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Wall Between Mexico, U.S. Looms Large as One Strategy to Divide Communities
NOGALES, Arizona, Nov. 18 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news:

The first full day of the 2018 School of the Americas (SOA) Watch Encounter at the Border was, in the words of Sister Janice Holkup, OP, more like two days. It was a day of both intense emotions and intense learning about the many barriers that are intentionally erected between communities by people in power.

Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Coordinator of the Adrian Dominican Sisters' Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation, organized the participation in the Encounter at the Border of six Sisters from the ... Show Full Article

Lambda Legal Condemns McConnell's Decision to Advance Farr Nomination Despite History of Black Disenfranchisement
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release:

Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked cloture on the nomination of Thomas Farr, Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

"Lambda Legal condemns Senator McConnell's decision to schedule a vote on Thomas Farr's nomination in the wake of a midterm election plagued by voter suppression and attempts to undermine the voting rights of vulnerable minorities ... Show Full Article

Greenpeace Canada Activists Released in Spain After 33-Hour Detention Over Peaceful Protest Against Dirty Palm Oil
ALGECIRAS, Spain, Nov. 18 -- Greenpeace Canada issued the following news release:

The six activists who were detained for 33 hours on board a shipment carrying dirty palm oil into Europe have been released by Spanish authorities in Algeciras. Among them is Victoria Henry, a Canadian woman from Burnaby, B.C.

The Greenpeace International volunteers climbed onto the Stolt Tenacity tanker at dawn on Saturday, and delayed its journey from Indonesia to The Netherlands for almost two days.

The climbers were protesting a 185-metre long cargo loaded with palm oil products from Wilmar, the biggest palm ... Show Full Article

Gov. Inslee's Task Force Abandons Mandate to Make Bold Recommendations for Orca, Salmon Recovery
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The Animal Welfare Institute issued the following news release:

The Animal Welfare Institute is gravely disappointed that some of the recommendations released today by the Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force fail to take bold action to save these endangered whales while ignoring public support for dam removal and public opposition to sea lion killings.

In March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee established the task force with the directive to develop "swift near-term actions and effective long-term actions necessary to recover these iconic and endangered animals." ... Show Full Article

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Church Helps Provide Comfort and Aid to California Fire Victims
PARADISE, California, Nov. 18 -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued the following news release:

In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in California history, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are reaching out to those who need help.

Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at a warehouse in Oroville, California, to fill 5,000 food boxes for victims of the Camp Fire. That fire heavily damaged the town of Paradise and surrounding areas and has displaced tens of thousands of people.

The supplies, donated by the Church, also included 5,000 personal ... Show Full Article

Carter Center Leader to Visit Sudan
ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov. 18 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release:

Carter Center Chief Executive Officer Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters will visit Sudan Nov. 18 and 19 to explore ways The Carter Center can contribute to durable peace and advance efforts to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases, particularly river blindness and trachoma.

Peters will meet with the Center's field staff, members of government, and the international community.

"Although this is my first trip to Sudan as CEO, The Carter Center has been working with the people of Sudan to support peace ... Show Full Article

Advancement Project, NAACP, African American Research Collaborative Discuss Voting Behavior, Impact of Black Vote in 2018 Mid-Term Election
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following news:

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WHAT: NAACP, Advancement Project national office and African American Research

Collaborative Discuss Voting Behavior and Impact of Black Vote in 2018 Midterm Elections

WHEN: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11 am ET

DIAL IN: 785-424-1669; PASSCODE: "POLL"

WEBINAR LINK: http://connexevent.adobeconnect.com/poll111918/

An RSVP is requested to Nicky Vogt: nicole@npstrategygroup.com

Monday, ... Show Full Article