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Man appointed by Trump to investigate voter fraud has been sued four times for voter suppression
The Vice Chair of Donald Trump’s new “election integrity” commission has been successfully sued four times for voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Kris Kobach led restrictive voting initiatives that targeted minorities and perpetuated voter suppression, the not-for-profit legal advocacy group said.

Disenfranchise minorities as collateral damage to you wanting to combat the fact that you lost the general election.

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this has got to be my favorite camila performance yet she’s a literally 20 year old woman of color wearing a fucking dress with the word “resist” in all caps printed on the front singing her heart out about changing the world and taking individual actions to make the world better for everyone as a whole while on her knees on stage at a charity event for fucking ACLU and she looks so damn proud while doing it and wow once she blows up she’ll be an icon

Faster Than a Bullet - a McGenji Fanzine is finally here!

I can’t be happier with this project ❤ I had lots of fun and the 24 artists that joined this little journey are wonderful. All the benefits will go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the United States, that works to defend and preserve the rights and liberties of the oppressed citizens.

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Over 300 Arrested in St. Louis: It’s About More Than Police Brutality‬

A federal judge on Saturday night put an emergency hold on President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel for tens of millions of people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The emergency stay on Trump’s controversial executive order comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Issued by Judge Ann M. Donnelly, the stay follows a day of heated debate and growing unrest across the U.S. over the Trump administration’s attempts to bar refugees, immigrants, and permanent residents from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—under the auspices of protecting Americans against terrorism.

The stay puts a temporary hold on the executive order nationwide, likely allowing travelers stranded at airports in the U.S. and around the world to enter the U.S. and to halt deportations of those affected by the travel ban. It does not defeat the executive order entirely.

Thousands of protesters turned out to Brooklyn’s Camden Plaza to await the judge’s ruling.

*Thank You Judge Donnelly.*

A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again. 

Oh, except that administrator is Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA multiple times over what he sees as its overly aggressive environmental regulations. Plus, he denies the mainstream scientific conclusion that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming. 

So, there are those little caveats.

SEE ALSO: Exxon’s former CEO is now our secretary of state. So, there’s that.

Pruitt has also questioned the dangers of mercury contamination and other hazardous substances the EPA is in charge of regulating. His record is so one-sided that the Sierra Club calls him simply, “… The most dangerous EPA Administrator in the history of our country.”

Pruitt’s reputation as an agency foe eager to give states more autonomy in regulating air and water pollution, combined with the EPA transition team’s gag order of the agency, has instilled so much fear among the EPA rank-and-file that agency scientists were among the thousands of people calling their senators on Thursday urging them to vote no on the nomination, a rare step for federal employees to take. 

Pruitt, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry, all have expressed views doubting climate science findings, and each of them are in charge of agencies deeply involved with the U.S. response to the global issue.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

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During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said he does not quite agree with the vast majority of climate scientists whose work has shown that greenhouse gases are causing global warming. 

“I believe the ability to measure with precision the degree of human activity’s impact on the climate is subject to more debate on whether the climate is changing or whether human activity contributes to it,” he said.

“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA,“ said May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org, in a statement on Friday. 

What happens now?

Pruitt is expected to try to dismantle large parts of the EPA’s portfolio of regulations and science research put in place under prior presidents, particularly the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Without that plan, the U.S. cannot live up to its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. 

However, Trump may be poised to pull the U.S. out of that pact entirely, which would make dismantling the Clean Power Plan easier. Trump is also expected to sign executive orders as early as Friday that would begin rolling back the EPA’s climate change work, though it’s easier to order that than it is to actually accomplish it.

Remarkably, Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general. 

We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA.

— U.S. EPA (@EPA) February 17, 2017

Senators never got a chance to factor those into their decision-making. 

Senate Democrats tried in vain to delay the vote to allow senators to see the emails, which stemmed from a state lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. Those organizations were concerned about Pruitt’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry there. 

Pruitt’s backers, including mainstream Republican groups like FreedomWorks, see him as an administrator to will try to get red tape off the backs of business owners, despite studies showing that the EPA’s regulations don’t stifle job growth.

A 2014 New York Times investigation already established that Pruitt often did favors for the oil and gas industry, particularly for major donors to the Republican Attorneys General Association. These included writing letters to lawmakers and the EPA seeking regulatory changes.

In the end, Pruitt won confirmation narrowly, on a 52 to 46 vote, garnering the most "no” votes of any EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970. 

BONUS: NASA timelapse shows just how quickly our Arctic sea ice is disappearing

What are your rights at a protest?

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Citizen activism is as American as apple pie. Whether you call it a protest, a parade, a tea party, a town hall, a march, a sit-in, a patriotic rally, a picket line, a free speech event, or a nonviolent demonstration, your right to stand up peacefully for what you believe in is protected by the US Constitution. Read the  First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To learn how to turn protest into powerful change, watch this TED-Ed Lesson.

Ready to exercise your constitutionally protected right to protest? Before you go, know your rights. Below, read an excerpt from the American Civil Liberties Union guidelines for protestors. [For a pdf of the full ACLU ‘Know Your Rights’ guidelines for protestors, click here.]

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Opinion: Mad As Rabbits > G/G/B

Many people may fight me on this but i think Mad As Rabbits is more pro-LGBT than G/G/B considering initial writing. Fan interpretation of G/G/B is obviously that it’s fine to be who you are with the wonderful quote of “Love is not a choice”. The original intention was apparently being “barsexual” or some shit. However Mad As Rabbits includes paraphrasing from a gay poet who said in The Foolish Virgin “I don’t love women. Love has to be reinvented” which changed in the song to “We must reinvent love”. Another reference is Paul Cates who is/was public education director for the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In conclusion, this is what i believe and everyone is open to their own interpretation and opinions. Although if we’re paying attention to lyrics and intentions, Mad As Rabbits seems to be more about LGBT. Any comments on this are welcome as I’m open to debate and won’t hold anything against you. :)

Originally posted by goldenodd

All day today, February 3rd, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions. Read their full statement here.

This includes audiobooks, so if you’ve been thinking about getting Welcome to Night Vale, know that you can support a good cause through Bandcamp.