Official Crowd Count: 310,000+ Join People’s Climate March in New York City
Published Sep 21, 2014 - 12:13:44 PM
An official count conducted at the People's Climate March in New York City showed that over 310,000 people participated in the largest climate rally in history--more than tripling pre-march estimates of 100,000. Around the world, hundreds of thousands more joined 2,646 events in 156 countries.
AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio forced to return military-grade weapons, vehicles after firearms"vanished"
Full story: Raw Story
FBI Adds Animal Cruelty Category to Nation's Crime Report
Published Sep 17, 2014 - 1:40:09 PM
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey officially announced a historic change in the identification and reporting of animal cruelty crime statistics. The FBI will now report animal cruelty crimes as a separate offense under the agency's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program, the prime source of information on crime in the United States.
Organic Consumers Condemns USDA Approval of Dow's New GMO crops
Published Sep 17, 2014 - 1:03:38 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued final approval today, over the objections of hundreds of thousands of citizens and more than 50 members of Congress, of Dow AgroSciences Enlist-brand corn and soybeans, genetically engineered to resist massive doses of a combination of 2,4-D- (one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange) and glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide).
Ranking of States from Most Equal Political Representation to Least Equal
Published Sep 17, 2014 - 9:55:47 AM
State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens' political opinions compared to poor citizens' opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb this trend and promote more equal political representation, according to a Baylor University study.
Brady Center Sues Online Sellers of Ammunition and Equipment Used in Aurora Movie Theater Massacre
Published Sep 16, 2014 - 10:02:16 AM
Websites that supplied Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes with ammunition, body armor, tear gas and other equipment used in his assault were negligent, according to a lawsuit announced today by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Arnold & Porter LLP. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Ghawi was shot and killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. The suit alleges that the websites negligently supplied Holmes with the arsenal he used to kill 12 people and wound at least 58 others.
Sovereign citizen movement perceived as top terrorist threat by state, local and tribal law enforcement
Published Sep 16, 2014 - 9:49:38 AM
Sovereign citizen, Islamist extremist and militia/patriot groups are perceived by law enforcement agencies to pose the greatest threats to their communities, according to a new START study. While sovereign citizens were the top concern of law enforcement, assessments about whether most groups were a serious terrorist threat actually declined for most groups when compared to a previous study.
A.G. Schneiderman Leads 8-state Coalition in Supporting Broad Protections of Waters under the Federal Clean Water Act
Published Sep 16, 2014 - 9:41:55 AM
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of eight states, today backed a federal proposal designed to ensure that the nation's lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands receive proper protection under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The coalition's support came in comments submitted to the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Office on their joint Waters of the United States Proposed Rule.
Study: Lack of Voting Resources Leads to Long Lines, Delays Longer in Minority Precincts
Published Sep 16, 2014 - 9:23:39 AM
Lack of poll workers and low numbers of voting machines are key contributors to long voting lines, and precincts with more minorities experienced longer waits, according to a new study released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Export of Hate: Global Advocacy of American Anti-LGBT Extremists Exposed
Published Sep 15, 2014 - 3:16:17 PM
There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.
Newly Discovered 1033 Military Surplus Records Show School Districts Around the Country are Receiving Advanced Military Equipment
Published Sep 15, 2014 - 3:14:36 PM
Grenade launchers, M16 assault rifles, and other weapons intended for military combat are making their way onto K-12 campuses for use by school district police.
NC congressman presses for release of censored 9/11 report pages
Published Sep 15, 2014 - 10:43:24 AM
This week marks 13 years since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, but the public still does not have access to all the details of what happened -- particularly those related to the involvement of foreign governments. That's because President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of the official report related to Saudi connections to the attacks, citing national security concerns, and President Obama has allowed the classification to continue.
Veterans for Peace: President's plan continues to make the U.S. the "greatest purveyor of violence" on earth and places service members in harm's way
Published Sep 12, 2014 - 11:31:25 AM
Veterans For Peace has released a response to President Obama's strategy to confront ISIL calling on the president to use diplomacy and to follow his own advice that there is not a military solution to the problems in Iraq. The organization of veterans, spanning from WWII to the current string of U.S. wars, warns that the president's plan continues to make the U.S. the "greatest purveyor of violence" on earth and places service members in harm's way when there are other solutions. They call on the president to take six non-military actions to avoid the slippery slope of sending troops to Iraq as well as to stop sending weapons that fuel all sides ofthe conflict. The group calls for diplomacy to be the number one priority and to include Iran as a partner to help pressure the Iraqi government to be more inclusive of Sunni leaders. Veterans For Peace points out that there cannot be success in confronting ISIL in Iraq without Sunni help and that bombing these communities, who up to now are supporting ISIL because of bad relations with the central government in Baghdad, will not help mend fences.
Two Navy Hornet Jets Crash in Pacific Ocean
Published Sep 12, 2014 - 8:11:41 AM
Two F/A-18C Hornet jet aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson crashed early this morning local time, while operating at sea in the western Pacific Ocean.
Scholars: Texas social studies textbooks include serious distortions of history and contemporary issues
Published Sep 12, 2014 - 6:43:58 AM
Social studies textbooks under state consideration for public schools this year include serious distortions of history and contemporary issues on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action, according to scholars who reviewed the new instructional materials for the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.
Groups File Lawsuit Against Department of Transportation for Inadequate Action on Oil Train Risks
Published Sep 11, 2014 - 3:07:52 PM
Sierra Club, ForestEthics, and Earthjustice have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation today for failing to respond to a legal petition filed on July 15, 2014 calling for an emergency order prohibiting the use of hazardous rail cars — known as DOT-111s — for shipping flammable Bakken crude oil. The Department of Transportation was required by law to respond to this petition. The groups have received no response.
Wage Theft Costs American Workers as Much as $50 Billion a Year
Published Sep 11, 2014 - 2:56:42 PM
Wage theft is a nationwide epidemic that costs American workers as much as $50 billion a year, a new Economic Policy Institute report finds. In An Epidemic of Wage Theft Is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year, EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey and EPI intern Brady Meixell examine incidences of wage theft—employers' failure to pay workers money they are legally entitled to—across the country. The total amount of money recovered for the victims of wage theft who retained private lawyers or complained to federal or state agencies was at least $933 million in 2012, almost three times greater than all the money stolen in robberies that year. However, since most victims never report wage theft and never sue, the real cost of wage theft to workers is much greater, and could be closer to $50 billion a year.
Republicans Vote Against Benefits for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans
Published Sep 11, 2014 - 1:18:03 PM
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, strongly condemned yesterday's vote by the Republican majority on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs defeating an amendment that would have extended equal benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to active duty service members and veterans legally married to someone of the same sex. The amendment, introduced by Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), would have corrected discriminatory language in federal law that prevents service members and veterans legally married to someone of the same-sex from accessing vital spousal benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs if they live in a non-marriage equality state. The measure was defeated by Republican members of the committee with a 12-13 vote falling along party lines. The exception was Representative Jon Runyan (R-NJ) who put partisan politics aside to stand up for all service members and their families.
Study: Strict Voter ID Laws Pose Unique Barriers and Possible Disenfranchisement for More than 24,000 Transgender Voters
Published Sep 10, 2014 - 11:24:57 AM
Ten states' strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, "The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election," authored by the Williams Institute's Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow, many transgender people who have transitioned do not have identification that accurately reflects their correct gender.
Largest Online Advocacy Groups to FCC: Get Out of D.C.
Published Sep 9, 2014 - 2:08:11 PM
On Tuesday, 27 of the nation's largest online advocacy groups submitted a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the agency to participate in at least four town hall-style public hearings outside the Beltway before ruling on Chairman Wheeler's Internet proposal.
The Faces of Delay: Executive Action Will Come Too Late for Families Facing Deportation
Published Sep 9, 2014 - 11:09:13 AM
With President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the November elections, the hopes of thousands of American families facing deportation were dashed. On a press call today, national, local immigration advocates, legal experts, and family members—including those profiled by Julia Preston of the New York Times today—discussed current Ohio deportation cases in the pipeline and the many good people and families who simply don't have two months to wait for action on immigration.
Bureaucracy consumes one-quarter of US hospitals' budgets, twice as much as other nations
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 11:57:46 PM
A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations.
Annual Report on Women Murdered by Men to Mark Landmark Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 11:56:01 PM
More than 1,700 women were murdered by men in the United States in 2012, and more than 90 percent were killed by someone they knew, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data.
Report: Rail won't solve tar sands industry's market access problem
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 11:55:07 PM
A report published today by Oil Change International presents new analysis that confirms that shipping tar sands bitumen by rail cannot possibly meet the tar sands industry's reckless production growth plans. The report's conclusions demonstrate that the U.S. Department of State's analysis of rail's ability to replace the Keystone XL pipeline failed to consider key data and evidence, and drew conclusions that are both misleading and dangerous for the American public.
Tens of Thousands of Young People to Join People's Climate March to Demand Bolder Action on Climate, Fossil Fuels
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 11:43:16 PM
In response to the United Nations' Emergency Climate Summit, an unprecedented surge of tens of thousands of students from more than 300 campuses will join the People's Climate March, which is anticipated to be the largest demonstration on climate change in history. Students have built a movement on hundreds of campuses to demand fossil fuel divestment and local solutions, and they're joining the movement to demand bold climate action and an end to extractive industries as President Obama and world leaders meet at the United Nations.
Report: How Big Business is Funding Climate Change Denial in the 113th Congress
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 10:36:31 AM
A report released today by Forecast the Facts Action and SumOfUs.org, Disrupt Denial: How big business is funding climate change denial in the 113TH Congress and Why They Should Stop, exposes U.S. companies, such as Google, Ford, Microsoft, UPS and eBay, for their financial support of Senators and House Representatives who deny the science of climate change. While these corporations present environmentally progressive public images, including support for national climate policies, they continue to support members of Congress who reject established science linking pollution to global warming.
Spanish Language Media Reacts Harshly to Obama's Immigration Delay
Published Sep 8, 2014 - 9:48:50 AM
President Obama's announced delay of immigration executive action is being greeted harshly by leading Spanish language media outlets. Check out the blistering headlines from the past few days in the nation's largest Spanish language newspaper, La Opinión (translated by America's Voice): "Delay in immigration relief means more family separations," "Disappointment: Obama postpones immigration relief," "White House tries to soothe betrayed immigrants," and "Pro-immigrant advocates disappointed by the delay in immigration relief."
CIA 'tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths'
Full story: Telegraph UK
Charles Koch Personally Founded Group Protecting Oil Industry Hand-Outs, Documents Reveal
Full story: Republic Report
National Immigration Law Center Reacts to Obama Immigration Delay
Published Sep 6, 2014 - 9:54:23 AM
Several major outlets have reported that President Obama will delay making any decisions about changing immigration policy until after the November 2014 elections. This is a stark reversal from the June 30 promise he made in the Rose Garden, where he stated that once he reviewed recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice at the end of the summer he would "adopt those recommendations without further delay."