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Farming, Food Safety and Environmental Organizations Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Toxic Mega Merger

Washington, D.C. — A coalition of farming, consumer and environmental groups delivered 97,325 public comments to the Department of Justice today, urging the agency to reject the Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON) merger. The agency closes its comment period today regarding its conditional approval of the merger. The groups argue the merger threatens competition and innovation in our food system, compromises the future sustainability of...

Syracuse Activists Issue Ice Eviction Orders

Ten activists were arrested after engaging in direct action to block an entrance to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Syracuse on July 31. The arrests occurred after a rally at the Federal Building and march to ICE headquarters, which are located in a privately owned building. The rally and march called for abolishing ICE and were sponsored and organized by the...

Attorneys Say Ineffective Counsel, Police Misconduct Support Defendant's Bid for New Trial in 2010 Murder-Robbery Case

Eight years ago, prosecutors say, Unjolee Moore drove three associates to and from a fatal home invasion at the British Woods Apartments. Though prosecutors didn't have witnesses or DNA evidence placing him there, they had an alleged confession in which Moore said he helped plan the robbery of 46-year-old Bernard Hughes, not knowing it would turn fatal. That was enough for jurors in 2013 to...

[Thanks to Grantee] Bastrop wins First Place Community Achievement Award

Bastrop officials were elated when the city won first place Community Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Improvement in Basic Services at the Louisiana Municipal Association’s Conference held in Lake Charles from July 31 to August 2. These awards are given to municipalities that have outstanding projects encouraging advances in municipal services. The entries fall into one of three categories: basic services, community services, and economic...

Prison Firefighting Program Pays a Dollar an Hour to Fight California Wildfires

California relies on thousands of prisoners, including many women, to battle the wildfires burning statewide. Prisoner firefighters gain training and earn time off of their sentences for good behavior, typically two days off for each day served. But critics of the program say the state is exploiting prisoners’ eagerness to earn time for early release. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000...

California Accomplices to a Felony Shouldn’t Be Sentenced Like the One Who Committed the Murder

The current attempt to amend the felony murder rule in California has been a multiyear effort. This work, like all our work, was borne out of our personal experiences with clients, incarcerated individuals and family members with loved ones serving life sentences under this antiquated doctrine. This rule represented to us an injustice that deserved a remedy. In 2016, we began working together on this...

Boise Group Launches Campaign to Engage Rural Voters

BOISE - Talking with people whose views differ from yours can be challenging, but one group is trying to make those conversations a little easier. Nearly 300,000 registered Idahoans are unaffiliated according to the organization United Vision for Idaho . UVI is the state's largest progressive coalition. They just launched their Rise Up campaign to encourage all registered voters to talk with one another, no...

Grantee Agreement Called A Success For Farms and Workers

Some Vermont dairy workers say their wages and living conditions have improved, thanks to an agreement reached last year between the workers and Ben & Jerry’s , a division of global consumer products company Unilever. Times are tough on dairy farms around the country, with milk prices declining for the fourth year in a row. But 72 farms that supply Ben & Jerry’s earn a...

Listen to What Resist Grantee Has to Say About Islamophobia and White Supremacy in Court

On July 11, the US District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the case of Al Bihani v. Trump, a case arguing against the indefinite detention of 11 prisoners per Trump’s proclamation that no prisoners be released, regardless of the context. The case was brought forward by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the UK-based human rights organization Reprieve , which...

LAPD Officials Defend Predictive Policing as Activists Call for its End

Early each morning, computers spit out maps of Los Angeles, marked with red squares where a complex algorithm has judged that property crimes are most likely to occur. As police officers patrol the streets, they keep these areas in mind, perhaps taking a detour to pass through on the way to a call, or warning people not to leave valuables in their cars. But so-called...

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