Human Rights

Don't Let Trump Silence Communities of Color

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:36
Keith Ellison

Thanks to the open internet, a new generation of activists fighting for civil rights and equality has been able to make their voices heard in ways previously unimaginable.

Now the Trump administration is trying to turn back the clock and silence them by undoing the Net Neutrality rules. That is simply unacceptable.

"The open internet has decentralized the media, allowing historically marginalized communities to bypass traditional gatekeepers and share their stories."

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US Occupation of Afghanistan 'The Main Obstacle' to Peace: Taliban

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:34
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is "the main obstacle" to peace, the Taliban's leader said Friday.

In his comments to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada also denounced the plan to increase number of U.S. troops in the country, and accused the U.S. and its allies of "destabilizing the whole region."

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The Militarization of Culture: A Short History

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:20
Tom Valovic

Are you interested in patterning your dietary and culinary habits after the chefs that serve CIA officers and staff? I’m guessing probably not. But the well-known and well-advertised education purveyor Great Courses seems to think so. You’ve probably seen their ads in major news magazines. The company sells and promotes a self-help smorgasbord of books and DVDs on a wide range of topics ranging from Western philosophy to Tai Chi to neuroscience.

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Rev. William Barber Says GOP Voter Suppression the 'Real Hacking' of US Democracy

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:11
Jake Johnson, staff writer

In an effort to bring national attention to "homegrown voter suppression" and to launch a campaign of "moral resistance" against Republican attempts to strip healthcare from millions, Rev. William J.

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Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:23
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Sorry, more bad news. Friday, another white cop - Ray Tensing - got away with the murder of another black man, Samuel DuBose. The third such travesty in about a month, it came days after the acquittal of Philando Castile's killer despite damning, heartrending video. Here's more: See the young daughter of Diamond Reynolds, handcuffed (WTF?) in the back of a cop car, try to comfort her distraught mother before pleading, “I don’t want it to be like this anymore.”

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Trump Administration to Strip Yellowstone Grizzlies of Endangered Species Protection

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:51
Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration today announced plans to strip all Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone's grizzly bears, paving the way for trophy hunting in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. 

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New Lawsuit Accuses Trump of 'Destroying Essential Historical Records'

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:24
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A new lawsuit accuses President Donald Trump and White House staff of illegally destroying presidential records.

A pair of watchdog organizations, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA), filed the suit Thursday a federal district court to challenge actions by the White House "that seek to evade transparency and government accountability" and appear to violate the Presidential Records Act.

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Bold Alliance Statement on Issuance of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:12
Bold Alliance

In response to today's issuance by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline, Carolyn Reilly, Bold Alliance organizer and affected landowner stated, “this is further evidence of the FERC’s inadequate and abusive process that is solely supported and funded by the very corporations and industries it regulates.

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And You Thought Republicans’ Health Care Bill Couldn’t Get Worse

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:59
Sacramento Bee

At this point, it’s only a matter of degrees how misguided and cruel the proposals are by Republicans in Congress to “fix” America’s health care system.

Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday is even worse in some ways than the horrible bill the House narrowly approved in May.

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Press Conference: Senate Trumpcare Plan Harms Women

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:44
National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, In Her Own Voice, and the National Women's Law Center join together to speak out about how the Senate and House versions of Trumpcare harm women.

Who: Terry O'Neill, President of NOW
Michelle Batchelor, Deputy Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority
Mercy Morganfield, Women's March on Washington

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Elizabeth Warren Says Key Thing to Know About Trumpcare Bill: 'This Is Blood Money'

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:37
Common Dreams staff

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has now read the Republican bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and says that it contains "one flashing neon light after another" that signals who this piece of legislation is designed to serve: the very rich and the very powerful.

"This is blood money," the senator said both on the floor of the Senate on Thursday and in a video posted to social media. "They're paying for tax cuts with American lives."

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'Conned' by Trump: Hundreds of Boeing and Carrier Workers to Lose Their Jobs

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:32
Jake Johnson, staff writer

In a move that appears to negate President Donald Trump's numerous vows to fight for American workers at risk of losing their jobs due to corporate outsourcing and layoffs, Boeing told CNN on Thursday that around 200 workers based in South Carolina would be fired in an effort to cut costs.

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Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:15
Jeff Bryant

Charter schools have become a fetish of both Democratic and Republican political establishments, but local news reports continue to drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund.

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CREW Sues President Trump Over Presidential Records

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:31
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

President Trump and the Executive Office of the President appear to be violating the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Constitution’s requirement that the president “take care” that the laws be faithfully executed through the White House’s use of confidential messaging applications and other problematic practices including its destruction of the president’s tweets, according to a lawsuit filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA).

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act will Devastate our Country’s Health

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:07
Physcians for Reproductive Health

Today, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has finally been made public after unprecedented secrecy.

In response, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

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GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:01
Richard Eskow

The Republican Senate’s draft health bill differs from the House version, but its basic purpose is the same: give millionaires and billionaires a massive new tax cut by slashing health benefits for millions of Americans, and take care away altogether from millions more.

"The Republicans want to give us less and make us think it’s more. It’s time to tell them we’ve had enough."

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Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:47
Reese Erlich

With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia.

On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air Force bomber, asserting that the Syrians threatened the ground positions of Syrian Kurdish allies.

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Killing People For Tax Cuts: What The F*ck World Are We Living In?

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:12
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Now we're down to dueling monstrosities: The GOP Senate's "health care" bill aka tax cuts for the rich vs. the ungodly sight of Capitol police arresting and dragging out of wheelchairs disabled people protesting its obscenity. The furious call the bill a cruel act of class warfare. The ever-civil Obama calls it a mean and "massive transfer of wealth," noting, "If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm." Whatever you call it, just say no.

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Welcome to the 'Second Tier': US Failing Big League on Social Progress

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:56
Jon Queally, staff writer

Contrary to the mythological story known as "American Exceptionalism," the United States does a poor job, according to a fresh analysis, of meeting even "the basic human needs of its citizens" and should now be considered a "second tier" country in terms of promoting social progress.

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As Resistance Mobilizes, Poll Shows 'Overwhelming' Hatred for Trumpcare

Common Dreams - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:43
Jake Johnson, staff writer

Just following the release of the Senate's "morally bankrupt" healthcare bill—which would impose deep cuts to Medicaid, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and give enormous tax breaks to the wealthy—an NBC

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