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YWCA USA Opposes Gorsuch Nomination
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- YWCA USA issued the following news release:

YWCA USA opposes the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. The record, judicial philosophy, and life experience of any Supreme Court justice must clearly demonstrate a commitment to protecting the rights of all Americans, but particularly the people and communities who face the greatest marginalization.

STATEMENT BY CASEY HARDEN, INTERIM CEO OF YWCA USA:

"From the time of his nomination, we have had serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch's judicial record on issues that impact the ... Show Full Article

Planned Parenthood Statement on U.S. Response to CSW 61 Conclusions
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release:

Today, the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a global, intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment, has adopted agreed conclusions, affirming important principles that women and advocates can use as reference points to hold their governments accountable around the world. The U.S. was involved in the negotiations around these conclusions, and separately made remarks in response to their adoption.

Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, ... Show Full Article

IWP Professor Testifies Before House Committee on Foreign Affairs
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- The Institute of World Politics issued the following news release:

On March 22, IWP Professor Paul A. Goble testified to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs concerning U.S. policy toward the Baltic States. Professor Goble spoke on the dual nature of the Russian threat. He cited Putin's disdain for the established international system and his strategy of subversion towards his neighbors and other Western countries as challenges that the current security architecture is not equipped to handle.

During his testimony, Professor Goble stressed the importance of a robust ... Show Full Article

IFAW Strongly Opposed to Sealers' Demands for Early Start to Seal Slaughter
OTTAWA, Ontario, March 24 -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare issued the following news release:

The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in place for harp seals.

Harp seal pups are born on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Late February, and in early March on the Front off Newfoundland, although the timing of birth is variable and may be affected by changing ice conditions, ... Show Full Article

American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Issues Statement on Porter v. Clarke
RICHMOND, Va., March 24 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia issued the following statement by Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga regarding Porter v. Clarke:

"The ACLU of Virginia applauds today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Porter v. Clarke. The decision supports our amicus argument that temporary relief of harsh, inhumane conditions in a state prison is not enough to cast aside a legal claim of unconstitutional treatment.

"The lawsuit stemmed over state Department of Corrections' practices including keeping people confined ... Show Full Article

Alliance for Downtown New York Honors Nine Public Safety Officers for Remarkable Service
NEW YORK, March 24 -- The Alliance for Downtown New York issued the following news release:

The Alliance for Downtown New York honored nine Public Safety Officers yesterday for their outstanding service and success in making Lower Manhattan one of the city's safest neighborhoods. The ceremony, a tradition which has been upheld for 21 years, was held at Bobby Van's Grill & Steakhouse on Broad Street.

Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin presented the awards, together with SVP of Operations Ron Wolfgang and Director of Public Safety Tom Dunn.

"Our public safety officers are the ambassadors ... Show Full Article

'Silent' Viral Infections Promote Profound Biological Response
DENVER, March 24 -- National Jewish Health, a respiratory hospital, issued the following news release:

Despite an absence of clinical illness, respiratory virus infection can cause significant changes in the biology of their airways, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. Many of those changes may contribute to asthma exacerbations in susceptible children. The researchers used a novel RNA-sequencing technique that provides insight into the human response to respiratory viral infections, the most common cause of asthma exacerbations.

"Despite lack of overt clinical illness these ... Show Full Article