Human Rights

Backing Ryan's New "Crueler" Health Plan, Trump Threatens Reluctant Lawmakers

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:33
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

President Donald Trump appeared on Capitol Hill early Tuesday to strong-arm lawmakers into voting for the updated version of the GOP's American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which overnight was made "even crueler to the poor and working class" in a bid to win over the most conservative faction of House Republicans.

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An 'America Last' Budget

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:31
Katrina vanden Heuvel

President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The buildup is “paid for” by cuts in civilian programs, including savage cuts to the

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These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:22
Conn Hallinan

Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

The right was on the march, the left at war with itself, the traditional parties adrift, and the barbarians were hammering at the gates of the European Union.

It’s a grand image, rather like Game of Thrones. But the reality is considerably more complex.

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Senators Must Press Gorsuch on Campaign Finance Laws

Brennan Center - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:20
Senators Must Press Gorsuch on Campaign Finance LawsMonday, March 20, 2017 - 10:15amMedia Source: The Sacramento BeeSenators Must Press Gorsuch on Campaign Finance Laws
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Human Rights Body to Question U.S. on Muslim Ban and Other Trump Executive Orders

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:54

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold a hearing in Washington on Tuesday morning about the effects of President Trump’s Muslim ban and other policies, including the construction of a border wall, expanding immigration enforcement and detention, and the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Watch Live: Day Two of Senate Confirmation Hearing of Neil Gorsuch

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:43
Common Dreams staff

The second of three days of scheduled hearings for Neil Gorsuch is underway Tuesday as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will grill President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Large Food Worker Coalition and Influential Union Announce Fast-Growing #May1Strike

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:40
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

The Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition of workers organized across the food system, and the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West (SEIU USWW) have announced a May 1 General Strike.

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CAIR Calls on White House to Cancel Meeting with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:34
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on White House officials to cancel a reported meeting with anti-Muslim hate group leader

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Trump's Unprecedented War on Ethics

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:47
Norman Eisen, Richard Painter

The government watchdog organization we help lead called upon the White House last week to investigate whether one of its senior officials, Christopher Liddell, violated ethics laws through acting in his official capacity to benefit his personal investments. We wish this were an isolated incident. But on the contrary, it is only the latest element in an emerging pattern: President Trump and his administration are flagrantly violating ethics laws.

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Reality and the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Famine in Yemen

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:31
Kathy Kelly

This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war.

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Electing To Be Happy

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 18:38
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Today's technological perfect storm killed our piece about rowdy town halls in Texas once too often, so here's another form of resistance: The solace of online wiseacres cannily, gleefully, faithfully puncturing the bleak absurdity of the times. With the shadow of the Trumpocalypse looming daily, God love the meme-ing and photo-shopping wits of the Internet - and the guy who came up with the pharmaceutical miracle Impeachara - for reminding us this, too, shall pass.

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Union teachers organize to oppose Trump anti-immigration efforts

DSA: Talking Unions - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 17:54

Teachers Will Be a Formidable Force

New York schools have historically been seedbeds of political dissent, but under the Trump administration, the classroom atmosphere has been more charged than ever. Kids wonder if Homeland Security will snatch up their parents at home while they’re in school. And teachers might take a little more care to make sure their trans student can use the right bathroom without getting bullied.

California Union teachers organize to keep ICE out of the schools.

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Kentucky Gov. Signs Law Greenlighting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:51
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Essentially codifying hate speech, Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed into law on Monday a bill that gives individuals, including students, license to make hateful statements about someone based on their "religious or political viewpoints."

Passed under the guise of bolstering "religious freedom in public schools," SB17 claims to "protect rights of individual students to express their religious views without fear of punishment," as the conservative Liberty Counsel wrote in a statement hailing the move. 

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Oh Where, Oh Where Is the House Ethics Committee?

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:46
Public Citizen

It is more than two months after the beginning of the 115th Congress – an opening day most noted for the failed effort by House Republicans to neuter independent oversight of the ethics process – and the official House Ethics Committee itself is the only formal committee of Congress that has yet to meet and begin work.

Only after queries as to why the ethics committee has failed to organize itself this late in the session, did the committee announce it has scheduled its first meeting for Wednesday, March 22.

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One Month After South Sudan Famine Announced, It’s a Race Against the Rains to Save Lives

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:44
Oxfam International

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives Oxfam warned today.

The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid agencies trying to reach them. Flooding makes roads and airstrips impassable, communities sheltering from the conflict on islands even more isolated, and causes a rise in cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Oxfam is calling for more funding to help reach those in need before to is too late.

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The Trump GOP Prescription for America: Don’t Get Sick

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:40
Michael Winship

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump still insists he’s going to Make America Great Again! Mind you, it won’t be a healthy or vigorous America — in fact, it will be coughing and wheezing to the grave, but boy, will it be great!

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Milestone 250th and 251st American Coal Plants Announce Retirement

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:39
Sierra Club

Today marked the 250th U.S. coal plant that has retired or committed to retire since the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign began in 2010, driving coal use down to its lowest level in history. The retirement of Ohio’s Killen and Stuart plants by June 2018 comes after months of conversations between Dayton Power & Light and stakeholders. DPL and other co-owners decided to announce the retirement because the plants are not economically viable. These plants are the 250th and 251st plants retired nationwide, respectively, since the Beyond Coal Campaign began.

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Race for Tom Price's Vacant Seat Seen as Bellwether for Resistance

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:51
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The fight for Georgia's sixth district, left vacant by the newly-installed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, is being seen as the first test of the resistance movement with Democrat Jon Ossof, riding a wave of frustration over President Donald Trump, emerging as the race's leading contender.

Monday marks the deadline to register for the April 18 special election, and the national organization Swing Left said it is focused on making sure every voter in the district is prepared.

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While Tribes Lose Courtroom Battles, DAPL Divestment Campaign Takes Off

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:36
Nika Knight, staff writer

A U.S. appeals court on Saturday shut down a last-ditch effort to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), allowing oil to flow as early as Monday.

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Memo to the Media: How Not to Cover the President

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:24
Lynn Sherr

Dear esteemed colleagues, former colleagues and other members of the responsible media I’ve never met:

I am not being sarcastic. Honest. I respect your work and I know that you — we — are the only thing that has ever stood between a robust democracy and the hydra-headed evils of corruption, greed, incompetence and ignorance. Not to mention the hypocrisy of lies and self-aggrandizement from an unrelenting narcissist with no ability to temper his own apparent madness.

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