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Violence Policy Center Statement on Mass Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Washington, DC — Following the mass shooting today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which according to news reports left 14 children and one teacher dead before the shooter’s life was ended, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “The cold horror of this attack should be unthinkable, but it […]

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Campaign Legal Center Statement Regarding SCOTUS Decision in FEC v Ted Cruz for Senate

May 16, 2022 – Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and president of Campaign Legal Center, issued the following statement: Today’s decision from the Supreme Court of the United States in FEC v. Ted Cruz for Senate is a disappointing one. American campaign finance laws are designed to limit political giving that overly indebts officeholders […]

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Stephanie Brewer: Mexico, 100,000 Disappeared and Missing People

Mexico has reached the tragic figure of 100,000 disappeared and missing people since records have been kept; that is, today these 100,000 people’s whereabouts remain unknown. What does this moment mean for the country and what are some of the steps authorities should take to achieve truth, justice, and an end to disappearances? For years now, relatives […]

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Freedom From Religion Foundation: Take action now over imminent overturn of Roe v. Wade

May 3, 2022 – In light of the leaked draft of an expected Supreme Court decision that appears to overrule Roe v. Wade, and the widespread panic it has sparked, the Freedom From Religion Foundation urges five constructive acts of resistance. The first: to demand that the U.S. Senate finally pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which […]

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Feinstein: Overturning Roe Will Endanger Lives, Eviscerate Constitutional Right to Choice

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after reports that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade:             “Make no mistake, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women will be harmed and some will die. It happened before Roe became the law of the land and it will happen again, […]

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Walter Ewing: The Biden Administration Needs to Change Course on Green Cards Before It’s Too Late

The Biden administration failed to issue many of the immigrant visas—more commonly known as green cards—that were allotted last year for immigrants who have been sponsored by a U.S. employer or family member. Statistics released by the State Department indicate that 66,781 visas for employment-based immigrants and 141,430 visas for family-based immigrants went unused in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Another 35,938 Diversity Visas […]

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Sam Pizigati: The Tom Paine Tax Plan

The great pamphleteer of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, had much more on his mind than independence from the British. Paine spent his life, Jeremy Bearer-Friend and Vanessa Williamson write in a new paper, advocating for a democratic “commonwealth” that shared the wealth. He wanted to free people “from domination both political and economic.” In particular, Paine believed […]

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Alexander Motyl: Yes, Putin and Russia are fascist. How they meet the textbook definition

Russian President Vladimir Putin on stage during a rally in Moscow on March 18, 2022. Sergei Guneyev/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Alexander Motyl, Rutgers University – Newark When Vladimir Putin unleashed an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the Ukrainian media, public and policymakers almost unanimously began calling the Russian president and the state […]

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Dr. Carrie Teicher: Doctors Without Borders USA statement on reports announcing the end of Title 42

The Biden administration will end Title 42—a public health order that has been misused to block and expel people seeking protection at the US border more than 1.7 million times in the past two years—in May, according to multiple media reports today. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) welcomes this long overdue decision to revoke […]

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Derrick Jackson: Nearly One Million US Deaths from COVID-19: The Grim Consequences of Sidelining Science

One million US deaths from COVID-19. Catatonic politics on climate change. Communities suffocating from environmental injustice. All these issues are tragically linked by the hardening divisions in the United States over our acceptance or rejection of expertise in science, public health, and environmental protection. Nearly six decades ago, in 1963, US President John F. Kennedy told […]

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American Federation of Teachers AFT Condemns Signing of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill in Florida

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2022—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus and California Federation of Teachers President and AFT LGBTQIA+ Task Force Chair Jeff Freitas issued the following remarks after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure into law, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” that bars educators from discussing sexual orientation […]