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Over Two Dozen Civil Rights and Legal Groups Demand Florida Counties Halt Enforcement of Unconstitutional Immigration Detainers

Jul 29, 2014

MIAMI, July 28, 2014 - A coalition of civil rights, immigrants' rights, religious and legal groups has sent letters to officials in 62 Florida counties calling for an end to local law enforcement agencies detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Strengthening Community Forest Rights is Critical Tool to Fight Climate Change, Says Major New Report

Jul 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - Strengthening community forest rights is an essential strategy to reduce billions of tonnes of carbon emissions, making it an effective way for governments to meet climate goals, safeguard forests and protect the livelihoods of their citizens, according to a major new report.

The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change:...

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National Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, Labor and Faith Leaders Release 2014 National Immigration Score Card

Jul 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 28, 2014 - National Latino and Asian American and Pacific Islander groups as well as labor and Evangelical leaders have announced an unprecedented alliance and civic engagement initiative, beginning with release of the 2014 National Immigration Score Card that shows how Congress failed on the issue of immigration reform.

"After the 2012...

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Penn Scholars: Hobby Lobby Decision a “Setback for Women’s Health Care”

Jul 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2014 – The recent Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision is "a setback for both the ACA's foundational goal of access to universal health care and for women's health care," say two University of Pennsylvania professors writing in the new issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Jul 28, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. July 28, 2014 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The decision will not take effect immediately, but will go into effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion to stay the...

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US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

Jul 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 28, 2014 - Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people's ability to hold...

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Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed

Jul 28, 2014
Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed

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New U.K. Report Marks “Beginning of the end” of Wood Pellet Boom and Harvest of Native Southern U.S. Forests for Pellets

Jul 25, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. July 24, 2014 - A report released today by the chief science advisor to the United Kingdom energy agency on the carbon effects of burning wood biomass for energy will significantly change UK energy policy with significant implications...

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Avalanche of Local ICE Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Jul 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 - Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local of...

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House Majority Votes to Harm Millions of Citizen and Latino Children

Jul 25, 2014

WASHINGTON July 25, 2014 - The conservative-led U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to deny the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to as many as 5.5 million children — children who are mostly U.S. citizens and Latino — while permanently expanding the tax credit for higher income households.

The vote came in...

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