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CFPB Fines Predatory Student Lending Practices; Religious Organizations Pray for Relief - by Sophia Har
Synagogues and churches held prayer services for students as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Discover Bank $18.5 million for illegal student lending practices. The bank must repay students $16 million, pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and reform its lending practices. The Bureau accused Discover of overstating the minimum amount due in billing statements, misrepresenting students' total interest payments and engaging in illegal debt collection practices. The penalty is the firs...
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:28AM
Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income? - by Scott Santens
Work and income have already uncoupled because of automation and the digital world. The basic income will lead to guaranteeing everyone the right to work and to share socially, economically and politically in a less stressful and less authoritarian economy. Workers would have the freedom to say No to excessive or exploitative work. Basic income, reduced working hours and community centers (as in Vancouver B.C.) are correctives to exploding inequality. The economy should be a part of life, n...
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:35AM
Police Corruption Music Project Reaches Funding Goal in Two Days - by Alex Darocy
Monterey musician Rob Hustle announced that the IndieGogo campaign he launched this week to raise money to produce "Good Cops," the sequel to his single "Call the Cops," a song about police brutality, reached it's funding goal in two days. "People are tired of the way they are being treated by the police. And it's time that artists stood up and gave voice to those feelings," Hustle said in a message released to his audience. "People are hungry for artists to speak out," he said.
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:19PM
Two Oakland Activists Accused of Freeing Animals Are Charged as Terrorists - by Will Potter, Green Is the New Red
The FBI arrested two animal rights activists today for allegedly freeing mink and other animals from fur farms, and vandalizing the property of animal-abusing businesses.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:56PM
TMT (30-meter telescope) on sacred Hawaiian land is illegal and destructive - by DLi
"We Are MaunaKea" is a rallying cry for native Hawaiian and environmental activists who oppose the controversial TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope)project atop Hawaii island's highest peak. Native Hawaiians consider the "white mountain" to be sacred grounds, where religious ceremonies are held and any desecration of the "piko"(navel) of the entire Hawaiian cultural origins is considered "kapu." or forbidden. Moreover, activists proclaim that there are numerous legal and environmental violations on ...
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:41PM
Photos: Giant Albert Woodfox mural in New Orleans by artist B-Mike w/ Amnesty Intl. USA - by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Featured below are photos of the new Albert Woodfox mural in New Orleans, Louisiana, painted by artist Brandan "B-Mike" Odums in conjunction with Amnesty International USA. The photos below are taken by Amnesty USA and the A3 Coalition. Read the July 3 NOLA Times Picayune article to learn more about the mural and to view more photos. This first photo is of Michael Mable, brother of Albert Woodfox, standing in front of the mural.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:51PM
Rodeo Calves Brutalized; Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead Watches and Yawns - by Cres Vellucci
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead condoned animal cruelty when calves were brutalized in the controversial calf-roping event at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo – in fact, the governor called CFD the "Daddy" of all rodeos, although it has a reputation of being the most cruel and brutal rodeos in the U.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V5Zufhf4dg.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:32PM
NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparities - by via National Nurses United
National Nurses United joins with the AFL-CIO and activists across the United States in urging all presidential candidates to address the pervasive problems of racial and economic justice that have so stained our nation.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:51PM
House of Representatives Ignores Will of the People in Passage of Anti-labeling DARK Act - by via Center for Food Safety
July 23, 2015 (Washington, DC)--Center for Food Safety today expressed deep disappointment in the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1599, a bill that preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered (GE) foods. Instead the bill, backed largely by House Republicans, codifies a voluntary labeling system approach, blocks FDA from ever implementing mandatory GE food labeling, and would allow food companies to continue to make misleading “natural” claim...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:38PM
House Passage of DARK Act Hinders Public’s Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:29PM
Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California - by Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy
The Pathways Report, released on July 21, 2015, provides the broad recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Marijuana Policy. The report draws from the research and public forums of the Blue Ribbon Commission to provide a comprehensive view of the strategies, policy goals, and policy options available to Californians as they consider the legalization and taxation of marijuana policy.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:13PM
House Passes DARK Act - by Label GMOs
Sad to say but it's true- the House just passed the DARK act. Next steps? The Senate.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:46PM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay. July 2015 Show (audio/mpeg 59.0MB) - by Radio Autonomia
The July 2015 show highlights the struggle of activist Rasmea Odeh in her fight from being deported by the US.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:22PM
Cruelty to Endangered Orca Nets Lawsuit Against Miami Seaquarium - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
ALDF, PETA, and Others Allege Park Violates the Endangered Species Act
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:50PM
Nurses Invite Pope Francis to Meet to Discuss Health Effects of Climate Crisis - by via National Nurses United
Leaders of unions representing leading nurses and other healthcare workers in 18 countries from every major continent are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the U.S. to discuss ways to work together to combat the alarming health effects of the climate crisis and other environmental degradation.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:40PM
Obama Imperils Arctic, Ignores Public Outcry by Approving Shell's Drilling Permits - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Obama administration today gave Shell the last permit it needs to begin controversial and dangerous oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, despite strong public opposition and continuing failures of the company’s equipment. Shell’s first attempt to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended with the embarrassing grounding of its drillship in 2012, and last week Shell’s critical icebreaker was sent back to Oregon to repair a large gash in its hull.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:33PM
Unaccountable Killer Cops in America - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:22AM
Community Organizer Pam Nath speaks about White Supremacy, Forgiveness, and Hope (audio/mpeg 82.8MB) - by WTUL News and Views
Pam Nath speaks to WTUL News and Views about the forgiveness the families of the victims of the Charleston shooting offered Dylan Roof, how White Supremacy operates in our society and the role white people can play, and how the debate between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu demonstrates the issues still alive and well even among those making some effort to address issues of race. Includes conversation about hope and how we could move forward as a society.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:33AM
DARK Act Remains Catastrophic for Farmers and Consumers Despite Proposed Changes - by via Center for Food Safety
Bill will result in denial of consumers’ rights, elimination of state and local rights, market confusion, and legal uncertainty.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:35PM
Fracking-Harmed Pa. Residents Demand Action from Gov. Wolf - by via Food & Water Watch
Scranton, Pa. – Individuals whose fracking-related health complaints were ignored by the state Department of Health (DOH) gathered outside the Scranton Courthouse today to discuss a letter calling on Governor Wolf to provide immediate help to their families and place a moratorium on fracking in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:27PM