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NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon's Removal from White House

NAACPThe NAACP, the nation's oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon from President Trump's administration.     

Court Upholds New York State's Rejection of the Constitution Pipeline

EarthjusticeToday, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 's decision to block a 124-mile natural gas pipeline project from moving forward in New York State, stating the plaintiffs had no basis.' 

UltraViolet Statement on the Firing of Steve Bannon

UltraVioletStatement from Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, in response to news of Bannon's firing: "Good riddance Steve. The larger and more urgent crisis however is that a white supremacist sympathizer is the president of the United States."

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Reacts To The Departure Of Steve Bannon From The White House

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawKristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday on the departure of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon:

Civil Society Urges Trade Decision-Makers to Consider the Impacts of NAFTA on Digital Rights

Open MediaAs negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement continue in Washington, D.C., more than two dozen civil society organizations from Mexico, Canada and the United States have released a joint statement on transparency, digital rights, and NAFTA.

Court Decision in Louisiana Voting Rights Case Changes the Course of History for Black Voters for the Better

NAACP Legal Defense FundYesterday, a federal district court ruled in favor of the Terrebonne Parish NAACP and four Black voters, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund , the law firm of Cozen O'Connor, and longtime Louisiana civil rights attorney, Ronald L. Wilson, in an ...

Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens After Eggs Found Contaminated

Mercy for AnimalsMore than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. In the EU it has been banned for use on farms. Netherlands farmers have already killed ...

Analysis: Nevada National Monuments Targeted by Oil and Gas Speculators

Center for Biological DiversityOil and gas speculators have aggressively targeted two Nevada national monuments under threat of elimination by President Trump, an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals. Federal documents show that speculators blanketed Gold Butte and ...

Zinke Allows Plastic Water Bottles in National Parks

Sierra ClubYesterday, the National Park Service reversed bans on disposable water bottles in National Parks-- another reversal of an Obama-era environmental policy. The ban originally was placed as an effort to increase the agency's sustainability efforts and reduce carbon emissions. In response, ...

Veterans Urge Secretary Zinke Not To Expand Offshore Drilling

Sierra ClubToday, a letter signed by 1,669 veterans was delivered to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, expressing opposition to the Trump administration's plans to revisit the current five-year plan for offshore drilling and urging Zinke to maintain existing protections for our coasts.

Whose Side Are They On: Main Street Consumers or Wall Street Banks?

Public CitizenOne of the major battles in Congress this fall will be a fight over a regulatory repeal measure that will have lasting ramifications for Americans' constitutional rights. That measure, if it passes and is signed by the president, would take away consumers' right to challenge wrongdoing ...

20,000 Constituents in One Day Urge Their Congress Member to Impeach Trump

RootsActionMore than 20,000 people sent individual emails to their member of Congress on Wednesday urging impeachment of President Trump.

Kaper-Dale Campaign Protests NJ Water Crisis

Green Party of the USOn Wednesday, August 16th, the Kaper-Dale for Governor campaign announced that Milltown and Newark, two New Jersey cities, have equal to or higher water lead toxicity levels than Flint, Michigan.

New NAFTA Negotiations Begin

Jubilee USA NetworkEric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA, releases the following statement: Trade is a critical component of easing poverty and promoting development.‎ New NAFTA negotiations must ensure that protections are in place for vulnerable ...

Family Farm Groups From Three Countries Slam NAFTA Reboot Based on TPP

Institute for Agriculture & Trade PolicyAs the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, ...

Extending Essential Protections Will Benefit All Working People

AFL-CIOAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the DACA program: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs provide work authorization to more than 1 million people, preventing workplace ...

SEIU's Henry: No Place For White Supremacists in the White House

Service Employees International Union SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to President Trump's remarks doubling down on blaming both sides' for the hatred and violence in Charlottesville: President Trump's remarks yesterday were reprehensible. He ...

ATF Launches New Campaign Showing The True Costs Of Trump's Tax Cuts For The Wealthy And Corporations

Americans for Tax FairnessAmericans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 425 endorsing groups united in support of a fair tax system, is launching a new campaign against Donald Trump's and Congressional Republicans' plans to slash taxes for the wealthy and corporations, which will threaten deep cuts to ...

Theresa May Must Rescind Invite To Neo-Nazi Sympathiser Trump -

Global Justice NowResponding to Donald Trump's press conference last night in which he defended the neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now, which is part of the UK Stop Trump coalition said:

NIAC: 'Trump's Violations of the Iran Deal Begets Unfortunate But Predictable Iranian Response'

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 regarding comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggesting Iran could back out of the Joint ...

Activists Drop WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY' Banner Inside Trump Tower Lobby

UltraVioletMoments ago, activists from UltraViolet, a national women's advocacy organization, and the Working Families Party, unveiled a massive banner inside Trump Tower's lobby reading: WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY.' 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Quad Caucus Demand Immediate Removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from White House

Congresswoman Barbara LeeToday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and leadership of the Congressional Quad-Caucus – which is composed of chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus , the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus , the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus ...

Coalition Challenges Water Pollution Permit for Montanore Mine

EarthjusticeA coalition of conservation groups took legal action today to protect clean water and native trout on wild public lands in northwest Montana's Cabinet Mountains from pollution threatened by development of a massive copper and silver mine.

Court Stops Expansion of Country's Largest Proposed Underground Coal Mine Over Climate Impacts

Sierra ClubIn a rebuff to the Trump administration's decision to ignore climate change in federal decision-making, a U.S. District Court judge on Monday invalidated a proposed expansion of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain mine because its climate impacts were not adequately considered.

As CEOs Abandon Trump's Manufacturing Council Over Lackluster Repudiation of White Supremacists, Over 26,000 Demand Ford, GM, IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Other CEOs Follow Their Lead

SumofUsOver 26,000 people have signed a petition by consumer watchdog group SumofUs, demanding CEOs on President Trump's business councils to resign from their posts advising the president. The petition comes  after news yesterday that Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Under ...

Net Neutrality Activists Launch Crowdfunded Billboards Targeting Key Members Of Congress During August Recess

Fight for the FutureToday digital rights organization Fight for the Future unleashed a series of crowdfunded billboards targeting lawmakers who support FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's efforts to repeal the country's net neutrality rules.

Getting Organized in the Wake of Charlottesville

Jewish Voice for PeaceJewish Voice for Peace stands unequivocally and emphatically against the white supremacy, antisemitism and fascism on display in Charlottesville this weekend.  We join the voices of mourning for Heather Heyer, who was murdered by one of the white supremacist marchers, and for ...

Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

Human Rights Watch The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country's drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today.

Tech Firms Urge Supreme Court to Adapt Privacy Protections for 'Realities of the Digital Era' in Cell Phone Tracking Case

ACLUApple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Verizon, and other technology companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court late last night declaring that when it comes to the government's tracking of people's cell phone locations, Rigid analog-era rules should yield to consideration of reasonable ...

Green Party Urges Prosecution of White Supremacist Groups For Domestic Terrorism In The Wake of Racist Violence In Charlottesville

Green Party of the USThe Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12.Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist ...

Cholera count reaches 500,000 in Yemen

The World Health OrganizationThe total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, ...

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds To President Trump's Latest Statement Following Charlottesville Attack

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawKristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement Monday after President Trump met with Attorney General Sessions and FBI Director Wray to discuss the mass violence that ...

Sierra Club Sues Department of Energy Over Secrecy on Grid Study

Sierra Club Sierra Club sued the Department of Energy today for the agency's repeated delays in providing information on Rick Perry's ongoing grid study, amid suspicion that draft versions of the study may be dramatically altered by political appointees in the Trump Administration.

Trump Urged to Condemn Hateful Ideology, Violence of White Supremacists

Human Rights FirstHuman Rights First strongly condemns the hateful gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urges President Trump to speak out clearly and forcefully against the dangerous extremist ideology of racism and discrimination perpetuated by members of the ...

PRESS CALL: Lawyers' Committee Joins Charlottesville Vice Mayor to React to Violence During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawToday, August 14th at 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law , will hold a press call to address President Trump's failure to condemn white nationalists groups in the violent aftermath and death of a counter-protester during a ...

NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump's Tolerance of White Supremacists

National Iranian-American CouncilTrita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump's tolerance of White Supremacists:

Until Trump Condemns Racism and Hate, He is Condoning It

People's ActionRacism claimed another life Saturday – that of a 32-year-old woman who was on a street in Charlottesville, Va. taking a stand against hate. It is shameful enough that in 2017 we are still subjected to scenes in this country reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan marches of decades ago. ...

Statement on Charlottesville

Indivisible GuideOn Saturday night, Indivisible co-executive directors Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg made the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, VA. This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists went to Charlottesville, VA to push their vile message of white supremacy, ...

Charlottesville Solidarity Rallies

Democracy for AmericaThe horrifying scenes we have seen over the last 24 hours from Charlottesville are a direct result of the monstrous, racist words and actions by Donald Trump during the campaign and since he became President. Now, as a result of the hate that Trump has stoked, at least one ...

Nurses Condemn Charlottesville Violence, 'No Place for White Supremacy, Racism, Bigotry in a Democratic Society'

National Nurses UnitedNational Nurses United today condemned the violence in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday sparked by a white supremacist rally in the town that resulted in the death of at least one person and multiple injuries. NNU also criticized what it called an inadequate response' by ...

Clean Car Standards Should Be Strengthened, Not Reopened

Environment AmericaThe Trump administration reopened the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's midterm evaluation on clean car standards. The process withdraws the previously released final determination on EPA's vehicle emission standards for 2022-2025 and expands the time period under ...

US Embassy Declines Letter Calling For De-escalation Of Conflict With North Korea

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament The US Embassy declined to accept a letter earlier today from a delegation of journalists, writers, and peace activists. The letter calls on the United States government to stop its nuclear brinkmanship in the crisis with North Korea. Millions of people around the ...

Inflation Slows Further In July CPI

Center for Economic and Policy Research It appears that inflation is continuing to decelerate in spite of an unemployment rate that is at a 16-year low. The overall and core CPI both rose 0.1 percent in July. This brings the rate of increase over the last 12 months in both measures respectively to ...

Corporations Pay Between 13 and 19 Percent in Federal Taxes—Far Less Than the 35 Percent Statutory Tax Rate

Economic Policy InstituteAs the GOP push to pass tax reform' starts to heat up, policymakers will debate whether the corporate tax rate is too high or too low. A standard but misleading talking point for those wishing to give more tax breaks to corporations is that the United States has one of the ...

Members of Congress Fail to Disclose Future Employment Negotiations; Revolving Door Continues to Spin

Public CitizenRetiring members of Congress are largely failing to disclose their negotiations for future private-sector employment, despite a reform law that intended for them to do so, a new Public Citizen report shows.

Statement by National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel on HUD's Worst Case Housing Needs Report

National Low Income Housing CoalitionThe Department of Housing and Urban Development published on August 9 its Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress, showing that 8.3 million unassisted very low income households in America spend more than half of their income on their housing, live in ...

450,000+ Comments Against Keystone XL Pipeline Delivered to Nebraska Commission**PHOTOS: View and download photos of the event for use by media**

Peace delegation to US embassy:

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament A delegation of journalists, writers, playwrights and peace activists will visit the US Embassy tomorrow to deliver a letter to the US ambassador to Britain. The letter will call on the United States government to do everything within its power to de-escalate the ...

Public Records Sought on Trump Administration's Plan to Weaken Sage Grouse Protections

Center for Biological DiversityThe Center for Biological Diversity today filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking public records connected to Interior Secretary Zinke's recommendations to undermine important conservation protections for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

Study Finds That Boosting Soil's Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts

Union of Concerned Scientists Farming practices that keep soil covered year-round can reduce the damage caused by both floods and droughts, according to a new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists .