en Leading Groups Stand Strong With American Muslims in Appeal of NYPD Spying Lawsuit <div class='node-body'><p>Last night, dozens of organizations and individuals representing diverse interests and faiths filed amicus briefs in support of a lawsuit challenging the blanket surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey by the New York Police Department (NYPD).&nbsp;Late last week, Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a federal district court&rsquo;s dismissal of the case, <a href=""><i>Hassan et al v.</i></a></p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Sarah Lazare 107567 at Palestinian Fatalities Hit 100; Gaza Ark Ship Among Civilian Targets Hit <div class='node-body'><p>The <em>Guardian</em> <a href="">reports</a>: &ldquo;Palestinian officials say 100 killed so far in conflict.&rdquo; The <em>Los Angeles Times</em> <a href="">reports</a> that &ldquo;the death toll topped 100 people.&rdquo; There are no reports of Israeli fatalities.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:04:09 +0000 Sarah Lazare 107566 at World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment <div class='node-body'><p>The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week, agreeing to phase out its own holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Sarah Lazare 107445 at USDA Moves Forward with Flawed Privatized Inspection Rule In Poultry Slaughter <div class='node-body'><p>Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule that would dramatically reduce the number of trained USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter plants and replace them with company employees. The USDA estimated in the proposed rule that the industry will stand to gain $260 million annually because of increased production and fewer regulatory requirements with no guarantees of improved food safety.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:21:29 +0000 andrea 107400 at Lawsuit Challenges Government’s ‘Suspicious Activity Report’ Program <div class='node-body'><p>Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the legality of the federal government&rsquo;s controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, the national ACLU, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, was brought on behalf of five Americans who had their information entered into law enforcement databases for innocent things like taking pictures, buying computers, or standing in a train station, and were then subjected to investigation.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> U.S. Rights ACLU FBI Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:16:30 +0000 max ocean 107332 at Obama Lawyers Claim Detainees Still Not Persons After Hobby Lobby; Judge Needs More Evidence of Ramadan Abuses <div class='node-body'><p>In a court hearing held today (July 10) the US government argued that detainees are &lsquo;not persons&rsquo; entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) &ndash; unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby. It also suggested that hunger-striking prisoners did not need to be allowed to pray in a group, as is traditional during the holy month of Ramadan, because they could &lsquo;hear&rsquo; one another praying while standing alone in their cells.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:18:08 +0000 Sarah Lazare 107302 at Guantanamo Detainees Demand Same Rights as Hobby Lobby <div class='node-body'><p>A US cout will today weigh arguments from lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees that their clients should be considered &lsquo;persons&rsquo; under the law and afforded the same religious freedoms as company Hobby Lobby, and claims from the US Government that they should not.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:38:31 +0000 Sarah Lazare 107172 at EFF Statement on Intercept Article Revealing <div class='node-body'><p>The <em>Intercept</em> <a href="">published an article</a> last night describing secret foreign intelligence surveillance targeting American citizens. One of those citizens, Nihad Awad, is the executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation&rsquo;s leading Muslim advocacy and civil rights organizations and a long-time client of EFF.</p> <p>In response, EFF Staff Attorney Mark Rumold stated:</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> U.S. Rights Civil Liberties Edward Snowden Glenn Greenwald NSA Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:14:42 +0000 jon 107114 at Civil Rights Groups Ask Administration to Explain NSA Surveillance of American Muslims <div class='node-body'><p>In response to a report in <a href="">The Intercept</a> about NSA spying on five prominent American Muslims, a coalition of 45 civil rights, human rights, privacy rights, and faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking for &ldquo;a full public accounting of these practices.&rdquo;</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> U.S. Rights Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:43:13 +0000 max ocean 107106 at NSA and FBI Targeting Muslim American Community Leaders, Experts Available <div class='node-body'><p>The NSA and FBI monitored the e-mails of prominent Muslim American leaders and attorneys, including the head of the largest American Muslim civil rights group, reported <em>The Intercept</em> today. <strong>Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein, co-directors of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice</strong>, and <strong>Michael German, former FBI agent and Fellow at the Brennan Center</strong>, are available for your coverage.</p></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> U.S. Rights Religious Rights Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:14:40 +0000 max ocean 107093 at