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The Trump Administration is Trying to Take Away the Rights of Millions of Americans to Get Paid for Their Overtime

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:43
Economic Policy Institute

This morning, the Trump administration filed a “Request for Information” in an effort to weaken or kill the badly-needed update to the overtime pay rule.

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Congress Could Repeal Consumer Protection Bank and Credit Card Rule

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:51
Jubilee USA Network

The House could vote to repeal regulations designed to help consumers take joint legal action against banks and lending companies. Last week, measures were ‎introduced in the House and Senate to repeal a new "arbitration" rule created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious coalition that advocates for banks and lending institutions to be more transparent, releases the following statement: 

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Statement From AllofUs in Response to #ABetterDeal:

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:46

In response to the Democratic Party’s #ABetterDeal agenda, AllofUs -- the organization that launched --  issued the following statement:

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Bernhardt’s Confirmation as DOI Deputy Secretary a Victory for Oil and Gas Interests

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:30
Friends of the Earth

The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior today, despite his long history working as a lobbyist for Big Oil and Big Ag. Bernhardt’s clients have included CITGO, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

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National Low Income Housing Coalition & the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding Lead a Rally on Capitol Hill to Call for Greater Investments in Affordable Housing

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:11
National Low Income Housing Coalition

Far too many families are struggling with housing insecurity and are having to make the impossible choice of paying the rent or paying for groceries, medications, and other necessities. Nationwide, more people are renting their homes than ever before, but our investments in affordable housing have not kept pace. As a result, millions of people do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people, including families with small children and the disabled, are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night.

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Organic Industry Watchdog Lobbies for Stricter Regulations Governing Imports

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:38
The Cornucopia Institute

A recent Washington Post investigation illustrated serious flaws in the organic certification program at the USDA, undermining confidence in the organic label and spotlighting the harm domestic organic grain farmers continue to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous competitors in the international supply chain.

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42 Million Americans Mark Inexcusable Milestone

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:26
Patriotic Millionaires

Today, an estimated 42 million American who make under $15 an hour mark the 8th year since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. These working Americans, a majority of them over the age of 30 and with some college education, are the victims of partisan politics. In the past 8 years, the GOP refused to hand President Obama a legislative victory, and now refuse to sign onto a Democratic bill.

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Coalition to March in Support of Medicare for All Bill

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:20
Millions Marching For Medicare For All

On Monday, July 24th thousands will march at the Capitol in support of H.R. 676 Medicare for All. The march is one component of a larger grassroots effort in order to increase pressure on Senators to kill the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, and support the expansion of health care to all Americans. This even comes ahead of the July 30th anniversary of Medicaid.

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Advocates Praise Sen. Sanders and Call on Senate Dems to Follow His Lead in Opposing Dirty Energy Bill

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 06:41
Food & Water Watch

Environmental advocates today issued statements in support of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who last night publically declared his opposition to an 850+ page energy bill—S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act—which would expedite dangerous fracking and fossil fuel extraction throughout the country. Sanders stated in part: "As a nation, our job is to move away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and energy efficiency. This bill does the opposite.

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Food Safety and Environmental Organizations Call on EPA to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:08
Friends of the Earth

A coalition of food safety and environmental groups will deliver hundreds of thousands of public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, urging the agency to ban neonicotinoid pesticides--a leading cause of pollinator decline and massive bee die-offs. The agency will close its comment period Monday for its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran and for the updated assessment of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.

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Cape Town Heeds the Fossil Fuel Divestment Call

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:01

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille has announced the city’s commitment to divest from fossil fuel assets in favour of more sustainable investments, joining cities around the world in withdrawing their funds from destructive coal, oil and gas industries. This announcement comes after months of campaigning from local NGO Fossil Free South Africa and, who targeted Cape Town during the Global Divestment Mobilisation in May.

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Illuminated “Light Brigade” Advocates for New England Aquarium’s Fossil Fuel Divestment In Support of Climate Justice

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:31


WHAT: Student activists encouraging the New England Aquarium to divest from fossil fuels will hold a giant LED-lit sign that reads #FossilFreeNEAQ in their “light brigade.” They will ask pedestrians to take photos with the sign to post online and to discuss divestment. This action is part of a larger campaign to lead the New England Aquarium to divest in solidarity with the climate justice movement, which aims to lessen the disproportionate burden of climate change on communities of color globally.

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Trump to Strip Alaska Park and Refuge Wildlife Protection

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:06
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

The Trump administration is taking aim at restrictions on recreational hunting and trapping inside national parks and refuges in Alaska, according to directives posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The regulations limit questionable hunting techniques, such as killing bear cubs and sows with cubs, luring grizzlies with rotting meat, trapping and snaring bears, and killing wolves while they are raising pups, among other controversial methods. 

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UK-USA Trade Talks Start on Monday - "No Mandate for Fox's Free-Market Mania"

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:22
Global Justice Now

In advance of the UK starting unofficial trade talks with the USA in Washington on Monday to start discussing the details of a potential UK-USA trade deal after Brexit, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

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ACLU Comment on the Introduction of the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a Federal Bail Reform Bill

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:20

U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. The legislation would take steps toward reforming the injustices of the money bail system that incarcerates people who have not been convicted of a crime because of their inability to pay.

Kanya Bennett, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following reaction:

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New Report from Senators Warren and Whitehouse: Six Month-Review Gives President Trump A Failing Grade on Pledge to "Drain the Swamp"

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:29
Senator Elizabeth Warren

As President Trump marks his first six months in office, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today released their "Drain the Swamp Report Card" tracking 193 former lobbyists and corporate insiders who have worked for President Trump since his election, giving the president a failing grade on his pledge to "drain the swamp."

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STATEMENT: Tillerson’s Exxon Violated Russian Sanctions, Should Step Down

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:54
Corporate Accountability International

Please see Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett’s statement below:

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BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Ukraine Sanctions, Greenpeace Response

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:20

In response to the United States Treasury Department’s decision to fine ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanctions, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Kelly Mitchell said,

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Trump Administration Sidelines Science in Its First Six Months in Office

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:22
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Six months ago today, Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. Since then, numerous actions by his administration and its congressional allies have undermined the vital role science plays in policy decisions, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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Top CEOs Took Home 271 times More Than the Typical Worker in 2016

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:50
Economic Policy Institute

In CEO pay remains high relative to the pay of typical workers and high-wage earners, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures—tracking the value of both stock options realized and stock options granted.

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