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Trump Axes Research Into Health Effects of Mountaintop Coal Removal
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 21 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

Donald Trump late last week instructed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to cease all work on studying of public health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining - threatening the lives of thousands of people living near mine sites in Appalachia and across the country.

In response, Bill Price, Senior Appalachia Organizing Representative for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign:

"It's infuriating that Trump would halt this study on the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining, ... Show Full Article

Mat Staver Responds to 'Hate Labels'
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 -- Liberty Counsel issued the following news release:

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty, responds to the recent "hate label" from the Southern Poverty Law Center and calls for prayer and healing in a country divided.

Staver says, "As a pastor before becoming an attorney, my heart then and now is for hurting people. Liberty Counsel is a peaceful Christian ministry that opposes violence. We believe that each person is created in the image of God and each one should be treated with dignity and respect. Differences of opinion is no cause for violence or hatred. I ... Show Full Article

Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Delta Tunnels Project in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 21 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release:

A coalition of conservation groups today sued the California Department of Water Resources over its approval of the controversial Delta tunnels project.

The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court by AquAlliance, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the River, Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Planning and Conservation League, Restore the Delta, Save Our Sandhill ... Show Full Article

Federal Court Allows ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Civil Asset Forfeiture to Proceed--a Win in the Fight Against Policing for Profit
PHOENIX, Aug. 21 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona issued the following news release:

On Friday, a federal court ruled that a far-reaching lawsuit challenging the profit motive at the core of Arizona's civil asset forfeiture law can move forward because the plaintiff has properly asserted that policing for profit violates her constitutional rights.

The ACLU, the ACLU of Arizona, and the law firm Perkins Coie filed the case against the Pinal County Sheriff, the Pinal County Attorney, and other Pinal County officials for their enforcement of Arizona's civil asset forfeiture laws.

Arizona ... Show Full Article

Boston Residents Rally for Protection of Marine Monuments Threatened by Trump Administration
BOSTON, Aug. 21 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

Today, Boston residents joined with multiple advocacy groups to stress threats to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument. The event came just days before Zinke's final monument recommendations--which is putting marine and public lands monuments on the chopping block. Recently, Zinke signaled threats to land and cultural sites in other states and is considering revamping a plan for oil extraction off of coasts. Today's attendees were a part of over 2.7 million who offered public comment on the review--98% ... Show Full Article

Approximately $22.6 Million Raised by Global Impact for Its Members Through Workplace Giving Campaigns in Fiscal Year 2017
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 21 -- Global Impact issued the following news release:

Global Impact, whose mission is to build partnerships and resources for the world's most vulnerable people, announced today that it raised approximately $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) for its charity alliance of more than 100 international relief and development charities. These organizations are working on the front lines every day providing food, shelter, health care, education and other essential services to millions of people around the world.

Collectively, Global Impact charity ... Show Full Article

ACLU of New Mexico Issues Statement in Response to Charlottesville
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 21 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico issued the following statement by Peter Simonson, Executive Director on Charlottesville:

"Throughout its history, the ACLU has been a fierce defender of the First Amendment right to free speech and has often stood in defense of the free speech rights of groups whose ideas it opposes. Our commitment to the First Amendment is unabated and we will continue to defend free speech, even when that speech is controversial. However, the recent surge of white nationalism and white supremacy and the events in Charlottesville, ... Show Full Article