Moving Gulf Fossil Fuel Lease Sales Online Won't Halt Public's Growing Opposition to Offshore Drilling
Gulf Coast community groups and their allies in national environmental organizations today criticized the Obama administration’s decision to hold a lease sale for nearly 24 million acres of offshore fossil fuels on Aug. 24 behind closed doors — a step clearly designed to limit public pressure that’s been mounting against leases in the Gulf of Mexico and around the nation. The groups vowed to continue demonstrations and protests against the Aug. 24 lease sale and future lease offerings.
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is calling on Niantic, Inc., the producers of Pokemon GO, to protect children who play the popular new game from commercial exploitation. In a petition launched today, CCFC urged Niantic to not lure children under thirteen to visit sponsored “PokeStops” and “Pokemon Gyms,” or deliver to them any targeted advertisements based on their location.
Friends of the Earth Scotland have today (25 July) published a report setting out the serious dangers that Underground Coal Gasification poses in terms of climate change, local environmental impacts, and public health.  The report comes in the weeks before Professor Campbell Gemmell is due to submit his review of UCG to Scottish Ministers, under the current moratorium.  FoES are urging the Scottish Government to act swiftly to ban UCG, and end uncertainty for threatened communities around the Forth and Solway Firths.
Over 10,000 March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals held a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by over ten thousand concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, which called for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march was endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.
On Friday, in a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court of Virginia held that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proclamation restoring the right to vote for people with past felony convictions is unconstitutional. In response, New Virginia Majority, a local grassroots group, and Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization, issued the following statement:
People all over the nation have been waiting with baited breath to hear a decision on the appeal of Purvi Patel’s case. The successful prosecution of Purvi Patel established a dangerous precedent for punishing the pregnancy outcomes of people of color in Indiana and in other states with similar laws.
The Alaska Supreme Court today found unconstitutional a law requiring physicians to notify a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor seeking an abortion. Today’s decision comes less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt — the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades.
In response to the federal government’s announcement that it will hold the next offshore lease sale online, breaking the longstanding practice of having them open to the public; Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center for Biological Diversity, had this response:
A new report out today from Oil Change International, in partnership with 11 other local, regional, and national organizations, shows that current projections for U.S. natural gas production – fueled by a boom in the Appalachian Basin – will lock in enough carbon to bust through agreed climate goals.
On Friday, July 22, a plane calling for an end to superdelegates will fly over the Philadelphia Convention Center ahead of a Saturday vote on the topic. The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting is Saturday, July 23rd, and a vote on superdelegates is expected. The plane will be flown on behalf of a coalition of both Sanders and Clinton supporters who agree about the superdelegates cause.
In just 48 hours after launch, more than 110,000 people have signed a petition in support of an amendment to be offered to the DNC Rules Committee on Saturday that would do away with superdelegates. At 11:59 last night, more than 50 Rules Committee members joined the effort by cosponsoring and filing an amendment to sweep away superdelegates -- thus crossing the 25% threshold of support within the committee that will be needed to issue a "minority report" and force a vote on the floor of the Democratic Convention next week.
Foreign Office concerns over Egypt’s human rights record have led to a “step-change” in the UK’s approach to that government, according to a new FCO human rights report.
The shift comes days after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson sparked surprise when he insisted at a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry that a “burgeoning crisis” in Egypt was now a priority for the UK.
CODEPINK Founder Medea Benjamin stood in defiance of Donald Trump’s xenophobia and racism tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Bearing a banner that read “Build Bridges, Not Walls,” Benjamin called for delegates and the nominee to reject hateful rhetoric that demonizes immigrants, refugees and 1.6 billion members of the Islamic faith.
CAIR: Muslims to Urge Dems to Focus on Civil Rights, Refugees, Policing Reforms at Philadelphia Convention
On Monday, July 25, the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference with local Muslim and interfaith leaders near the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to urge convention attendees to focus on promoting civil rights, assisting refugees fleeing conflicts and seeking policing reforms designed to decrease racial profiling.
The below statement on the shooting of Charles Kinsey by North Miami police officers is from Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida:
“We are extremely disturbed by the police shooting of Charles Kinsey, an unarmed caretaker helping a patient with autism outside a group home facility in North Miami. Thankfully, Mr. Kinsey is alive and not more gravely injured – but had the officer’s weapon been pointed just a few degrees differently, this senseless incident could have been a much greater tragedy.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm in West Des Moines.
Jewish Voice for Peace leaders and members will be in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention to highlight the issue of Palestinian human rights as one of many racial and economic justice issues that U.S. political leaders must address.
Thousands to March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals will hold a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by thousands of concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, the massive march will call for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march has been endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.
The nation’s new chemical safety law promises to give the Environmental Protection Agency expanded authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. But of the tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, most never tested for safety, which should the EPA tackle first?
Global degradation of coral reefs is primarily caused by climate change instead of localized impacts associated with human population in coastal areas, as many scientists had assumed. That is the conclusion of groundbreaking new research published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.