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Sanders Statement on Push to Pass Pacific Trade Pact

12 August 2016 - 9:39am
Senator Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the following statement Friday after the White House took new action to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"I am disappointed by the president's decision to continue pushing forward on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs and threaten our ability to protect public health.

Empower Young People in Their Fight for Equality, Says New Oxfam Report

12 August 2016 - 8:13am
Oxfam International

Despite there being more young people in the world today than ever before, they are excluded from decision-making and are the most vulnerable to economic crises, says a new Oxfam report.

Released to mark International Youth Day and as the World Social Forum gets underway, the report, ‘Youth and Inequality: Time to support youth as agents of their own future’, also shows how young people, especially women, are suffering from rising inequality across the world.

Jill Stein and the Green Party Add More Ballot Lines This Week

12 August 2016 - 7:29am
Green Party of the US

Jill Stein and the Green Party filed their petitions for ballot access in 3 more states this week: Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Utah. The campaign is confirmed on the ballot in 28 states, and awaits state government confirmation in 7 others where we have filed in the last month. 12 more states have pending deadlines where we will be filing between now and September 9.

Alarming CDC Data Show LGBTQ Youth Face High Rates of Violence and Bullying

11 August 2016 - 12:22pm
Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, today responded to the alarming results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide survey of high school students, which found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their heterosexual peers.

ACLU Challenges South Carolina ‘Disturbing Schools’ Law

11 August 2016 - 12:16pm

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina for making it a crime for students to “disturb” or act obnoxiously at school.

The ACLU found that hundreds of students — as young as 7 years old — are being charged under a far-reaching and nebulous statute for behaviors like loitering, cursing, or undefined “obnoxious” actions on school grounds. The statute also has a chilling effect on students who speak out against policing abuses within the schools. Black students are nearly four times as likely to be targeted under the law.

US: Candidates’ Stances on Human Rights

11 August 2016 - 12:14pm
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Candidates for the presidency of the United States should detail their positions on protecting human rights in the US and around the globe, Human Rights Watch said today. To that end, Human Rights Watch has submitted a list of 12 questions to US presidential candidates on how their administrations would approach a range of key human rights issues.

Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters

11 August 2016 - 9:05am
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed nine Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the release of public records relating to surveillance of peaceful protests of federal fossil fuel auctions. Records obtained by the Intercept in July revealed that federal and local police agents went undercover at a May 20 public protest of a Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auction in Lakewood, Colo. 

National Parks Should Not Be Billboards for Corporate Advertising

11 August 2016 - 8:25am
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

More than 200,000 people have signed petitions telling the National Park Service (NPS) that national parks should not be billboards for corporate advertising, and advocates will deliver the signatures to NPS headquarters on Friday, August 12.

The signatures were gathered by CREDO Action, Public Citizen's Commercial Alert program, and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC).

U.S. to World: Protect Dolphins, Whales or Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market

11 August 2016 - 8:24am
Center for Biological Diversity

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued regulations today prohibiting seafood imports from nations whose fisheries kill more whales and dolphins than U.S. standards allow. Each year around 650,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals are unintentionally caught and killed in fishing gear worldwide. Under the new rule, foreign fishermen must meet the same marine mammal protection standards applied to U.S.

FULL COURT PRESS: Progressives Push Clinton to Help Stop the TPP

11 August 2016 - 6:56am
Credo Action

In advance of Sec. Clinton’s economic policy speech in Detroit on Thursday, CREDO and Democracy for America (DFA) are calling on Clinton to personally and publicly state her opposition to a lame duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Chelsea Manning Supporters Deliver More Than 100,000 Petition Signatures Calling for No Punishment Following Suicide Attempt

10 August 2016 - 1:33pm
Fight for the Future

This morning Chelsea Manning supporters delivered more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, calling for him to drop serious new charges faced by Ms. Manning as a direct result of her attempt to take her own life on July 5th. The petitions call for the military to provide Chelsea with adequate and humane treatment for both her gender dysphoria and her suicide attempt.  

Press Freedom Groups Call on Bangladesh to Release British Journalist, 81

10 August 2016 - 11:46am

Dozens of press freedom groups around the world are calling on Bangladesh to free an elderly British journalist held without charge for over three months.
In a joint letter to Bangladesh’s justice minister Anisul Huq, 26 groups highlight their “serious concerns” about the ongoing detention and treatment of Shafik Rehman, 81, who is in custody in Dhaka.

CAIR Urges Reformed Baltimore Policing Practices After DOJ Probe Reveals Extensive Civil Rights Violations

10 August 2016 - 11:39am
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for comprehensive reforms by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) after the U.S. Department of Justice released a report revealing unconstitutional policing practices and extensive violations of basic civil rights.

Common Cause Statement on Municipal Broadband Decision by Sixth Circuit

10 August 2016 - 11:36am
Common Cause

Today’s decision to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s preemption of anti-municipal broadband laws is a setback for the public interest, Common Cause said today.


“Let’s be clear: industry-backed state laws to block municipal broadband only exist because pliant legislators are listening to their Big Cable and Big Telecom paymasters. These corporate providers invest in campaign contributions rather than in deploying high-quality broadband,” Common Cause Special Adviser Michael Copps said. 


VICTORY: New Mexico Solar Customers Avoid Unjust Rate Hike

10 August 2016 - 11:15am

Today, customers of the New Mexico utility Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) no longer have to worry about having to pay higher fees for producing their own solar energy. Most solar customers will even see reductions in their total surcharge fees. Earthjustice and Vote Solar, in partnership with New Mexico attorney Jason Marks, fought SPS’s proposal to increase a special charge on customers who produce renewable energy at their own homes, schools, farms and other locations.

Grounded Oil Rig Fuel Tanks Breached

10 August 2016 - 10:13am
Friends of the Earth

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have announced that two of the oil tanks  have been breached in the grounded Transocean Winner oil rig grounded off Isle of Lewis.  They stated that it is ‘unclear at this time how much oil from those tanks has been released to the environment.’

Reacting to this news Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented,

Fears for British Father Following Ethiopian Crackdown

10 August 2016 - 6:51am

The killing of almost 100 street protestors in Ethiopia this weekend and a new round of political trials today raise fears for a British political activist on death row there, international human rights charity Reprieve has said.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Statement on Report of Department of Justice on Baltimore Police Department

10 August 2016 - 6:50am

The United States Department of Justice issued a scathing report detailing a pattern and practice of racial discrimination in the Baltim

President Lewis Warns of Inevitable Strike Should CPS Enforce Cuts to Wages, Benefits

9 August 2016 - 1:01pm
Chicago Teachers Union

The following is a partial transcript of CTU President Karen Lewis’ remarks from today’s news conference in response to the new Chicago Public Schools budget:

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds NAACP Voting Rights Act Sit-In at Chairman Goodlatte’s Office

9 August 2016 - 12:48pm
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the NAACP’s sit-in inside House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s Roanoke, Va., office on Monday. The sit-in occurred exactly three months before the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act: