Human Rights

Nicole Austin-Hillery on WNYC: Controversial Police Seizures

Brennan Center - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:38
Nicole Austin-Hillery on WNYC: Controversial Police Seizures July 21, 2017 takeaway072017-forfeiture.mp3

Brennan Center's Nicole Austin-Hillery joins WNYC's "The Takeaway" to discuss the Trump administration's reversal of restrictions on controversial police seizures.

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Massachusetts Advocates Attest to Right to Boycott at State House Hearing

Common Dreams - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:26
Renae Reints

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.

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UK-USA Trade Talks Start on Monday - "No Mandate for Fox's Free-Market Mania"

Common Dreams - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:22
Global Justice Now

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:

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Venezuela Needs Negotiation to Avoid Civil War, Not Trump-Supported "Regime Change"

Common Dreams - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:07
Mark Weisbrot

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."

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Releasing Personal Voter Data is Illegal Under Texas Law, Civic Groups Say in New Lawsuit

Brennan Center - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:34
Releasing Personal Voter Data is Illegal Under Texas Law, Civic Groups Say in New LawsuitJuly 20, 2017

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.

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League of Women Voters of Texas, Texas NAACP, Ruthann Geer v. Rolando Pablos, et. al.

Brennan Center - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:19
League of Women Voters of Texas, Texas NAACP, Ruthann Geer v. Rolando Pablos, et. al.Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

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.

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Defending Public Schools, Demonstrators Greet Betsy DeVos at ALEC Annual Meeting

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:36
Julia Conley, staff writer

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.

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New Legislation Encourages States To End Discriminatory 'Money Bail' Practice

Brennan Center - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:03
New Legislation Encourages States To End Discriminatory 'Money Bail' PracticeThursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:00pmMedia Source: The GuardianNew Legislation Encourages States To End Discriminatory 'Money Bail' Practice
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Proposed Law Seeks to Reform System That Jails People Just for Being Poor

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:31
Jon Queally, staff writer

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.

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ACLU Comment on the Introduction of the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a Federal Bail Reform Bill

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:20
ACLU

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:

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Trump’s Action Plan With China Puts Global Agribusiness First

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:54
Ben Lilliston

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.

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Worker Wages Flat, But Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 'Outrageous' 937%

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:50
Jake Johnson, staff writer

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."

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NewsFlash: Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on Extreme Vetting Policies

Brennan Center - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:40
NewsFlash: Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on Extreme Vetting Policies July 20, 2017

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.

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Warren Flunks Trump: Report Card Details Broken Promise to 'Drain Swamp'

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:40
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

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New Report from Senators Warren and Whitehouse: Six Month-Review Gives President Trump A Failing Grade on Pledge to "Drain the Swamp"

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:29
Senator Elizabeth Warren

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."

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STATEMENT: Tillerson’s Exxon Violated Russian Sanctions, Should Step Down

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:54
Corporate Accountability International

Please see Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett’s statement below:

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Palantir Contract Dispute Exposes NYPD’s Lack of Transparency

Brennan Center - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:35
Palantir Contract Dispute Exposes NYPD’s Lack of TransparencyMichael PriceEmily HockettJuly 20, 2017

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.

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NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:19
Julia Conley, staff writer

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.

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Empire of Destruction: Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:53
Tom Engelhardt

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.

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BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Ukraine Sanctions, Greenpeace Response

Common Dreams - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:20
Greenpeace

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,

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