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Rakim H.D. Brooks, AFJ: Supreme Court Prioritizes Conservative Ideology Over Public Health and the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2022 – Today, the Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, one of which blocked OSHA guidance designed to protect tens of millions of workers from a deadly pandemic. While the Supreme Court did allow requirements that health care workers be vaccinated to remain in force, […]

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Union of Concerned Scientists: No One Surprised 2021 One of the Hottest Years on Record—and That’s Terrifying

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2022)—The U.S. government agencies NASA and NOAA released their latest scientific data on 2021 climate change trends, including how the global average temperature compares to that of years past. According to NASA and NOAA, 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record globally. This data continues a long-term trend that saw the […]

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Ben Jealous: Biden Is Rising to the Moment on Voting Rights. Can Congress?

January 12, 2022 – President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s hometown, focused national attention on a somber fact: the legacy of the civil rights movement is threatened by recent and ongoing attacks on voting rights. Sitting on the campus of Morehouse College, Dr. King’s alma mater, surrounded by friends and colleagues in […]

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National Civil Rights Groups Issue Statement on Anniversary of Jan. 6 Insurrection

Today marks one year since a mob of insurrectionists attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election through a violent breach of the U.S. Capitol. In recognition of this anniversary, the leaders of the nation’s top legacy civil rights organizations released the following joint statement: “One year ago, the violent attack on the […]

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John Feffer: The “Selling” of Degrowth

December 20, 2021 – Over the last three decades, a growing number of scientists and ecologists have argued that economic growth has long outstripped the capacity of the planetary ecosystem. They have developed numerous sophisticated models to demonstrate their point. They have boiled down the technical information—about the availability of mineral resources, the limits of […]

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Statement Condemning Threats Against Public Health Officials

AAAS is alarmed by calls for violence against Dr. Anthony Fauci or any other public health servant. We are beyond concerned that public figures are resorting to aggressive attacks on our public health officials to enflame passions rather than engendering respectful discourse on science. To be clear, calls for violence are unacceptable, and the real-life […]

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Rachel Laser: After Arguments in Carson v. Makin, Americans United Calls Out Hypocrisy in Taxpayer Funding of Religious Education

December 8, 2021 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Carson v. Makin: Today’s oral arguments in Carson v. Makin revealed that the Court’s conservative justices may be poised to turn America’s foundational […]

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Menendez Statement on Reports of U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

UNION CITY, N.J. December 6, 2021 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement following reports that the Biden Administration will officially impose a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. The Menendez-authored Strategic Competition Act, which passed the Senate as part of the […]

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Meghan Benton: Can Omicron Finally Get the World to Cooperate on Pandemic Mobility Management?

The world is once again engaging in a mad scramble to close borders after news of the transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the concern with which the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public-health experts are taking this latest pandemic development. But just as with the initial response to COVID-19 […]

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Jonathan Feingold: What the public doesn’t get: Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT laws

An even mix of proponents and opponents to teaching critical race theory attend a Placentia-Yorba Linda school board meeting in California. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Jonathan Feingold, Boston University Since the final months of the Trump administration, the Republican Party has waged a sustained assault on critical race theory. Otherwise known as […]

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Dr. Peter G. Lurie: Federal Trade Commission to Probe Grocery Practices

December 1, 2021 – Long before the current concerns about supply chain disruption, CSPI was concerned about anti-competitive practices in the grocery industry that dictate Americans’ choices and undermine our health. That’s why, in February of this year, we asked the Federal Trade Commission to use its authority under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade […]

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Sherrilyn Ifill: LDF Statement on the Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

November 19, 2021 – Today, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on three counts of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon for the respective killings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz in August 2020. […]

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Minky Worden: Chinese Tennis Star’s Disappearance Is Warning for Olympics

November 18, 2021 – Three-time Olympian Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is missing.  The hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai is trending globally, and world tennis champions Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic voiced fears about the 35-year-old star’s whereabouts.  On November 2, Peng said on social media that she had been sexually assaulted, forced into a sexual […]