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ONE Applauds Trump Decision to Retain Birx as Interim Global AIDS Coordinator
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- ONE Campaign issued the following statement by Executive Director Tom Hart:

According to published reports, President Trump has asked Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the head of PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, to remain at her post while her successor is identified. The ONE Campaign -- the global policy and advocacy organization co-founded by Bono to fight to end extreme poverty and stop the spread of preventable diseases, like AIDS -- applauded the decision.

"The importance of America's leadership to the global ... Show Full Article

New Day Has Dawned
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 -- Liberty Counsel issued the following news release:

"A new day has dawned. Today, we are excited about the future. Thank God we have a second chance to return America to its fundamental Judeo-Christian values," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

"What a joyous sight to see Obama leaving the Oval Office for the last time. He has done so much damage to America, to Israel, and to the world that once looked to America as a beacon of hope and strength. We welcome Donald J. Trump at the 45th president of the United States and look forward to the ... Show Full Article

NCLR Denounces Latino-Free Trump Cabinet
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The National Council of La Raza issued the following news release:

Yesterday's announcement of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue's nomination as secretary of agriculture confirmed that, for the first time in 30 years, a presidential cabinet will be without Latino representation. The conspicuous and outrageous absence of a single Hispanic within the Trump cabinet, top White House staff and the president's inner circle, is just the latest signal of President-elect Trump's continued lack of engagement, seeming lack of interest, and clear lack of respect for nearly 60 million ... Show Full Article

Mercy Corps Urges Trump to Focus on Effective Means to Reduce Violence, Conflict
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 20 -- The Mercy Corps issued the following statement by Chief Executive Officer Neal Keny-Guyer:

"Today, the United States begins a new chapter in its history as President Donald J. Trump takes office. The road ahead holds both promise and challenge, and Mercy Corps welcomes the opportunity to work with the new president and his administration to tackle some of the most vexing problems for U.S. and global safety and security.

"We see more than 65 million people around the world forced to flee their homes because of violence, persecution and injustice. We believe that ... Show Full Article

Film 20th Century Women Highlights Need for Access to Planned Parenthood
NEW YORK, Jan. 20 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release:

Today, the Golden Globe-nominated film 20th Century Women opens in theaters nationwide. The film addresses very real aspects of women's health and issues that many people face, including the worry of an unintended pregnancy, cervical cancer, and access to affordable contraception, and shows characters who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care. The film is set in the late 70s, yet these are concerns that women in America continue to have every day and people all across the country continue ... Show Full Article

Croatia: Asylum Seekers Forced Back to Serbia
BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 20 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia from inside Croatia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 10 people from Afghanistan, including two unaccompanied children, who described being forced back to Serbia since November 2016 after being apprehended in Croatian territory. They said they were denied the right to lodge asylum claims even though they said they wanted to seek ... Show Full Article

350.org Comments on Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump
NEW YORK, Jan. 20 -- The 350.org issued the following statement by Executive Director May Boeve in response to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump:

"The hundreds of thousands of people expected to take to the streets around the inauguration are not just protesting Trump's power -- we're foreshadowing the resistance that will continue to grow after today. Trump has threatened to roll back so many hard-won progressive gains, including those on climate, but he can't take away our resolve to fight back at every turn. And movements for justice are forming alliances like never before to ... Show Full Article