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Sanford Health Chiropractor: 'Don't Ignore Your Pain'
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, July 4 -- Sanford Health issued the following news:

During the height of COVID-19 restrictions, chiropractic care felt the impacts of COVID-19 as fewer patients came in for regular services.

David Galloway, D.C., is a chiropractor at Sanford Health in Bagley and Bemidji, Minnesota, and specializes in treating musculoskeletal, joint and soft tissue disorders.

"Although chiropractic services were deemed essential, Minnesota and national associations recommended only seeing patients for acute or urgent care needs," Dr. Galloway told Sanford Health News. "We initially ... Show Full Article

Freedom House: Russia: Constitutional Vote Shamelessly Co-Opts the People Will
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Freedom House issued the following statement by Marc Behrendt, director of Europe and Eurasia programs:

In response to the results of Russia's constitutional referendum, Freedom House issued the following statement.

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"Russia's recent constitutional vote was merely a public relations stunt by the Kremlin to make it appear as though the Russian people support entrenching authoritarianism.

"The Kremlin mobilized the public to vote on an issue that had already been decided by the parliament, asking the voters to endorse 200 constitutional changes, about which they had ... Show Full Article

Council on American-Islamic Relations to Join Macedonia Baptist Church, Community Partners in Calling for Building Moratorium at Historic African Burial Ground in Maryland
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 4 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release:

On Monday, July 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join Macedonia Baptist Church and community partners at a news conference in Bethesda, Md., to call for a building moratorium that would halt construction at the site of a historic African burial ground in that city.

News conference participants will urge local government to return that property to the church for proper maintenance and caretaking.

WHAT: News Conference Calling for Building Moratorium at African Burial ... Show Full Article

Common Cause: Senate Republicans Kill Measure to Require Reporting of Foreign Election Assistance Offers
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Common Cause issued the following statement on July 1 by President Karen Hobert Flynn:

Yesterday, Senate Republicans removed a measure from the intelligence bill that would have required presidential campaigns to report attempts or offers of foreign election interference to federal authorities and then defended President Trump's excuses and refusal to act on U.S. intelligence reports that Russia has been paying bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. Troops. The so called "Duty to report" provision on foreign election interference, was passed by the Senate Intelligence ... Show Full Article

Amnesty International: Turkey - Court Deals Crushing Blow for Human Rights and for Justice as Four Activists Convicted
LONDON, England, July 4 -- Amnesty International issued the following statement on July 3 by Turkey Researcher Andrew Gardner:

Following a majority court ruling to convict Taner Kilic for 'membership of the Fethullah Gulen terrorist organization' and to convict Ozlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser and Gunal Kursun for 'assisting the Fethullah Gulen terrorist organization'.

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"Today, we have borne witness to a travesty of justice of spectacular proportions. This verdict is a crushing blow not only for Taner, Ozlem, Idil and Gunal and their families but for everyone who believes in justice, and human ... Show Full Article

American Immigration Council: ICE Unlawfully Detains Immigrant Youth: Federal Court Ruling
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The American Immigration Council issued the following news release:

A federal court has ruled that the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to consider less restrictive settings before transferring unaccompanied immigrant youth to ICE detention on their 18th birthdays violates U.S. immigration laws.

The ruling in Garcia Ramirez et al. v. ICE was the result of more than two years of litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, culminating in an 18-day ... Show Full Article

ACLU Challenges City Order Suppressing Confederate Monument Protests
RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 4 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release:

The American Civil Liberties Union together with a coalition of civil rights groups filed an emergency lawsuit against the city of Graham, North Carolina, seeking to immediately block a city ordinance that the government is using to suppress protests against racism, police brutality, and white supremacy. The city has most recently used the ordinance to quash protests against the city's only Confederate monument.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the NAACP Alamance chapter ... Show Full Article