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Public Citizen: Recover Improperly Disbursed Paycheck Protection Program Funds
WASHINGTON, May 26 (TNSres)(TNSreact) -- Public Citizen issued the following news release:

The Paycheck Protection Program, a critical pillar of the CARES Act pandemic relief legislation, failed to equitably distribute money despite an avowed goal of focusing on small businesses, according to a new report from seven public interest organizations and labor unions.

In addition to adopting other reforms for future relief programs, the U.S. Small Business Administration should use its statutory power to claw back improperly issued or misused loans. Those cases might include PPP loan recipients who ... Show Full Article

Progress Michigan Statement on School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
LANSING, Michigan, May 26 -- Progress Michigan, an organization that says it holds public officials and government accountable and assist in the promotion of progressive ideas, issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 85 miles outside of San Antonio. The following response can be attributed to Myaia Holmes, gun violence prevention campaign manager at Progress Michigan:

"My heart goes out to the families of the students and teachers who lost their lives in Uvalde, Texas ... Show Full Article

Kids in Need of Defense Statement on Texas School Shooting
WASHINGTON, May 26 (TNStalk) -- Kids in Need of Defense, a non-governmental organization that says it is devoted to protection of unaccompanied and separated children, issued the following agency statement:

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The friends and families of 19 children and two teachers in Texas awoke to a nightmare that will never end. Those wounded in the attack and the children who survive this tragic event will live with that trauma for the rest of their lives.

We cannot become numb to the pain and needs of others, especially children, and the grief we feel must fuel change. All children deserve safety and ... Show Full Article

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: Firearms Manufacturers Must Account for the Risks of Gun Violence Perpetrated With Their Weapons, Say Investors
NEW YORK, May 26 (TNSreact) -- The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issued the following news release:

As our nation once again tries to process the unimaginable - a massacre at an elementary school where 21 people including 19 children, many under the age of 10, were gunned down by an 18-year old man - shareholders in Sturm Ruger ($RGR) are reiterating their call for their fellow investors to support item #4 on the proxy, calling for a third-party human rights impact assessment (HRIA).

While by no means a solution to the complex issue of gun violence, given the lethality of RGR's ... Show Full Article

Earthworks: Gulf and Environmental Groups File Suit to Halt Dredging Through Toxic Superfund Site for Oil Export Terminal
WASHINGTON, May 26 (TNSpol) -- Earthworks issued the following news release:

A coalition of Gulf and environmental groups represented by Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its proposal to dredge the Matagorda Bay shipping channel through an EPA Superfund site to vastly expand exports from an oil export terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast.

The project, which would deepen and widen 27 miles of the ship channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Seahawk Terminal in Point Comfort, Texas, threatens to stir up mercury from the Superfund site and imperils the livelihoods ... Show Full Article

American Conservative Union: CPAC Releases Scorecard of South Carolina Lawmakers
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 26 (TNSpol) -- The American Conservative Union issued the following news release:

South Carolina lawmakers have once again missed the mark in upholding conservative principles in their voting, according to a new analysis conducted by the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA), a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation.

Despite being known as a Republican stronghold, the South Carolina state legislature earned a conservative rating of 54% in 2021, only slightly above the national average (49%). South Carolina also significantly underperformed ... Show Full Article

Adrian Dominican Sisters Call for Reasonable Gun Laws in Wake of School Shooting in Texas
ADRIAN, Michigan, May 26 (TNStalk) -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following agency statement on May 25, 2022:

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The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement, calling for common sense gun safety laws in the wake of the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas - the third mass shooting in 10 days.

Our hearts are broken and enraged that another community in our nation has suffered the ravaging impact of mass murder at the hands of easily obtainable rapid-firing weapons. We do not know what motivated the 18-year-old to ... Show Full Article