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UCS: Russian Attack on Energy Grid Marks Dangerous New Phase of Invasion, Threatens Nuclear Reactor Safety

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2022)—Relentless Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian electricity sector Wednesday have caused instabilities that forced the disconnection of all fifteen reactors at its four nuclear stations from the grid. Below is a statement by Edwin Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): “Russia’s ruthless attack on […]

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NCLR Responds to Horrific Shooting at Q Club in Colorado Springs

SAN FRANCISCO, CO – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, CO last night:  “Our hearts ache for the victims of the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs,” said NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon. “5 lives were stolen, at least 18 […]

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Shailly Gupta Barnes: How low income voters shaped the midterm elections

The midterm elections confirmed that in many ways, we are a nation divided. But maybe not as divided as we seem. Voters may be split on their partisan preferences. But in ballot initiatives, voters across the political spectrum ushered in a wave of significant changes. They hiked the minimum wage in Nebraska, expanded Medicaid in South […]

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Democratic Women’s Caucus Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Decision to Step Away from Leadership

Washington, DC – Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Vice Chairs Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Freshman Representative Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53), and Whip Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) issued the following statement after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced her […]

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Sarah Anderson: This year, voters made an end run around out of touch politicians

This fall, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, a group of Catholic nuns, Protestant ministers, and other faith leaders caravanned around South Dakota on what they called a “Love Your Neighbor Tour.” They stopped in grocery stores, diners, senior centers, libraries, and other community gathering spots to engage people in conversation about health insurance. […]

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Susan Corke: Southern Poverty Law Center Statement on Oath Keepers Seditious Conspiracy Trials

MONTGOMERY, Ala. September 28, 2022— Susan Corke, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, released the following statement ahead of the start of U.S. v. Rhodes, the trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes along with group members Caldwell, Harrelson, Meggs and Watkins, accused of seditious conspiracy.  Our democracy suffered a terrible, deadly attack on Jan. 6, 2021, […]

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Johanna Chao Kreilick, UCS: Permitting Reform Legislation Undercuts Community Protections and Climate Goals

September 22, 2022 – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s proposal to reform the federal permitting process, which Senate leadership has indicated will be included in a stop-gap government funding bill, would undercut protections for communities near new pipelines and other energy projects—communities that are often Black, Brown and Indigenous and already facing disproportionate and cumulative […]

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Americans United: Sen. Graham’s Federal Abortion Ban Bill Undermines Religious Freedom

September 13, 2022 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to the restrictive national abortion ban bill introduced today by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):   Religious freedom demands the right to an abortion so people can make their own reproductive decisions according […]

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren: Statement on President Biden Cancelling Student Debt

Washington, D.C. August 24, 2022– United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement after President Biden cancelled student loan debt: Today is a day of joy and relief because President Biden has canceled a big chunk of student debt for as many as 43 million Americans. The President has taken a powerful step […]

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Johanna Chao Kreilick: President Biden Signs Landmark Climate Bill into Law

WASHINGTON (August 16, 2022)—President Joe Biden today signed into law the largest climate bill in U.S. history. This bill will go a long way toward reducing emissions and building the clean energy economy of the future, advancing the ongoing work of fighting climate change and lingering harms from fossil fuel extraction and use, according to […]

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Anthony Kammas: What is neoliberalism? The origins and evolution of the term

President Ronald Reagan, shown here speaking in Moscow in 1980, was an early adopter of neoliberalism in the U.S. Dirck Halstead/Liaison Anthony Kammas, University of Southern California Neoliberalism is a complex concept that many people use – and overuse – in different and often conflicting ways. So, what is it, really? When discussing neoliberalism with […]

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Jessica J. González: Free Press Action Praises Bill Restoring FCC Authority to Protect Internet Users

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2022 — On Thursday, Sens. Ed Markey (Massachusetts) and Ron Wyden (Oregon) and Rep. Doris Matsui (California) introduced the Net Neutrality and Broadband Justice Act, which would confirm the legal classification of broadband internet-access service as a telecommunications service under the Communications Act. Clarifying the legal treatment of broadband in this way […]

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