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In the Extreme: Women Serving Life Without Parole and Death Sentences in the United States

Today the Alice Project – a collaboration among The Sentencing Project, the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and the Cornell University Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide – released a new report analyzing extreme sentences imposed on thousands of women in the U.S. One of every 15 women in prison – amounting to more than […]

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California Supreme Court Rules Against Proposed Map Deadline

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled on the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s (Commission) petition to clarify and/or modify the writ of mandate issued by the Court on July 17, 2020 (Legislature of CA v Alex Padilla S262530)—when it ruled that the Commission should have until December 15, 2021 to submit its maps to the […]

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AG Bonta Secures Victory in Lawsuit to Protect San Joaquin Valley Communities from Air Pollution

California Attorney General Rob Bonta today secured a court decision requiring the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (Air District) to comply with state air monitoring requirements for refineries. Petroleum refineries are among the largest non-vehicle sources of air pollution in the state and are often located in communities that already suffer from significant health disparities associated with exposure […]

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Dr. Carrie Teicher, MSF: Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine donations are not enough to end pandemic

The Biden Administration’s announcement that it will purchase 500 million additional doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for COVAX—the global initiative that aims to deliver COVID-19vaccines based on public health needs—is a welcome step that will help vaccinate 250 million people worldwide. The need for doses is immediate, however, and these doses won’t begin shipping until […]

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Now Is the Time to Rebuild and Revitalize Federal Science

The federal government’s scientific workforce has faced unprecedented pressure in recent years, with thousands of expert staff driven out by political interference, low morale and inadequate support for their work. Today, however, there’s an opportunity for a new direction for federal science. With new leadership, now is the time to bring bright, diverse scientists into public […]

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Grijalva, Huffman, DeGette Lead 60 Members Urging Biden Support Repeal of Arctic Refuge Drilling Program in Build Back Better Act

Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) sent a letter today signed by 60 House Democrats to President Biden urging him to support the repeal of the oil and gas leasing program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a buyback of the leases issued in January 2021. […]

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Public participation in fire detection using ALERTWildfire – video

As the fall winds start to blow, ALERTWildfire encourages the public to use our platform to help detect fire starts and more generally better understand their own situational awareness during fire events. ALERTWildfire is a consortium of three universities — The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University […]

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Op-Ed | Greg Diaz: “Forensic Audit” in Nevada County – Unnecessary and Here’s Why

The California Secretary of State and several counties, including Nevada County, are receiving a large number of calls and correspondence requesting “forensic audits” of elections. When someone calls for a “forensic audit” they’re essentially asking for an independent third party to come into our election systems, review our logs, machines, and source code, and physically […]

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State and Local Officials From All 50 States Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Increase Refugee Admissions

New York, NY, September 21, 2021 – Today, the Refugee Advocacy Lab published a letter signed by more than 300 state and local elected officials from all 50 states and the District of Columbia urging President Biden to resettle at least 125,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2022. In the bipartisan letter, the officials expressed their strong support for resettling refugees […]

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AG Bonta Announces Arrests in Orange County Connected to One of the Nation’s Largest Student Loan Debt Relief Fraud Schemes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the arrest of the leader of a nationwide, multiyear, multimillion-dollar student loan debt relief scam. The defendant owned a network of third-party debt relief (TPDR) businesses based in Orange County. They employed managers and sales agents to operate multiple call centers that contacted individuals across the country promising to reduce or eliminate their […]

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Justice Department Reaches $1.6M Agreement to Remedy Title IX Violations at San José State University

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced a settlement with San José State University (SJSU) to ensure that students can attend school and participate in college athletics free from sexual harassment, including sexual assault. The department conducted its investigation under Title IX of the […]

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Yuba Water grants support levee improvements throughout Yuba County

Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors today approved more than $1.1 million for critical urban and rural levee improvements in Yuba County.  “These investments ensure Yuba County businesses and communities can continue to grow and thrive knowing that they’re among the best protected in the state in terms of flood risk,” said Yuba Water Vice-Chairman […]

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Sherrilyn Ifill: LDF Issues Statement on Treatment of Haitian Asylum Seekers at U.S. Border

Over the last few days, Haitian migrants near the southern border of Texas have faced heightened and shocking abuse from U.S. Border Patrol agents while attempting to seek asylum in the United States. Photos show agents on horses chasing and whipping Haitian migrants. In addition, the Biden administration has started deporting the migrants to Haiti, […]

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Everytown to Supreme Court: NRA Affiliate’s Case Rests on Distorted Telling of History

NEW YORK, September 21, 2021 – Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, today filed an amicus brief in the U. S. Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a case challenging the constitutionality under the Second Amendment of a New York law regulating the concealed […]

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Copernicus: A summer of wildfires saw devastation and record emissions around the Northern Hemisphere

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service has been closely monitoring a summer of extreme wildfires across the Northern Hemisphere, including intense hotspots around the Mediterranean basin and in North America and Siberia. The intense fires led to new records in the CAMS dataset with the months of July and August seeing their highest global carbon emissions respectively. Scientists […]