Human Rights

Suffering Without Hate, Because "Tolerance, Dialogue and Patience Were Your Strongest Weapons.”

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:03
Abby Zimet, staff writer

In a luminous, heartrending eulogy, the husband of police officer and LGBTQ advocate Xavier Jugelé, killed in an ISIS attack in Paris, said he suffers but will not hate: "I have no hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you and does not fit with what made your heart beat.” At a ceremony before scores of politicians and officers, Etienne Cardiles said his partner lived "a life of joy and immense smiles in which love and tolerance reigned as undisputed masters"; he ended with, "May peace prevail."

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Harvard “Pauses” Fossil Fuel Investment in Natural Resources Portfolio; Students Celebrate Step Toward Divestment

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:03

After years of escalated pressure from students, faculty and alumni, Harvard University is taking a significant step toward fossil fuel divestment. Earlier this week, at a Climate Week event entitled, “How Harvard’s Endowment is Thinking About Climate,” Colin Butterfield, Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) Managing Director of the Committee of Natural Resources said that HMC is “pausing” direct investments in oil, gas, and coal in the natural resources portfolio.

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Women's Rights on Chopping Block in Trump Budget, Leaked Docs Show

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:56
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President Donald Trump wants to cut all funding to a State Department bureau that promotes women's rights around the world, according to documents leaked to Foreign Policy this week.

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Obama Under Fire for $400K Speech to Wall Street 'Fat Cats'

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:39
Nika Knight, staff writer

Former President Barack Obama is garnering criticism for netting a whopping $400,000 for his first major speech since leaving office—a speech to Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald, scheduled to take place in September.

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Donald Trump's Big Tax Cut... For Himself

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:29
Dean Baker

According to press accounts, Donald Trump seems prepared to put out a tax cut proposal that could net him hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade. It probably won't do much to help the rest of us, but folks who were worried about whether President Trump would be able to pay off his debts should be relieved.

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In Effort to Significantly Reduce U.S. Jail and Prison Population, ACLU Launches New Initiative to Overhaul Prosecutorial Practices, Seeking to Establish More Accountability, Transparency in Criminal Justice System

Common Dreams - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:24

As part of its effort to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the U.S. jail and prison population, the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice today announced a new multi-year initiative to overhaul the power wielded by prosecutors. District attorneys are major drivers of mass incarceration, lacking accountability and transparency, and posing obstacles to criminal justice reform.

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Trump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to Crime

Brennan Center - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:00
Trump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to CrimeWednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: The HillTrump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to Crime
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Once Again, Trump Attack on Immigrants Rebuked by Federal Court

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:37
Jon Queally, staff writer

In the latest rebuke of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, a federal court judge on Tuesday ruled the administration's threat to withhold funds from so-called "sanctuary cities"—which offer modest safer harbor for immigrants and undocumented residents in the face of federal detention and deportation requests—as unconstitutional.

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Worksite and Community Raids – Resource Hub

Jobs With Justice - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:49

As the Trump administration aggressively ramps up deportations, community advocates are coming together to protect their immigrant co-workers, friends, and neighbors. More worksite raids are expected as part of Trump’s overreaching immigration enforcement efforts. Union organizers, labor and human rights advocates, and grassroots activists need to be equipped with best practices to respond to anyone impacted by a workplace raid. Even rumors of raids can destabilize communities, silence whistleblowers from speaking out against abuse on the job, and reduce the chances that people will unite together for a better life.

Jobs With Justice has created an online information sharing portal to post and exchange resources to defend workers’ rights against trumped-up immigration enforcement. Our hub features a variety of materials to support immigrants in the workplace, guidance on building rapid response teams to prepare for raids, tools for organizing local business and employers in dealing with ICE, proactive policy and advocacy solutions to implement, and more.

To gain access to the hub, connect with community and labor organizers across the country, and be alerted to upcoming trainings, contact Natalie at jwj dot org.

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Wells Fargo Directors Face Wrath for Complicity In Bank Corruption

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:43
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Met by fierce protests both inside and out the annual shareholder meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, members of the Wells Fargo board of directors refused to step down despite expressions of outrage and no confidence for their handling of a massive consumer banking scam.

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NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:31
Jim Goodman

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in place to protect the sustainability of rural communities.

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#WhyIMarch: Naomi Klein on 'Sacred Duty' of Participating in #ClimateMarch

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:19
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Author and activist Naomi Klein on Tuesday released a video explaining why she is taking part in the global Peoples Climate March on Saturday, calling the event "a sacred duty."

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RESIST DAY #96: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:13
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:49
D.D. Guttenplan

OMAHA, NebraskaOn my first morning here in Nebraska, I walked right into a glass wall. “Wow! Didn’t see that coming,” I thought, as the blood poured down my nose. So I have some sense of what it must have been like for Heath Mello, the young Democrat trying to get elected mayor of the biggest city in one of the country’s deepest-red states, when Tom Perez and the Democratic National Committee threw him under the bus last week.

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Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:59
Bill Quigley

New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools.

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Making Sense of the Deportation Debate

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:16
Aviva Chomsky

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, the news has been grim.

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FCC's "Puppet Bureaucrat" Chairman to Announce Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:00
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai is expected on Wednesday to announce his proposal to roll back net neutrality rules, all but confirming the fears of open internet advocates.

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It's Now Been Three Long Years Since Flint Had Clean Water

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:59
Nika Knight, staff writer

As of Tuesday, the city of Flint, Michigan has been without clean water for over three long years.

"The people of Flint have been through hell over the last three years and it's absolutely disgusting that there has been little change in their daily lives."
—Lonnie Scott, Progress Michigan

April 24, 2014 was the day that city officials made the disastrous decision to switch the city's water source to the Flint River, whose polluted water corroded aged lead pipes and poisoned residents' water with lead.

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Internet Activists Will Fight Team Cable’s Puppet FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Defend Net Neutrality

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:39
Fight for the Future

Several media outlets report that Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer and new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will announce his plan to ignore the voices of nearly 4 million people and slash the Title II based net neutrality protections that prevent Internet Service Providers from discriminating against, censoring, or slowing down websites.

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