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Trudeau may tweet a good game on equal rights, but his broken promises are hurting women

Rabble.ca/ - 2 February 2017 - 11:05am

We are at a scary point in history -- one that I hope will end up being told through the voices of the hundreds of thousands of courageous people pouring onto the streets to stand in defiance of the hate, fear, racism and misogyny that is being propagated by the new American President and political opportunists here in Canada.

Monday, we stood together in shock, mourning the six innocent victims of this political agenda of racism and intolerance. Men shot, here in Canada, because they prayed at a mosque instead of a church.

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ACLU Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Muslim Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 11:02am
ACLU

Fifty American Civil Liberties Union affiliates filed 18 coordinated Freedom of Information Act requests today with local U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban at over 55 international airports across the country, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation.

ACLU Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Muslim Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 11:02am
ACLU

Fifty American Civil Liberties Union affiliates filed 18 coordinated Freedom of Information Act requests today with local U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban at over 55 international airports across the country, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation.

With Pruitt Committee Vote, Republicans Show Disdain for Science, Health, Environment

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 10:51am
Food & Water Watch

Today Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

With Pruitt Committee Vote, Republicans Show Disdain for Science, Health, Environment

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 10:51am
Food & Water Watch

Today Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

With Pruitt Committee Vote, Republicans Show Disdain for Science, Health, Environment

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 10:51am
Food & Water Watch

Today Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

Statement on Proposed Trump Executive Order

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 10:47am
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

In response to President Trump’s comments on the Johnson Amendment and his proposed executive order allowing unlimited dark money for organizations opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:

Trump’s Yemen Raid Killed Newborn Baby and Scores of Civilians

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 9:20am
Reprieve

An attack on a village in Yemen ordered by President Trump on Sunday caused the death of a newborn baby, alongside as many as 23 civilians, human rights organization Reprieve has discovered.

Trump’s Yemen Raid Killed Newborn Baby and Scores of Civilians

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 9:20am
Reprieve

An attack on a village in Yemen ordered by President Trump on Sunday caused the death of a newborn baby, alongside as many as 23 civilians, human rights organization Reprieve has discovered.

350.org on Pruitt Committee Vote

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 8:01am
350.org

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to approve Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for EPA administrator. The vote happened after Chairman Barrasso suspended the rules due to an ongoing boycott by EPW Democrats. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

350.org on Pruitt Committee Vote

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 8:01am
350.org

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to approve Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for EPA administrator. The vote happened after Chairman Barrasso suspended the rules due to an ongoing boycott by EPW Democrats. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

Pruitt Passes Out of Senate Committee—Full Senate Must Reject Him

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 7:59am
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has advanced Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, putting the question of his confirmation before the full Senate. His confirmation would be a threat to public health and senators must vote no, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Pruitt Passes Out of Senate Committee—Full Senate Must Reject Him

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 7:59am
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has advanced Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, putting the question of his confirmation before the full Senate. His confirmation would be a threat to public health and senators must vote no, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Pruitt Passes Out of Senate Committee—Full Senate Must Reject Him

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 7:59am
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has advanced Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, putting the question of his confirmation before the full Senate. His confirmation would be a threat to public health and senators must vote no, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Earthjustice to U.S. Senate: Oppose Pruitt’s Nomination to Lead EPA

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 2 February 2017 - 7:54am
Earthjustice

Today, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency moved one step closer to confirmation when Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted for him despite a boycott from Democratic legislators for the second day in a row. 

Muslims across Quebec respond to mosque terror attack

Rabble.ca/ - 2 February 2017 - 6:35am
An engineering professor, a halal grocery shop owner, a civil servant and father of four. These were among the six men gunned down by a French-Canadian nationalist in a Quebec City mosque. 'We feel unsafe now': Quebec Muslims respond to mosque terror attack

Frederick Douglass inspires resistance in the face of Trump oppression

Rabble.ca/ - 2 February 2017 - 5:37am
Thursday, February 2, 2017

The good news is that President Donald Trump opened Black History Month by mentioning the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The bad news is, he doesn't seem to realize he's dead. "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice," Trump said at his "African-American History Month Listening Session," which he hosted at the White House. Whether it was a misstatement or genuine ignorance of who Frederick Douglass was, or, perhaps, one of Trump's notorious "alternative facts," is not clear. What is clear is that the spirit of resistance for which Frederick Douglass is best remembered is alive and well, and is directed squarely against the Trump administration.

The spirit of resistance for which Frederick Douglass is best remembered is alive and well, and is directed squarely against the Trump administration.

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Democracy Now! 2017-02-02 Thursday

Democracy Now (English) - 2 February 2017 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-02-02 Thursday
  • Headlines for February 02, 2017
  • Resist or Resign: Facing Grassroots Pressure, Democratic Lawmakers Intensify Fight Against Trump
  • Meet the Attorney Suing Trump for Barring Children from Entering U.S. to See Their Parents
  • The "De-Judification" of the Holocaust?: Trump Avoids Word "Jews" on Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes
  • Lizzy Ratner: "Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner's Family, and Mine"

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This feels like it's happened before … it's Groundhog Day and the Liberals have just broken a promise!

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 10:56pm

So long, electoral reform! Welcome back, first-past-the-post!

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, said yesterday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that his clear promise of electoral reform back in the 2015 federal election campaign was going over the side left her feeling "more deeply shocked and betrayed by my government today than on any day of my adult life."

Those of us who are old New Democrats, or old Tories for that matter, may not feel quite so much shock.

It is Groundhog Day, after all, and we've seen this movie before -- over and over and over. Every time we're persuaded to vote Liberal for one reason or another, as a matter of fact.

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How can the Canadian government combat hate crimes?

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 7:12pm

An open letter to:

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety

Gentlemen,

Canadians watch aghast as intolerance, misogyny and xenophobia sweep the United States, and creep into Canada. 

Six innocent men were murdered, many others grievously wounded and families harmed in Québec City on January 29. This atrocity occurred at a place of worship during prayer.

It is not a coincidence that a similar crime was committed in a African American Church in Charleston, South Carolina less than two years ago. Extreme right wing groups fomenting violence are now in Canada with connections to larger American counterparts. 

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