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Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 16, 2016 – Today, the US Department of the Interior and Devon Energy announced retirement of more than 32,000 acres of oil and gas leases from the Badger-Two Medicine roadless area. The move comes on the heels of a previous lease cancelation by the Department of the Interior, and echoes the call […]

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Hate Crimes Are Up – But the Government Isn’t Keeping Good Track of Them

Nov. 15, 2016, 2:36 p.m. – In 2015, the authorities in California documented 837 hate-crime incidents, charting a surge in offenses motivated by religious intolerance toward Muslims and Jews, while crimes against Latinos grew by 35 percent. Last week, shortly after Donald J. Trump was elected the country’s next president, the Southern Poverty Law Center […]

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ADL Deeply Concerned Over Reports of Anti-Semitic & Hate Incidents Following Election 2016

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 15, 2016 – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep concern over ongoing reports of anti-Semitic and other hate incidents in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. ADL’s Center on Extremism has been monitoring the proliferation of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism, including the use of swastikas and […]

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FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 14, 2016 – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia. SEE: Hate Crimes Against Muslims Up by 67% […]

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SPLC asks teachers to report impact of Trump election on children, offers advice for volatile schools

Nov. 14, 2016 – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today launched a new survey to take the pulse of the nation’s students and teachers following the election of Donald Trump after a divisive campaign that targeted racial, ethnic and religious minorities. The online survey seeks to update the findings of a survey conducted by […]

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DOI Finalizes Rule Providing Foundation for Future of BLM’s Renewable Energy Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2016 – Advancing the President’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule strengthens existing policies and […]

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Reports of Anti-LGBTQ Extremists Tapped for Major Roles on Trump’s Transition Team

WASHINGTON November 10, 2016 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, expressed concern about leaked documents indicating that President-Elect Donald Trump is considering for his transition team candidates with histories of anti-LGBTQ animus, including Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council, which […]

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Trump’s Election, GOP Hold on Congress, Seals Affordable Care Act’s Eventual Repeal, Health Researcher Says

Nov. 10, 2016 – With the election of Donald Trump and the Republican Party retaining control of both houses of Congress, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will all but certainly be repealed, a public health researcher says. Eric Wright is professor of sociology and public health at Georgia State University. The big issue is he […]

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Video: Hillary Clinton’s powerful concession speech

November 9, 2016 – Hillary Clinton speaks to her supporters from New York in her first public remarks since her defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. “This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” —Hillary “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We […]

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North Carolina NAACP Files Federal Suit Charging State Illegally Suppressed Right to Vote of Thousands of Black Residents

DURHAM, NC, November 4, 2016 – The North Carolina NAACP filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate injunction to stop the state and various county boards of elections from illegally cancelling the registrations of thousands of voters who are being targeted in a coordinated effort right out of the GOP playbook to suppress the […]

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ACLU Urges DOJ to Investigate Militarized Response at Standing Rock Protest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 2016 — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter today to the Justice Department calling for an investigation of possible constitutional rights violations in the police response to peaceful protestors demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline. Pending that investigation, the letter also […]