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UUA Statements on President Trump's Executive Actions
BOSTON, Feb. 23 -- The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations issued the following news release:

Since taking office, President Trump has signed a number of executive orders and memoranda that run counter to the values of Unitarian Universalism. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious voice against policies of oppression and bigotry. Read what the UUA has said on recent policy shifts:

Unitarian Universalist Association's Response to the Trump Administration rescinding guidance regarding transgender students and bathrooms in schools:

"I am dismayed that ... Show Full Article

The Nelson Mandela Foundation Hosts FIFA Delegation
HOUGHTON, South Africa, Feb. 23 -- Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory issued the following news release:

Today the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted the President of FIFA Gianni Infantino and FIFA's woman Secretary-General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

"It is with great emotions that I am here in South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at a place that is full of energy, peace and values of Madiba" said a visibly emotional but ecstatic Infantino.

He noted Madiba's role in using football as a tool for unity and urged the football community and ... Show Full Article

Public Knowledge Joins Groups in Letter Urging FCC to Preserve Lifeline for Poor
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- Public Knowledge issued the following news release:

Today, Public Knowledge joins a coalition of more than 30 consumer advocacy and civil rights groups in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai and Commissioners Clyburn and O'Reilly urging them to support the Lifeline program. The groups call for the preservation of the 2015 reforms that extend the program to support broadband service, enabling low-income individuals to access broadband internet to participate in modern society.

The following can be attributed to Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow at Public ... Show Full Article

Dozens of Digital Inclusion Groups Urge FCC to Support Internet 'Lifeline' for Low-Income Families
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Free Press issued the following news release:

On Thursday, nearly 40 civil rights, social justice, labor and digital inclusion groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to reverse its decision earlier this month that undermined the Lifeline Program.

Under previous FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the agency expanded and modernized Lifeline to help make high-speed internet access more affordable to people in low-income communities around the country. New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stymied program implementation in one of a number of decisions ... Show Full Article

Alexander Acosta Named Next Secretary of Labor
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Insured Retirement Institute issued the following statement by President and CEO Cathy Weatherford on nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor:

"The Insured Retirement Institute congratulates Alexander Acosta on his nomination to be the next Secretary of Labor. As Secretary, he will have the opportunity to pursue common sense policies to help American retirement savers prepare for their retirement years.

"Many factors, including the decline of traditional pension plans and rising health care costs, have made attaining a financially secure retirement ... Show Full Article

ACLU Comments on President Trump Reversal of Policy Ending Use of Private Prisons
NEW YORK, Feb. 23 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following statement by Director National Prison Project David C. Fathi on President Trump's reversal of policy ending use of private prisons:

"Handing control of prisons over to for-profit companies is a recipe for abuse and neglect. The memo from Attorney General Sessions ignores this fact. Additionally, this memo is a further sign that under President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, ... Show Full Article

2016 National Environmental Scorecard Reveals Assault on Bedrock Environmental Protections
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release:

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released today the 2016 National Environmental Scorecard evaluating the performance of every member of Congress on the year's key environmental votes. The Scorecard is available in both English and Spanish at

"In the final year of the Obama administration, the Republican leadership in Congress continued its relentless assault on both bedrock environmental protections and recent progress even as we experienced the hottest year on record - for ... Show Full Article