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DOJ Announcement Places Little Known Immigrant Incarceration in Spotlight, Should Prompt Further Action from the White House

August 18, 2016 – The announcement today by the Department of Justice that it will not renew private prison contracts due to the disproportionate abuse and danger in those facilities, brings to light and should prompt further action within the criminal justice and immigrant detention systems. It isn’t made immediately obvious that all but one […]

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Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2016 — Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court rejected the Border Patrol’s effort to conceal evidence of inhumane and abusive detention practices from […]

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Sierra Club: Federal Mining Office Must Create Strong Protections Against Self-Bonded Coal Companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 16 2016- The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announced today that it will begin the rulemaking process to better protect working families and responsible taxpayers from the reckless practice of self-bonding. Self-bonding is a dangerous loophole used by large coal companies that allows them to forgo purchasing reliable, third-party […]

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: One of the most urgent challenges of our time is climate change (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 13, 2016 – In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the progress we have made to combat global climate change. During the Obama Administration, we have made ambitious investments in clean energy and achieved reductions in carbon emissions – increasing wind power and solar power, and decreasing the amount of carbon pollution […]

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Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

KIEV, Ukraine — On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May. Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/us/politics/paul-manafort-ukraine-donald-trump.html

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Expired Permits, Poor Monitoring Undermine Rules for Toxic Water Pollution from Coal Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 11, 2016 – New federal regulations to reduce toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants will be undermined by power plants that are badly behind in installing pollution control equipment, a staggering backlog of expired state permits, and weak monitoring, warns a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Coal plants are […]

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Justice Department Finds a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by the Baltimore Police Department

Aug. 11, 2016 – The Justice Department announced that it found reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws.  BPD makes stops, searches and arrests without the required […]

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National Parks Should Not Be Billboards for Corporate Advertising

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 11, 2016– More than 200,000 people have signed petitions telling the National Park Service (NPS) that national parks should not be billboards for corporate advertising, and advocates will deliver the signatures to NPS headquarters on Friday, August 12. The signatures were gathered by CREDO Action, Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert program and the […]

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Report: Don’t Drink the Water – Collapse of Florida’s Safe Drinking Water Enforcement Program

TALLAHASSEE, FL, Aug. 11, 2016 – More than one in eight public water systems in Florida is afflicted with pollution-related violations, many involving unsafe fecal or chemical contamination, according to official figures compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  Yet despite hundreds of recent drinking water violations, Florida enforcement efforts have shrunk to almost […]

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Even under oath, Donald Trump struggled with the truth

August 11, 2016 – The Republican presidential nominee, in a 2007 deposition, was confronted with his past statements and had to face up to a series of falsehoods and exaggerations. And he did. Sort of. Read the full story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/2016-election/trump-lies/?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_trumplies-11a-top%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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Over 50 leading American nonpartisan organizations call on presidential candidates to address major issues in science, engineering, technology, health, environment

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2016 — A blue-ribbon coalition of fifty-six leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, are calling on U.S. Presidential candidates to address a set of twenty major issues in science, engineering, technology, health and the environment, and encouraging journalists and voters to press the candidates on […]

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Trump Says Election Will Be “Rigged” — Facts Say Otherwise, Says Brennan Center

Aug. 3, 2016 – Yesterday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said the election would be “rigged,” citing a string of court decisions blocking or loosening restrictive voting laws. His campaign also said there will be “massive fraud” this November. But Brennan Center studies show otherwise. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than […]

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Reason for Reform Campaign Launches with New Data, 62 Events in All 50 States Calling for Immigration Reform

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2016 – Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) released 51 new economic research reports (one for every state plus Washington DC) and launched the Reason for Reform campaign to showcase how immigration impacts local communities all across America and the urgency of modernizing our immigration system. The research […]

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Fact Sheet: White House Council on Environmental Quality Releases Final Guidance on Considering Climate Change in Environmental Reviews

Aug. 3, 2016 – Building on President Obama’s unprecedented steps to address climate change, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is today releasing final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. Following years of engagement and […]

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Scorecard of 50 Local Police Body Camera Programs Shows Nationwide Failure to Protect Civil Rights and Privacy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2016 – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn released a scorecard that evaluates the civil rights safeguards of police body-worn camera programs in 50 U.S. cities. It shows a nationwide failure to protect the civil rights and privacy of surveilled communities. In November 2015, these organizations released an […]