“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

In response to the completion of the contested Line 3 pipeline, which is now reportedly operational, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate justice advocates are kicking off the “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’ mobilization, an Indigenous-led five-day action of civil disobedience at the White House to demand President Biden declare a climate emergency, divest from fossil fuels and launch a “just renewable energy revolution.” “This pipeline doesn’t respect treaty rights,” says Winona LaDuke, longtime Indigenous activist and founder of Honor the Earth, a platform to raise awareness of and money for Indigenous struggles for environmental justice. “They’re just trying to continue their egregious behavior. It’s so tragic that, on…

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Advocates Call on Biden Admin to Move Faster on Resettling Afghan Refugees

President Joe Biden has allocated $500 million in new funds for relocating Afghan refugees following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The U.S. had already vowed to help evacuate over 80,000 Afghan civilians who qualify for special immigrant visas and face possible retribution from the Taliban, such as translators and interpreters for the U.S. military or NATO, but critics say the Biden administration needs to move faster and expand refugee resettlement from the country. There is already a backlog of more than 17,000 Afghan nationals and 53,000 of their family members awaiting visa approval. “This entire backlog and this delay in evacuating people could have been handled very differently,”…

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Greta Thunberg: New IPCC Report Is a Wake-Up Call for All About the Escalating Climate Emergency

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we turn now to Greta Thunberg, who has just responded to the new IPCC report. GRETA THUNBERG: We have not once been treating this crisis like an actual crisis. And, of course, media is reporting now about extreme weather events and consequences of the climate crisis, but, then again, we also have to remember that these are all just symptoms of the climate crisis. We are not talking about the root cause itself, the things that is actually fueling these…

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Marr still won’t call the prime minister a liar

Support us and go ad-freeMillions of people have seen Boris Johnson lie. ITV‘s flagship breakfast show even allowed a debate about it. So, you may have been hoping the Andrew Marr Show was going to tackle the issue. But if you were – prepare to be disappointed. A viral video on GMB Peter Stefanovic is a campaigning lawyer. He’s been vocal on issues surrounding the NHS, disability rights, and others. Recently, a video he produced about Boris Johnson’s lies to parliament has gone viral. As of 12pm on Sunday 11 July, it’s had nearly 26 million views on Twitter alone: 25 MILLION VIEWS! Working TOGETHER we have sent a…

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As Texas Pushes “Worst Voter Suppression Bill in the Country,” Activists Call on Biden to Do More

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: President Biden met with civil rights groups Thursday to discuss ways to combat voter suppression efforts, as the White House announced a new effort to counter the Republican push to pass voting restrictions in key battleground states. Vice President Kamala Harris also announced that the Democratic National Committee would be spending an additional $25 million on organizing and registration efforts. She spoke at Howard University. VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: We are going to assemble the largest voter protection team we have ever had, to ensure — to ensure that all Americans can vote and…

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Call for action a year after damning review into NHS scandals

Support us and go ad-freeCampaigners have urged the government to issue a full reply to a damning report which came out a year ago. In July 2020, a scathing inquiry into three NHS scandals emerged. It outlined how patients were “dismissed” and “overlooked” when they raised serious concerns about some medical treatments. “Avoidable harm” The review, chaired by baroness Julia Cumberlege, examined how the health service responded to concerns over three treatments: Pelvic mesh implants (linked to crippling, life-changing complications including chronic pain, infections and loss of sex life), The anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate (linked to physical malformations, autism and developmental delay in many children when prescribed for…

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MPs call for a ‘transformative change’ that will alarm Britain’s ruling capitalist class

Support us and go ad-freeThe Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which is made up of a cross-party group of MPs, released a damning report on 30 June. The EAC assessment focused on the government’s policies relating to biodiversity in the UK. It asserted that the government is failing to put the biodiversity crisis firmly on the political agenda. The EAC argued that, amid a “colossal decline in global biodiversity”, and in one of “the most nature-depleted countries in the world”, political action is lacking in terms of “scale, ambition, pace, and detail”. The report also took aim at the UK’s economic system and discussed how that should change to…

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Campaigners call on the Royal College of Psychiatrists to stop endorsing “solitary confinement”

Support us and go ad-freeA demonstration was held on 28 June outside the headquarters of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) over the organisation’s support for the UK’s Close Supervision Centre (CSC) System. The protest – called by a coalition of groups – was joined by ex-prisoners and the families of current prisoners. A press release from the coalition of groups reads: Former prisoners [joined] a gathering called by a coalition of groups outside the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) to protest its endorsement of Close Supervision Centres. The UK’s CSCs are prisons within prisons, where people are kept isolated for years with very little human contact. CSC…

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Call to change law to protect EU citizens as Settlement Scheme deadline passes

Support us and go ad-freeThe law should be changed to automatically protect the rights of EU citizens and their families who continue to live in the UK, campaigners say. A “tweak” to legislation is needed to ensure they do not face discrimination at work, in getting housing, accessing healthcare and benefits after the deadline to apply for post-Brexit residency under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) passes on June 30, according to charities and campaign groups. EU citizens and their families have been asked to apply to the Home Office scheme by the end of the month to confirm their immigration status in order to continue living and working…

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As Biden Pledges Police Funding to Curb Gun Violence, Activists Call for Community Investment

President Joe Biden has vowed to crack down on illegal gun dealers and to boost funding for police departments as part of an effort to combat a spike in gun violence across the country. Rejecting calls by activists to defund the police, Biden said cities could expand their police forces by diverting federal money allocated for the pandemic. He also pledged to strengthen enforcement of existing gun laws. The rise in gun violence can be traced back to “a lack of resources” in many communities, says Erica Ford, a longtime anti-violence activist in New York City and CEO and founder of LIFE Camp, Inc. “There’s no job opportunities.…

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