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Robert Redford and Groups Urge Support for Federal Legislation to Protect America's Horses from Slaughter

On April 22, 2015, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) ACT (H.R. 1942), was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).

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Who's Making Sure the Power Stays On?

Electricity systems in the United States are so haphazardly regulated for reliability, it’s nearly impossible for customers to know their true risk of losing service in a major storm, a Johns Hopkins University analysis found.

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Research Funding Squeeze in the U.S. Imperils Patient Care, Say Top Medical School Deans

Constraints in federal funding, compounded by declining clinical revenue, jeopardize more than the nation’s research enterprise.

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Climate change debate fueled by 'echo chambers,' new study finds

A new study from researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) demonstrates that the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks.

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TUSKEGEE, First City in Alabama to Enact an Immigrant TRUST Policy, Rejects Entanglement with Immigration Enforcement

Wednesday morning, Tuskegee government officials, civic leaders, and immigrant and civil rights advocates from across Alabama will gather at Tuskegee City Hall to sign a set of historic policies promoting inclusion, fair treatment for immigrants, and non-biased community policing.

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Coalition Submits 100,000+ Comments Opposing a Coal Mining Loophole on Public Lands

The U.S Forest Service received an avalanche of protest from more than 100,000 people Friday, urging the agency to reject a proposal to allow Arch Coal to bulldoze dozens of miles of roads through pristine national forest in Colorado’s backcountry. Almost 5,000 signatures were submitted from Colorado residents.

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Open Letter: The Commander-in-Chief Must Lead On Military Enlistment for Dreamers

While many Americans enjoyed the national holiday over barbecues and fireworks, some thoroughly American immigrants, Dreamers such as ourselves, are honoring the sacrifice of those brave men and woman by calling on your leadership to give us the opportunity to do our part and serve the country we call home.

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Male Texas lawmakers nearly fistfight on House floor after GOP women defect from anti-abortion bill
Full story: Raw Story


Memorial Day Message from Veterans For Peace: Honor All Soldiers and Civilians Who Died in War Heal the Wounds, Work for Peace

Veterans For Peace members will participate in a wide range of activities in cities and towns all across the nation to observe Memorial Day. Veterans For Peace is a group of military veterans, family members and friends who pledge to serve the cause of world peace and work to abolish war.


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Marilyn Mosby Announces Indictments of the Six Baltimore Police Officers Involved in the Freddie Gray Arrest

Today Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, announces indictments against the six Baltimore City Police Officers for their alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray. The State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an independent investigation into this matter upon receiving notice of the incident and presented the evidence to the Grand Jury, who returned the indictments this afternoon.

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Guestworkers just as vulnerable to exploitation and low wages as unauthorized immigrant workers

Guestworkers are just as vulnerable to exploitation and low wages as unauthorized immigrant workers, according to a new EPI report. In Authorized Workers, Limited Returns: The Labor Market Outcomes of Temporary Mexican Workers, Lauren Apgar, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Indiana University Bloomington, compares the employment situation of Mexican guestworkers with that of legal permanent residents (LPRs) and unauthorized workers. The temporary legal immigration status provided to guestworkers does not help them escape the wage penalty associated with unauthorized work. Because H-2A and H-2B visas are tied to the employer, employers can exploit guestworkers’ fear of deportation to pay them lower wages.

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A statistical study of first-year college rape; prevalence of rape incidents is at "epidemic levels"

Beginning in the fall when they arrived on campus and continuing through the following summer, 18.6 percent of freshmen women surveyed at a university in upstate New York in 2010 endured at least one -- completed or attempted rape, according to a new study that is the is the first to examine the risk of sexual attack on first-year women in detail.

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Coalition Launches to Address Increasing Use of Violence in Targeting Public Policy

The Ballots Not Bullets Coalition has launched with a mission to counter the emerging threat of violent insurrectionism in communities across the country. The establishment of the new advocacy group comes on the heels of an ongoing dispute between the co-owners of the Sugar Pine Mine in Oregon and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Frustrated with the government’s continued inaction in situations such as the one at the Sugar Pine Mine, seven organizations are uniting through the Ballots Not Bullets Coalition.

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SPLC urges support for proposed federal ban against gay conversion therapy

The Southern Poverty Law Center urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill today to pass legislation that would create a nationwide ban on conversion therapy – a dangerous and discredited practice based on the false premise that homosexuality is a disorder that should be cured.

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In 30+ Cities Across the Country, Immigrant Families, Advocates Come Out in Force to #Fight4DAPA

Today, hundreds of Dreamers, immigrant families, faith, labor, business, advocates, and elected officials joined together for the National Day of Action to #Fight4DAPA. At rallies, petition deliveries, and press conferences across the country, pro-reform supporters demanded an end to the Republican-driven lawsuit currently blocking the implementation of the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs and reminded politicians and 2016 presidential hopefuls what’s at stake for millions of American families on this issue.

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WTO Trade Agreement Trumps U.S. Food Safety Policy

Today’s World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) program for labeling beef and pork are illegal is a grave blow for a consumer’s right to know where our food comes from.

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New Obama Administration Policy Will Make It Harder for Species to Get Endangered Species Protection Needed to Avoid Extinction

The Obama administration proposed new regulations today that would place crippling burdens on citizens filing petitions to protect species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, ultimately making it more difficult for imperiled species to get lifesaving protections. Specifically the proposed regulations bar petitions for more than one species and require petitioners to provide advance notice of the petition to all states in the range of the species; to append any information from states to the petition itself; and to certify that all relevant information has been provided in the petition.

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Exposure of U.S. population to extreme heat could quadruple by mid-century

U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research.

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Shell's Arctic plans to be challenged at AGM on heels of escalating Seattle opposition

Royal Dutch Shell will face questions and concerns from shareholders and investors tomorrow on its plans to attempt another season of offshore drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean this summer. These concerns come on the heels of a weekend of escalating protest and opposition in Seattle, where Shell has ignored municipal orders and landed its Arctic Fleet at the Port of Seattle.

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Grand Older Party: Nearly 3 million Republican voters could be dead by 2016 election
Full story: Raw Story


Jeb Bush hardens position, says he opposes gay marriage
Full story: Reuters

President's Own Task Force Calls to "Decouple" Immigration Enforcement from Local Police

"Today, the President's own task force has recognized what we've been saying for years: local police and sheriffs should not be involved in immigration enforcement. It's bad for community policing, it's bad for public safety, and it's bad for fundamental civil rights.

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Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans' Right to Know

Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mexico.

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Shot and gassed: Thousands of protected birds killed annually

Every spring, bird-watchers from across America gather in Nebraska for one of the continent’s great avian spectacles – the mass migration of sandhill cranes through an hourglass-like passage along the Platte River.

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Military Whistleblowers At Risk; Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Assault

US military service members who report sexual assault frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished, Human Rights Watch said. The report is the result of an 18-month investigation by Human Rights Watch with the support of Protect Our Defenders, a human rights organization that supports and advocates for survivors of military sexual assault. Despite extensive reforms by the Defense Department to address sexual assault, the military has done little to hold retaliators to account or provide effective remedies for retaliation.

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Groups hail Texas House failure to pass marriage discrimination bill

Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups tonight are hailing the failure by the Texas House of Representatives to pass HB 4105, which would bar the state from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state bans on such marriages as unconstitutional. A growing number of major Texas-based companies, including Dell in Round Rock and Celanese in Irving, have come out publicly against the bill this week. Emails and calls have also flooded legislative offices in opposition to the bill. Moreover, House opponents successfully managed the bill schedule to keep HB 4105 from coming up for a vote. Following are statements from the Texas Freedom Network, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Equality Texas and the Human Rights Campaign.

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Duke Energy Subsidiaries Plead Guilty and Sentenced for Clean Water Act Crimes

Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty today to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia. Four of the charges are the direct result of the massive coal ash spill from the Dan River steam station into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina, in February 2014. The remaining violations were discovered as the scope of the investigation broadened based on allegations of historical violations at the companies’ other facilities.

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Gutiérrez, Roybal-Allard, and Lofgren call for end to family detention program

“We acknowledge that DHS is trying to address broad public disappointment with its policy of incarcerating vulnerable women and children. Unfortunately, today’s plan states that DHS will continue detaining women and children, and only consider methods of making the facilities better and more humane.

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Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards

In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, North Dakota. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would not be retired from crude oil shipping or retrofitted for another 5 to 8 years.

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Study Finds One in Four with Year-Round Health Insurance Forgo Needed Care Due to High Deductibles

More than one out of four adults (25.2%) who bought non-group health insurance last year went without needed care because they could not afford it – and high deductibles of $1,500 or more seem to be the leading cause for the missed care, according to a report issued today by Families USA.

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