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Largest Peace Organization Endorses Feingold for Senate

5 July 2016 - 12:35pm
Peace Action

Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

“Peace Action has long taken a stand against the kind of rhetoric that drives fear, anger, and violence in our communities. I look forward to working alongside them to reduce threats to peace and ensure economic justice here in Wisconsin and across the world,” said former Senator Russ Feingold of the endorsement.

Agreement: Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019

5 July 2016 - 11:36am
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now legally bound to determine whether to protect imperiled monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, according to the terms of an agreement reached today with conservation groups. The agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety requires the agency to decide by June 2019 whether the butterflies will receive federal protection.

Handouts to Manufacturers Will Not Curb Opioid Abuse Epidemic

5 July 2016 - 11:32am
Public Citizen

A provision tucked into a U.S. House of Representatives bill to address opioid addiction is nothing but an expensive handout to the pharmaceutical industry that will do little to address the epidemic, Public Citizen said in a letter to Congress.

Lawmakers in the conference committee for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 6, for the first time to discuss the bill.

Yemeni Drone Victim Responds to President Obama's Civilian Casualty Figures

5 July 2016 - 11:06am

A Yemeni victim of the U.S. drone killing program has called on the Obama Administration to reveal whether his family was included in civilian casualty numbers released last week.

Central Role of Torture ‘Evidence’ in Iraq War Shows Need for Independent UK Torture Inquiry

5 July 2016 - 5:27am

In 2014, the US Senate’s intelligence committee established that a key claim used to justify the invasion of Iraq was extracted through torture from a victim of the CIA’s ‘rendition’ programme.

The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement Will Hold a Press Conference and Release an Open Letter to the Trump Campaign and to NC Leaders Who Support His Hate Driven Campaign

5 July 2016 - 5:25am

The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will hold a press conference at 11 am at the SE corner of Morgan Street and Fayetteville St. Our coalition will release an open letter to the Trump campaign and its state leaders. The NC NAACP and our coalition partners will challenge Donald Trump on his anti-immigration policies, xenophobia, and racism.  

EU Accused of Trying to Push Through ‘Toxic’ Trade Deal Ahead of Brexit

4 July 2016 - 5:09am
Global Justice Now

Trade campaigners in the UK have accused the European Commission of attempting to hasten attempts to push through a controversial trade deal between Canada and the EU ahead of the UK leaving the EU. The accusations come before a meeting tomorrow of the EU Commissioners in Brussels where it’s expected the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will be agreed upon.

Drone Death Figures Show the U.S. "Simply Doesn't Know Who it has Killed"

1 July 2016 - 12:35pm

Responding to civilian casualty figures released by the White House today, international human rights organization Reprieve has expressed dismay at how little the Obama Administration appears to know about those it has killed in its covert use of lethal drones outside of war zones. 

U.S. Releases Official Casualty Numbers and New Executive Order on “Targeted Killing”

1 July 2016 - 12:15pm

The Obama administration today released statistics revealing how many people it believes it has killed since 2009 in drone and other airstrikes “away from areas of active hostilities,” including the number of civilians. It also issued an Executive Order providing for the regular disclosure of similar information in the future. 

The release estimates that drone strikes in these areas have killed between 64 and 116 non-combatants.

Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, had this reaction:

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Recognizes Importance of Whistleblowers

1 July 2016 - 11:46am
National Whistleblowers Center

Yesterday, the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Caucus introduced a resolution to designate July, 30, 2016, National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. If passed, this will be the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Senate has passed such a resolution.

ACLU Applauds Federal Court Order Halting Enforcement of Florida Abortion Restriction Law

1 July 2016 - 11:42am

Days after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a similar Texas law, a federal judge has issued an order halting enforcement of a Florida law putting new restrictions on abortion providers that was set to go into effect today. In an order issued last night, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle found that the law, being challenged by Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates, must not be enforced because it violates women’s constitutional rights.

Responding to the order, ACLU of Florida legal director Nancy Abudu stated:

STRIKE! Nearly 1,000 Trump Taj Mahal Workers Walk-Off Job Ahead of Atlantic City’s Biggest Weekend of the Year

1 July 2016 - 8:53am

Nearly a thousand cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers from the Trump Taj Mahal walked off the job on Friday ahead of the industry’s biggest holiday weekend to fight for decent wages and the future of their middle class livelihoods.

The strike at the Trump Taj Mahal— a casino owned by billionaire Carl Icahn — follows on the heels of tentative agreements with the Tropicana and Caesars Entertainment, which owns Atlantic City’s Caesars, Harrah’s and Bally’s.

G20 Leaders Must Act after Energy Ministers Fail to Agree an End Date for Fossil Fuel Subsidies

1 July 2016 - 8:51am
Oil Change International

After meeting in Beijing, G20 Energy Ministers released a communique that failed to establish a deadline for the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies, a commitment that was first made by G20 leaders in Pittsburgh in 2009. In response, Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director at Oil Change International, released the following statement:

Judge Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Bill in Mississippi Hours Before It Becomes Law

1 July 2016 - 8:50am

In the early hours of the morning, a federal judge struck down the entirety of an anti-LGBT measure that was slated to become law today. The law would have allowed public officials and businesses to refuse to serve LGBT individuals. The ACLU and the ACLU of Mississippi challenged the constitutionality of HB1523 in a separate lawsuit, Alford v. Moulder.

ACLU of Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins had this response:

Under Pressure, U.S. Bank Strengthens Climate Policy

1 July 2016 - 8:46am

After several months of community actions led by climate change advocacy group MN350 and allies, U.S. Bancorp has issued a new Environmental Policy restricting the bank’s potential investments in coal and taking carbon pollution into account in investment decisions.

ACLU Calls Revised RNC Rules a Victory for Free Speech

30 June 2016 - 12:24pm

Today the city of Cleveland Board of Control approved revised regulations for the Republican National Convention that resulted from negotiations between the ACLU of Ohio and Cleveland officials. A federal judge ruled that the original restrictions placed an unconstitutional burden on speech and assembly and ordered the city to revise them through mediation with the ACLU.

Court Ruling Shuts Door on Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline

30 June 2016 - 12:20pm

Northern Gateway opponents are celebrating a landmark court decision that strikes down the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s controversial pipeline project.

Suspend Saudi Arabia from UN Human Rights Council

30 June 2016 - 11:04am
Amnesty International

Saudi Arabia has committed “gross and systematic violations of human rights” abroad and at home, and used its position on the UN Human Rights Council to effectively obstruct justice for possible war crimes, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement today, making a resounding call for the UN General Assembly to suspend the country’s membership of the world’s top human rights body.

UN: Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council

30 June 2016 - 10:59am
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The United Nations General Assembly should immediately suspend Saudi Arabia’s membership rights on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. A two-thirds majority of the General Assembly may suspend the membership rights of any Human Rights Council member engaged in “gross and systematic violations of human rights.”

RSF Deplores Jail Terms for LuxLeaks Whistleblower

30 June 2016 - 10:58am
Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that a Luxembourg court took the disturbing decision to impose suspended jail sentences on Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, the two French whistleblowers who exposed Luxembourg’s gigantic system of tax avoidance for multinationals.