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Southern Poverty Law Center: Courage, Conviction - We Must Redouble Our Commitment to Continuing Justice Ginsburg's Mission of Achieving Justice
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Sept. 26 -- The Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following commentary:

By Joseph J. Levin Jr., Co-Founder and Board Member Emeritus

In 1970, a young Air Force lieutenant, Sharron Frontiero, walked into my fledgling law firm in Montgomery, Alabama, which would one year later become the Southern Poverty Law Center. She was being denied the same housing benefits for married couples that were automatically provided to her male counterparts in the armed forces.

We filed a discrimination complaint in federal district court on her behalf, and within a couple of years, I found ... Show Full Article

SELC Statement on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Announcement to Downlist the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, Sept. 26 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following statement on Sept. 25:

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Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announcing plans to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker.

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's proposed downlisting announced today could reverse decades of hard work for this iconic and endangered bird," said Ramona McGee, SELC Staff Attorney. "Today's announcement is poised to set a dangerous precedent of claiming victory too early and ... Show Full Article

Population Media Center: Thank You, Ruth Bader Ginsburg - A Letter About a Woman With Vision, Hope, and Perseverance
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont, Sept. 26 -- The Population Media Center issued the following letter by Board Member Jerri Lea Shaw:

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What did Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean to us? Hope, perseverance, and change - long-lasting change. Women will never again be so shackled by stereotypes and discrimination. RBG methodically took aim at societal expectations and unjust laws designed to limit the potential of women and girls, and she won. Repeatedly.

It seems only fitting that we honor RBG with both mourning and celebration. In life and in death, she is a catalyst pushing us to do everything we can - ... Show Full Article

Medical Teams Intl. Partners With Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette to Provide Hygiene Kits for Wildfire Evacuees
PORTLAND, Oregon, Sept. 26 -- Medical Teams International issued the following news release:

Massive wildfires have displaced thousands of people and destroyed homes, businesses, and livelihoods across the western U.S. In response, non-profits Medical Teams International and Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW) have partnered to build critically needed hygiene supplies for evacuees in the Pacific Northwest.

Medical Teams International will engage its existing volunteer base to build 2,000 of its Compassion Force hygiene kits. In addition to providing the funding for those items, ... Show Full Article

Health Access California: Governor Gavin Newsom Signs SB 855, Key Bill Addressing Mental Health Care
SACRAMENTO, California, Sept. 26 (TNSRes) -- The Health Access California issued the following news release On Sept. 25:

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 855 (Wiener) which will require health plans to cover the full range of mental health and substance use disorder treatments.

"This new and overdue law helps ensure Californians won't be denied coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatments," said Diana Douglas, Policy and Legislative Advocate at Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition.

"For too long we have allowed our insurance ... Show Full Article

Court Permanently Strikes Down Montana Law That Restricts Voting Rights of Native Americans
MISSOULA, Montana, Sept. 26 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana issued the following news on Sept. 25:

A Montana court permanently struck down a state law today that severely restricted the right to vote for Indigenous people living on rural reservations.

Western Native Voice v. Stapleton, filed in March of this year by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund (NARF), challenged the so-called Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA), a law that imposed severe restrictions on ballot collection efforts that are critical to Native ... Show Full Article

American Action Forum: Severance Taxes - A Case Study of Alaska's Ballot Measure 1
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The American Action Forum issued the following news release:

As global oil markets continue to be severely distressed, Alaskans will vote this November on a ballot initiative, Ballot Measure 1, that would increase the effective tax rate on oil to fund government services. In an analysis of this example of a severance tax, AAF's Director of Fiscal Policy Gordon Gray and Director of Energy Policy Ewelina Czapla find this proposed measure would increase the effective tax rate on oil per barrel by an average of 188 percent over the rest of the decade. This tax increase would ... Show Full Article