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Egypt Frees Irish Student After Four-Year Ordeal

ReprieveThe Egyptian authorities have released an Irish citizen who was arrested at a protest at the age of 17, and who had been facing a death sentence. Ibrahim Halawa from Dublin, was 17 when he was arrested with hundreds of other people in 2013, as part of a crackdown on protests in Egypt. He was ...

Patriotic Millionaires Slam 'Cruel' Senate Budget

Patriotic MillionairesThis morning, in response to the Senate's passage of a budget resolution that would cut nearly $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid and give massive tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former Managing ...

Senate Vote Threatens to Advance Oil Drilling in America's Arctic

EarthjusticeToday's passage of the Senate budget bill signals a step toward oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and potentially other sensitive Arctic areas.

Senate Budget Sells Out Our Environment, Health, and the Treasured Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Environment AmericaThe Senate just passed their budget resolution for 2018. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America, issued the following statement: The Senate budget makes drastic cuts to some of our most vital programs that protect our air, water, and families' health. In addition, the ...

Green Party Statement On The Impasse Between Catalonia And Spain

Green Party of the USThe Green Party's International Committee, on behalf of the party, has issued a statement on the crisis in Catalonia. The text of the statement is appended below.

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Proposed Budget Resolution 'Will Endanger the Healthcare of Millions of Americans'

National Nurses UnitedNational Nurses United today called on members of the Senate to vote against the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution warning it will endanger the healthcare of millions of Americans in order to ensure tax breaks for the wealthy, hurting our patients and hurting our country.' ...

More than 650 Students And Sexual Assault Survivors Protest Devos' Rollback Of Title IX Enforcement At National Vigil And Day Of Action For Survivors Of Campus Sexual Assault

End Rape On Campus This Thursday, October 19, survivors, parents, students, and allies will gather outside the Department of Education for the The National Vigil for Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault to oppose Secretary DeVos' rollback on civil rights enforcement. The National Vigil for Survivors ...

'The People of Puerto Rico are Dying' Say 50 Nurses Returning from Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

National Nurses UnitedA large delegation of 50 volunteer registered nurses from across the U.S. returns this week from Puerto Rico after a two-week disaster relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria, describing an ineffective federal response that has led to deadly conditions including extreme ...

If Alex Azar Is Confirmed as HHS Secretary, Big Pharma's Coup of Health Care Sphere Will Be Virtually Complete

Public CitizenJust days after denouncing out-of-control' drug prices, President Donald Trump appears set to show he doesn't mean it by naming a former pharmaceutical company executive to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If Alex Azar is nominated and his nomination confirmed, ...

One Month After Hurricane Maria, Federal Government Must Answer for Recent Decline in Access to Safe Drinking Water in Puerto Rico

Food & Water WatchIt's been nearly one month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and yesterday, official numbers on drinking water access inexplicably declined from 72% to 65%. The Federal government must answer for this apparent set back in an already dire situation. The number has crept up to ...

Myanmar: Crimes Against Humanity Terrorize and Drive Rohingya Out

Amnesty InternationalMore than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces' targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning, Amnesty International said today in its most detailed ...

DACAmented Youth to Cardinal Dolan: Rescind Paul Ryan Keynote Invitation If He Won't Meet Immigrant Youth

Voces de la FronteraThis week, immigrant rights leaders are from New York, Wisconsin, and around the country are calling on Cardinal Timothy Dolan to rescind his invitation of House Speaker Paul Ryan as the keynote speaker for the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation children's charity dinner ...

Indigenous Women's Delegation Pursues Fossil Fuel Divestment Across Europe, Amidst Growing Global Movement

Women's Earth & Climate Action Network In the face of many dire challenges, Indigenous women leaders of the Standing Rock movement and their allies remain unyielding in their quest for justice regarding the violations of Indigenous rights, human rights and the rights of the Earth and climate ...

NYIC Responds to TRO on Trump's Muslim Ban

The New York Immigration CoalitionIn response to breaking news that a federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order on the Trump administration's renewed ban on travel from Muslim majority nations, the New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director, Steve Choi, issued the following ...

New Study Highlights Danger of Near 0% Tax Rate for Profits Booked Offshore

Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency CoalitionA new study released Tuesday highlights the widespread use of offshore tax haven loopholes by large multinational companies.  The study highlights the danger of congressional proposals to exempt profits booked offshore from taxation, ...

Federal Court Dismisses Resolute SLAPP Suit Against Greenpeace

GreenpeaceToday, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed all claims in the controversial case that major logging company Resolute Forest Products filed against Greenpeace Inc., Greenpeace Fund, and Greenpeace International, Stand.earth and individual ...

Trump Trumpets Meatpacker Power at Expense of Family Farmers

Food & Water WatchStatement by Wenonah Hauter, executive director, Food & Water Watch:

Mainers Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Clean Water Act

Natural Resources Council of MaineToday on the banks of the Androscoggin, once labeled the most polluted river in America, a diverse group of Mainers described the importance of the Clean Water Act. The Act became law on October 18, 1972, when Congress voted to override President Nixon's veto of the ...

Study: 73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Offshore Tax Havens in 2016

US PIRGA new study reveals the extent to which companies are using tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes and undermines the case for any tax proposal that would allow companies to repatriate their U.S. profits at a special low tax rate.

World Food Prize Hides True Cost of Agricultural Development in Africa: Food Sovereignty Prize Honors Critical Work of Small Farmers and Fishers

Community Alliance for Global Justice This week is dedicated to acknowledging food and agriculture on a global scale. October 16 has been designated World Food Day by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to promote awareness about hunger and food security, and has been reclaimed by ...

Report: Suspected Carcinogen from Farm Runoff Fouls Drinking Water Across Rural America

Environmental Working Group Drinking water supplies for millions of Americans in farm country are contaminated with a suspected cancer-causing chemical from fertilizer, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group.

FirstEnergy Bailout Decision Appealed to Ohio Supreme Court

EarthjusticeToday, environmental groups are appealing the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's approval of a financial bailout for FirstEnergy Corp. and its shareholders to the Ohio Supreme Court. Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, vowed to appeal the Commission's August decision granting ...

New Report Illustrates Why USDA Must Not Allow Chinese Poultry or Brazilian Fresh Meat Imports

Food & Water WatchIn an audit released October 13, the USDA's Office of the Inspector General once again found that the Food Safety and Inspection Service's inadequate oversight of imported meat and poultry is putting U.S. consumers at risk.

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Center for Biological DiversityThe Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Federal Highway Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation for failing to prevent harm to the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

From NAFTA 1.0 to NAFTA 2.0, Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow Outlines a NAFTA Renegotiation Agenda For The Rest Of Us

Council of CanadiansNAFTA renegotiations continue today in Arlington, Virginia. To shed light on the issues, the Council of Canadians today released Getting It Right: A People's Guide to NAFTA, by Maude Barlow, its honorary chairperson and veteran NAFTA critic.  It explains in plain language what's ...

'Tom Price's Revenge: HHS Makes Discriminating Against Reproductive Rights Central To Its Mission'

National Organization for Women Donald Trump's Department of Health and Human Services has made turning back the clock on women's reproductive rights central to its new mission.

The National Iranian American Council Deplores Trump's Push to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal

National Iranian-American CouncilDr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's speech withholding certification of the Joint Comprehensive ...

USA Today: 20,000 DACA Teachers at Risk — and Your Kids Could Feel the Fallout, Too'

America's VoiceA USA Today story, 20,000 DACA teachers at risk — and your kids could feel the fallout, too,' highlights the fact that DACA recipients work in many different jobs that help Americans – including teaching children in our nation's classrooms. This is yet another reason why Congress ...

Sanders Responds to Trump's Iran Deal Announcement

Senator Bernie SandersU.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump disavowed the international nuclear deal with Iran and declared his intention not to certify Iran's compliance with the agreement:

Peace Action: Trump Recklessly Decertifies Iran Deal Without Cause

Peace ActionPresident Trump gave a speech today outlining a new strategy on Iran that includes, among other things, decertifying the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Under legislation passed ahead of the signing of the agreement, the president is required to certify or decertify the agreement every 90 days. ...

Scottish Government Urged To Act On Climate Emergency

Friends of the EarthActivists inflated a huge warming earth globe outside Scottish Government headquarters at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh today to highlight the emergency of climate change and urge greater action from the Scottish Government.  The globe was created using NASA satellite maps that ...

Hartnett-White Would Put Environment, Public Health on Dangerous Footing

Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump has nominated Kathleen Hartnett-White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality . A former chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hartnett-White is now affiliated with an oil industry-funded think tank in Austin. Below is a statement ...

LWV Statement on Executive Order to End Health Care Subsidies

League of Women VotersLeague of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the White House executive order to end health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act:

Grassroots Groups Respond to Trump's Decision to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal

Win Without WarDonald Trump's decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — is another in a long series of reckless actions that move our country closer to more war and chaos.

To Avoid the Antibiotic Apocalypse We Must Reign in Drug and Farming Companies

Global Justice NowCampaign group Global Justice Now has warned that action to prevent the antibiotic apocalypse' must take account of the role of big drug and farm companies in driving growing antibiotic resistance. It follows today's warning by the Government's Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame ...

Legal Advocacy Group Files Urgent Freedom Of Information Act Request Of Government Information On Whether President Trump Is A Moron.'

Free Speech for PeopleFree Speech For People filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests today with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to obtain any records related to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments about ...

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump's Executive Order to Undermine Health Care

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsVanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump's heath care Executive Order:

Nurses Call for Stepped Up Federal Effort on Fires

National Nurses UnitedWith the death toll now topping at least 21 people, and fire officials saying the disastrous North Bay wildfires remaining far from contained, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United yesterday called on the federal government for a far greater urgent response ...

Trump Sabotages the Affordable Care Act With Latest Executive Order

Public CitizenPresident Donald Trump continues to sabotage the Affordable Care Act , this time through executive fiat. As with other recent GOP efforts, this executive order would hurt patients by driving up costs and threatening access to health care for millions. The executive order would allow ...

Stripping ACA Regulations From Association Health Plans Will Devastate Small Businesses and Destabilize the Small Group Market

The Main Street AlliancePresident Trump signed an executive order today striping critical Affordable Care Act protections from small business healthcare plans. In response, Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, issued the following ...

Legal Advocacy Group Urges Chief Justice Roberts to Reprimand Justice Gorsuch For His Speech at Trump International Hotel

Free Speech for PeopleFollowing Justice Gorsuch's speech at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Free Speech For People issued an open letter to Chief Justice Roberts urging him to issue a letter of reprimand to Justice Gorsuch and to publish an official Court policy on the ethics ...

Scouts Honor—It's Wrong To Discriminate Against Girls.

National Organization for Women That old glass ceiling continues to break, but the cracks don't run deep enough. NOW welcomes the news that the Boy Scouts of America have once again admitted to their long history of discrimination, this time against girls, and are taking steps to correct it. For ...

Financial Choice Act Passed By House Threatens Consumer Bureau Protection of Older Americans

US PIRGMortgages were the leading source of 72,000 complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from consumers 62 years of age and over, followed by complaints about credit reports and debt collection, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group . Further, ...

NWLC to Launch First National Legal Network to Battle Sex Discrimination

National Women's Law CenterIn response to extensive and unprecedented threats to women's rights, the National Women's Law Center announced today that it is launching the first national legal network to combat sex discrimination faced by women and girls. The Legal Network for Gender Equity has ...

President's Expected Statement on Tax Giveaway to Multinationals Is Inaccurate

Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency CoalitionThe president is expected to claim in a speech Wednesday afternoon that a zero percent tax rate for multinational corporations that book profits offshore and a tax holiday for those multinationals that have already booked stockpiles of ...

Peace Action: Any Nuclear Weapons Expansion is a Terrible Idea - Tenfold Increase is Ludicrous

Peace ActionIn response to reports that President Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

Congress Considers Industry Giveaways for Offshore Drilling

OceanaToday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on new legislation to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act , which would provide industry giveaways for offshore drilling.

Trump's Deregulatory Agenda Could Boost Family Business

Public CitizenPresident Donald Trump's deregulatory agenda could boost the bottom line of his businesses, and in some instances, Trump's financial interests are directly at odds with protecting the public, a new report from Public Citizen and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline shows.

The National Iranian American Council Urges Trump Not to Turn the Iran Nuclear Deal into a Crisis

National Iranian-American CouncilTrita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement in advance of President Trump's upcoming certification decision on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of ...

Trump Visit to UK Will Face Mass Opposition, Say Campaigners

Global Justice NowResponding to reports that Donald Trump will make a 'working visit' to the UK in the New Year, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said: If the Trump visit is back on, so is the mass opposition to it. Theresa May may be hoping that the heat has died down, but she must ...