Human Rights

Oregon Lauded as Progressive Model for Reproductive Healthcare Reform

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:03
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed on Tuesday a law that bans state insurance providers from covering abortion, pro-choice advocates celebrated a bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown that proponents are calling the nation's most progressive reproductive healthcare policy.

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'Embarrassing' for US, Trump Defense of Neo-Nazi Rally Stuns People Worldwide

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:57
Julia Conley, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) charged President Donald Trump with "embarrassing" his own country during a press conference on Tuesday—and the overnight evidence suggests he's exactly right.

President Donald Trump's defense of last weekend's violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was met with shock across the country and around the world on Wednesday, with some of the strongest criticism coming from his hometown of New York City.

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Cuckoo D'État: The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:39
Randall Amster

In case it wasn’t already evident, by now it seems clear that we’re living in a moment when the lunatics have taken over the asylum. If you’re still not convinced, consider that the specter of plunging the world into the “fire and fury” of nuclear war wasn’t even the worst thing that happened in the last week or so. Instead, while political tensions and environmental conditions threaten to boil over everywhere, we have a president who can’t even muster a lucid response to the most obvious forms of abject hatred.

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ATF Launches New Campaign Showing The True Costs Of Trump's Tax Cuts For The Wealthy And Corporations

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:27
Americans for Tax Fairness

Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 425 endorsing groups united in support of a fair tax system, is launching a new campaign against Donald Trump's and Congressional Republicans' plans to slash taxes for the wealthy and corporations, which will threaten deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and many more critical services.

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Trump Inner-Circle Privately "Appalled" and "Disgusted." Publicly? Dead Silent

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:20
Jon Queally, staff writer

"What is more cowardly than dispatching anonymous sources to claim you're 'upset' while lacking the courage to just say so yourself?"

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GOP Senator Drowned Out By Cheers for 'Single Payer' at Town Hall

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:18
Jake Johnson, staff writer

When Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) took the stage at a scheduled town hall on Tuesday in Greeley, Colorado, he apparently didn't expect to be confronted by a crowd full of enthusiastic supporters of single-payer healthcare.

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New Drone Footage Exposes the Scale of Factory Animal Farming Like Never Before

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:39
Mark Devries

The animal agriculture industry spends millions on deceptive advertising to persuade consumers that farmed animals roam freely on bucolic pastures. But I’ve been piloting drones over animal agriculture facilities for several years, and the video I’ve captured tells a far different story. Nearly all animals raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S.

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Maybe Next Time Stick to the Notes

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:27
Charles P. Pierce

The reviews are in!

"…a stunning tour de force…" — Jake Tapper, CNN.

I'm only kidding here. After the president* took his sojourn into the izonkosphere on Tuesday afternoon, CNN cut back to Tapper, who looked very much like a man who had seen space aliens humping in his jacuzzi. I give him credit for having been able to say anything at all. I sat there in silent awe and petrified wonder for a good two minutes.

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Theresa May Must Rescind Invite To Neo-Nazi Sympathiser Trump -

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:24
Global Justice Now

Responding to Donald Trump's press conference last night in which he defended the neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now, which is part of the UK Stop Trump coalition said:

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Hate Groups' Core Changed Little Over the Years, Ex-FBI Agent Says

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:58
Hate Groups' Core Changed Little Over the Years, Ex-FBI Agent SaysWednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: North Carolina Public RadioHate Groups' Core Changed Little Over the Years, Ex-FBI Agent Says
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Use of 'Terrorism' Label Depends on Questions of Rhetoric

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:57
Use of 'Terrorism' Label Depends on Questions of Rhetoric Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: Minnesota Public RadioUse of 'Terrorism' Label Depends on Questions of Rhetoric
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Court Finds Two House Districts in Texas Were Illegally Drawn

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:56
Court Finds Two House Districts in Texas Were Illegally DrawnWednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: Roll CallCourt Finds Two House Districts in Texas Were Illegally Drawn
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Revocation of Grants to Help Fight Hate Under New Scrutiny After Charlottesville

Brennan Center - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:55
Revocation of Grants to Help Fight Hate Under New Scrutiny After CharlottesvilleWednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: The New York TimesRevocation of Grants to Help Fight Hate Under New Scrutiny After Charlottesville
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Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore Lead NYC Protest Against 'Absolutely Racist' Trump

Common Dreams - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:26
Jake Johnson, staff writer

On the heels of President Donald Trump's "unhinged" press conference Tuesday, filmmaker Michael Moore arranged for buses to transport the audience of his broadway show "The Terms of My Surrender" to Trump Tower to protest the president's defense of white supremacists and mourn the death of Heather Heyer.

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Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight

anti-Racism DSA - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 23:19

Hundreds of white supremacists marched with torches in an American city Friday night. They arrived the next day brandishing weapons and armor. One white supremacist allegedly murdered an anti-racist protester in the street with his car and injured several others. This is what really happened when you peel back all the rhetoric flying in the aftermath, and after you tune out the first reprehensible response from the President of the United States, and his subsequent update to it that was two days late and a dollar short.Vice News, to the outlet's immense credit, was on the ground to document the events in Charlottesville this weekend. Reporter Elle Reeve even embedded, for a time, with white supremacist leader Chris Cantwell. What she found speaks for itself, but keep an eye out for the little things. Like, say, how many guns these white supremacists have.
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DACA at 5 Years

anti-Racism DSA - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:11

Five years ago, we won DACA by taking direct action— we marched, we organized, we came out of the shadows. We made it impossible for the American public and politicians to ignore our voices. Since then, DACA has provided temporary protection for hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth. It was a major victory for the immigrant rights movement— a victory that is now under threat.Ready to take action? Organize a meeting or action in your community.We know that DACA was never enough. It is conditional and discretionary protection for only a small part of the immigrant community. Because it is not permanent protection, 800,000 undocumented youth are at risk of losing their protection. Now more than ever, our community is under attack by white nationalists and a Republican administration that is sympathetic to violent, racist, and xenophobic actions that demand our detention and deportation. That's why we need to fight for permanent protection for all of us. We won’t back down until all 11 million undocumented workers, parents, and children have permanent protection from deportation and the dignity and respect we deserve for the labor we give to this country. We won DACA because we took action. Now, we're going to take action to win permanent protection for all of us.Check out our guides to learn how to organize a creative, disruptive actionor a high risk, high sacrifice action in your local community. See you in the streets,
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CBO: Trump's Plan to Sabotage ACA Would Skyrocket Premiums

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:03
Julia Conley, staff writer

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that premiums for many Americans would go up by 20 percent in 2018, should President Donald Trump follow through on his threats to stop paying the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies.

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NIAC: ‘Trump’s Violations of the Iran Deal Begets Unfortunate But Predictable Iranian Response’

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:27
National Iranian-American Council

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement regarding comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggesting Iran could back out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the U.S. continues to escalate sanctions:

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Activists Drop “WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY” Banner Inside Trump Tower Lobby

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:59

Moments ago, activists from UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, and the Working Families Party, unveiled a massive banner inside Trump Tower’s lobby reading: “WOMEN RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY.” 

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'This Is Sick': Unscripted and Unhinged Trump Reverts to Defending Neo-Nazis

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:57
Jake Johnson, staff writer

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