News for 2017-03-07

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Schools to Close, Strikers Ready Ahead of A Day Without A Woman
Dozens of schools are closing, rallies are planned, and women everywhere will take action on Wednesday in observance of International Women's Day and in defiance of a patriarchal society that's been emboldened, at least in the United States, by the right-wing Trump administration. Tweets about #...
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Tipis on National Mall Signal Days of Native Defiance and Action
Tipis began sprouting up on the National Mall on Tuesday as native communities and their allies descended on the nation's capital for a week of workshops and lobbying for Indigenous rights in anticipation of Friday's massive Native Nations Rising march. #nativenationsrise Tweets The four-day...
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Sioux Vow to 'Stand Strong' as Judge Paves Way for DAPL Oil to Flow
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could be operational by next week, after a U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday ruled against two tribes who had asked him to issue a preliminary injunction pausing construction. The Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux said their legal...
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How the GOP's Healthcare Plan Helps Make Case for Medicare-for-All
The GOP's new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something much worse merely supports the argument that the only way to achieve true healthcare reform is to enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system, advocates said this week. "Instead of fixing the very real holes in...
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Amid Trump's Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details 'Catastrophic' Impact of Pesticides
Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its "systematic denial of harms" while, at the same time, perpetuating the "myth" of aiding global hunger, a United Nations food expert has put forth a new report on the "catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health, and society as a whole...
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Lawyers 'Ready to Litigate' Muslim Ban 2.0 as UN Warns of Impact on Refugees
U.S. immigration lawyers are ready to take President Donald Trump to court—again—for his latest executive order on immigration, which civil rights experts say is just a Muslim ban by another name, and which the United Nations warned Tuesday would exacerbate the refugee crisis. "While the White...
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Snowden Calls Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Tools Published by Wikileaks a 'Big Deal'
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released a trove of purported CIA documents hailed by security expert Jessalyn Radack as "in same category as [the] biggest leaks of classified info by [whistleblowers] Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden." "The CIA reports show the U.S. government developing vulnerabilities in...
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GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy
The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "will do active harm to millions of people , particularly low-income people and seniors;" includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs ; and is generally "a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close followers...
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RESIST DAY #47: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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'Essential to Empowerment': Groups Urge Officials to Save Net Neutrality
A coalition of 171 progressive groups on Tuesday sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Senate leaders urging them not to roll back the groundbreaking net neutrality protections enacted in 2015. "Protecting net neutrality is crucial to ensuring that the internet remains a...
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Rejecting White House Ploy, Planned Parenthood Says Women's Right to Choose is "Non-Negotiable"
Women's healthcare providers are readying for a fight. Refusing to back down from its commitment to women's choice, Planned Parenthood is now at risk of losing nearly 40 percent of its funding—and is calling for a massive mobilization to resist the attack on women's health. Ahead of the official...
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Rex Tillerson Trump White House Copies Parts of Exxon Press Release Nearly Verbatim
As if the ties between the Trump administration and oil and gas behemoth ExxonMobil weren't apparent enough , the White House on Monday issued a press release that lifted text wholesale from an Exxon press release published earlier that same day. The Exxon release touted plans for expanded fossil...
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