a bad trade deal scored a major victory with an announcement by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the Senate will not vote this year on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

“I welcome Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement that he will block a vote in the Senate this year on the disastrous, job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is good news for American workers, for the environment and for the ability to protect public health.”

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Greenpeace responds to expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:32

Today, President Obama will expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument making it the largest marine sanctuary in the world. The designation will ban commercial fishing and mineral extraction in the region.

In response to the news, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar said:

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New Study Finds Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines & Fatigue

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 13:28
Pennsylvanians Against Fracking

New research indicates that living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvania residents – a state that has over 9,700 fracking wells.

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Five Years Since Irene, Report Warns of Severe Weather Damage From Climate Change

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:31
Senator Bernie Sanders

As Vermonters mark the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pointed to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that warns damage from severe weather in future decades is expected to become increasingly common in Vermont and throughout the United States because of climate change.

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Sanders Opposes Dakota Access Pipeline

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:30
Senator Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement in support of grassroots and legal efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois:  

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Environmental, Tribal, Landowner Groups Urge President Obama to Repeal Permits for Dakota Access Pipeline

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:28
Indigenous Environment Network

Leading national and local environmental, tribal, and landowners’ rights organizations sent a letter to President Obama today expressing concern about the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of some of the permits for the Dakota Access pipeline and urging him to direct the Corps to repeal those permits and not issue any further permits until it can be fully evaluated and held to the same standard as the Keystone XL pipeline.

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New Study Underscores Health Dangers of Fracking

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 09:42
Food & Water Watch

“A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.

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Citizen Enforcement Secures Stream Restoration, Reef Protection on Kaua‘i

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:38

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the federal district court in Honolulu brought to a close a Clean Water Act consent decree that required former Kaua‘i developer and O‘ahu auto dealer James Pflueger to stabilize and restore property at Pīla‘a on Kaua‘i’s north shore that Pflueger previously owned.  Pflueger’s unauthorized construction activities at Pīla‘a had triggered a massive mudslide in November 2001, smothering the reef and ruining a favorite spot for diving, subsistence fishing and gathering of limu, swimming and other subsistence and recreational activities.

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Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:36
Organic Consumers Association

Today, three non profit organizations filed a lawsuit against General Mills for misle

Categories: Latest News Hiring Dozens of Organizers in 8 Battleground States, Kicking Off Major ‘United Against Hate’ Field Effort to Defeat Trump, and Win the Senate

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:35

In an expansion of’s United Against Hate campaign to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House while demonstrating that hatred, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are a losing strategy, Political Action is hiring dozens of organizers to serve as state directors and field organizers in eight battleground states through November.

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