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Six Sea Lions Killed at Bonneville Dam - by The Humane Society
This week, six California sea lions were killed at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River simply for doing what comes naturally – eating fish. Under a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the states of Oregon and Washington used lethal injections to kill these sea lions, who were branded and marked for death in 2013.
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:39PM
Users of leading white supremacist web forum responsible for many deadly hate crimes - by Southern Poverty Law Center
Nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by active users of the leading racist website, Stormfront, according to a report released on April 17 by the SPLC’s Intelligence Project (see PDF).
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:16AM
Flyers Telling Jews To Register Are Not From the Donetsk People's Republic - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Anti-coup protesters celebrating the defeat of the Nazis in World War II on April 10, in Odessa, Ukraine.]
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:26AM
Detained Asylum Seekers Sue Obama Administration to End Long Waits for Initial Interviews - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the ACLU of Northern California, and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, today filed a class action lawsuit (see PDF) in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution who have faced months of detention while they await reasonable fear determinations (see PDF), the first step in seeking protection in the United States when ...
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:07PM
Photographers' Rights At Issue As Arizona Community Rises Up Against Border Patrol Agents - by Jay Stanley, ACLU
The ACLU of Arizona on April 16 sent a letter (see PDF) to the U.S. Border Patrol demanding that the agency immediately stop interfering with the First Amendment rights of the residents of Arivaca, Arizona, to protest and to photograph government activities that are in plain view on a public street. The dispute is part of a larger developing story in Arivaca that is actually a pretty incredible tale of citizens rising up against governmental abuse and repression in their own community.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:53PM
FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections - by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – “Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods. Food & Water Watch continues to harbor concerns about the safety of foods treated with radiation, but irradiation continues to be used as a crutch by FDA as a substitute for hiring more inspection personnel and investing in...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:43PM
Conn. Dept. of Children and Families places trans girl in male prison - by Connecticut PSL
In an almost unprecedented move, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families is attempting to transfer a 16-year-old transgender girl (“Jane Doe”), to Manson Correctional Center, a high-security, 21-and-under male-only prison. Due in part to widespread community outrage, the DCF decision is currently being challenged in Conn. state court. The 16-year-old’s advocates point out that the transgender youth does not have any adult criminal charges and is therefore unfit for a prison ...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:39PM
Ukrainian Military Joins Revolt, Troops Vow to Defend Protesters - by Steven Argue
In Slovyansk, a column of armored personnel carriers has rolled into the city announcing their allegiance to the uprising. These are soldiers of Ukraine's 25th Brigade of Airborne Forces. They were greeted by chants of "Good Job! Good Job!". A soldier was quoted in Euronews as saying "All the soldiers and the officers are here. We are all boys who won’t shoot our own people.”
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:34AM
Mideast Migraines - "Goliath": This belongs To The White Man, chapters 61 -63 (audio/mpeg 129.9MB) - by Ren tawil
Continued reading of "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", chapters 61 -63; Oud music. Length: 1:53:28/ Date Recorded: 2014-04-12/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps mp3 (133MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:40PM
Mideast Migraines - You can feed an elderly Jewish widow ! (audio/mpeg 65.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Rabbi Eckstein's solicitations of your money to feed down-trodden elderly Jews; Kerry blames Israel for derailing peace talks; Aussie foreign minister reportedly frustrated by its Israeli lobby; marking UN Space Day; oud music of Wooden Heart. Length: 1:54:56/ Date Recorded: 2014-04-14/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps mp3 (67MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:03PM
Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on April 11 to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label. (see PDF)
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06PM
Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. - by Food & Water Watch
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:00PM
Federal Agencies Capitulate to Armed Militia: Allow Rancher to Run Trespass Cattle - by Center for Biological Diversity
LAS VEGAS— The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies on April 12 capitulated to threats of violence from armed militia members and ceased their legally and morally required duty to remove trespass cattle from public lands. Even worse, they returned 400 head of cattle confiscated over the past week so they can be illegally turned out on public land again without permit, payment or management.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55PM
Support the Ukrainian Anti-fascist Rebellion; For the Donetsk People’s Republic - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Barricade of the anti-fascist uprising in Donetsk]
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:31AM
ACLU Comment on Introduction of Democracy Restoration Act of 2014 - by ACLU
WASHINGTON – The Democracy Restoration Act, important legislation that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to millions of disfranchised Americans, was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).
Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:15PM
New Report: Shrinking Corporate Tax Base is Wreaking Havoc on State Budgets - by Center for Effective Government
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014—A new report published today by Center for Effective Government and National People’s Action (see PDF) uncovers how the shrinking corporate tax base is driving critical budget shortfalls and service cuts at the state and federal level. The report outlines exactly how much revenue has been lost due to a precipitous decline in corporate income tax rates and an explosion of loopholes. The report shows that since the recession, corporate income tax revenues have shr...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 2:45PM
Militarization of the police: Confront police brutality through organized mass action - by Nazila Bijari
Wearing full body armor and armed with assault weapons, SWAT teams’ tactics make it much more likely that people will be killed. Using no-knock raids, they rush into a resident’s home by breaking the door. Immediately upon entry, they commonly use “flash-bang” grenades, which render people temporarily blind and deaf. Naturally, the targets of such raids might assume that their home is under attack by criminals. If the residents are armed and try to defend themselves, they are likely t...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 4:05PM
Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Drone Killings of Three Americans - by ACLU
WASHINGTON - A federal district court on April 4 dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the targeted killing of three American citizens by U.S. drones in Yemen in 2011. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the case on behalf of the families of Anwar Al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, and Al-Aulaqi’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman.
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 9:27PM
Mideast Migraines: Arabs Without Water (audio/mpeg 79.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Arabs Without Water in East Jerusalem; Desmond Tutu on U.S. efforts to curb freedom of speech; American Task Force on Palestine news items; music by Mavrothi Kontanis Length: 1:56:16/ Date Recorded: 2014-04-07/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps mp3, (82MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:28PM
Communist Party Wins Mayoral Election in Russia's 3rd Largest City - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Russian Communist Party rally supporting the right of the Crimean people to join Russia.]
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 9:06AM