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Statement by Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision:

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 07:25
National Abortion Federation

Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important first step in restoring abortion access for women in Texas and keeping high-quality clinics open. We could not be prouder of our members, Whole Woman’s Health; Austin Women’s Health Center; Killeen Women’s Health Center; Reproductive Services of El Paso; Sherwood C. Lynn, M.D.; and Pamela J. Richter, D.O., for their dedication to their patients and willingness to lead this successful fight against H.B.2.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Striking Down Clinic Shutdown Law

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 07:12
NARAL Pro-Choice America

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling striking down provisions of a Texas law that would have forced all but 9 abortion clinics in the state to close. The Supreme Court ruled  in favor of Texas clinics in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling:

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Appeals Court Urged to Strike Down Idaho Law That Hides Ag Operations from Public View, Imperils Public Health

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:50
Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity today urged the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a lower court’s ruling striking down an Idaho law that stifles the public’s access to information about industrial animal agriculture operations, citing food safety and public health concerns.

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Kidnapped Brit Enters 3rd Year on Ethiopia’s Death Row

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 05:22

A British father of three who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia will this week enter his third year of illegal detention in the country, where he is held under sentence of death.

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NEW INVESTIGATION: Secret Spending Pollutes State and Local Elections

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 05:21
Brennan Center for Justice

Secret money surged from 24 percent of all outside election spending in 2006 to 71 percent in 2014, in six states where data is available, according to a major investigative analysis released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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Shelby v. Holder – Three Years Later

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:41
NAACPThree years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Shelby v. Holder, nearly dismantling the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The court ruled that 16 states no longer needed to pre-approve their voting changes with the federal government.  These were the states with some of the longest and continuous histories of voting discrimination. Since then, our nation has witnessed the greatest assault on voting rights since the Jim Crow era.   
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CAIR-NY Calls for Stepped-up Security at Mosques After Hate Incident

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:20
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for stepped-up security for mosques in that state after another hate incident targeting Muslims in or near Islamic institutions.

CAIR-NY says a man faces hate crime charges after he allegedly threatened an imam (religious leader) with a pipe at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville, N.Y.

SEE: Pipe-Wielding Man Arrested for Hate Crime at Albanian Mosque, Cops Say

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UK: Stand by Human Rights Values

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:17
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Following the British vote to withdraw from the European Union, David Mepham, United Kingdom director at Human Rights Watch, issued this statement:

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EU Authorities Should Pledge to Assure a Smooth Transition, Abandon Threats and Punishment, and Change Failed Economic Policies in Europe

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:13
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, issued the following statement on the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union: 

“Fear triumphed over fear as voters in the UK voted to leave the European Union. Fear of immigration and terrorism, as well as the fears felt by those whom globalization has hurt, beat the fears and threats of punishment from EU governments who tried to intimidate voters into staying within the European Union.

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ACLU Sues Federal Government for Granting Millions of Dollars to Religious Groups That Deny Young Women Access to Medical Care

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:32

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California today filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that fail to provide crucial medical care to unaccompanied immigrant minors. The government authorizes some of these organizations to refuse — on religious grounds — to follow the law that requires access to contraception and abortion, even in cases of rape.

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EU Referendum: A Disastrous Outcome

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 06:26
Left Unity

Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU Referendum. This referendum came from pressure from the far right – driven by anti-immigration sentiment, fuelled by racism. This has been the most reactionary national campaign in British political history, resulting in an open emergence of the extreme right.

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Brexit - Fight on to Save Environmental and Climate Progress

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 05:16
Friends of the Earth

Reacting to UK vote to the UK, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

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DARK Act “Compromise" Greatly Undermines Consumer Choice, Rolls Back Democracy

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:14
Food & Water Watch

“Today, it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee leadership has reached a deal on labeling GMO foods, specifically to block states from requiring clear, on-package labels of GMO foods. This agreement fails to provide any meaningful federal labeling requirement. This is not a food-labeling bill.

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NARAL on House Zika Response: "Pro-Life" GOP Proves it Cares Little for Actual People's Lives

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:56
NARAL Pro-Choice America

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement on the House GOP’s cynical response to the Zika crisis. The House GOP approved a bill last night that restricts funding for women’s health clinics and fails to provide adequate resources to combat the Zika crisis.

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US Supreme Court Deadlocks on DAPA & DACA+, Community Vows to Keep Fighting

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:09
Voces de la Frontera

Today, the US Supreme Court deadlocked in a 4-4 split on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, leaving in place a lower court ruling blocking the measures. The programs, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), would have provided protection from deportation and 3-year work permits to some 5 million undocumented parents of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as undocumented people who came to the US before the age of 16.

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ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:08

In a 4-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today deadlocked in the case of United States v. Texas. It left in place a lower court order preventing the president from shielding millions of people from deportation via the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program. The American Civil Liberties Union joined an amicus brief in this case.

Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, had this reaction:

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ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Fisher Ruling

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:50

In a 4-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The ruling means the school will be able to continue using race as one of multiple factors in admissions decisions. The American Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief in this case.

Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, had this reaction:

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Center for Popular Democracy Mourns Supreme Court Deadlock on Immigration

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:15
Center for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy deplores the Supreme Court's 4-4 deadlock on President Obama’s executive actions, which will prevent implementation of the orders granting administrative relief to millions of immigrant families.

Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director at Center for Popular Democracy, released the following statement:

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"Why Women Must Still Fight For Voting Rights"

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 06:30
National Organization for Women (NOW)

The struggle to secure voting rights and the struggle to secure the rights of women have been intertwined in U.S. history since the historic meeting at Seneca Falls in 1848 endorsed the demand for women to have the right to vote.

Today, nearly a century after women won the constitutional right to vote, and a half-century after African American women and men won access to the ballot box through the 1965 Voting Rights Act, we are facing a new onslaught of state voter suppression measures.

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ACLU Calls on Senate to Abandon Pursuit of Vote to Expand Patriot Act Provisions That Allow Warrantless Surveillance

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:35

The Senate failed today by two votes to expand the FBI’s warrantless surveillance powers under the USA PATRIOT Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could call for a second vote to pass the proposed amendment.

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