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Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for 'Uncivil' Tweets

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured position over his personal tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza in 2014. Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level administrators for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and for breach of contract.

Call for Strong Clean Power Plan That Protects Impacted Communities

National People's Action

Members and allies of National People’s Action (NPA) from Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to give testimony at the first of four Environmental Protection Agency hearings on the Federal Implementation Plan proposed as part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule sets the first ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Saudi Authorities Deny Medical Help for Protester Sentenced to Death as a Child

Reprieve

The Saudi authorities are refusing to allow Ali al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death aged 17, access to a doctor, according to his family.

Ali was arrested following anti-government protests in 2012, and sentenced to death in a secretive trial on the basis of a “confession” extracted through torture, even though he was a child at the time.

However, despite international criticism over the case, the Kingdom’s authorities are refusing to allow Ali access to a doctor, and today defended their plans to behead him in the UK’s Daily Telegraph.

Portland, OR, City Council Will Vote On Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

350.org

The Portland City Council is set to vote on a resolution opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure on November 12th at 2pm (Resolution 1157). The resolution will be the strongest local fossil fuel infrastructure ban in the country. The hearing is scheduled for three hours, and the City Council will hear testimony on proposed amendments from Commissioners Fish and Novick before the City Council votes on the resolution.

Veterans Recall the Original Intent of November 11th

Veterans for Peace

In over 50 major cities and small towns, members of Veterans For Peace are gathering across the nation to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible, we must end it now.  They are reclaiming the original intention of that day with a worldwide call for peace in the face of the rising tide of global violence and war.

Hundreds of Nurses Will Join Million Student March Action at U.C. Berkeley Thursday

National Nurses United

Hundreds of nurses from throughout Northern California will join a student rally at U.C. Berkeley Thursday as part of the Million Student March national day of action, the California Nurses Association announced today.  

The national day of action was inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders' idea that the goal of free public college and university could be achieved if one million students took to the streets and continued to march until it was won. The Million Student March is taking place on over 100 campuses' across the U.S. and is focused on three key demands: 

Bonn Talks Point to Weak Paris Deal

Friends of the Earth International

The final preparation session for December’s global climate summit in Paris is ending in disappointment and disarray today in Bonn.

The weak negotiation text, which is largely favorable to developed countries, points to a shockingly inadequate deal at the Paris talks. Developing countries opposed a non-transparent process, after an attempt to remove observers from some negotiation rooms.

Hinkley Deal Makes No Economic Sense: Greenpeace

Greenpeace

Commenting on the agreement struck by French-owned EDF and China’s CGN on Wednesday to build a fleet of new nuclear reactors at Hinkley and other two locations in the UK, Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr said:

UK 'Stands Shoulder to Shoulder' With Ethiopia, Despite Kidnap of British Father

Reprieve

Africa Minister Grant Shapps MP has said that the UK stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Ethiopia, despite the Ethiopian government’s kidnap and illegal detention of a British father.

Mr Shapps delivered the keynote address today at the UK Ethiopia Trade Investment Forum, which is supported by the Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Sharing a stage with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adanhom, Mr Shapps is reported to have said that “the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ethiopia in transformational change.”

Common Cause Urges Repeal of Alabama Voter Photo ID Law

Common Cause

Common Cause called on Alabama’s governor Wednesday to convene a special legislative session to a repeal the state’s strict voter identification law and take other steps to remove obstacles to voting for a quarter million or more Alabamians.

“The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 largely in response to Alabama’s effort to keep African-Americans away from the ballot box,” said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport. “The state’s voter ID law is an unfortunate throwback to that era.”

SNL Comedian Sasheer Zamata Named ACLU Celebrity Ambassador on Women’s Rights

ACLU

Actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata, known for her breakout role on the cast of Saturday Night Live, will partner with the American Civil Liberties Union to support women’s rights. She joins the ACLU as a celebrity ambassador on the heels of her recent promotion to repertory player for SNL’s 41st season, her third season with the show.

Wendy's Says No To GMO Apple "No Demand For This New GMO" As Dark Act Approaches

Friends of the Earth

WASHINGTON D.C. –  Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN) one of the nation’s top restaurant chains, has confirmed the company does not plan to sell or use the Arctic® apple. In the wake of widespread criticism of the USDA’s recent approval of the first genetically engineered apple, the Food and Drug Administration recently deemed the Arctic® apple, owned by synthetic biology company Intrexon (NYSE: XON), safe for consumption, relying only on company data through a voluntary safety consultation.

BREAKING: Twitter Comes Out Against CISA, Joining Huge Coalition of Tech Companies Opposing the Flawed Cybersecurity Bill

Fight for the Future

Twitter is the latest major tech company to join the rising wave of opposition to CISA, a deeply controversial cybersecurity bill that could hit the Senate floor as early as today.

The company, which has 316 million active users worldwide, tweeted it’s opposition to CISA from it’s official policy account early this morning, saying: “Security + privacy are both priorities for us and therefor we can’t support #CISA as written. We hope to see positive changes going forward.”

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