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The Psalm 119 Association Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization
SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida, Jan. 18 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release:

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- The Psalm 119 Association Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

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The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced the accreditation of The Psalm 119 Association of Saint Petersburg, FL.

ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.

The Psalm 119 Association joins a growing ... Show Full Article

Oxfam America Issues Statement Condemning Use of Force Against Migrants Crossing Into Guatemala
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Jan. 18 -- Oxfam America issued the following statement by Vicki Gass, senior policy advisor for Central America and Mexico, in response to the use of force and tear gas by the Honduran National Police against people seeking to cross to Guatemala at the Corinto border crossing:

"Oxfam strongly condemns the use of force and tear gas by the Honduran National Police to prevent migrants from crossing into Guatemala. The use of force against unarmed and innocent people seeking a better life is inexcusable. Oxfam urges all governments to respect the rights of people on the move ... Show Full Article

NGOs Call for Action from Customs to Block Import of Palm Oil Produced Using Forced Labor
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rainforest Action Network issued the following news release:

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- New evidence of forced labor against Procter & Gamble's joint venture partner, Malaysian company FGV

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This week, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced it is suspending certification bids for the non-certified units of FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) -- one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies and a joint venture partner of Procter & Gamble -- as well as re-imposing the RSPO's suspension of FGV's mill unit Kilang Sawit Serting. This comes after the RSPO's Complaints Panel reviewed ... Show Full Article

Moms Demand Action Criticizes Trump Administration for Enabling Schematics for Downloadable Guns to Be Posted Online
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news:

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- Trump Administration Finalizes Rule to Spread Access to Downloadable Guns, Even After Court Found Prior Action to Be Unlawful

- Downloadable Guns Will Enable Anyone--Including Terrorists, Convicted Felons, and Domestic Abusers--to Download Schematics Online and Create Their Own

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Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statements criticizing the Trump administration for ... Show Full Article

Drug Policy Alliance Issues Statement on Introduction of New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Legislation
SANTA FE, New Mexico, Jan. 18 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement by State Director Emily Kaltenbach in response to New Mexico's cannabis legalization legislation (S.B. 115):

"Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are excited by the possibility for New Mexico to become the 12th state in the country to legalize and regulate cannabis.

Senator Ortiz y Pino and Representative Martinez's legislation (include hyperlink when it is ready) puts local communities and New Mexican families first. Many of the bill provisions ... Show Full Article

Carl B. Camras, M.D., Memorial Lecture Celebrates Glaucoma Awareness Month
OMAHA, Nebraska, Jan. 18 -- The University of Nebraska Medical Center issued the following news release:

Steven Gedde, M.D., director and vice chair of education at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, was the guest speaker for the Jan. 16 Carl B. Camras, M.D., Memorial Lecture in Omaha. The talk was attended by area ophthalmologists. Dr. Geddes also spoke to UNMC resident physicians on Jan. 17. The talks coincide with January's Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Dr. Gedde, a professor of ophthalmology, has lectured nationally and internationally and authored or coauthored more than 300 articles, ... Show Full Article

AFP: Trump Administration Calling on States to Prioritize Occupational Licensing Reform
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Americans for Prosperity issued the following news release on Jan. 17:

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) praised the Trump administration for releasing its "Principles on Workforce Freedom and Mobility," which calls on state governments to prioritize occupational licensing reform during the legislative session and issues recommended principles to remove barriers to work. As 2020 legislative sessions get underway, AFP believes embracing these principles will help expand access to fulfilling work and critical services for millions of Americans.

AFP's Vice President of Economic ... Show Full Article