Brennan Center's Nicole Austin-Hillery joins WNYC's "The Takeaway" to discuss the Trump administration's reversal of restrictions on controversial police seizures.
Discrimination and free speech were strong buzzwords at a Massachusetts State House hearing Tuesday, where lawyers, legislators, faith leaders, and organizers testified both for and against a proposed bill which could chill and even penalize a state contractor’s right to boycott. The bill, titled “An Act prohibiting discrimination in state contracts,” is a thinly-veiled guise to penalize supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent economic practices to protest the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinian peoples.
In advance of the UK starting unofficial trade talks with the USA in Washington on Monday to start discussing the details of a potential UK-USA trade deal after Brexit, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:
What kind of role should Washington play in Venezuela's crisis? Well, what kind of role should Russia play in U.S. politics and elections? The answer to both questions is the same: None at all.
Unfortunately, recent U.S. involvement in Venezuela's domestic affairs has dwarfed anything anyone has even accused Vladimir Putin of doing here.
"What kind of role should Washington play in Venezuela's crisis? Well, what kind of role should Russia play in U.S. politics and elections? The answer to both questions is the same: None at all."
The Texas Secretary of State indicated he would provide “public information” to the president's commission. Plaintiffs argue that's illegal as described since state law requires numerous steps to protect against the data being used improperly.
The groups and a private plaintiff argue that the Texas Secretary of State would break state law if he hands over personal information about voters to the president’s “Election Integrity” Commission without meeting certain conditions.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met by hundreds of protesters in Denver on Thursday, where she spoke at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
Demonstrations outside the Hyatt Regency included teachers and parents who disapprove of DeVos's agenda, particularly voucher programs (also known by the innocuous-sounding term "school choice"), a pet cause of ALEC, as well as for-profit education companies.
Civil liberties and criminal justice reform groups are celebrating the introduction of a new bill in the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's money bail system which critics have long decried for incarcerating people regardless of guilt or innocence but simply because of their inability to pay.
ACLU Comment on the Introduction of the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a Federal Bail Reform Bill
U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. The legislation would take steps toward reforming the injustices of the money bail system that incarcerates people who have not been convicted of a crime because of their inability to pay.
Kanya Bennett, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following reaction:
Politicians and headline writers often tout new trade announcements as big wins for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Almost never do they declare plainly, and more accurately: this deal is a big win for global agribusiness! Conflating the interests of global agribusiness operating in multiple countries and U.S. farmers’ is a misleading spin that helps serve corporate interests over the rest of us.
New analysis shows how corporate bosses rake in huge salaries and bonuses as inequality continues to soar. "Simply put, money that goes to the executive class is money that does not go to other people."
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice along with four other parties filed a FOIA request with the U.S. Department of State seeking information on its visa applicant vetting procedures and policies.
New Report from Senators Warren and Whitehouse: Six Month-Review Gives President Trump A Failing Grade on Pledge to "Drain the Swamp"
As President Trump marks his first six months in office, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today released their "Drain the Swamp Report Card" tracking 193 former lobbyists and corporate insiders who have worked for President Trump since his election, giving the president a failing grade on his pledge to "drain the swamp."
Please see Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett’s statement below:
News that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is in a fight with Palantir Technologies over access to analytic data the company produced, raises a host of troubling questions.
Though an explosive interview with President Donald Trump conducted by the New York Times published Wednesday evening resulted in breaking news bulletins across the media and provided an inside look at Trump's state of mind regarding current events, including healthcare, some in the journalistic community are expressing disappointment at the lack of substantive questions asked of the president—adding to growing concern about how the press engages with the current White House.
You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science. Everything “networked.” It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimited power and success. In reality, it would prove to be a nightmare of the first order.
In response to the United States Treasury Department’s decision to fine ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanctions, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Kelly Mitchell said,