Tuesday - September 29, 2020
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 196 items )  

Access Now: EU Regulators Follow Civil Society's Calls To Retain Strong Net Neutrality Protections
NEW YORK, June 16 -- Access Now issued the following news release: The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) announced the updated version (https://berec.europa.eu/eng/document_register/subject_matter/berec/regulatory_best_practices/guidelines/9277-berec-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-the-open-internet-regulation) of its implementation guidelines for application of the Net Neutrality regulation in the European Union. In 2016, BEREC released its first Net Neutrali  more

Access Now: Joint Statement - International Support for the Petition to Declare Decree-Law 370 Unconstitutional in Cuba
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Access Now issued the following statement: In mid-2018, the Cuban government issued a decree aimed to control online spaces using cybersecurity as pretext. In our analysis (https://www.accessnow.org/control-de-internet-en-su-maxima-expresion-decreto-370-de-cuba/) of the decree we explain the risks it poses to fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, privacy, and net neutrality, to the work of digital security researchers, community networks, and software developer  more

Access Now: Trump Appointee Strips Funding From Vital Media Groups, Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Access Now joined more than 30 public interest and human rights organizations in a letter (https://saveinternetfreedom.tech/) to the U.S. Congress that calls for continued support of the Open Technology Fund (OTF) and global internet freedom. President Trump's newly appointed head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Michael Pack has dismissed the leadership and dissolved the boards of several highly regarded organizatio  more

ACLU and MediaJustice File New FOIA Request Demanding FBI Documents on Surveillance of Black Activists
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release on June 17: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and MediaJustice filed a new FOIA request to expose how the government is continuing to surreptitiously track Black leaders. In addition to the FOIA request, more than 100 civil rights organizations sent a lett  more

ACLU Urges Court to Deny Trump Effort to Block Bolton Book
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University urged (https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/aclu-amicus-brief-usa-v-bolton) a federal court to deny President Trump's "outlandish" and unconstitutional effort to blo  more

ACLU: Supreme Court Rules It is Against the Law to Fire LGBTQ People
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a trio of cases that it is against the law to fire people for being LGBTQ. The ACLU was counsel in the cases of Aimee Stephens and Don Zarda and argued Ms. Stephens' case. James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBTQ & HIV Pro  more

Action Against Hunger: Number of People Facing Hunger in Guatemala Doubled Due to COVID-19
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Action Against Hunger issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security for hundreds of thousands of Guatemala's most vulnerable people. Right now, 1.2 million people are currently in need of emergency food aid - an increase of 570,000 from the beginning of the year - as a result of the loss of livelihoods related to the pandemic. More than 15,000 cases of acute malnutrition among children were reported at the end of May 2020, exceeding the  more

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a peer-reviewed international journal from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery that says it focuses on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * The Anatomy and Clinical Application of Preorbital Septum Fiber Rhinoplasty: * The Effects of Vibration and Pressure Treatments in the Early Postoperative Period of Rh  more

AFC Calls for Removing Police From Schools and Re-Envisioning School Safety Under the DOE
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Advocates for Children of New York issued the following statement: Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to recent statements by City Council Members and the President of the Teamsters Union Local 237 about removing police from schools: We support City Council Members' call to move responsibility for school safety to the DOE and urge the City to remove all NYPD officers from schools, shifti  more

Afghanistan: Doctors Without Borders Withdraws From Dasht-E-Barchi Hospital Following Attack on Staff and Patients
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news n June 15: The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced its decision to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the brutal May 12 attack in which 16 women were systematically shot dead in the maternity ward. Among those killed were 15 mothers and an MSF midwife, Maryam Noorzad  more

Albany Medical Center: Wayne Selected as Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
ALBANY, New York, June 18 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Joseph Wayne, M.D., an internal medicine physician at Albany Med and professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Albany Medical College, has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. "This is an extraordinary and rare honor, and very much deserved," said Edward F. Philbin, III, M.D., the George E. Pataki Endowed Chair in Cardiology and chair of th  more

Alliance for Quality Education: Police-Free Schools Will Be a Victory for Rochester's Students and Families
ROCHESTER, New York, June 17 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following news release on June 16: Rochester will make history when the City Council votes to create police-free public schools, making it the third city in the nation to take this important step in the wake George Floyd's murder and the subsequent uprisings. Cities around the nation are at last recognizing the danger and harm that police officers in schools represent to Black and Brown students. However, the groundw  more

American Friends Service Committee: Investors Commit to Address Systemic Racism Through Their Portfolios, Corporate Engagements and Policy Advocacy
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The American Friends Service Committee issued the following news release on June 18: In the wake of continuing police brutality against Black people and widespread protests in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, a group of investors from the Racial Justice Investing (RJI) Coalition has developed and circulated for endorsement by other investors an Investor Statement of Solidarity and Call to Action to Address Systemic Racism. The RJI Coalition comprises a group of   more

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Issues Research Articles in June 15, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on human biology and disease, as well as animal and in vitro studies, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 15, 2020 edition: * Airway Oscillometry Detects Spirometric-Silent Episodes of Acute Cellular Rejection * Omalizumab for Aspirin Hypersensitivity and Leukotriene Overproduction in Aspirin-exacerbated Resp  more

American National Standards Institute: Standards Alliance Phase 2 Supports COVID-19 Response and Recovery
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In recognition of the importance of standardization and conformity assessment to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is pleased to announce that the Standards Alliance Phase 2 (SA2), as part of its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will specifically address the COVID-19 response   more

American Wind Energy Association: Coalition Applauds FERC Decision to Hold Carbon Pricing Discussion
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The American Wind Energy Association issued the following joint statement with 12 organizations: The co-signers are Advanced Energy Economy, American Council on Renewable Energy, Brookfield Renewable, Calpine Corporation, Competitive Power Ventures, Electric Power Supply Association, PJM Power Providers Group, Independent Power Producers of New York, Natural Gas Supply Association, LS Power, R Street Institute and Vistra Energy: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission   more

Amid New Ebola Outbreak, Action Against Hunger Warns of Alarming Acute Malnutrition Rates in Democratic Republic of Congo
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Action Against Hunger issued the following news release: In Bikoro, Equateur Province, in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), acute malnutrition rates are reaching critical levels, according to a recent survey by Action Against Hunger. A new Ebola outbreak is exacerbating the existing hunger crisis in a country where humanitarian activities are largely underfunded. Action Against Hunger's teams surveyed the nutrition status of 1,023 children between six months and five yea  more

Angela A. Antonikowski, Ph.D. Begins New Role as Albany Med Chief Officer of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
ALBANY, New York, June 19 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Clinical psychologist Angela A. Antonikowski, Ph.D., M.A., has been named Chief Officer of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and associate dean for Student Wellness. A new critically important role at the Medical Center, the Chief Officer of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will foster the development of a comprehensive strategy toward advancing diversity within   more

ANSI National Accreditation Board Accredits the Institut Africain De I'Aviation Civile to ISO 14065 for Greenhouse Gas Emission Verification
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has accredited the Institut Africain de l'Aviation Civile (INSAFAC) under ISO 14065:2013, Greenhouse gases - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition. INSAFAC, based in Burkina Faso, is accredit  more

Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Common Sense, Free Press & Color of Change Call for Global Corporations to Pause Advertising on Facebook to Stop Hate Online
NEW YORK, California, June 18 -- Common Sense Media issued the following news release: In response to Facebook's repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of hate on its platforms, six organizations announced a new campaign, #StopHateforProfit, that asks large Facebook advertisers to show they will not support a company that puts profit over safety. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Color Of Change, Free Press and Common Sense have created a coa  more

Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Common Sense, Free Press, Color of Change Call for Global Corporations to Pause Advertising on Facebook to Stop Hate Online
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: In response to Facebook's repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of hate on its platforms, six organizations announced a new campaign, #StopHateforProfit, that asks large Facebook advertisers to show they will not support a company that puts profit over safety. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Color Of Change, Free Press and Common Sense have created a coaliti  more

Anti-Defamation League: Analysis of Hezbollah Textbooks Shows Lengths Group Will Go to Indoctrinate Hate Against Jews
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: School textbooks used in Lebanon by the terrorist group Hezbollah to teach history and other core subjects to children are filled with systematic and egregious incitement to antisemitism and support for terrorism, according to a new report from ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) issued. The report, "Teaching Antisemitism and Terrorism in Hezbollah Schools" shows the extent to which the teaching of anti-Jewish viol  more

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Hails Supreme Court DACA Decision as a Victory for Immigrant Youth
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund issued the following news release: The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) joined civil rights and pro-immigrant advocacy groups in applauding U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (https://us.exg7.exghost.com/owa/redir.aspx?REF=GchpWUqnY-qtf8t9KpWhG1pj44m0xT8gb-QghzwLtHWdykGPxxPYCAFodHRwczovL3d3dy5zdXByZW1lY291cnQuZ292L29waW5pb25z  more

Association of American Publishers Joins Amicus Brief in United States Vs. Bolton
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Association of American Publishers issued the following news release: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Dow Jones, The New York Times and The Washington Post in filing an amicus brief in United States v. Bolton, arguing that the Administration's request to block Simon & Schuster, booksellers and distributors from publishing and distributing Bolton's book is an unprecedented and unconstitutional pr  more

Association of University Presses Recognizes Two for Outstanding Service to University Presses
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Association of University Presses issued the following news: The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) presented two awards during its virtual 2020 Annual Meeting yesterday, recognizing two individuals for outstanding service to the university press community. Ned Stuckey-French Receives Inaugural Stand UP Award Posthumously Author and teacher Ned Stuckey-French (1950-2019) was named the inaugural AUPresses Stand UP Award honoree and celebrated with a short vi  more

Breaking: Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Welcomes City Council Vote to Pass the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act Calling for Public Oversight of NYPD Surveillance Technology
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed the NYC Council's passing of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, an essential NYPD surveillance reform bill. CAIR-NY has been advocating for the passage of the POST Act, alongside a diverse swath of coalition   more

BritishAmerican Business Publishes 'Building on a Solid Foundation - The Business Case for a UK- U.S. Free Trade Agreement'
NEW YORK, June 16 -- BritishAmerican Business issued the following news on June 12: 'Building on a Solid Foundation' argues that a comprehensive agreement will allow an already world-leading trade and investment relationship to grow further. The paper uses real examples of British and American companies to show how business leads innovation, provides new jobs, creates consumer choice and contributes to the prosperity of both countries. Commenting on the paper, Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive o  more

Cancer Gene Therapy Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Cancer Gene Therapy Journal, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features developments in gene and cellular therapies for cancer, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Emerging role of exosomes as promising diagnostic tool for cancer Article: * Down-regulation of 14-3-3zeta reduces proliferation and increases apoptosis in human glioblastoma * A simplified system for the effective expression and delivery of functional m  more

Cancer Gene Therapy Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 11 -- Cancer Gene Therapy Journal, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features developments in gene and cellular therapies for cancer, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Viral vector: potential therapeutic for glioblastoma multiforme * Circular RNAs: epigenetic regulators in cancerous and noncancerous skin diseases Article: * Preferential sensitivity to HDAC inhibitors in tumors with CREBBP mutation * Targeted AAVP-based therapy   more

CancerCare: New Program Offers Cancer Patients Financial Assistance With Household Expenses
NEW YORK, June 16 -- CancerCare issued the following news release: A new program offers qualified patients with cancer and in active treatment a $500 grant to help with the financial strain and disruption of services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Oncology Alliance (https://communityoncology.org/) (COA) and CancerCare (https://www.cancercare.org/press/releases/wwww.cancercare.org), national leaders in advocacy and support for people affected by cancer, launched the COA/CancerCa  more

Center for Constitutional Rights Applauds SCOTUS Title VII Decision
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement on June 15: In response to today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Aimee Stephens, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which submitted a brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of more than 45 grassroots LGBTQ+ rights organizations, issued the following statement. * * * The Supreme Court's decision makes it clear that, desp  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: We Celebrate DACA SCOTUS Victory and Vow to Keep Fighting for Immigrant Communities
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement on June 18: In response to the Supreme Court's DACA decision, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: "The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA was arbitrary and capricious. "Their surprise ruling, the second major defeat for Trump this week, protects hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients from the threat of deportation. "We want to send   more

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Awards $500,000 to Action Against Hunger for COVID-19 Relief in East Africa
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Action Against Hunger issued the following news release: Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian and development organization, has been awarded $500,000 from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund (https://disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-covid-19-response-fund/) to provide immediate relief for nearly 300,000 people in East Africa affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant prioritizes Somalia, where Action Against Hunger is one of t  more

Center for Economic & Policy Research Statement Responding to OAS Secretary-General Almagro Regarding Bolivia's 2019 Elections
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Center for Economic and Policy Research issued the following news release: It is unfortunate that Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro is resorting to name-calling and ad hominem attacks instead of working with researchers, statisticians, and other scholars to determine what happened in Bolivia's October 2019 general elections and to correct the OAS' previous statements and publications that created, and promoted, a false narrative that  more

Center for Economic & Social Rights: COVID-19 Resourcing Rights June 2020 Round-Up
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Center for Economic and Social Rights issued the following news release: There is a debate raging over how governments should design their economic relief and recovery packages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What policies should they prioritize? What groups are they reaching? How can measures spur a sustainable, green recovery? Decisions taken now will affect the lives and livelihoods of billions of people around the world. They'll determine whether we really do   more

Center for Inquiry: A New Urgency for 'Cosmos' - Ann Druyan's Possible Worlds in 'Skeptical Inquirer'
AMHERST, New York, June 18 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: The third season of the landmark television series Cosmos is set to debut this fall, an ode to "the twin engines of skepticism and wonder" that comes not a moment too soon. The soul of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is cocreator, writer, and director Ann Druyan, who brings her wisdom and insight to the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer (https://skepticalinquirer.org/?_ga=2.209707478.53243957.1592472734-212945098.1  more

Center for Progressive Reform: As COVID-19 Rages, New Report Explores How to Better Protect Workers During Pandemics
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Center for Progressive Reform issued the following news release: Even as COVID-19 continues to rage across the United States, governments and industries are "reopening" the American economy. As a new report (https://bit.ly/protectworkerspandemicrpt) from the Center for Progressive Reform shows, in the absence of sufficient safeguards, this puts workers and the general public at heightened risk of contracting the deadly virus. Protecting Workers in a Pandemic: What the   more

Chesapeake Bank Provides Faster Payments to Customers on the Clearing House Network
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Clearing House issued the following news release: Chesapeake Bank, a community bank serving central and eastern Virginia, has joined the RTP(R) network developed by The Clearing House. With the RTP network, Chesapeake Bank customers can now receive payments directly into their accounts with real-time receipt confirmation and instant availability, while also providing for advanced messaging capabilities. "We are excited to offer our customers the ability to receive paym  more

Children's Rights Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ Workers
NEW YORK, June 16 -- Children's Rights issued the following statement on June 15 by Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin in response to the Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workers: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on whether Title VII of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination, extending protections to LGBTQ workers. "This is a joyful day for the entire LGBTQ community, and for decent Americans everywhere. Recognizing the broad intent of the drafters o  more

Children's Rights Releases Report on COVID-19's Impact on LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Children's Rights issued the following news release: As the COVID-19 crisis continues to present challenges for youth in government systems, Children's Rights has released "Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers For LGBTQ+ Youth in Care." The report describes how the unique risks LGBTQ+ youth already face in child welfare systems are magnified by the pandemic and proposes practical steps child welfare agencies and government can take to mitigate them. LGBTQ+ yo  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: How Chandelier Cells Light Up the Brain
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, June 19 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Within the intricate network of cells that make up the brain, chandelier cells stand out for their elaborate, branching structure. With an elegant shape similar to that of its namesake, a single chandelier cell reaches out to connect and communicate with more than 100 other neurons. Abnormalities in chandelier cells have been linked to epilepsy, autism, and schizophrenia, underscoring their cri  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: The DNA Tricks That Gave Us 100 Different Kinds of Tomatoes
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, June 19 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: An expansive new analysis of genetic variation among tomatoes has uncovered 230,000 previously hidden large-scale differences in DNA between varieties. As tomato plants evolved, segments of DNA were deleted, duplicated, or rearranged. These genomic "structural variations" underpin the vast diversity among tomatoes, changing flavors, altering yield, and shaping other important traits. The study  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Algerian Journalist Merzoug Touati Arrested Over Protest Coverage
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Algerian authorities must immediately release journalist Merzoug Touati and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 12, Algerian police arrested Touati, a reporter for the news website L'Avant-Garde, while he was covering anti-government protests in the city of Bejaia, according to journalist and press freedom advocate Mustapha Bendjama, who has followed the case   more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Audit Finds That Argentine Intelligence Services Compiled Files on Hundreds of Journalists
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Argentine authorities should conduct a transparent and impartial investigation into allegations that intelligence agents compiled dossiers of journalists in 2017 and 2018, and should ensure that such programs are not conducted in the future, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On June 5, a federal prosecutor conducting an audit of Argentina's Federal Intelligence Agency presented evidence to the Elevent  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Egyptian Journalist Mohamed Monir Detained, Charged With Spreading False News
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on June 15: Egyptian authorities must immediately release journalist Mohamed Monir and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Earlier today, plainclothes security officers in Giza arrested Monir, a veteran journalist and freelance columnist who had recently written for the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera, according to Al-Jazeera and other news reports (https://daaarb.com/%D8%A8%D  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Journalist Afgan Sadygov Detained Since May in Azerbaijan
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Azerbaijani authorities should release journalist Afgan Sadygov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. The journalist has been jailed for his work at least three times in three years, according to CPJ research. At about 3 p.m. on May 13, Sadygov, chief editor of the independent news website Azel.tv, left his Baku apartment to buy groceries and did not come back, his wife S  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: One Journalist in Hiding, 2 Others Detained Over Protest Coverage in Djibouti
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Authorities in Djibouti should stop harassing journalists working with the La Voix de Djibouti broadcaster, and ensure that the press can cover matters of public interest without intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On June 5, police in the southern city of Ali Sabieh arrested Kassim Nour Abar, a reporter with the Paris-based privately owned radio station and news website, while he was prep  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Police Investigate Indian Journalist Vinod Dua for Alleged Sedition
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Indian authorities should immediately drop all criminal investigations into journalist Vinod Dua, and officials of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party must stop harassing him over his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On June 12, Himachal Pradesh police arrived at Dua's home in Delhi and issued him a summons for questioning in response to a defamation and sedition complaint, he told CPJ in a phon  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Sri Lankan Authorities Seize Reporter Dharisha Bastians' Laptop in Home Raid
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Sri Lankan authorities should immediately return journalist Dharisha Bastians' computer and allow her to report without fear of official harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On June 9, officials from the Criminal Investigation Department raided Bastians' home in Colombo, the capital, and seized her laptop in connection to an investigation over the alleged abduction of a Swiss embassy staffer   more

Community Jameel and the International Rescue Committee Join Forces to Combat the Effects of COVID-19 on Refugees in Jordan
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Community Jameel and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have announced a new collaboration to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis in Jordan which has been exacerbated by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. With worldwide cases of coronavirus totalling more than 7 million and climbing, the exponential and rapid growth of COVID-19 cases poses a huge risk to vulnerable populations such as refugees  more

Conflict-Affected Countries Need Cash Boost of $1.7 Billion in 2020 to Limit the Threat of Hunger From COVID-19
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: The world is experiencing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and the contractions in economic activity in response to COVID-19 are having a disproportionate impact on hunger in conflict-affected states. According to a new analysis from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), $1.7 billion in additional cash funding is required in 2020 to limit the number of people going hungry in cou  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Hate Crime in Bayside Queens, Welcomes NYPD Hate Crime Probe
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned a violent incident in a Bayside 7-Eleven store, during which a man was shoved to the ground, and confronted with extremely aggressive racial slurs. The victim, Sungmin Kwon, captured the altercation on video. The NYPD has launched a   more

Counter Extremism Project Applauds Justice Department's Move to Limit Section 230 Legal Protections for Tech Industry
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following statement: Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Executive Director David Ibsen and CEP Senior Advisor Dr. Hany Farid released the following statement in response to proposed changes announced by the U.S. Department of Justice to roll back tech companies' broad legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). The Justice Department's proposal is a legislative plan that would have to be adopted by Congr  more

Counter Extremism Project: Extremist Content Online - ISIS Supporters Skirt Barriers on Telegram
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, ISIS supporters circumvented efforts by Telegram to disrupt and slow the spread of ISIS content on its platform and continued to disperse ISIS propaganda using the messaging app's Telegra.ph feature. Also, a pro-ISIS cyber s  more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - EU Anti-Terror Law Facing Opposition From Big Tech
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The European Union's (EU) proposed Terrorist Content Regulation continues to face opposition from major tech companies including Google/YouTube and Microsoft. The new regulation would allow EU member states to impose fines on tech firms of up to four percent of their revenue for failure to consistently remove extremist content from their platforms. It would also require a takedown of said extremist content wit  more

Counter Extremism Project: U.S. Demonstrators Contend With Uptick in Vehicular Attacks
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Recent demonstrations across the U.S. have been marred by at least 19 cases of individuals allegedly using vehicles as weapons to drive into crowds, according to witnesses and police. In at least eight of these cases, drivers face charges over what prosecutors have claimed to be deliberate acts. In a Virginia court filing, the Commonwealth alleges a driver who hit a demonstrator's bicycle and threatened the pr  more

CRISPR Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 17 -- CRISPR, a peer-reviewed journal that says it centralizes essential information and analysis on this revolutionary technology in a single location with the aim of solidifying and growing the community of innovative researchers, practitioners, policymakers and activists who make up the field of gene editing, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Detection and Modulation of DNA Translocations During Multi-Gene Ge  more

Darfur: Sudanese Authorities Must Urgently Put in Place Measures to Protect Civilians From Arbitrary Attacks by Armed Militias
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses deep concern with the surge of targeted attacks against civilians in Darfur since late May 2020. ACJPS has documented four incidents involving attacks on civilians in five villages in the states of Central, North and South Darfur that left ten people dead and eighteen injured including an eight-month-old baby. ACJPS condemns th  more

Direct Relief: COVID-19 in Ecuador - an Exclusive Q&A With Ecuador's Ambassador to the U.S.
SANTA BARBARA, California, June 19 -- Direct Relief issued the following news on June 18: Ecuador has one of the highest per capita Covid-19 deaths rates in the world, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. A New York Times analysis of over two dozen countries found that Ecuador had one of the highest excess death rate -- the number of additional deaths compared to a baseline figure from previous years -- representing an 57% increase from March through May. The majority of confir  more

Doctors Without Borders: Democratic Republic of Congo - COVID-19 Continues to Spread, With Potentially Deadly Secondary Impacts
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Since Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its first case of COVID-19 on March 10, the coronavirus has gradually spread across the country. Congolese authorities are working to reduce the spread of disease, especially in the capital, Kinshasa, with some 13 million residents. The government implemented preventive measures, including movement restrictions, a partial lockdown of certain dis  more

Doctors Without Borders: Five Ways to Protect People on the Move During a Pandemic
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the world's most vulnerable people--including the more than 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced worldwide and the many others who have migrated in search of a better life. Many people on the move are trapped in camps, informal settlements, or in detention centers. In such places, infection prevention measures can seem impossible. Displaced people   more

Education Trust-New York Issues Statement on Supreme Court DACA Ruling
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum on the Supreme Court DACA ruling: "We are grateful to those leading the fight to protect the promise of the American Dream for tens of thousands of our fellow New Yorkers and relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked this racist Trump Administration policy. "Still, this narrow ruling reminds us that we have much more work to do as a nation to protect and support undocumen  more

Educators for Excellence Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Educators for Excellence issued the following news release on June 18: Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, celebrates the Supreme Court's ruling against the Trump Administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, thereby ensuring nearly 800,000 Dreamers can continue to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation. "I am relieved for my students, and for so many like them across our country t  more

Eighth Anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Comes as SCOTUS to Decide Dreamers' Future
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: Marks the eighth anniversary of President Barack Obama's historic Rose Garden speech announcing the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allowed hundreds of thousands of young people to come out of the shadow, and apply for work authorization and protection from deportation for recurring two-year periods. In September 2017, the Trump administration annou  more

Election Law Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 19 -- The Election Law Journal, a journal that says it covers election reform, contested elections, redistricting and reappointment, election monitoring, campaign finance regulation, voting technology, regulation of political parties, ballot access, initiatives and other ballot propositions, voting rights, term limits, internet and political campaigns, Lobbying and ethics reform, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Assessi  more

Electric Power Supply Association: Coalition Applauds FERC Decision to Hold Carbon Pricing Discussion
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Electric Power Supply Association issued the following joint statement with 12 organizations: The co-signers are the Advanced Energy Economy, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association, Brookfield Renewable, Calpine Corporation, Competitive Power Ventures, PJM Power Providers Group, Independent Power Producers of New York, Natural Gas Supply Association, LS Power, R Street Institute and Vistra Energy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commissi  more

Everytown Releases Factsheet Explaining 'Open Carry Loophole' That Gun Extremists Are Exploiting to Intimidate Protesters
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on June 16: In recent weeks, gun extremists have openly carried military-style firearms at protests to incite fear, suppress civil discourse, and threaten public safety. Threats escalated to violence yesterday, when there was a shooting at a New Mexico protest at which a militia named "New Mexico Civil Guard" carried assault rifles and held "All Lives Matter" signs  more

Everytown Responds to Trump Tweet Saying Recent Supreme Court Decisions Are 'Shotgun Blasts in the Face' of Republicans
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, responded to President Donald Trump's tweet about this week's decisions by the Supreme Court, saying "These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republi  more

Family Equality Announces National Day of Action in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Movement
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Family Equality Council issued the following news release: Family Equality invites LGBTQ+ families across the country to join us for LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives Day of Action on Tuesday, June 23. The Day of Action seeks to empower families to deepen their anti-racism work through tangible, age-appropriate action ranging from coloring book pages to writing elected officials. "With this special of Day of Action, we stand with the millions of people across the US and   more

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network: Supreme Court Affirms Employment Protections for LGBTQ Americans
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network issued the following statement on June 15 by Executive Director Eliza Byard in response to a landmark ruling affirming the rights of LGBTQ employees: The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that LGBTQ Americans are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law. * * * "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took a momentous step by affirming federal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, including the many LGBTQ educ  more

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy: Boom in Demand for 'Anti-Racist' Books Should Lead to Action - Lewis
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 17 -- The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy issued the following news: Since the death of George Floyd and the nationwide flood of protest about racial inequity in policing, bookstore owners around the country have found a flood of interest in books addressing racism. An article entitled "Bookstore Owners Struggle with Surge in Anti-Racist Book Sales (https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/bookstore-owners-struggle-surge-anti-racist-book-sales)" that appeared o  more

Health Global: With COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerating in Africa, Activists Demand Full Reversal of Trump Administration Ban on PPE Purchases for Front-line Healthcare Workers
BROOKLYN, New York, June 16 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release on June 15: As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates exponentially in Africa, the Trump administration's arbitrary and deadly limits on the use of U.S. aid to procure life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators has come under harsh rebuke by health activists. These restrictions affect billions of dollars specifically allocated by Congress to help fight the pandemic globally. New gui  more

Hispanic Federation Applauds Historic U.S. Supreme Court's Recognition of Civil Rights in the Workplace for LGBTQ Employees
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release on June 15: In a landmark civil rights decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a vote of 6-3 that Title VII of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from being fired. In doing so, the Court recognized that discrimination against LGBTQ employees constitutes sex discrimination, in violation of Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origi  more

Hispanic Federation Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Rejection of Trump's Plan to End DACA
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: By a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court found that President Trump's attempt to end the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was "arbitrary and capricious." The DACA program provides certain individuals brought to the US as youth the opportunity to reside and work legally in this country without fear of deportation. Decision removes the immediate threat of deportation for about 700,000 DA  more

Human Gene Therapy Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 17 -- Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on the human aspect of gene therapy, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Volume and Infusion Rate Dynamics of Intraparenchymal Central Nervous System Infusion in a Large Animal Model * Pro-Renin Receptor Overexpression Promotes Angiotensin II-Induced Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation in Apolipoprotein E-Knockout Mice * Efficacy of an Oncoly  more

Human Rights Watch: China - Scrap National Security Law to Save Hong Kong Freedoms
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: China's proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a devastating assault on human rights and should be abandoned, more than 86 civil society organizations groups said in a letter to Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC). "China should abandon this effort to impose a national security law on Hong Kong immediately," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rig  more

Human Rights Watch: End Violence, Harassment at Work
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Governments should prioritize ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Violence and Harassment Convention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released, on the eve of its first anniversary. The groundbreaking treaty, adopted June 21, 2019 by government, employer, and worker members of the ILO, sets international legal standards for preventing and responding to violence and harassment at work. The 31-p  more

Human Rights Watch: India - End Bias in Prosecuting Delhi Violence
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Indian authorities should immediately drop politically-motivated charges against those peacefully protesting against citizenship policies that discriminate against Muslims and release them from custody, Human Rights Watch said. Police have used draconian anti-terrorism, sedition, and other laws against students, activists, and other government critics, but have not acted against violence by supporters of the ruling Hind  more

Human Rights Watch: New York Protester Jailed for a Week Highlights Parole Abuses
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Across the United States, authorities have been cracking down on protesters demonstrating against police violence and structural racism in ways that perpetuate the pattern of harm that is spurring outrage. The week-long detention of a New York City essential worker, Devaughnta "China" Williams, whom police arrested at a protest and charged with parole violations, is a case in point. There are 4.5 million people under   more

Human Rights Watch: Police Targeting 'Street Medics' at US Protests
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The two red stripes formed an unmistakable and universally recognizable sign on Omid's white helmet: a red cross. Yet a New York City police officer attempting to disperse largely peaceful protesters pinned him down with a knee on his back, threatening to drown him in the milk he was carrying to help protesters alleviate the effects of tear gas. Omid is a street medic. Police arrested him on May 30 in Brooklyn and det  more

Human Rights Watch: U.S. - Ensure Oversight, Not Immunity, for Nursing Homes
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: State lawmakers across the United States are increasingly denying residents of nursing facilities access to legal remedies, Human Rights Watch said. Nursing facilities' longstanding problems managing infection control have put already vulnerable older residents at greater risk of Covid-19 infection. Nineteen states have recently enacted laws or gubernatorial executive orders granting nursing homes protection from civil   more

Human Rights Watch: UN Chief's 'List of Shame' Drops Saudi-Led Coalition
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The United Nations secretary-general removed the Saudi-led coalition from his latest "list of shame" despite continued grave violations against children in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said. He also ignored violations by other powerful countries, including Russia, the United States, and Israel, by omitting them from his list. In his annual report on children and armed conflict, released on June 15, 2020, Secretary-General   more

Human Rights Watch: Vietnam - Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent Intensifies
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The Vietnamese government is intensifying a crackdown on human rights activists and dissidents ahead of the Communist Party of Vietnam's 13th party congress scheduled for January 2021, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities have arrested and convicted numerous people for political crimes between late 2019 and June 2020. Authorities across the country have detained and charged members of the Independent Journalists Ass  more

In Unprecedented Show of Support for #BLM, Hispanic Federation Pledges Juneteenth Payroll to Groups to Promote Racial Equity
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: Hispanic Federation (HF), the premier Latinx membership organization which has worked since its inception in 1990 to empower and advance the Hispanic community while battling systemic racism and discrimination, is spending, Juneteenth, addressing racist policies and practices in communities where HF employees work and live. As allies of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Federation's 67 employees have pledged to   more

India: Doctors Without Borders Opens 100-Bed COVID-19 Treatment Center in Bihar
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in India, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) opened a 100-bed temporary treatment center for COVID-19 patients in Patna, the capital of Bihar state in the northeast of the country. The international medical humanitarian organization's treatment center will offer inpatient care, health education, mental health suppor  more

Insurance Information Institute: Lightning-Related Homeowners Insurance Claims Plunge, Yet Claims Costs Surge
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: For the second consecutive year, the number of lightning-caused U.S. homeowners insurance claims decreased in 2019 yet the average cost per claim has increased 11 percent between 2017 and 2019, according to the Insurance Information Institute (https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=TeZUXWpUv-2B6TCY38pVLo9mOrfmDCsD4GungnAXvlc2E-3DH_UP_yA-2F8ngex6wP8k6ZI3ayrSw4buKGooTF-2F2EaqUincsr-2FEVpgFETpejcsxMY  more

Insurance Information Institute: Triple-I, ResilientH20 Partners Launch Resilience Innovation Hub
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: The Gulf Coast & Southwest Resilience Innovation Hub's creation was announced by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) and ResilientH20 Partners and will be a key part of the Triple-I's Resilience Accelerator initiative. The Resilience Innovation Hub will allow private and public sector entities to collaborate and bring-to-market resilience and flood mitigation technologies. Moreover, the Hub w  more

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: Investors Commit to Address Systemic Racism Through Their Portfolios, Corporate Engagements and Policy Advocacy
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issued the following news release: In the wake of continuing police brutality against Black people and widespread protests in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, a group of investors from the Racial Justice Investing (RJI) Coalition has developed and circulated for endorsement by other investors an Investor Statement of Solidarity and Call to Action to Address Systemic Racism (https://www.racialjusticeinvesting.org/o  more

International Refugee Assistance Project Statement on Supreme Court Decision on DACA
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The International Refugee Assistance Project issued the following statement on June 18 by Deputy Executive Director Amy Taylor: The Supreme Court issued its ruling in the landmark case, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, which is a series of consolidated cases from the lower courts that challenged the Trump Administration's attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program provides prote  more

International Rescue Committee President & CEO Miliband Responds to Record Number of 79.5 Million Refugees, Displaced People Around World
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement on June 17 by President and CEO David Miliband: "Today's record-setting figures arrive at a desperate time for refugees and displaced people around the world, who now face an unimaginable double emergency: conflict and displacement itself, alongside COVID-19 and the global economic crisis it has generated. "Crisis-affected countries that host most of the world's displaced are combating COVID-19 with extremel  more

International Rescue Committee Responds to U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the DACA Program
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) 5-4 decision to block the Trump administration's attempted termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA recipients are valued members of our families, schools, workplaces, and communities. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, they are critical to the response. According to the Center for Ameri  more

International Swaps & Derivatives Association Create Extends Online Negotiation to New Documents
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following news release: ISDA and Linklaters have announced they will make three new documentation modules available on ISDA Create during 2020. This expansion will allow users to agree additional documents online, bringing further automation and efficiency to the negotiation of derivatives agreements. ISDA Create is an online solution built by Linklaters' internal technology start-up Nakhoda that automates the   more

Iowa Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Respond After Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Action on Gun Safety
MANHATTAN, New York, June 16 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Iowa chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots network, released the following statement after the Iowa Legislature adjourned without any action on gun safety and after passing a controversial measure that would punish local officials for taking action to combat gun violence and effect  more

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a peer-reviewed journal that says it publishes clinical aging research, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * American Geriatrics Society (AGS ) Policy Brief: COVID -19 and Assisted Living Facilities * AGS Position Statement: Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID -19 Era and Beyond * Rationing Limited Healthcare Resources in the COVID-19   more

Justice Initiative Calls for Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Syria
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Open Society Justice Initiative issued the following news release: The Justice Initiative co-signed a letter calling on European member states, prosecutors with jurisdiction over crimes committed in Syria, and other decision-makers to ensure access to justice for survivors of systemic sexual and gender-based violence during the Syrian civil conflict. The letter is organized by the Syrian Road to Justice, a new coalition of Syrian feminist, women-led, and human rights-ba  more

Lambda Legal Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Preserving DACA Program
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release on June 18: In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's effort to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama administration program that protects some 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement: "Today's decision blocking the Trump administration's attempt to tear a  more

Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, a journal that says it features child health across the disciplines of general paediatrics, adolescent medicine, or child development, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: * 39-0 C versus 38-5 C ear temperature as fever limit in children with neutropenia undergoing chemotherapy for cancer: a multicentre, cluster-randomised, multiple-crossover, non-inferiority trial * Long-term developmental effect  more

LatinoJustice's Statement on U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
NEW YORK, June 19 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following statement on June 18 by Deputy General Counsel Jose Perez: The United States Supreme Court this morning released its decision on the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California cases striking down the Trump administration's bungled attempt to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Approvals program in fulfillment of his campaign promise to end DACA. The Department of Homeland Security, as part of th  more

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Patient Groups Warn - Administration Policy Encourages Discrimination in Health Care
WHITE PLAINS, New York, June 16 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following news release on June 15: 29 patient and consumer groups representing millions of people nationwide with pre-existing health conditions issued the following statement in response to administration's final rule. The rule, finalized Friday, attempts to undermine Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act by removing explicit protections against discrimination of patients by providers and institutions: "By final  more

LLS Announces Collaboration With the National Cancer Institute and Children's Oncology Group on a Global Master Clinical Trial for Children With Acute Leukemia
RYE BROOK, New York, June 19 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following news release: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Children's Oncology Group (COG) to launch a global precision medicine clinical trial for children with acute leukemia. The three organizations share a commitment to address the urgent need for new, more precise and more effective treatments for children with cancer. The new study, ca  more

Lustgarten Foundation's New York Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks Go Virtual With Sponsorship From Northwell Health Cancer Institute
WOODBURY, New York, June 17 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: New York Virtual Walk proceeds go to pancreatic cancer research Several thousand participants hit the streets throughout the New York metropolitan area in support of the Lustgarten Foundation a year ago. Times have dramatically changed since the coronavirus pandemic began, but the mission is no less critical: ending pancreatic cancer. On Sunday, July 12, thousands of walkers across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester w  more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Awards, Appointments
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces the following awards and appointments: Design and Construction of David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Recognized by Industry Leaders The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has been recognized by a number of industry leaders for its innovative and resilient  more

Milbank Quarterly Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Milbank Quarterly Journal, a journal that says it features analysis of significant issues in health and health care policy from the Milbank Memorial Fund, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Can Social Policies Improve Health? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 38 Randomized Trials * Leading Innovative Practice: Leadership Attributes in LEAP Practices * Measuring Community-Engaged Research Contexts, Processes, and Outc  more

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: New Mexico's Extreme Risk Law Went Into Effect This Week
MANHATTAN, New York, June 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: On Monday, New Mexico joined a list of 18 states, along with Washington D.C., that have enacted an extreme risk law, after the bill was signed (https://t.e2ma.net/click/h91jqd/xtozqt/pn6erk) by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in February. New Mexico's extreme risk law creates a way to petition a court for temporary removal of a firearm when there is evidenc  more

Montefiore and Einstein Lead Major NYC Health Centers In Publishing Largest Body of Data in US About Pregnant Women and COVID-19
BRONX, New York, June 19 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release: Researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in collaboration with four major New York City academic health centers, published the largest review to date of birth outcomes among women with SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus. Published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on June 16, 2020, this unprecedented data reviewed 241 births to women with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 who d  more

Montefiore Health System: COVID-19 Pandemic Dramatically Increased Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Cases and Deaths in New York City
BRONX, New York, June 20 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release on June 19: The COVID-19 pandemic in New York City caused a surge in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and deaths, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System, and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). The study, published online today in JAMA Cardiology, found a three-fold increase in out-of-hospital non-traumatic cardiac-arres  more

NAACP : Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Against LGBTQ Discrimination
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (https://www.naacpldf.org/wp-content/uploads/17-1618_hfci.pdf) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision, in favor of plaintiffs in Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, is a major win in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ equalit  more

National Action Network: On Eve of President Trump's Tulsa Rally, Sharpton to Deliver Keynote Address to Tulsans
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The National Action Network issued the following news release: Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), will join the family of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa this Friday, June 19th, as the keynote speaker for a commemoration of the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African people from bondage in the United States, also known as Juneteenth. Terence Crutcher was an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot in 2016 by pol  more

National Association of Chain Drug Stores: N.Y. State Preparing Wisely to Vaccinate Citizens for COVID-19 Without Delay, Pharmacy Groups Say
ARLINGTON, Virginia, June 19 -- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores issued the following news release: The Community Pharmacy Association of New York State and NACDS are hailing a new law that will ensure pharmacists can provide to New Yorkers the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on June 17 signed into law legislation (S. 8182-A / A. 10508-A) led by State Senator Brad Hoylman (D) and State Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D) that adds COVID-19   more

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers /FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums issued the following news release: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and FAMM (formerly known as Families Against Mandatory Minimums) expressed disappointment with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for commuting the sentences of only three individuals while thousands await relief. One of the individuals whose applications were granted today were supported by volunteer attorneys through the NACDL/FAMM State Clemen  more

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: Response to Government Gender Identity Discrimination Policy
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issued the following statement: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is deeply disappointed in the Trump administration's announcement that it will roll back policies in Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that protected against sex and gender identity discrimination in health care. The new rule, which impacts multiple federal regulations, means that insu  more

National Black Justice Coalition: Statement on Tragic Death of Selena Reyes-Hernandez
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The National Black Justice Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director David J. Johns: Selena Reyes-Hernandez was a 37 year-old trans woman from the Marquette Park area in Chicago, Illinois. Selena and Orlando Perez arrived at her home at about 5:30am on May 31, at which time she revealed to him that she is a trans woman. After leaving, Perez returned to Selena's home and shot her in the head and back, fled the scene, and returned once more to shoot her l  more

National Black Leaders Call on La. Gov. Edwards to Support RISE St. James in Stopping Formosa Plastics
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release: Prominent African American authors, scholars and civil rights leaders sent a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Sunday evening asking him to use his authority to stop one of the world's largest plastics plants, Formosa Plastics, from exacerbating the COVID-19 health crisis and destroying historic Black communities in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Local residents, led by the group RISE St. J  more

National Center for Law & Economic Justice Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding DACA Program
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice issued the following news: The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy which was implemented by former President Barack Obama. NCLEJ applauds this victory by and for immigrant youth! We stand with immigrant communities and commit to continuing our advocacy and fight against this administration's unrelenting attack on immigrant comm  more

National Coalition Calls for Intended Application of Co-Pay Assistance
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, June 19 -- The American Association of Clinical Urologists issued the following news: In June 15, 2020, correspondence with New York legislators, the AACU and coalition-members bring attention to the fact that payer co-pay accumulator programs "make it even more challenging for patients to afford their medication." The letter explains that "Copay accumulator programs prevent patients from using a copay card or coupon to cover their out of pocket expenses," and concludes:   more

National Employment Law Project Applauds SCOTUS Ruling Denying Trump Administration's Attempt to End DACA
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon: "The National Employment Law Project applauds today's SCOTUS decision denying the Trump Administration's arbitrary and capricious attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision is a huge relief for the more than 700,000 young people and their families who can breathe a little easier, now that the threat of being uprooted from home   more

National Employment Law Project Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on LGBTQ Workers
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement on June 15 by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon on the Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ workers: "Today, in a major victory for workplace justice and civil rights, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and the companion cases that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964--the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and race--also protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, t  more

National Lawyers Guild and New York Civil Liberties Union Demand Buffalo Police End Harassment of Legal Observers
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, June 20 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The Buffalo Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Mayor Byron Brown, Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, demanding the end of police harassment of Legal Observers at demonstrations. The call follows the detention of a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer at a protest in downtown Buffalo on We  more

National Lawyers Guild, M4BL, and L4BL Partner to Provide Legal Support for Juneteenth Actions
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The National Lawyers Guild issued the following news release: Following weeks of non-stop protests in all 50 states, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is calling for a weekend of actions June 19-21 to honor the legacy of Juneteenth. Hundreds of events are planned across the country, and the NLG is coordinating with M4BL and Law for Black Lives (L4BL) to provide legal support along with local jail support groups, bail funds, and legal collectives. Juneteenth commemorates   more

National MS Society: Consortium of MS Centers Annual Meeting Focuses on Real World Challenges and Solutions for People With MS
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Nearly 3,000 MS healthcare providers and researchers participated in the online 34th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) to share findings and learn the latest about diagnosing and treating MS, and to hear research updates. The meeting also focused on solutions that help people with MS to live their best lives. Originally planned as an in-person meeting in Orlando, FL, the CMSC quickly pivo  more

National MS Society: Hookworm Treatment Trial for MS Does Not Reduce MRI-Detected Brain Lesions But Alters Immune Profiles
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Researchers in England and Romania report that administering hookworm treatment into the skin via an arm bandage did not reduce disease activity on MRI scans - the primary goal of the study - but did increase the numbers of regulatory immune cells. This strategy is based on the "hygiene hypothesis," which suggests that the reduced exposure to microbes in countries with higher sanitation standards may make th  more

Natural Gas Supply Association: Coalition Applauds FERC Decision to Hold Carbon Pricing Discussion
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Natural Gas Supply Association issued the following joint statement with 12 organizations: The co-signers are the Advanced Energy Economy, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association, Brookfield Renewable, Calpine Corporation, Competitive Power Ventures, Electric Power Supply Association, PJM Power Providers Group, Independent Power Producers of New York, LS Power, R Street Institute and Vistra Energy: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commissi  more

Nature Human Behavior Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 20 -- Nature Human Behavior, a journal that says it features perception, action, memory, learning, reward, judgment, decision-making, language, communication, emotion, personality, social cognition, social behaviour, neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, economic and political behaviour, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Using genetics for social science Research: * Global supply-chain effects of COVID-19  more

Nature Human Behavior Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 13 -- Nature Human Behavior, a journal that says it features perception, action, memory, learning, reward, judgment, decision-making, language, communication, emotion, personality, social cognition, social behaviour, neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, economic and political behaviour, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Applying principles of behaviour change to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission * Using social  more

Nature Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Nature Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal on medicine, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Predicting conversion to wet age-related macular degeneration using deep learning * A deep learning system for differential diagnosis of skin diseases * Chemotherapy-induced ileal crypt apoptosis and the ileal microbiome shape immunosurveillance and prognosis of proximal colon cancer * T cell-inducing vaccine durably prevents muco  more

Navient and AFT Members, Nationwide Class Agree to Settle Loan Forgiveness Suit
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The American Federation of Teachers issued the following news release: Loan servicing company Navient Solutions LLC has agreed to enhance its call center practices as part of a multipronged settlement preliminarily approved by a federal judge, in a putative nationwide class action brought by members of the American Federation of Teachers. On June 19th, Judge Denise L. Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York gave preliminary approval t  more

NCLEJ Condemns Trump Administration's Rule to Rollback ACA's Non-Discrimination Provisions, Applauds SCOTUS Protection for LGBTQ People
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice issued the following news: On June 12th, the Trump administration finalized a rule that would effectively deny protections for two significant and under-served populations--people with limited English proficiency and transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. At a time when the nation is facing a pandemic that has highlighted health inequities and disparities across country, the Trump administration's rule will make it  more

NEPC's June Education Interview of the Month: Teacher Strikes, Philanthropy, and Public Education
BOULDER, Colorado, June 16 -- The National Education Policy Center issued the following news release: In this month's NEPC Education Interview of the Month, NEPC Researcher Christopher Saldana interviews Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and the co-founder of the Network for Public Education, about her new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools. In Slaying Goliath, Ravitch argues that   more

New Analysis Shows New Yorkers Will Lose Chance for High School Diploma Unless State Takes Action
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Advocates for Children of New York issued the following news release: Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) released a new policy brief calling on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to ensure that students aging out of school this month can return to high school next year so they do not lose their chance to earn a diploma. With the school year ending in just two weeks, NYSED must take action immediately to ensure that 21-year-old students who have strugg  more

New Mexico Moms Demand Action Responds to Shooting of Albuquerque Man During Protest Monday Evening
MANHATTAN, New York, June 17 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement on June 16: The New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer network, released the following statement after reports (https://t.e2ma.net/click/lcz6pd/1g5qyr/pbhrqk) that a man was shot and wounded Monday evening during a protest and demonstration to remove the statue of Juan de Onate, in front of the Albuq  more

New PSA From Love Has No Labels Challenges Viewers to Confront State of Freedom in U.S. for Black Americans
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Advertising Council issued the following news release: To support the ongoing fight for racial justice for the Black community, the Ad Council and R/GA launched a new PSA from the iconic Love Has No Labels campaign to inspire all Americans to fight for racial equality in America. Building on the campaign's longstanding effort to address bias, the film holds a mirror to the simple acts of freedom often celebrated and taken for granted by non-Black Americans, revealing th  more

New Rule From Commerce Department Enables U.S. Companies to More Fully Engage in International 5G and Telecommunications Standards-Setting
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In its ongoing effort to monitor issues related to Huawei for the benefit of the standards community, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued the following update: A new rule issued by the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) enables U.S. companies to more fully engage in 5G and telecommunications international standards-setting efforts where Huawei   more

New York Civil Liberties Union Statement on Passage of POST Act
NEW YORK, June 19 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement by Executive Director Donna Lieberman: The New York City Council voted to pass the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, which will lift the curtain on the scope and scale of advanced surveillance technology used to track, police, and collect biometric data on New Yorkers. To date, the NYPD has hidden much of this surveillance activity and capability from the public eye and used extensive means   more

New York Civil Liberties Union Statement on Rochester Vote to Remove Police From Schools
ROCHESTER, New York, June 18 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement on June 17 by Genesee Valley Chapter Director Iman Abid: Last night the Rochester City Council voted to remove school resource officers (SROs) from the Rochester City School District, as a part of a budget vote that also included 4 percent cuts to the Rochester police budget and the diversion of funds from police to recreation and youth services. This decision will save the district up to $1.2 million,  more

New York Immigration Coalition: Latest Assault on Asylum System Will Cost Lives
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: On Monday, a 30-day public comment period began regarding the Trump administration's 161-page draft regulation that would severely restrict the country's asylum policies. The proposed rule change is the next front of the administration's assault on the country's humanitarian immigration system. The proposed rule raises the standard of proof for migrants hoping to obtain asylum and allows immigration ju  more

New York Immigration Coalition: Victory! SCOTUS Declares Trump's Termination of DACA Illegal
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release on June 18: In a 5-4 majority opinion the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedure Act and was, thus, unlawful. More than 800,000 DACA recipients - and 50,000 New Yorkers - will no longer be at risk of being separated from their families, and communities. In New York, 9,200 DACA reci  more

New York State Bar Association Applauds Protection Against Deportation for Thousands of 'Dreamers'
ALBANY, New York, June 19 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following statement on June 18 by President Scott M. Karson regarding the Supreme Court decision in Department of Homeland Security vs. Regents of the University of California: "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a triumph on several levels, the most significant of which is the extension of legal protections against deportation f  more

New York State Bar Association Recommends CLE Rules Include Credits in Cybersecurity
ALBANY, New York, June 17 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has approved a report (https://nysba.org/app/uploads/2020/06/3.-Report-and-recommendations-of-Committee-on-Technology-and-the-Legal-Profession-Agenda-Item-9-with-comments.pdf) from the NYSBA Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession that recommends amending the mandatory continuing legal education rule to require one credit in cybersecurity. The c  more

New York State School Boards Association Estimates That 99% of School Budgets Pass
LATHAM, New York, June 18 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following news release: New York State voters approved approximately 99% of school district budgets on Tuesday, June 16, based on a preliminary analysis of budget vote results by the New York State School Boards Association. "In the midst of a public health and economic crisis, voters in the state of New York showed how much they value public education by collectively and, in many cases overwhelmingly, support  more

New York State School Boards Association Updates School Budget Results
LATHAM, New York, June 18 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following news release: An updated analysis of school budget votes by the New York State School Boards Association finds that 98.7% of school district budgets were approved by voters on Tuesday. The analysis, which includes results for 667 of the 675 districts across the state that hold public budget votes, found that voters passed 658 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was nine. District  more

New York State United Teachers Analysis: 99 Percent of School Budgets Pass
ALBANY, New York, June 19 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following news release: In a strong display of support for public schools, 99 percent of school budgets are on track to win approval by voters, according to a preliminary analysis by New York State United Teachers. Voters also elected 20 NYSUT members to school board seats in districts across the state, according to returns available Wednesday afternoon. "Even in challenging times, voters resoundingly made clear that fu  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Supreme Court Decision Affirming Rights of LGBTQ Workers
LATHAM, New York, June 16 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement on June 15: New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming the rights of LGBTQ workers: "Workplace discrimination of any kind has no place in our communities. Today's decision is a major victory for the LGBTQ community and those who continue fighting to create a more equal, just society. "We celebrate this  more

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Crowded Homes, Poor Neighborhoods Linked to COVID-19
NEW YORK, June 19 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following news release: A study of nearly 400 pregnant women in New York City is among the first to show that lower neighborhood socioeconomic status and greater household crowding increase the risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. "Our study shows that neighborhood socioeconomic status and household crowding are strongly associated with risk of infection. This may explain why Black and Hispanic  more

Northwell Health: Philanthropists Join Forces to Honor Nurse Heroes With International Art Contest
GREAT NECK, New York, June 18 -- Northwell Health issued the following news on June 17: Motivated philanthropists from across the United States are joining forces to create "Nurse Heroes," an international art contest to honor our nursing professionals and provide funds for programs including scholarships for nurses and their children. Finalists and winners will be part of a celebration hosted online by celebrity ambassadors and featured on the iconic digital billboards of Times Square, New Y  more

Northwell Health: Research Reveals Clues Into Child-Linked COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome
GREAT NECK, New York, June 18 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: To better understand the risks and complications of pediatric coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) related inflammatory syndrome, scientists from Northwell Health's Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and Cohen Children's Medical Center studied the cases of 33 pediatric patients admitted to the children's hospital. They published the retrospective study of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) case  more

NYC Anti-Violence Project: City and State Lawmakers Must Commit to #JusticeForLayleen
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The New York City Anti-Violence Project issued the following news release: The NYC Anti-Violence Project is calling on city and state officials to take concrete steps towards ending the criminalization and abuse of transgender women of color in New York's carceral system. Last week, the Bronx District Attorney released the results of their investigation into the death of Layleen Cubilette-Polanco Xtravaganza at Rikers Island which confirmed that "correction officers failed   more

NYU Langone Health: New COVID-19 Local Risk Index Identifies Neighborhoods at Highest Risk of Pandemic's Impact
NEW YORK, June 17 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: As cities across the country respond to the health and economic impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, access to accurate, local data is key to help municipal leaders rapidly design and direct responses and resources to help communities most in need to recover. A new city-oriented COVID Local Risk Index will help municipal leaders ident  more

NYU Langone Health: Scientists Decode How the Brain Senses Smell
NEW YORK, June 19 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Scientists have further decoded how mammalian brains perceive odors and distinguish one smell from thousands of others. In experiments in mice, NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers have for the first time created an electrical signature that is perceived as an odor in the brain's smell-processing center, the olfactory bulb, even though the odor does  more

NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation
NEW YORK, June 18 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn has achieved the prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation following years of quality improvements and a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States. This distinguished honor is awarded to hospitals that adhere to the highe  more

Open Space Institute: West Point Instructor and Daughter Step in to Construct Fahnestock Bridge Designed by Cadet Students
COLD SPRING, New York, June 18 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following news release: A West Point engineering instructor and his college-aged daughter stepped in to construct a new trail bridge at Fahnestock State Park after the cadet students who designed it were forced to cut the on-campus school year short due to COVID-19. For the third year in a row, the Open Space Institute (OSI) partnered with cadets from the United Stated Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the New York S  more

Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development Angel Gurria: Latin America's 'Problems Haven't Changed, They Have Become Much More Obvious'
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Americas Society/Council of the Americas issued the following news release: Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), participated Thursday in Council of the Americas' (COA) inaugural BRAVO Leadership Conversation of the new virtual series, Leadership and Transformation in Times of Crisis. In a dynamic conversation with AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal, Gurria discussed the social and economic consequences o  more

Our Steps Towards Making Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network an Anti-Racist Organization
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network issued the following statement by Executive Director Eliza Byard: On Monday, you heard from Melanie, celebrating our victory at the Supreme Court and recommitting GLSEN to daily action in support of Black LGBTQ lives in our schools. I write to you about another crucial aspect of that commitment - the internal process of transformation underway at GLSEN. For a number of years, GLSEN has been engaged in an on-going process of   more

Partnership for New York City Issues Statement on Supreme Court DACA Ruling
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Partnership for New York City issued the following statement, applauding the Supreme Court decision that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was lawful and may continue: We urge Congress to establish a permanent legislative solution to protect young immigrants, offer a path to citizenship, and to reinforce the vital role immigrants play in our country's economy and society. New York City continues to thrive because of it's vibrant immigrant population. Compre  more

Planned Parenthood Federation: Lawsuit Asks FDA to Remove Medically Unnecessary Barriers to Reproductive Health Care During COVID-19
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following statement by Acting President Alexis McGill Johnson: A federal court in Maryland will hear arguments in a lawsuit asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to temporarily ease restrictions on on the medication mifepristone, in order to ensure patients can safely access abortion and miscarriage care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf  more

Police Benevolent Association of New York Statement on Disbanding of Anti-Crime Teams
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following statement by President Patrick J. Lynch: "Anti-Crime's mission was to protect New Yorkers by proactively preventing crime, especially gun violence. "Shooting and murders are both climbing steadily upward, but our city leaders have clearly decided that proactive policing isn't a priority anymore. "They chose this strategy. "They will have to reckon with the consequences." [Category: Government/Public Admi  more

Police Benevolent Association of New York Statements on Mayor De Blasio's Policing Announcements
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following news release: On new deadlines for IAB investigations: PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said: "All we have ever asked for in police discipline is fairness and due process. The Mayor's proposal amounts to 'no process.' The only way to complete every investigation -- even large and complex ones -- within an arbitrary political deadline is to predetermine the outcome in every case. In the current environment,   more

Police Benevolent Association of New York to AG: No Plan, No Strategy, No Support in Protest Chaos
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following news release: As part of New York Attorney General Letitia James' inquiry into police/public interactions during recent New York City protests, the NYC PBA has submitted an extensive written statement including testimonials from injured police officers and input from disorder control expert and former NYPD Chief of Department Louis Anemone. READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE http://nycpba.org/media/36623/200617-a  more

Radio Advertising Bureau: The Radio Mercury Awards Pivots Competition for 2020
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The Radio Advertising Bureau issued the following news release: The Radio Mercury Awards announces a shift to the 2020 awards competition, a new slate of award categories and a virtual event in lieu of the previously publicized NYC event. Submissions to the 2020 Radio Mercury Awards are free and open to agencies, advertisers, radio stations/groups, production companies and students. There will be no prize monies or trophies given in 2020. This decision comes in consultation  more

RAND: COVID-19 Reveals Need for More Research About Guns
SANTA MONICA, California, June 19 -- RAND issued the following commentary: The commentary was issued by Andrew R. Morral is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, research leader of Gun Policy in America and director of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research. Jeremy Travis is vice president of Arnold Ventures and a former president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Shortages of toilet paper at neighborhood grocery stores   more

Recap of New York State Public High School Athletic Association COVID-19 Task Force Meeting
LATHAM, New York, June 10 -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association issued the following news: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held its first meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force on Wednesday, June 10. The Task Force is comprised of school district superintendents, high school principals, athletic directors, NYSPHSAA officers, as well as a representative from the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, an athletic trainer, a di  more

Reporters Committee: Federal Court Must Deny Government Effort to Bar Publication of John Bolton's Book
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued the following news: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is urging a federal court to deny the government's unconstitutional efforts to bar the publication and dissemination of former Trump administration National Security Advisor John Bolton's book, which has already been shipped to distributors and retailers, and reported on by numerous media organizations. In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to t  more

Responding to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling By Centering the Fight for Black LGBTQ Lives
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network issued the following news release on June 17: On Monday, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from employment discrimination. During a challenging time for our country, this is a vital dose of hope for LGBTQ youth - and for all LGBTQ people nationwide. As we celebrate this landmark ruling, we also understa  more

Roosevelt Network Releases 12th Annual 10 Ideas Journal
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Roosevelt Institute issued the following news release: The Roosevelt Network, a national network that supports emerging policymakers, researchers, and advocates, announced the release of its 12th annual 10 Ideas (https://rooseveltinstitute.org/10ideas/) journal. Selected from over 80 submissions, the top 10 student-developed policy proposals reflect a nuanced understanding of government systems and envision creative ways to deploy public power for the collective good. "Th  more

Roswell Park Deputy Director Picked as Board Member for Influential Immunotherapy Organization
BUFFALO, New York, June 18 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Elected by a body of fellow immunotherapy researchers from across the globe, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Deputy Director Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, has been named an At-Large Director for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Board of Directors. The nonprofit organization's members voted for Dr. Odunsi during their election in May. He will begin his three  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in June 10, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, June 17 -- Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that focuses on research in the translational medicine community, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 10, 2020 edition: * Molecular and functional extracellular vesicle analysis using nanopatterned microchips monitors tumor progression and metastasis * Distinct neutralizing antibody correlates of protection among related   more

Sexuality Information & Education Council of the U.S. Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Protect LGBTQ+ Employees
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. issued the following statement on June 15 by Jennifer Driver, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued their opinion on three cases, Altitude Express v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, ruling that Title VII employment discrimination laws protect LGBTQ+ workers. Jennifer Driver, SIECUS' Vice President  more

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center Celebrates SEAA and Black Intersectionality During Pride Month
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center issued the following news: This month, SEARAC pays special homage to the intersectionalities of Pride Month, Immigrant Heritage Month, and the Black Lives Matter movement, along with Juneteenth on Friday and World Refugee Day on Saturday. The origin of Pride is considered by many to have taken place on June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, resisted and rioted against ongoing and violent pol  more

Special American Enterprise Institute Housing Market Nowcast -- Americans on the Move
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The American Enterprise Institute issued the following report: Previous Housing Market Nowcasts have reported: * A strong year-over-year upward trend in purchase rate lock volume for the last four weeks (weeks 21-24), * This strong upward trend varies greatly by state and region, being the strongest and most consistent in the South and Southwest and lagging generally in the Northeast, Midwest, and West, * Metros experiencing strong tailwinds before the pandemic are gen  more

Statement From Elliman on Senate Approval of Great American Outdoors Act, Land, Water Conservation Fund
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following statement by President and CEO Kim Elliman: The Senate's passage of the Great American Outdoors Act is a huge step forward in fully funding the national Land and Water Conservation Fund. The measure's approval in the Upper House sets the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime victory for conservation; a victory that will benefit every part of our nation for generations to come. We look forward to the Act being taken up in the House o  more

Statement on Stand Your Ground Repeal Bill From Georgia Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action
MANHATTAN, New York, June 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Georgia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, applauded Georgia lawmakers, including lead sponsors Rep. Bee Nguyen and Sen. Nikema Williams, for introducing HB 1190 and SB 515, which would repeal Georgia's Stand Your Ground law. "Stand Your Ground laws contribute to   more

SUNY Downstate College of Nursing Receives $3.25M Scholarship Grant From Health Resources & Services Administration
BROOKLYN, New York, June 18 -- Downstate Medical Center issued the following news release: The College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University has been awarded a five-year, $3.25M scholarship grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The award is specifically designed to support the educational costs of masters and doctoral level nursing students from and traditionally underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The award will benefit between 40-6  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Condemns Department of Homeland Security Air Surveillance of BLM Protests
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, condemned reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted more than 270 hours of aerial surveillance of Black Lives Matter protests against police violence. Reporting from the New York Times found DHS deployed helicopters, airplanes and drones over 15 cities, including New York City;   more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project: De Blasio Backs Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), American Civil Liberties Union, Brennan Center for Justice, Empire State Indivisible, Legal Aid Society, National Action Network, National Lawyers Guild, New York Civil Liberties Union, and elected officials held a press conference to urge the New York City Council to pass the Public Oversight Of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act at the  more

Tea Party Express Endorses Nicole Malliotakis for Congress in New York
SACRAMENTO, California, June 18 -- The Tea Party Express issued the following news release: Tea Party Express, the nation's largest Tea Party political action committee, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in New York's 11th Congressional District. Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, "We are excited to endorse a bold, principled leader to represent Staten Island and the 11th District in Congress, State Assemblywoman Nicole Ma  more

Teach For America CEO Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Employment Protections for LGBTQ+ Individuals
NEW YORK, June 16 -- Teach For America issued the following statement by CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling upholding employment protections for LGBTQ+ individuals: "Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision, ruling LGBTQ+ individuals can't be fired from their jobs because of who they are or who they love. It's a day to celebrate on the road to real equality. We are in solidarity and community with our LGBTQ+ family. "Today's decision on workplace non-di  more

Teach for America: Supreme Court Victory for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Recipients
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Teach For America issued the following news release on June 18: The Supreme Court of the United States issued an important ruling that prevents the Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has been in place for the last eight years. Teach For America filed an amicus brief (https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-587/118159/20191004134332460_TFA%20-%20Amicus%20Brief%20of%20Teach%20for%20America.pdf) in the case and cele  more

Tennessee Abortion Ban Immediately Challenged in Court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, ACLU and Planned Parenthood
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on June 19: A bill passed by the Tennessee legislature late last night banning abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy was challenged in court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the ACLU of Tennessee. The bill also prevents patients from obtaining an abortion depending on their reason for seeking the procedure, includ  more

The New York Public Library Celebrates Juneteenth With Release of Schomburg Center's Black Liberation List for Young Readers
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The New York Public Library issued the following news release on June 19: The New York Public Library is celebrating Juneteenth--a holiday commemorating Black freedom, marking the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865--with a full day of virtual readings and programs, and the release of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's Black Liberation List for Young Readers. The Schomburg Center--one of NYPL's re  more

Three Years After Finsbury Park Mosque Attack: Counter Extremism Project Welcomes Commission for Countering Extremism's Efforts to Combat Hate Crimes, Hate Speech
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release on June 19: Three years ago, Darren Osbourne drove a van into a crowd of worshippers outside The Finsbury Park Mosque, killing one and wounding ten people. Osbourne was not a devout ideologue. He had become radicalized in less than a month through the rapid consumption of far-right online material. He devoured social media posts from former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson, members of Britain   more

Tissue Engineering Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 17 -- Tissue Engineering, a journal that says it features pathologic tissues with the goal of developing biological substitutes, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Acoustic Patterning of Growth Factor for Three-Dimensional Tissue Engineering * Global Trends of Organoid and Organ-On-a-Chip in the Past Decade: A Bibliometric and Comparative Study * HepaRG Self-Assembled Spheroids in Alginate Beads Meet the Clinic  more

Tissue Engineering Part B-Reviews Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 20 -- Tissue Engineering Part B-Reviews Journal published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Design Considerations for Hydrogel Wound Dressings: Strategic and Molecular Advances * Interrogating the Osteogenic Potential of Implant Surfaces In Vitro: A Review of Current Assays * Modeling the Tumor Microenvironment and Pathogenic Signaling in Bone Sarcoma * Nanomaterials for Angiogenesis in Skin Tissue Engineering * The C  more

Two Black Teenage Girls Shot and Killed in Akron Weeks Apart
MANHATTAN, New York, June 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: On Sunday, Na'Kia Crawford, an 18-year-old recent graduate of North High School, was shot and killed in Akron. Crawford was shot about two blocks away from her home, while she was driving back from running errands with her grandmother. Witnesses say a car pulled up to Crawford's and fired multiple shots, and they told police that the shooter appeared to  more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes How American National Standards and Innovation Support a Resilient Infrastructure
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: As the nation begins its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has recognized and encouraged the use of American National Standards (ANS) among its "resilience policy principles" aimed at fueling prosperity in communities across the country. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in support of its mission to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. busine  more

U.S. Council for International Business Concerned Over Reported Administration Changes to US Nonimmigrant Visa Programs
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The U.S. Council for International Business issued the following news release: The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) expressed concern over reports of potentially restrictive changes to the U.S. nonimmigrant work and exchange visa programs under consideration by the U.S. Administration. The confusion caused by these reports creates uncertainty for U.S. businesses at the worst possible time - when companies are working to join with government and labor  more

U.S. Supreme Court's LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Ruling Comes Only Days After Federal Rule Strips Protections
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark civil rights decision affirming that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from employment discrimination. This powerful ruling comes only four days after the Trump administration took a shameful and harmful step in the opposite direction--issuing a federal rule that restricts the rights of LGBTQ people to access health care services. In   more

UniQure Announces First Two Patients Treated in Phase I/II Clinical Trial of AMT-130 for Treatment of Huntington's Disease
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Huntington's Disease Society of America issued the following news: UniQure N.V. (NASDAQ: QURE), a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe medical needs, announced that the first two patients in the Phase I/II clinical trial of AMT-130 for the treatment of Huntington's disease have been treated. The Phase I/II study is a double-blind, randomized clinical trial being conducted in the United States, with now one patient trea  more

UNITE HERE Applauds US Supreme Court Ruling Protecting LGBTQ Workers From Job Discrimination
NEW YORK, June 17 -- UNITE HERE, a labor union for workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, issued the following news release: "On behalf of our nearly 300,000 members, UNITE HERE applauds the Supreme Court's ruling Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination. In the face of our nation's ongoing reckoning with racial inequities and comi  more

UNITE HERE Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Protect DACA
NEW YORK, June 20 -- UNITE HERE, a labor union for workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, issued the following statement on June 18 by President Celica Valdez: UNITE HERE applauds today's Supreme Court decision preventing the Trump administration from shutting down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects hundreds of thousands of individuals who came  more

Vatican's Call for Divestment Is a Breath of Hope in Times When Any Kind of Faith Is More Needed Than Ever
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: In an unprecedented move, the Vatican issued its first-ever set of comprehensive environmental guidelines. The document is the fruit of a collaboration across all Vatican departments and suggests concrete ways for the Church to implement Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', including a call to all Catholic institutions to "avoid supporting companies that harm human or social ecology and environmental ecology (for example, foss  more

Vera Institute of Justice: Statement From Vera on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold DACA
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The Vera Institute of Justice issued the following statement: We applaud the Supreme Court decision allowing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to stand, providing temporary relief to DACA recipients and their families. With this ruling, an estimated 650,000 young Dreamers can now go to school, work, and breathe a sigh of relief. This is a win for DACA recipients--our family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors--and for all of us. At long last, we're   more

Violence & Gender Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, June 15 -- Violence and Gender, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on the role of gender in the understanding, prediction and prevention of acts of violence, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Baltimore's Underground Gun Market: Availability of and Access to Guns * Credible Messenger: The Role of the Violence Intervention Specialist in the Lives of Young Black Male Survivors of Violence * Gun Policy: Politics and P  more

Vital Strategies Issues Statement on Formal Complaint Against Food and Drug Administration to Ban Menthol Tobacco Products
NEW YORK, June 19 -- Vital Strategies issued the following statement by President and CEO Jose Luis Castro: "Vital Strategies stands in solidarity with the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in their joint complaint against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to characterize menthol as a flavor and to ban the sale of menthol tobacco products. "In 2009, the FDA banned the sale of flavored cigarettes with the exception of   more

Vital Strategies Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision Protecting LGBTQ Americans
NEW YORK, June 16 -- Vital Strategies issued the following statement on June 15 by President and CEO Jose Luis Castro: Vital Strategies applauds decision of the United States Supreme Court to strengthen the rights of millions of LGBTQ+ Americans. The ruling prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a big step forward for civil rights. At Vital Strategies, we work to ensure everyone is protected by a strong publ  more

Vital Strategies: New Contact Tracing Playbook Provides Guidance to Public Health Officials on Nationwide Efforts to Contain COVID-19
NEW YORK, June 18 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: As the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States moves to a new stage of containment, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, announced the release of a new Contact Tracing Playbook to help cities, states, and counties establish trusted and effective contact tracing programs that will reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. Contact tracing is an essential part of the Resolve-recommended Box   more

Volunteers Successfully Complete Native Tree Planting at Open Space Institute's River-to-Ridge Trail
NEW PALTZ, New York, June 17 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following news release: The Open Space Institute, in coordination with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program and the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, sponsored two weeks of a socially distanced tree planting at OSI's River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz with the goal of improving water quality in the Wallkill River. Over the span of the project, nearly 30 volunteers planted 11  more

Walmart Homeopathy Fraud Lawsuit: Center for Inquiry to Appeal Judge's Inexplicable Dismissal
AMHERST, New York, June 16 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: The Center for Inquiry vowed to continue its efforts to end the deceptive marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, announcing that it will appeal the dismissal of its consumer protection lawsuit against Walmart. On May 20, 2019, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), an organization dedicated to advancing reason and science, filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia against Walmart, accusing the world's largest ret  more