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Advocates Applaud Publishers for Removing Climate Change Denialism from Texas Textbooks, Putting Education Ahead of Politics

Proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools will not include climate-change denial. In late reversals, two publishing heavyweights, Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill, have both confirmed that they will submit corrected textbooks this week at the SBOE. TFN distributed the following news release in response to the corrections.

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Ohio Exonerates Former Death Row Inmate 39 Years After Conviction

On November 19, 2014, Ohio Judge Richard McMonagle dismissed all charges against Ricky Jackson, who had been convicted and sentenced to death for murder in 1975. District Attorney Terrence McGinty concurred with the judge, saying, "The state is conceding the obvious." Jackson and two other men had been convicted on the basis of a 12-year-old’s testimony that has since been recanted and discredited. The other two defendants are also asking for a dismissal of charges.

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Should We Trust Him? The Mixed Results of Obama's Past Immigrant Relief Measures
Full story: In These Times


Obama Administration Ends 'Secure Communities' Program

Among the many humane, common sense reforms to our immigration policies the Obama administration announced last night, one that has the greatest potential to heal American communities is the reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) interior enforcement strategy. Citing two pending National Immigrant Justice Center federal detainers litigation cases, ICE announced the end of the Secure Communities program.

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Immigration Plan Laudable But Incomplete; Harsh Treatment at Border, Detention of Families Unaddressed

US President Barack Obama’s decision to suspend the deportation of certain unauthorized migrants will protect millions of people from the corrosive threat of removal, Human Rights Watch said today. The plan outlined, while deficient in key respects, will keep eligible families intact and help immigrants resist workplace and other abuses without fear of deportation.

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Low-Wage Crisis Hits American Manufacturing

Manufacturing jobs helped build America’s middle class, but today they are adding to the nation’s low-wage crisis, a new report by the National Employment Law Project shows. Wages have eroded significantly for manufacturing workers across the country: today, more than 600,000 manufacturing workers are paid just $9.60 per hour or less, and 1.5 million manufacturing workers – one out of every four – make $11.91 per hour or less.

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Texans United for Families: Obama must to go even further and abolish the family detention camps

President Obama this week took steps to fix some of what’s broken in our immigration system. This action takes some concrete steps towards reducing the risk of detention and deportation for some undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Specifically, it shields up to 4.9 million immigrants from the threat of deportation, but also sends more resources to an already-militarized border and replaces the controversial Secure Communities Program with the Priority Enforcement Program.

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The Crucial Next Step: Access to Health Care for Immigrant Women and Families

Last night’s executive action on immigration by President Barack Obama will protect up to 5 million immigrants, many of them women, from deportation and allow them to receive work authorization.

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Walmart Workers, Supporters Sound Alarm on Hunger Issues, Detail Black Friday Plans

Walmart workers—part of OUR Walmart—announced key cities today where they plan to strike on Black Friday in protest of the company’s illegal silencing of workers who have stood up for better jobs. As workers and their supporters finalize plans for the biggest Black Friday mobilization ever, they said the largest strikes and protests will be in: Baker, LA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Bay Area, CA; Sacramento, CA; Tampa, FL; Washington, DC; Denver CO.

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Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects on Public Land Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible

There is a glaring lack of data available to the public about the impacts of the drilling and mining of oil, gas and minerals on public lands, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) survey of people who live and work in areas where extractive activities take place.

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President Provides Immediate Relief, Creates Architecture for Reform

After decades of congressional neglect, tonight President Obama took a crucial and courageous step toward reforming our immigration system. He announced that he will provide immediate relief for many of those impacted by of our broken system, and he is offering Congress an architecture for the permanent reforms that our country desperately needs.

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Grassroots Groups React to President's Executive Action on Immigration

In reaction to the President’s executive action on immigration, immigrant rights leaders issued the following statements:

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BSEE Responds to Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to an explosion at West Delta 105 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans. The offshore oil and gas operator, Fieldwood Energy, reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3pm this afternoon.

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Newly Released Documents Reveal Collusion Between FDA and Pfizer on Arsenic-Based Animal Feed

New documents released today by Food & Water Watch show that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of a study that links inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply. The documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, show the full reach of the pharmaceutical giant and its influence over the government agency charged with protecting public health, food safety and drug manufacture oversight.

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House passes Lamar Smith's 'secret science' bill; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson slams 'insidious' attack on EPA
Full story: Dallas News


Wasteland: 49 million Americans live close to a toxic Superfund site
Full story: National Geographic


Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Marriage Ban

Today U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled against Montana’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Treasure State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Rolando v. Fox, the ACLU of Montana and private attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Montana’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. In his ruling, Judge Morris writes, “These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. ...Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves.”

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First-in-Nation: Ecosystem Files to Defend Legal Rights to Exist & Flourish

Today, for the first time, an ecosystem in the United States filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its own rights to exist and flourish.

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Detailed Estimates, Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants at National and State Levels Available with New MPI Data Tool

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today launched a major new data tool offering national and state-level estimates of the 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, including population size, countries and regions of origin, recency of arrival, educational enrollment and attainment, English proficiency, industries of employment and health insurance coverage.

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Feinstein, Portman Introduce Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Combat Human Trafficking Act, which would strengthen law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute all who commit sex trafficking crimes, particularly the buyers of sex acts from trafficking victims. Enforcement efforts often focus only on prosecuting the sellers of these acts because of challenges in prosecuting buyers.

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Feinstein Remarks on Keystone XL Pipeline

I want to congratulate Senator Boxer on her leadership on this issue. We clearly have had a very intensive debate in our caucus on this. There are varying views, and I have thought a lot about it.

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AT&T Comes Out in Support of Stricter Standards for Police Cell Location Phone Tracking

In a landmark move in the battle over privacy rights and new technologies, AT&T has filed a federal court brief arguing that courts must account for people’s Fourth Amendment rights before authorizing law enforcement to get phone location histories from their cell service companies.

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Jobs With Justice and the Economic Policy Institute Launch GuestworkerData.org

Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Economic Policy Institute announced today the launch of GuestworkerData.org, a new website showcasing previously nonpublic data on the “H” temporary foreign worker visa programs—commonly referred to as “guestworker” programs. The data were acquired from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) I-129 petition data through extensive Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: Everything You Need to Know in 23 Stories
Full story: Inside Climate News


USS Arizona Memorial Mired in Dispirited Mess

Employees portray the USS Arizona Memorial as a leaderless, rundown and deeply demoralized institution controlled by commercial tour companies, according to two internal reports posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Released over the objections of the National Park Service (NPS), the reports charge that top park managers knew or were complicit in tour companies siphoning off most tickets which are by law supposed to be available free to the public.

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'Orange Is the New Black' actress weeps on CNN over deported parents: 'It just hurts'
Full story: Raw Story


Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War

In response to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal president announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of the this pipeline as an act of war.

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U.S. pledge to Green Climate Fund welcome first step, but much more is needed

It is reported that the Obama Administration will soon announce a $3 billion pledge for the United Nations Green Climate Fund, ahead of a pledging session November 19-20 in Berlin, Germany to capitalize the Fund. While a step in the right direction, the pledge falls far short of what is actually needed by developing countries to address climate change.

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Federal Court Tosses Shell Oil Company's Preemptive Suit Against Environmental Groups

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected today a Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. lawsuit that attempted to prevent environmental groups from challenging its oil drilling plans in the Arctic. The appeals court dismissed the case on the grounds that it violated the U.S. Constitution.

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Top Delinquent Coal Mine Has Deadly Legacy, Owes $4 Million in Unpaid Safety Penalties
Full story: NPR
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