News for 2015-07-23

Thursday, July 23, 2015
'Corporate Influence Has Won': House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would block states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, or GMOs—a move that consumer rights groups decried as corporate power defeating Americans' right to know what's in their food. The bill, H.R. 1599—...
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42 Years Later, Officers Charged for Murder of Defiant Chilean Folk Singer
Victor Jara was a beloved folk singer, playwright, and social activist.
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Chomsky: 'The Real Question is...What Exactly Is The Threat of Iran?'
As U.S. Congress considers signing the unprecedented nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers announced earlier this month, renowned scholar and activist Noam Chomsky on Wednesday asked a less-considered question: "Why is the deal being pursued?" The deal constrains what is referred to as "...
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Facing $5 Billion Campaign, Hunger for a '21st Century Democracy Agenda'
Facing what is predicted to be the most expensive presidential contest in history, leading advocates for election reform in the U.S. are calling on 2016 White House hopefuls to endorse a "21st Century Democracy Agenda," aimed at curbing the influence of money in politics while amplifying the voices...
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Heal, Reflect, Build: Movement for Black Lives to Hold Nationwide Gathering
The Black organizers making history with their sustained resistance to racism in the United States are now preparing to hold their first-ever national gathering to "reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries, and begin to heal from the...
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UN Climate Chief: 'We're at Five Minutes to Midnight'
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday highlighted the urgency of a global climate agreement, warning that "time is running out." In an interview with the Associated Press , Figueres said that the upcoming negotiations in Paris, known as COP21, were a make-or-break point. "We...
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New Bills Would Bring Sweeping, 'Vital' LGBTQ Protections
Comprehensive non-discrimination bills that would update and increase employment, housing, and education protections for LGBTQ people are being introduced in both houses of U.S. Congress on Thursday. The Equality Act, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.),...
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'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest
Fighting to protect dark money. Attacking federal efforts to rein in carbon pollution. Undermining local democracy. These are just some of the " hot topics " on the agenda this week as conservative lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and top GOP candidates from around the country gather in San Diego...
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UN Remains Barred from Visiting US Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison. Obama, the first sitting president to visit a federal...
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'I Stand With Planned Parenthood': Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign
Lawmakers, fact checkers, and reproductive justice advocates sounded the alarm this week over a series of deceptive—and some say fraudulent—anti-choice videos aimed at slandering the not-for-profit organization that provides vital health services to millions of people a year. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (...
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'Fight for $15' Tallies Giant Win in New York As Movement Marches On
Fast Food workers and economic justice advocates across the country, but especially in New York, had much to celebrate on Wednesday as a state panel announced its recommendation that all employees at chain restaurants should be paid at least $15 per hour by the year 2018. The announcement by the...
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