Human Rights

NEW REPORT: Global Coal Plant Development Freefall Sparks Renewed Hope On Climate Goals

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:24
Sierra Club

On the heels of the 250th coal-fired power plant retiring in the United States yesterday, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm have released their third annual survey of the global coal plant pipeline, Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline.

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Report: Two Months Into Presidency, Two Months of Broken Promises

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:54
Public Citizen

President Donald Trump has failed to keep his pledge to “drain the swamp,” instead turning over the government to lobbyists and big donors and enriching his own bottom line, a new report released today by Public Citizen and Every Voice shows.

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Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:17
Janelle Jones

On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him into office. Exit polls showed that we had a hunch what a Trump presidency would cost us, but now that the administration has released its first budget we know for sure.

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Records Sought on Possible EPA, State Collusion to Gut Wetlands Protections

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:10
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public records after the agency admitted it has begun closed-door meetings with states and “stakeholders” to develop a weakened regulatory framework for protecting wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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ACLU of Northern California Files Claims Against Customs And Border Protection for Sexual Assault

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:09

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California today filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two sisters who were sexually assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The sisters — one an adult and the other a minor — continue to suffer severe emotional distress as a result of the assault.

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We Must Filibuster Gorsuch’s Federalist Society Agenda

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:00
Miles Mogulescu

You probably have a better chance of becoming a judge in China without being a Communist than you have of making it to the Supreme Court under Republicans without the support of the hard-right Federalist Society.

Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee, has passed this test. His name reached the president via Federalist Society vice president Leonard Leo, who also led the campaigns to name John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the High Court.

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Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Cause Tens of Thousands of Deaths, While Single Payer Would Save At Last 20,000 More Lives Than ACA: AJPH Editorial

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:33
Physicians for a National Health Program

Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, as some conservative hardliners are demanding, would cost a minimum of 37,127 lives over the next two years (14,528 in 2018 and 22,599 in 2019), and perhaps as many as four times that number, according to scientific studies summarized in an editorial in this week’s American Journal of Public Health.

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Mississippi Bill Helps Enable Trump's "Sinister" Immigration Crackdown

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:32
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Days after the Trump administration put out its first "sinister" immigrant crime list, Mississippi is poised to enact an anti-sanctuary cities bill that one expert says will fuel racial profiling and make communities less safe.

The Mississippi Senate passed the measure, Senate Bill 2710 on Tuesday, and it now heads to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant, who tweeted that he "look[s] forward to signing" it.

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NIAC Statement on President Trump's Norooz Message

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:31
National Iranian-American Council

The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to President Trump's message on Norooz:

"Empty words disgrace the one who speaks them,
like serving a walnut shell without the nut."
-Saadi, 13th century Persian poet
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Trump Presidency Has Had "Most Failed" Start Ever, Says Historian

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:24
Nika Knight, staff writer

President Donald Trump's first months on the job have been the worst of any president in U.S. history, according to noted historian and presidential biographer Douglas Brinkley.

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RESIST DAY #62: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:23
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Whose Streets? Our Streets. Portland Anarchists Will Fix Your Potholes

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:17
Abby Zimet, staff writer

To the challenge oft posed by skeptics of anarchism - 'But who will fix the roads?' - the tar-hauling, civic-minded crews of Oregon's Portland Anarchist Road Care have the (duh) answer: We will. Citing the key role of "community oriented direct action" and the "gross negligence" of a state apparatus that "cares more about funding a militarized police force" than patching potholes deadly to cars and bikes, anarchists have taken on that task because "these are our streets."

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Even Insurance CEOs Think TrumpCare Is 'Terrible,' as Public Opinion Dives

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:12
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Yet another unexpected voice emerged this week to oppose the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, as insurance executive Mario Molina told the Huffington Post in an interview that the bill was "terrible" and would expose millions of people to stifling medical bills.

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The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:27
Tom Gallagher

One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing.  Were we in any kind of parliamentary system – like most countries have – the two sides would probably be in different parties – the Bernie Sanders core of the Ellison campaign most likely in some type of socialist or labor-oriented party, with the Clinton people around Perez probably mostly in a more business-oriented liberal party.  Instead, however, the American presidential system that we actually have pretty much

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The Democrats Should Stop Wishing on a "Star" and Start Helping to Build a Progressive Movement

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:09
Peter Bloom

Only a few months after taking office, President Trump have confirmed all the worst fears of progressives and liberals. From his potential ties to Russia to his almost beyond belief retrogressive budget, the new administration is promoting an agenda that is as economically elitist as it is politically authoritarian. Even more worrying, has been Trump’s commitment while in power to in his rhetoric and actions contribute to the rising tide of white nationalism sweeping the country and potentially the world.

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NYPD Muslim Surveillance Settlement a Victory for New Yorkers, but Vigilance Still Needed

Brennan Center - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:23
NYPD Muslim Surveillance Settlement a Victory for New Yorkers, but Vigilance Still NeededMichael PriceMarch 22, 2017

Muslim New Yorkers have long been fearful of the NYPD’s dragnet intelligence operations. From eavesdropping in cafes to placing informants in student groups, mosques, and political organizations, the NYPD spied on Muslims for over a decade because of their religion – generating zero leads, widespread distrust of police, and three federal lawsuits.

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Neil Gorsuch Is Not Another Scalia. He’s the Next John Roberts.

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:46
Ari Berman

When John Roberts was nominated as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him: “You do agree, don’t you, Judge Roberts, that the right to vote is a fundamental constitutional right?”

“It is preservative, I think, of all the other rights,” Roberts responded. “Without access to the ballot box, people are not in a position to protect any other rights that are important to them.”

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President Trump and the Crisis of Governance

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:36
Robert Reich

America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge.

Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial interest are ubiquitous, and whose presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion (according to the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) for colluding with Russian agents to obtain office in the 2016 election.

He’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

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House GOP’s Proposed "Fix" for Health Bill Prioritizes Tax Cuts for Richest

Common Dreams - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:30
Brandon DeBot

In their updated health bill, House Republicans are doubling down on their plan to cut taxes for high-income households while cutting health insurance for mostly low- and moderate-income households — speeding up tax cuts for the very richest people so they take effect in 2017, rather than 2018.

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