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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Latter-day Saint Apostle Rededicates Frankfurt Germany Temple
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 20 -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued the following news release:

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- Four-year renovation is complete

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a German native, was invited by Church President Russell M. Nelson to rededicate the Frankfurt Germany Temple. Accompanying Elder Uchtdorf in that assignment were Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy and the three members of area presidency.

The rededication took place in the temple on Sunday, October ... Show Full Article

12 White Supremacists Arrested for Plots, Attacks Against Jewish Community Since Pittsburgh Shooting
LOS ANGELES, California, Oct. 20 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release:

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- Preliminary data shows America is on track in 2019 for yet another year of historically high anti-Semitic incidents

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According to data released by ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today and first reported on tonight's edition of CBS News 60 Minutes, at least 12 white supremacists have been arrested for their alleged roles in terrorist plots, attacks or threats against the Jewish community in the year since the attack on Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.

Also, the latest data from ... Show Full Article

Puente Human Rights Movement Will Lead Coalition of Civil Rights, Immigrant Advocacy Organizations for Closure of ICE Detention Facilities
PHOENIX, Arizona, Oct. 19 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develops and inspires community-based solutions based on the high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following news:

Puente Human Rights Movement will lead a coalition of civil rights and immigrant advocacy organizations calling for the closure of ICE detention facilities throughout the state during a migration tribunal event on Saturday, Oct. 19 at its headquarters. During the event, the organization will release its new report, "Arizona's Carceral Crisis: The Human Cost of Being Confined," ... Show Full Article

Public Advocates: Documentary on Legendary Bay Area Civil Rights Law Firm Premieres on San Francisco Public Television
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Oct. 19 -- Public Advocates issued the following news release:

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- On October 21 KQED Plus airs "A Law Firm Like No Other," profiling the San Francisco-based non-profit Public Advocates, one of the oldest public interest law firms in the U.S.

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For almost half a century, Public Advocates has been a leader in countless battles to advance equal opportunity and civil rights for communities across the Bay Area and beyond. The new documentary film, A Law Firm Like No Other, goes behind the scenes to tell the story of how Public Advocates achieved two landmark victories ... Show Full Article

National Safety CouncilDuring National Teen Driver Safety Week, NSC Urges Parents to Stay Involved
ITASCA, Illinois, Oct. 19 -- The National Safety Council issued the following news release:

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- Teen driving fatalities on decline but still remain No. 1 cause of death for teens.

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Despite the fact that teen motor vehicle deaths are on the decline in the U.S., they still remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, the National Safety Council is urging parents to stay involved in their teen's driving education so the number of deaths continues to decline.

In 2017, deaths for drivers ages 15 to 20 dropped to 1,830, down from 1,916 the year prior. ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: Libya-Deadly Airstrike Apparently Unlawful
BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 19 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Justice Needed for 3 Children's Deaths

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An airstrike by the Libyan National Army (LNA), on a home in a residential area of Tripoli on October 14, 2019 that killed three girls and wounded their mother and another sister, is an apparent violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. This attack on civilians is one of many that require an impartial and independent investigation to attribute responsibility and hold those responsible to account.

Under the command of General Khalifa Hiftar, ... Show Full Article

Court Rules That Florida Cannot Deny Right to Vote Based on Inability to Pay Fines, Fees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 19 -- The Campaign Legal Center issued the following news release:

Judge Robert Hinkle for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued an opinion (https://campaignlegal.org/document/decision-denying-motion-dismiss-and-granting-preliminary-injunction-part) ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny individuals with past convictions the right to vote based on their inability to pay fines and fees.

The decision restores the right to vote to plaintiffs who are otherwise eligible to vote but are unable to pay off their outstanding fines, fees and ... Show Full Article