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Message to Trans Youth: "We Stand Ready to Protect You, Even if Washington Won't"
"You belong." "Nothing is wrong with you." "We have your back." After the Trump administration on Wednesday revoked Title IX protections for transgender students, allies and legal organizations are vowing to protect the rights of students and transgender youth who are now increasingly vulnerable to...
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Even for a Bully Like Trump, Attacking Children Is a New Low
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education rescinded the Obama administration’s 2016 Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but this attack on transgender children is a new low. Yesterday's move could endanger the well-being and...
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We Must Rein in President Trump’s Spying Powers
It’s been just over a month since Donald J. Trump assumed the enormous powers of the U.S. presidency, including the power to control the government’s far-reaching surveillance of Americans and others. As we’ve explained elsewhere , President Trump will wield extremely broad and unconstitutional...
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Is It Not A Human Soul?
Spirit of the times: At a Chicago airport rally protesting Trump's proposed Muslim ban With Trump's institutional Islamophobia and casual racism having created "an incubator of evil," little wonder that the Jewish community has increasingly been hit by the rising tide of racial hatred - swastikas...
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Trump's "Poisonous" Rhetoric Made World "Darker, Unstable": Amnesty
President Donald Trump has made the world a "darker...unstable place" with his campaign rhetoric, Amnesty International said Wednesday , calling his xenophobic language "divisive and poisonous." In its annual report on the state of the world, the international human rights watchdog said Trump led...
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Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
Resistance to unjust government action is the duty of all people who care about human rights. As Dr. King reminded us in his letter from a Birmingham jail , "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." It is now clear that Latinos and Muslims are Trump’s first target for...
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Yearning - and Sometimes Dying - To Breathe Free
A group of four self-described "everyday people" unfurled a massive banner across the foot of Lady Liberty Tuesday declaring Refugees Welcome - an act and sentiment, immeasurably ironically, controversial enough in these xenophobic, dystopian times that park officials are now seeking the "suspects...
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We Will 'Never Be Broken': Facing Imminent Eviction, Water Protectors Stand Their Ground
Faced with an imminent evacuation deadline, Indigenous opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline are vowing to stand their ground despite threats of arrest and possible violence. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday refused to extend the Wednesday 2pm GMT deadline for the few hundred remaining...
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Donald Trump’s War on Immigrant Women
Earlier this month, immigration authorities arrested a domestic violence victim in an El Paso courthouse after she obtained a protection order. Reports indicate the victim, a transgender woman, was arrested after authorities received a tip, possibly from the abuser, about her immigration status. If...
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"Love That Doesn't Risk Isn't Love": Amid Immigration Chaos, Sanctuaries Flourish
As President Donald Trump escalates his anti-immigration policies and rhetoric, more and more spaces are standing up for undocumented immigrants. The Guardian reported Tuesday on libraries throughout the country launching initiatives to make their immigrant visitors feel welcome, from hanging...
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