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Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as […]

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Neel Agarwal: Biden’s Unfulfilled Promise to End 287(g) Agreements with Local Law Enforcement

During the 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to end all 287(g) agreements made by the Trump administration. More than 150 days into his presidency, the promise remains unfulfilled. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state or local law enforcement agencies to enter into formal agreements to permit state and local law enforcement […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Georgia to Stop Racially Discriminatory Provisions of New Voting Law

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over recent voting procedures adopted by Georgia Senate Bill 202, which was signed into law in March 2021. The United States’ complaint challenges provisions of Senate Bill 202 under […]

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EPA Implements Court Decision Overturning Restrictive Trump-Era Rule; Reaffirms Commitment to Use Best Available Science

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the finalization of a rule that effectuates the vacatur of the previous administration’s rulemaking titled “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information.”  “This action ensures that EPA can utilize the best available science and data to support our […]

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‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

[Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.] SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. April 28, 2021 – Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed into something darker and more menacing. Certainly, […]

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Domestic Terrorism Cases on the Rise in February Following the January 6 Breach of the Capitol Building

April 14, 2021 – In February 2021, according to federal internal case-by-case records on prosecutions obtained after successful court litigation by TRAC, there were 57 prosecutions of domestic terrorism filed in the federal district courts. The majority of these prosecutions—54—were filed in the District of Columbia following the storming of the Capitol on January 6. […]

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Secretary Haaland Creates New Missing & Murdered Unit to Pursue Justice for Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2021 – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the formation of a new Missing & Murdered Unit (MMU) within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) to provide leadership and direction for cross-departmental and interagency work involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The MMU will help put the full weight […]

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Historic consensus on freedoms of religion and expression at risk, say UN experts

GENEVA (23 March 2021) – United Nations human rights experts said today digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic had  facilitated a new wave of stigma, racism, xenophobia and hate targeting minorities and those considered “others”, often promoted by authorities themselves, either directly or indirectly.  Recalling the consensus achieved since the 24 March 2011 adoption of a […]

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Flint Water Prosecution Presses on in Court

LANSING, March 9, 2021 – Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud today commented on a pattern of behavior by former Governor Rick Snyder’s legal team to discredit Michigan’s grand jury process following a hearing in Genesee County’s 67th District Court. The hearing comes one day after the legal team for Jarrod Agen – who is among the nine individuals indicted on criminal charges in the Flint Water Crisis […]

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IRAP Calls for Emergency Increase in Refugee Admissions

New York, NY, March 1, 2021 – The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) calls on President Biden to immediately sign the Proposed Emergency Presidential Determination (PD) and allow for additional refugees to be admitted this Fiscal Year.      The Biden Administration recently submitted the Report to Congress on the Proposed Emergency Presidential Determination, which emphasized the urgent need for increased […]

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Civil Rights Coalition Celebrates Partial End of Immigration Ban

WASHINGTON D.C. February 27, 2021 – On Wednesday, February 24, President Biden revoked former President Trump’s immigrant visa ban. The Biden administration flatly rejected the previous administration’s proclamation that the entry of immigrants presents a risk to the U.S. economy during the pandemic. “To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family […]

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Study: Reparations for slavery could have reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths in US

February 11, 2021 – Civil rights activists have long called for monetary reparations to the Black descendants of Africans enslaved in the United States as a financial, moral, and ethical form of restitution for the injustices of slavery. Now, a study led by Harvard Medical School researchers suggests reparations could also have surprising public health […]

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Former EPA Officials Detail Trump Admin Actions to Undermine 50 Years of Environmental and Public Health Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 29, 2020 – As the real-life implications of actions of the Trump administration continue to grow, the Environmental Protection Network (EPN) has released an updated version of the Trump Environmental Record, a snapshot of the most significant decisions or proposals by the Trump EPA, and their expected negative effects on people’s health […]

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Photovoltaics industry can help meet Paris agreement targets

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020 — To meet the Paris Agreement’s daunting goal of preventing Earth’s average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above its level in preindustrial times, one of the best options for the energy economy will involve a shift to 100% renewable energy using solar energy and several […]

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The protection of wildlife is not about killing; it’s about cooperation that stops the killing

October 25, 2020 – Our agenda for the protection of wildlife is an ambitious one, focusing on the most serious threats to threatened and endangered animals in the United States and around the world. We’ve invested a lot of energy and resources in the fights to stop the trophy hunting industry in its tracks, to […]

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Expanding Equitable Access to Clean Transporation Choices Critical to Addressing Climate Crisis

San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2020 — Local and state leaders must increase access to clean transportation alternatives across the state if California is to address the climate crisis and protect public health in areas with historically high air pollution levels. A new brief from Next 10, which ranks urban and rural counties and regions […]

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