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Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law & Election Protection Hotline To Take Calls LIVE During Alabama's Special Election

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawElection Protection, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will provide live assistance for voters in Alabama on Election Day this year.

A Travesty of Justice: HSBC Being Released From Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Public CitizenStatement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen Note: HSBC Holdings PLC is to be released from a deferred prosecution agreement that allowed the company to avoid criminal charges in 2012. The sword of Damocles' that the U.S. Justice Department said hung over HSBC turned out to ...

Did 24 Coke-Funded Studies on Childhood Obesity Fail to Disclose Coke's Influence?

U.S. Right to KnowHow accurate were conflict of interest disclosures in at least 40 childhood obesity studies funded by The Coca-Cola Company?

ACLU Announces Nationwide Campaign to Support Movement to End Money Bail

ACLUThe American Civil Liberties Union's Campaign for Smart Justice is launching an initiative that focuses on bolstering the movement to end money bail and eliminate wealth-based pretrial detention. The initiative is a part of the campaign's unprecedented, nationwide, multi-year effort to reduce ...

Alabama Women Can Make History In The December Senate Special Election

National Organization for Women The National Organization for Women congratulates the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for adopting its new Standards of Conduct, to which each of its 8,427 members are expected to adhere. The time has come for Alabama women to be a political power in the ...

Banks and Investors Jeopardizing the Paris Climate Goals

Rainforest Action Network On the eve of the Paris Agreement's second birthday, two new reports reveal how large banks and investors are actively undermining the Paris climate goals. The reports provide data exposing how, between January 2014 and September 2017, big banks provided US $630 billion ...

Dirty Dozen: 12 Projects of the World Bank Group and Other Public Finance Institutions That Undermine the One Planet Summit and Put the Climate at Risk

Oil Change InternationalAs world leaders and global financial institutions gather for the One Planet Summit on December 12 in Paris, civil society groups have come together under the Big Shift Global campaign to underscore the massive finance gap remaining to shift away from fossil fuels and toward ...

Net Neutrality Defenders Plan Mass Online Protest 48 hours Before FCC Vote

Fight for the FutureThe unprecedented public backlash to the FCC's plan to slash Title II net neutrality protections continues to grow.

Consumer Groups Ask Ninth Circuit to Block FCC Broadband Order Downgrading Rural America

The Greenlining InstituteToday, Public Knowledge, joined by The Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network, and National Association of State Utility Advocates, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Brave Flight Passenger Confronts Jeff Flake

Americans for Tax FairnessOn board their flight to Phoenix last night, Ady Barkan, a 33-year-old

Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico in Tax Plans

Jubilee USA NetworkAs the Senate and House tax plans head to conference committee to reconcile tax plan differences, major religious leaders from Puerto Rico are asking Congress to protect the island from new proposed ‎taxes. Metropolitan Archbishop Roberto O. González Nieves, OFM of the Catholic ...

Honduras: Government Deploys Dangerous and illegal Tactics to Silence Population

Amnesty InternationalThe Honduran government is deploying dangerous and illegal tactics to silence any dissenting voices in the aftermath of one of the country's worst political crisis in a decade, including preventing lawyers and human rights activists from visiting detained demonstrators, Amnesty ...

Boston University Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity

Environment AmericaMassachusetts' largest university took a big step towards leading the country on climate action by committing to purchase 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind by end of 2018.

Water Protectors and Environmental Groups Disrupt Wells Fargo Investment Thought Leadership Forum' Demanding Banks Defund Keystone XL Pipeline

Indigenous Environment NetworkWater protectors and activists from environmental groups disrupted the Wells Fargo Investment Thought

WTO Summit 'Illegitimate From Day One'

Global Justice NowStatement on the World Trade Organisation's 11th Ministerial Summit in Buenos Aries, Argentina, which takes place from 10-13 December 2017. On the summit:

NOW Congratulates Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for New Standards of Conduct

National Organization for Women The National Organization for Women congratulates the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for adopting its new Standards of Conduct, to which each of its 8,427 members are expected to adhere. NOW was the first organization to call on the Academy to expel ...

Angry Internet Users Are Gathering At More Than 700 protests at Verizon Stores and Congressional Offices in all 50 States Today

Fight for the FutureSelf-organized Internet users are gathering at Verizon stores and Congressional offices in more than 

50,000 Petition For Federal Investigation Into Trump's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

MoveOn.orgA MoveOn member's petition demanding an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Donald Trump has gained more than 150,000 signatures in a

Livestock Antibiotic Sales Finally Start Declining After Years on Rise

Natural Resources Defense Council For the first time in many years, sales of antibiotics important to human medicine for use in the livestock industry have dropped — down 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to new data released today by the FDA.

Democratic Leadership Should Treat Dream, CHIP as Non-negotiables in Spending Bill; No Dream, No CHIP, No Deal

Credo ActionCREDO released the following statement to urge Democratic leadership to insist on both a clean Dream Act and the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program in any spending bill that goes beyond the end of the year:

Doctors, Nurses Weigh In: Federal Budget Threatens Our Health

Environment AmericaAs the U.S. Congress reaches its deadline to pass government spending bills, Environment America released a letter from hundreds of health professionals urging their representatives to oppose any attempts to cut funding or protections for our environment and health. More than 300 ...

State Law Requires Contractors to Sign Document Promising Not to Boycott Israel

ACLUThe American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today arguing that an Arizona law requiring state contractors to certify that they won't boycott Israel violates the First Amendment. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of an attorney and his one-person law office, which contracts with ...

100+ Wisconsinites Join Historic Protests to Tell Speaker Ryan & Democrats, Pass the Clean Dream Act Now!

Voces de la FronteraOver 100 DACA recipients, immigrant families, and supporters from Wisconsin travelled to Washington, DC on Wednesday to join an estimated 4,000+ people from across the country rallying to demand Speaker Ryan and members of both parties act to pass the clean Dream Act before the ...

Nurses to MN Gov. Mark Dayton - Appoint Progressive Leader Rep. Keith Ellison to Senate

National Nurses UnitedNational Nurses United, which includes the Minnesota Nurses Association as a major affiliate, today called on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to appoint Rep. Keith Ellison to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Sen. Al Franken. Keith Ellison is an ...

#PollutingPruitt Makes Committee Appearance

Friends of the EarthEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is scheduled to appear this morning before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment. Pruitt, who has spent the past ten months at the EPA dismantling it from within, is expected to provide testimony ...

Ellison Statement on Sen. Al Franken's Resignation

Rep. Keith EllisonFollowing Sen. Al Franken's decision to resign from the U.S. Senate, Rep. Keith Ellison issued the following statement: "I commend the brave women who have come forward in recent weeks to share their experience of sexual harassment and assault. Their courage is immense, and has ...

Emergency Levels Of Child Malnutrition Coupled With Disease Outbreaks In Cox's Bazar, According To New Survey

The International Rescue CommitteeA nutrition assessment released today by humanitarian agencies in Cox's Bazar reveals malnutrition rates above the global emergency threshold of 15%, indicating a serious public health problem for children under five in Bangladesh.

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt on the resignation of Al Franken

National Organization for Women Al Franken was right to resign. He's been a good Senator, but his career cannot be valued higher than his obligation to treat women with respect. Minnesota will get another good Senator, and I hope it's a woman. Once all the prominent people who've been revealed to ...

Advocacy Group Mounts Legal Challenge to Pollution Trading Permit in Pennsylvania

Food & Water WatchFood & Water Watch filed an appeal this week in Pennsylvania challenging a water pollution trading permit that authorizes Keystone Protein, a poultry processing and rendering plant, to purchase pollution credits from a state credit bank to avoid meeting nitrogen and phosphorus ...

58 Members Of Congress Vote To Impeach Donald J. Trump

Free Speech for PeopleToday, fifty-eight Members of Congress voted in support of articles of impeachment against President Trump in a floor vote led by Congressman Al Green . 

Anti-Nuclear Activists Celebrate Nobel Peace Prize at MoD

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Anti-nuclear activists will gather outside the Ministry of Defence on Saturday to celebrate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The 2017 prize will be handed to ICAN, a global network which campaigned for a United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty, at an awards ceremony in ...

Leading Economists Demand that Not a Penny More Goes to Fossil Fuels

350.orgOver 80 world-renowned economists from 20 countries have issued a declaration demanding that not a penny more is spent on fossil fuels production and projects, while encouraging a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy, ahead of President Macron's international summit on climate ...

Verizon Protests Today at 700 Locations Nationwide as People Rise Up Against Ajit Pai's Plan to Undo Net Neutrality

Free PressOn Thursday, thousands of Net Neutrality supporters will protest outside more than 700 Verizon stores in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Other Dec. 7 protests will occur at nearly 20 congressional in-district offices, and outside the Washington Hilton Hotel during tonight's ...

Bernie Sanders, Lloyd Doggett Demand Drug Companies To Stop Dodging Taxes Following Release of New Report

Americans for Tax FairnessA new report released today

Senators Warren, Merkley, and Udall Join the Gwich'in Indigenous Pray-In Against GOP Tax Bill

Indigenous Environment NetworkLeaders from the Gwich'in Nation and Inupiaq Tribe traveled from northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada today to lead a pray in against the tax bill and urge Congress to drop drilling in the Arctic from the bill. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Jeff ...

Peace Action: Trump Joins World in Calling on Saudi Arabia to End Its Yemen Blockade

Peace ActionIn response to President Trump calling on Saudi Arabia to immediately lift its blockade of Yemen citing the dire humanitarian situation, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

Honduras: Now 100+ US Rights Organizations Condemn Election Tampering, Urge Cut to US Military Aid

Grassroots InternationalOutraged at the possibility of the theft of Honduras' election by the discredited current administration, now over 100 US rights, faith and civil society organizatio

House Passes Federally Mandated Concealed Carry, Threatening Public Safety & Law Enforcement Lives

Violence Policy CenterThe U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 38, a bill that establishes a system of federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity that would force every state to recognize concealed carry permits issued by any other state. This proposal would undermine each state's ...

UN Committee Tells Cameroon To Put An End To Torture By Security Forces In The Fight Against Boko Haram

Amnesty InternationalCameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published today by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International said. The Committee expressed deep concerns about the use of secret ...

Press Statement by Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of Grassroots International, a Long-Time Funder of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations

Grassroots InternationalOn President Trump moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem:

Advocacy Group Calls For Ban On Brazilian Beef Imports, Citing Countless Health and Safety Deficiencies Over Fifteen Years

Food & Water WatchIn a regulatory petition filed today with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service , the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch called on the agency to finally revoke the equivalency status of Brazil as being eligible to export meat products to the United States.

Indigenous Climate Action Rejects $150,000 Award From Aviva Canada Due To Moral Conflict With Aviva Investments

Rainforest Action Network Early last week Indigenous Climate Action , an Indigenous-led climate justice project, received news they had won the Aviva Canada Community Legacy Award

USA: Recognition Of Unified Jerusalem 'Reckless' and Undermines Palestinians' Human Rights

Amnesty InternationalCondemning today's announcement by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, that the US is recognizing unified Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will move its embassy there, Raed Jarrar, Amnesty International USA's Middle East Advocacy Director, said: This is a reckless ...

JVP Responds to Trump's Announcement of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital and Plan To Move U.S. Embassy

Jewish Voice for PeaceJewish Voice for Peace unequivocally condemns President Trump's announcement that he will begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as part of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that would make the U.S. the only country in the world to do so. This ...

Secret Policies on Lethal Strikes and Raids Puts Lives in Danger

Amnesty InternationalAccording to reports, the U.S. government has adopted secret policies allowing lethal strikes and raids to be conducted away from the battlefield, even when there is no imminent threat to life. Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA, ...

Yemen: Blockade is Not Over

The International Rescue CommitteeYemen has been grappling with a blockade on commercial shipments for one month today, preventing 80 percent of basic goods from reaching the 21 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee said today. Despite a ...

Green Party of Utah Condemns Executive Orders Shrinking the Size of Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Green Party of the USIn the wake of a unilaterally destructive act by President Trump, in the form of executive orders to rescind the size of National Monuments Bears Ears and The Grand Staircase-Escalante, the Green Party of Utah calls for preserving the protections of large contiguous areas of ...

Environmental Scorecard Highlights Need For Congress To Better Protect Our Environment & Health

Environment AmericaEnvironment America today released its 2017 Environmental Scorecard tracking how the U.S. Congress voted on bills that could protect our air, water, landscapes and the health of the planet.  Absences count against a member's score. Environment America's Washington D.C. Office ...

Ground-breaking New Report Launched Today: The Big Bad Fix – The Case Against Climate Geoengineering

BiofuelwatchThe Big Bad Fix – The Case Against Climate Geoengineering,' a report released today by ETC Group, Biofuelwatch and Heinrich Böll Foundation, warns that geoengineering is gaining acceptance as a would-be technological fix for climate change in key emitting countries, as these countries ...

President Trump Should Not Attend Grand Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

NAACPIn a statement released today, the NAACP criticized President Trump's proposed visit to this weekend's opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.