EPA Pulls Registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo Herbicide Citing High Toxicity Levels
Published Nov 25, 2015 - 8:17:40 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), responding to litigation, has announced it is revoking the registration of “Enlist Duo.” Approved by the agency just over a year ago, Enlist Duo is a toxic combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D that Dow AgroSciences created for use on the next generation of genetically engineered crops, designed to withstand being drenched with this potent herbicide cocktail. In its court filing, EPA stated it is taking this action after realizing that the combination of these chemicals is likely significantly more harmful than it had initially believed.
30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 9:04:52 AM
Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.
Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Action, Restoring Voting Rights
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 8:51:49 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s executive action today will automatically restore voting rights to an estimated 100,000 persons with nonviolent felony convictions who have completed their sentences. Kentucky is one of only four states, along with Iowa, Florida, and Virginia, which disenfranchise all persons with felony convictions even after completion of sentence. Voting rights in these states can only be restored through action of a governor or pardons board. An estimated 243,000 Kentuckians with felony convictions have lost their right to vote, including 180,000 who have completed their sentence.
Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 8:35:33 AM
Today, the US Department of the Interior announced its intention to cancel the Solenex LLC oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine roadless area. This decision echoes the call by many that the Badger-Two Medicine region – a vital wildland link connecting the Bob Marshall Wilderness with Glacier National Park, and an indispensable stronghold of Blackfeet culture – should not be industrialized by roads, bridges and drill rigs.
Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Rights and Announces Agency’s Legal Duty to Protect Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations
Published Nov 20, 2015 - 8:04:45 AM
Late last night, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling in the unprecedented case of eight youth petitioners who requested that the Washington Department of Ecology write a carbon emissions rule that protects the atmosphere for their generation and those to come.
At One-Year Anniversary of Immigration Actions, Administration Must Vigorously Defend Authority, Says American Immigration Council
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 10:40:50 AM
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of his executive actions on immigration, which at their heart, are first steps towards common-sense reforms to an outdated immigration system.
Report: More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 10:31:22 AM
More Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from both countries. The same data sources also show the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s, mostly due to a drop in the number of Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.
FDA Approves Unlabeled GMO Salmon
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 9:45:19 AM
Today, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first genetically engineered food animal, AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, despite insufficient safety testing and widespread opposition. This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition.
Trump crosses the Nazi line: Maybe Muslims should wear special ID badges
Full story: Raw Story
New Report: Without Accurate Identity Documents, Transgender People Face Harassment and Discrimination
Published Nov 18, 2015 - 8:26:34 AM
A new brief released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) reports that transgender people are often denied access to essential identity documents that reflect the gender that they live every day, exposing them to a range of discrimination and harms, including harassment, denial of employment, and more.
New Research Shows Major Auto Insurers Charge Good Drivers 70% More in Predominantly African American Zip Codes than in Predominantly White Zip Codes
Published Nov 18, 2015 - 8:24:39 AM
Good drivers living in predominantly African American ZIP codes are charged significantly higher premiums than similar drivers in largely white communities, even after accounting for population density and income levels, according to a report released today. The Consumer Federation of America reviewed quotes from the five largest insurers by ZIP code and found that, on average, predominantly African American communities are quoted premiums that are 70 percent higher than similarly situated drivers in predominantly white communities ($1,060 vs. $622).
Report: Protecting the Environment Improves the Economy, Provides Jobs, Majorities Say
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 10:24:11 AM
Some politicians argue that taking action to protect the environment will harm the economy and cost jobs. However, a recent national survey finds that only 15% of Americans agree with this argument. Instead, a large majority of Americans (60%) say that in the long run, protecting the environment actually improves economic growth and provides new jobs, while another 22% say that protecting the environment has no impact on economic growth or jobs.
CMD Submits Evidence of Exxon Mobil Funding ALEC’s Climate Change Denial to New York Attorney General
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 9:46:29 AM
The Center for Media and Democracy, a national watchdog group exposing corporate influence on democracy, has submitted evidence to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman showing how Exxon Mobil has promoted climate change denial through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). CMD believes this information is relevant to the landmark investigation into whether Exxon Mobil deceived its shareholders and the public about the impact that burning fossil fuels has on climate change.
Bernie Sanders: We are reaping the consequences of Bush's invasion of Iraq today (VIDEO)
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 9:44:10 AM
Saying Americans are “appalled and disgusted” by terrorist attacks in Paris, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday called for a concerted international effort to defeat the Islamic State and “eliminate the stain of ISIS from this world.”
Governors Scapegoat Syrian Refugees
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 9:38:04 AM
Recently announced plans by more than half of US governors to turn away Syrian refugees admitted by the United States tarnish the country’s reputation as a place where resettled refugees can find safety.
New Study: Texas Women Forced to Self-Induce Abortions After Clinics Close
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 8:51:33 AM
New research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) reveals that up to 240,000 Texas women may have attempted to end a pregnancy on their own, without medical assistance (read more here and here). This research comes as clinics across the state have been forced to close. Approximately 20 health centers have already closed across Texas following passage of abortion restrictions in 2013. If the Supreme Court allows all of the 2013 restrictions to go into full effect, the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas will be left with only 10 health centers that provide safe, legal abortion in the entire state — down from approximately 40 health centers before passage of this dangerous law. Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will review a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the Texas law — which is partially blocked for now.
New Report Reveals that Mortgages Over $500,000 are Rare in the U.S.
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 8:40:34 AM
A Rare Occurrence: The Geography and Race of Mortgages Over $500,000, released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), reveals that only 5% of the mortgages obtained in the past three years in the U.S. were larger than $500,000 and that lowering the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) cap to $500,000 would have no impact on the majority of homeowners nationwide given the rarity of mortgages over that amount.
New Report and Congressional Panel: The Truth About Gun Dealers in America
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 2:30:24 PM
Thousands of Americans are killed with guns every year by people who shouldn’t have them. So how do these prohibited purchasers, people like felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill get their guns? According to a new report from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, virtually all crime guns come from a relatively small number of gun dealers known as ‘bad apple’ gun dealers – dealers who conduct irresponsible or even illegal business practices just to turn a profit. In fact, 90% of crime guns can be traced back to just 5% of gun dealers. There are approximately 3,000 'bad apple' gun dealers in the United States.
EFF to Court: California’s DNA Law Violates Privacy Protections Guaranteed by State
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 12:52:48 PM
Californians who’ve merely been arrested and not charged, much less convicted of a crime, have a right to privacy when it comes to their genetic material, EFF said in an amicus brief filed Nov. 13 with the state’s highest court.
FBI Releases 2014 Hate Crime Statistics
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 11:42:03 AM
Today, the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2014, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,494 law enforcement agencies, the data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports. Highlights of Hate Crime Statistics, 2014 follow.
Former ICE Director on Refugees and Security
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 10:39:08 AM
The United States employs a robust and layered approach to the screening of refugees. Prior to setting foot on U.S. soil, refugees must first clear a comprehensive background investigation that includes multiple layers of in-person interviews, biographic and biometric background checks, and interviews of third-persons who may have information related to the individual. No refugee may be admitted into the U.S. unless and until this lengthy process is complete and reveals no information that would suggest the person poses a security risk.
Thousands of Mormon Faithful Resign From Church In Support of LGBT Community
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 7:12:13 AM
In a formidable display of support for the LGBT community, thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints resigned from the church yesterday in protest of a new policy that includes a ban on the baptism of children of same-sex couples. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responded to the mass resignation by urging the Mormon church to rescind the deplorable attack on loving and committed same-sex couples and their families.
U.S. Supreme Court to Review Texas Clinic Shutdown Law
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 12:14:33 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a Texas law designed to shut down clinics that provide safe, legal abortion services under the guise of improving women’s health. The case seeks to overturn a June 2015 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that would have led to the closure of all but 10 clinics in the state if the Supreme Court had not immediately intervened to keep those clinics open. Oral arguments are expected to be scheduled for 2016.
HRC Calls For Investigation Into Utah Judge Who Removed Foster Child From Same-Sex Couple
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 10:42:05 AM
Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has filed a formal complaint and called for a full investigation into now-infamous Utah Judge Scott Johansen, who is reported to have ordered a child removed from the home of her married foster parents because they are a same-sex couple.
World’s Largest Petroleum Companies Call Youth’s Landmark Climate Lawsuit “a Direct Threat to [Their] Businesses”
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 8:58:43 AM
They can't vote yet, but a significant climate change lawsuit filed against the Federal Government by young people from around the country just got the attention of the powerful Fossil Fuel Industry. Today, nearly every oil and gas company in the world asked for permission to oppose the landmark climate lawsuit brought against President Obama and the federal government by America’s youth and Dr. James E. Hansen -- as guardian for future generations. In an unusual step, the immense fossil fuel industry trade groups all filed pleadings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon seeking to join the lawsuit side by side with President Obama to protect their companies’ interests.
Conservation Groups Take U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Court for Failures to Protect the World's Only Wild Red Wolves
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 8:27:34 AM
Conservation groups filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal actions including authorizing the killing of a breeding female red wolf in a population of only 50-75 red wolves in the wild. The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Ahead of First-Ever Congressional Forum on Violence Against Transgender People, HRC & TPOCC Release Joint Report
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 8:25:53 AM
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) released a comprehensive report on the epidemic of violence against transgender people – particularly transgender women of color. The report comes ahead of the first-ever Congressional forum set for next Tuesday on the scourge of violence against transgender people.
Margins to the Mainstream: Conspiracy theories originating on the extreme right invade American political life
Full story: Southern Poverty Law Center
Ex-CIA director: White House ignored months of warnings about 9/11 to avoid leaving ‘paper trail’ of culpability
Full story: Raw Story
“Deportation Force” the Latest Chilling Detail Of Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 10:38:50 AM
In Tuesday night’s Republican debate, Donald Trump stated that he would model his mass-deportation plan after one of the darkest moments in modern American history – President Eisenhower’s 1954 round-up and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Mexico, an event known by the offensive name of “Operation Wetback.” Yesterday, Trump added another disturbing detail to his vision, telling MSNBC that he would rely on a “Deportation Force” to implement his mass-deportation plan.