Human Rights

Getting Organized in the Wake of Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:37
Jewish Voice for Peace

Jewish Voice for Peace stands unequivocally and emphatically against the white supremacy, antisemitism and fascism on display in Charlottesville this weekend.  We join the voices of mourning for Heather Heyer, who was murdered by one of the white supremacist marchers, and for the full recovery of all those injured and traumatized by Saturday’s events.

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Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:31
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country’s drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Tech Firms Urge Supreme Court to Adapt Privacy Protections for ‘Realities of the Digital Era’ in Cell Phone Tracking Case

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:27

Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Verizon, and other technology companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court late last night declaring that when it comes to the government’s tracking of people’s cell phone locations, “Rigid analog-era rules should yield to consideration of reasonable expectations of privacy in the digital age.”

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Hours After Trump Finally Denounced White Supremacists... A Racist Tweet

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:48
Jon Queally, staff writer

Critics call on president to stop engaging on "racial dog whistles" with far-right elements

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Trump DOJ Wants Info on Every Person Who Visited Anti-Trump Protest Site

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:37
Julia Conley, staff writer

Decrying it as "investigatory overreach" and a "clear abuse of government authority," web hosting provider DreamHost is challenging a request it received from the Justice Department for information about visitors to a client's site used to organize protests against President Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day.

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Brennan Center Review of San Francisco's Proposed Pay-to-Play Rules

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:30
Brennan Center Review of San Francisco's Proposed Pay-to-Play Rules

The Brennan Center for Justice submitted written comments on San Francisco Ethics Commission's proposed campaign finance reforms.

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In J20 Investigation, DOJ Overreaches Again. And Gets Taken to Court Again

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:26
Mark Rumold

We’ve already written about problems with the government’s investigation into the J20 protests—a series of demonstrations on January 20, the day of President Trump’s inauguration—which resulted in the arrest of hundreds of protesters.

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'Shame! Shame!': New Yorkers Surround Trump Tower to Protest President's Return

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:10
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Protesters on Fifth Ave. in New York City shouted "Shame! Shame! Shame!" as President Donald Trump returned to Trump Tower Monday night for the first time since he took office in January. Thousands of people—and an inflatable rat designed to resemble Trump—filled the streets of Midtown letting the president know "New York hates you!"

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Trump’s Arpaio Pardon? Instead, Arizona’s Confederate Monuments Must Come Down

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:02
Jeff Biggers

Any pardon of disgraced and

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Michael Moore: Don't Lose Sight of the 'Horror' Trump Inflicts Every Single Day

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:59
Jake Johnson, staff writer

During an appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" Monday night, filmmaker Michael Moore urged Americans to keep their eyes on the entirety of President Donald Trump's policy agenda, even as "our attention is rightly on what's going on in Virginia and around the country."

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'Grandstanders': Trump Lashes Out as CEOs Pressured to Denounce Racism

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:27
Jake Johnson, staff writer

The CEOs of some of America's largest companies are rushing to distance themselves from President Donald Trump following his failure to immediately denounce white supremacist violence—and the president is lashing out.

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Disclosure Gets Another Chance in Court

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:30
Disclosure Gets Another Chance in CourtBrent FergusonAugust 14, 2017

Amidst inertia from the FEC, a case now before the D.C. Court of Appeals may once again assert the power of citizens to hold secretive political spenders accountable.

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Donna Edwards on MSNBC: Charlottesville

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:10
Donna Edwards on MSNBC: CharlottesvilleAugust 14, 2017 Government DysfunctionRacial Justice

Donna Edwards joins MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle to discuss Charlottesville and Trump's statement on violence.

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Green Party Urges Prosecution of White Supremacist Groups For Domestic Terrorism In The Wake of Racist Violence In Charlottesville

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:05
Green Party of the US

The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12.

Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.

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Mike German on MSNBC Live with Katy Turr

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:57
Mike German on MSNBC Live with Katy TurrAugust 14, 2017 Liberty & National SecurityTransparency & Accountability

Mike German joins MSNBC Live with Katy Turr to discuss Charlottesville and domestic terrorism.

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Federal Agencies Warned of White Supremacist Threat in May

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:52
Julia Conley, staff writer

A government intelligence report obtained by Foreign Policy shows that federal law enforcement agencies expressed concern earlier this year about the domestic threat white supremacist groups posed and would continue to pose.

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As Yemen Cholera Cases Reach 500,000, US and UK Condemned for Complicity

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:38
Jake Johnson, staff writer

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced that the number of cholera cases in Yemen had reached 500,000.

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Congressional Investigations — Not Just Special Counsels — Strengthen Our Democracy

Brennan Center - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:36
Congressional Investigations — Not Just Special Counsels — Strengthen Our DemocracyFaiza PatelDanielle BrianAugust 14, 2017

The current investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections aim to shine daylight on crucial issues for our democracy.

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Dems Demand Answers About FCC's Apparent Favoritism Toward Sinclair

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:29
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

As the New York Times published a scathing new report detailing how Sinclair Broadcast Group "is ridding itself of regulation" on Monday, three ranking Democrats on relevant House of Representatives committees sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman about his agency's alleged "preferential treatment" of the conservative-leaning local television behemoth. 

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Progressives Are Adapting to the Activist Surge

Common Dreams - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:00
Alexandra Tempus

When activist newcomers helping plan the New York Tax March—which took place April 15 this year to pressure Donald Trump to release his tax returns—suggested including a giant inflatable chicken in the likeness of the President, veteran organizers were a tad skeptical. What does a chicken have to do with taxes and transparency?

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