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Trump’s First Act: Big Giveaway to Wall Street Elite

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:39
People's Action

Immediately after he was sworn in as America’s 45th President on Friday, Donald J. Trump signed a series of executive orders, including the rollback of a Federal Housing Authority insurance premium cut.

Liz Ryan Murray, policy director for People’s Action, a national progressive grassroots advocacy organization, issued the following statement.

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CREW Statement: Trump Now Violating Constitution

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:20
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:

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350.org on Trump’s Energy Plan

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:50
350.org

On the day of his inauguration, Donald Trump issued the “America First Energy Plan” on the White House website, which makes commitments to strip away policies aimed at curbing the climate crisis, including President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The new administration also removed all mentions of climate change from the White House website.

In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

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Indigenous Groups Protest Outside Trump Gala Sponsored by Kochs and Phillips 66

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:43
Indigenous Environment Network

On the eve of the 58th presidential inauguration, indigenous leaders of the Indigenous Environmental Network and youth of the International Indigenous Youth Council led a march and a flash round dance to send a message to Trump and Big Oil.
 
At 7PM EST nearly one hundred people gathered on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery, then at 8PM EST began to march to Hotel Monaco where the Oklahoma State Society was hosting a Trump inauguration gala, sponsored by Phillips 66 and Koch Industries.
 

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Statement by NOW President Terry O'Neill on the Inauguration

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:37
National Organization for Women (NOW)

Today Donald Trump took the oath of office, and became 45th president of the United States. Today, and every day for the next four years, we will resist his white nationalist agenda.

Throughout a long and divisive campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that he does NOT believe that women’s rights are human rights. As committed advocates for the dignity and equality of women, in all our diversity, National Organization for Women activists are mobilizing to promote gender equality.

 

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Sierra Club on Trump’s “America First Energy Plan”

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:33
Sierra Club

Today, Donald Trump released his energy plans moments after being sworn in as President.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

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CREDO, MoveOn.org, Demand Progress, Democracy for America Praise 73 Democratic House Members For Skipping Inauguration

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:03
MoveOn.org

At least 73 courageous House Democrats demonstrated what it looks like to resist Donald Trump by not attending today’s inauguration.

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ACLU Announces First Legal Action on Trump Conflicts of Interest, Lays Out Plan to Challenge Proposed Policies

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 07:28
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has taken legal action seeking documents on conflicts of interest and violations of the Constitution and federal law posed by President Trump’s and his family’s business interests. The organization also released a Seven-Point Plan laying out how it intends to challenge other Trump policies and protect the Constitution.

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Inauguration Day ‘Love-A-Thon’ To Raise Money For Earthjustice, Others

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:42
Earthjustice

A three-hour live event on Facebook designed as counterprogramming for the inauguration of Donald Trump will raise money for three groups to help them defend civil liberties. Stand Up For Love: A Love-A-Thon will air on Facebook Live from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m eastern.

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President Grants Commutations to 330 Federal Prisoners, Including Robert Riley

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:54
ACLU

President Obama today announced 330 grants of commutation. His total for his eight years in office is 1,715 commutations, 598 of which were for people serving life sentences.

Among the prisoners who received commutations was Robert Riley, who has been serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense since 1993. The American Civil Liberties Union featured Riley in “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”

 

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Mexican Environmental Activist, Winner of Goldman Prize, Murdered in Relative's Home

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:54
Center for Biological Diversity

Isidro Baldenegro López, a Mexican indigenous activist who fought to protect ancient forests from illegal logging in the Sierra Madre region of Chihuhua, Mexico, was shot and killed on Sunday. López, a community leader and subsistence farmer, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 for his nonviolent activism to stop deforestation.

López’s killing is the second murder of a Goldman prize winner in less than a year. Honduran environmentalist and human-rights activists Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016.

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J20 9am Women of Color Action at Dept of Energy

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:44
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

WHEN:     Friday, January 20

9:30 a.m. at the Department of Energy;

10:15am at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

WHERE:     Beginning at 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. (Department of Energy)

WHO:     Hundreds of Indigenous women from Standing Rock, leaders of climate justice movements, veterans, women of color and allies gathering to defend the land, water, bodies, and homes from tremendous threats posed by the incoming administration.

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Statement: Moving Embassy to Jerusalem is an Endorsement of Israel’s Annexation Policies

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:14
Jewish Voice for Peace

As the incoming Trump administration is poised to fulfil its campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Jewish Voice for Peace offers the following statement from Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson on the destructive impacts of the move:

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Rick Perry Uniquely Unqualified to Lead Department of Energy

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 07:55
Friends of the Earth

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee is holding its hearing on Donald Trump’s nominee for the Department of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Friends of the Earth Senior Political Strategist Ben Schreiber issued the following response:

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Cleared Guantánamo Prisoner Files Last-Ditch Lawsuit Seeking Immediate Release

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 07:54
Reprieve

A cleared Moroccan who should have been released months ago has begged a federal judge to cut through the red tape keeping him stranded in Guantánamo Bay.

Abdul Latif Nasser, 51, was unanimously cleared by the Periodic Review Board for transfer home to Morocco on July 11, but remains imprisoned because the government's transfer process has been too slow. He now faces indefinite detention at the mercy of the Trump Administration.

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Trump’s Proposed Treasury Secretary Could Get $3.3 Million Tax Cut Annually from Trump Tax Plan

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:06
Americans for Tax Fairness

Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Treasury Secretary, could slash his personal tax bill by up to roughly $3.3 million a year should Trump’s tax plan become law. He would save similar amounts if House Speaker Paul Ryan’s tax plan were enacted. Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone could cut Mnuchin’s taxes by up to about $500,000 a year by eliminating two Medicare taxes on high-income filers.

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Science Group Offers Reaction to Perry’s Nomination Hearing for Energy Secretary Position

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:03
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for Energy Department (DOE) secretary Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas.

Perry is one of a number of nominees who have been hostile to the agency they would lead. In addition, Perry has openly expressed doubts about the scientific consensus on climate change. DOE has enormous science and national security responsibilities.

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350.org on World Meteorological Organization Confirming 2016 Hottest Year on Record

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:00
350.org

Just days before climate-denying President-elect Trump's inauguration, the World Meteorological Organization released a statement on the status of the global climate showing that 2016 was the hottest year on record. This comes as the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings of Trump’s climate denial cabinet, including climate denier Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, and recent former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

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Doctors Who Support 'Medicare for All' Among Those Opposing Price as HHS Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:57
Physicians for a National Health Program

More than 2,000 physicians and medical students who oppose the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services -- and who support the creation of a single-payer national health program to cover all Americans -- are among the signers of petitions being presented this morning to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee calling upon the committee to reject President-elect Donald Trump's nominee.

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Pruitt Confirmation a Display of Polluter Influence

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:55
Friends of the Earth

Today Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is testifying before the Environment and Public Works Committee in his confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has extensive ties to industries that he would regulate, including the oil and gas industry and factory farming. 

Friends of the Earth Senior Political Strategist Ben Schreiber issued the following statement before Pruitt’s hearing:

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