Human Rights

Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell

Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell
Rexdale Wayne Henry, a Mississippi Choctaw Native American activist, was arrested on July 9 for failing to pay an old traffic fine. He was found dead in his Philadelphia, Mississippi jail cell on July 14. What happened?
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State Dept. Selects Chevron as Finalist for "Corporate Excellence" Award

It's hard to believe, but the Obama administration has selected Chevron, the San Ramon-based corporate giant known for environmental destruction and the violation of human rights throughout the world, as a finalist for its "corporate excellence" award!
According to a State Department news release, "The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs has announced the selection of nine finalists for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE)."
The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE since 1999 to recognize American companies that
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There's No War on Women! *Crosses Fingers, Filibusters Paycheck Fairness Act*

There's No War on Women! *Crosses Fingers, Filibusters Paycheck Fairness Act*
Republicans like to say again and again that there's no "War on Women." But when they do things like filibuster the Paycheck Fairness Act, it's hard to take them at their word.
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Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'

Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'
A California federal judge ruled this week that the state's death penalty, which has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, violates California's ban on 'cruel and unusual' punishment, rendering capital punishment unconstitutional. The ACLU notes this is the first such ruling, but certainly won't be the last.
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Shutting Down the Shutoffs: Activists Fight Water Curbs in Detroit

Shutting Down the Shutoffs: Activists Fight Water Curbs in Detroit
Activists are stepping up the plate and fighting the Detroit water shutoffs.
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Law and Border: LA Ceases Detention of Undocumented Immigrants Without Court Order or Warrant

Law and Border: LA Ceases Detention of Undocumented Immigrants Without Court Order or Warrant
Citing constitutional concerns, the city of Los Angeles announced yesterday that they have put a halt to detaining undocumented immigrants for ICE without either a court order or and arrest warrant.
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Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right

Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right
President Barack Obama lambasted the media's penchant for false equivalency in a speech in Chicago Thursday night. We have a group (Republicans) who deny science, who continue to race bait, who's intractable political obstinance has caused the government to grind to a screaming halt. These positions are empirically wrong, plain and simple.
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4 Pieces of Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors

4 Pieces of Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors
Sexual assault is still a serious problem that must be addressed. While we still have a long way to go in terms of developing substantive solutions to preventing these crimes and tackling the negative stigma associated with sexual assault, elected officials across the country are taking steps forward to provide appropriate protections and care for survivors. Here are four ways elected officials across the country are working to bring justice to sexual assault survivors.
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Golf Trail Gets More Protection Than Mobile's Drinking Water Supply For 250,000

Golf Trail Gets More Protection Than Mobile's Drinking Water Supply For 250,000
This is a story of how a company has obtained the right to place a toxic crude oil pipeline through the only approved source of drinking water for thousands of citizens in Alabama, rather than face the ire of temporarily tearing up a golf course. This is a story of America.
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Austin City Council Challenges TX Statehouse, Congress to Better Champion Reproductive Justice

Austin City Council Challenges TX Statehouse, Congress to Better Champion Reproductive Justice
In an open letter to the Texas Legislature and Congress, three members of the Austin City Council challenged the legislative bodies to do more and better in their approach to women's reproductive health and justice.
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