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New Report Reveals 1 in 6 U.S. Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Prohibit Essential Health Care for Women

May 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2016 - The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a facility that complies with the Catholic Directives that prohibit a range of health care services even when a woman’s life or health is...

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Doctors call for single-payer health reform, cite need to move beyond the Affordable Care Act

May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016 - In a dramatic show of physician support for deeper health reform – and for making a decisive break with the private insurance model of financing medical care – 2,231 physicians called today for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer national health program that would cover all...

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Washington State Ballot Initiative Restricting Restroom Access Would Put $4.5 Billion in Federal Funding At Risk

May 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 5, 2016 - A ballot initiative in Washington, Initiative Measure 1515, would require public schools to restrict access to restrooms and other shared facilities based on biological sex, and may require similar restrictions in all state and local government buildings. The initiative would put at risk up to $1...

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U.S. Justice Department: North Carolina’s HB2 Violates Civil Rights Act

May 4, 2016

RALEIGH May 4, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Justice today notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that HB 2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law that prevents transgender students, employees, and visitors from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, has placed the state in violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights...

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Flint: “Not just about water, but human rights” – UN experts remind ahead of President Obama’s visit

May 4, 2016

GENEVA May 4, 2016 - Speaking ahead of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Flint on May 4, three United Nations experts have called for immediate action to address the serious human rights concerns brought upon by the contamination of Flint’s water supply and the devastating consequences for its residents.

“The Flint...

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Federal Judge Enters Judgment for $20,000 to U.S. Citizen who Spent a Week in Immigration Detention

May 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, IL, May 2, 2016 — A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal district court judge in central Illinois.

Jhon Erik Ocampo,...

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Greenpeace Netherlands releases TTIP documents

May 3, 2016

AMSTERDAM, May 2, 2016 - Today Greenpeace Netherlands releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. On www.ttip-leaks.org the documents will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

“These documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being...

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Watch President Obama give a short lesson on the long-term impacts of the Senate failing to fill the Supreme Court vacancy

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 - On Thursday, April 7th, President Obama returned to The University of Chicago Law School, where he taught constitutional law for over a decade, for a discussion on the Supreme Court with Professor David Strauss.

I was sitting towards the front of a law student audience that had waited hours for the...

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Political Science Herding Grand Canyon Cattalo

Mar 17, 2016

Washington, DC March 17, 2016 - The National Park Service should withdraw a report concluding that a herd of hybridized bison marooned on the North Rim are wildlife “native” to Grand Canyon National Park, according to a formal administrative complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). That 2015 report reversed...

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Residents demand no new offshore oil leases in Gulf of Mexico

Mar 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, La. March 16, 2016 - For the first time ever, hundreds of Gulf Coast residents are joining forces with local and national environmental and social justice groups to oppose a federal offshore fossil fuel lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed lease of 43 million acres in the Gulf of...

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