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The Paley Center for Media Adds New Members to Its Board of Trustees and Los Angeles Board of Governors
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Paley Center for Media issued the following news release:

The Paley Center for Media, the entertainment industry's leading nonprofit dedicated to celebrating the cultural, creative, and social significance of media and its impact on society, today announced the addition of prominent leaders in the fields of entertainment, gaming, and technology to its prestigious Board of Trustees and Los Angeles Board of Governors.

Joining the Paley Board of Trustees will be Eddy Cue, Senior VP Internet Software & Services, Apple, Alex Rodriguez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ... Show Full Article

Public Knowledge Enhances Event, Administration Support to Expand Outreach
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Public Knowledge issued the following news release:

Public Knowledge is pleased to announce two additions and one change to our team. First, Public Knowledge welcomes Michele Ambadiang, Events and Development Manager, and Courtney Lee, Director of Finance and Administration, as new additions to our administration and event teams. They will support the organization's advocacy efforts across the full breadth of issues Public Knowledge leads on.

Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Ms. Ambadiang was a Project Manager for Inter-Progress, a Swiss foundation based in Cameroon, ... Show Full Article

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: Americans Favor Designating Dispensaries as 'Essential Services'
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release:

Americans mostly agree with states' decisions to classify licensed medical cannabis facilities as "essential services" to the community - a designation that permits them to maintain uninterrupted retail operations during regional 'stay-at-home' orders.

Nationwide polling data compiled by reported that 53 percent of respondents believe that medical marijuana dispensaries "should be considered essential services." Support was strongest among self-identified Democrats (62 ... Show Full Article

Hemophilia Federation: APLUS Statement on FDA Policy Changes Related to Blood and Plasma Donation
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Hemophilia Federation of America issued the following news:

The FDA released several new guidance documents with permanent and temporary (during the COVID-19 emergency) changes to several policies related to blood and plasma donation.

HFA has signed on to a statement with coalition partners from the American Plasma Users Coalition reiterating APLUS's longstanding position that complex blood safety policies such as those related to donor deferral should be based on science, and supporting policies that can increase the potential pool of donors as long as the overall ... Show Full Article

Food & Water Watch: Coronavirus Exposes Our Food System's Crisis
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news


While ordinary Americans are struggling to adapt in order to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus, corporate food and agriculture giants are scheming about how to deepen their hold on the food system and avoid important food safety regulations under the guise of responding to the pandemic.

Big Ag is using the coronavirus pandemic to line their pockets

Early on, we predicted that big food and agricultural giants would use the coronavirus pandemic to further consolidate the industry, to profit ... Show Full Article

Council on American-Islamic Relations Condemns Racist Harassment of Asian-American Doctor in Indiana
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned the alleged racist harassment of a Kentucky-born physician of Korean descent who said he was kicked out of a gas station in Martinsville, Ind., apparently because of his race and fears over COVID-19.

The doctor said an employee at the station yelled at him and prevented him from coming inside. A gas station employee reportedly told police that the business would not allow ... Show Full Article

ACLU of Texas: Civil Rights Organizations Join Lawsuit to Ensure All Texans Can Vote-by-Mail During the COVID-19 Pandemic
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued the following news release on April 2:

The ACLU of Texas, American Civil Liberties Union, and Texas Civil Rights Project on Wednesday joined a case seeking to declare that under Texas law all registered voters qualify to request a mail-in ballot as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The lawsuit states that in order to prevent wide-scale disenfranchisement during this public health crisis, the court should declare that the Texas Election Code's definition of "disability" in the vote-by-mail provision - one ... Show Full Article