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Latest News on Divestment from Fossil Fuels

The international campaign to divest from the Top 200 fossil fuels continues to make waves across the globe. A summary of recent news is below. The campaign has already spread to over 400 colleges, cities, and religious institutions in the United States and is growing quickly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and across Europe, where the Fossil Free Europe tour just concluded. Follow the campaign at gofossilfree.org.

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Walmart Workers, Supporters Intensify Protests Against Mega-retailers’ Low Wage Jobs in Southern California

Fifty-four Walmart workers, members of the clergy and community members sat down in the middle of the street in Downtown Los Angeles Thursday evening to call for an end to retaliation and a salary of at least $25,000 a year for Walmart workers.

“Walmart has proven its willingness to break the law by illegally firing workers and trying to silence them,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “We are sitting down today to demonstrate that we won't allow these dirty tactics in Los Angeles.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Reacts to Introduction of Senate Bill Banning Later Term Abortion

Today, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plans to introduce a federal bill to impose a ban on women’s rights to access abortion after 20 weeks, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a hard-hitting 60-second television spot. The ad features Dana, a pregnant mother of two, describing her difficult decision to seek later abortion during one of her pregnancies after discovering a fetal anomaly.

WATCH THE AD HERE: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/media/press-releases/2013/pr11062013_dan...

The ad will run on national cable for one week.

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Energy Road-Map Offers Hope for Climate-Safe Planet

Today, ahead of United Nations climate talks where governments will discuss the world's energy system, Friends of the Earth International has released a new report outlining its vision of a climate-safe, sustainable and just energy system - and a road map to achieving it. [1]

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U.S. Courts Can Hear Cases of Torture at Abu Ghraib, Experts Argue

Today, in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel on behalf of four Iraqi men who were tortured at Abu Ghraib, six amici parties urged the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the case, which was dismissed by the district court in June. Plaintiffs in the case, Al Shimari v. CACI International Inc., brought claims including torture and war crimes under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against private contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc.

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"Zombie" Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Halted

For the second time in as many decades, operations to open the Canyon uranium mine six miles south of Grand Canyon National Park have been suspended. The Havasu Tribe, which had previously challenged the mine, and conservation groups have been working to stop this mine because of potential harm to waters and wildlife of Grand Canyon, as well as cultural resources.

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