Parkland shooting survivors are sick of ‘thoughts and prayers’

The teen survivors of a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida wasted no time in calling for action on gun violence this week, even as Republican lawmakers argued it was too soon to address the issue. Seventeen people were killed and at least 14 were injured on Wednesday after a lone gunman entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus and opened fire. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected … [Read more...]

White House policy could cost Planned Parenthood $100 million in international funding

A rule revived by the Trump administration gutting funding for organizations that perform or promote abortions abroad could cost Planned Parenthood around $100 million in funding, according to analysis by the New York Times. It’s the latest indication that White House efforts to hinder reproductive justice work are hitting the well-known non-profit health organization. According to a State … [Read more...]

‘Both sides’ of climate change debate are valid, argues new U.S. ambassador to Canada

President Trump’s newly appointed ambassador to Canada believes in “both sides” of the debate surrounding climate change. U.S. ambassador Kelly Craft, who assumed her new duties on Monday, told the CBC that she believes there is merit to both arguments in favor of the existence of climate change and those countering the belief that the phenomenon is fueled by human … [Read more...]

Judge halts harsh anti-immigrant bill in Texas amid hurricane devastation

A U.S. district judge ruled late Wednesday night that a controversial anti-immigrant bill in Texas could not take effect on Friday, giving relief to millions of residents in a state still reeling from the ramifications of a devastating hurricane. “There is overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities … [Read more...]

In rare victory, Australia will pay $53 million to refugees in abuse case

“Money can’t bring back my four years I spent in hell,” one refugee said.Protestors against asylum seekers being deported, gather for a rally in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 4, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rob GriffithThousands of people have suffered under Australia’s harsh detention and immigration policies. Now, the country is paying — a lot. In a settlement decision with 1,905 claimants detained on … [Read more...]

Dallas school police tased a 7 year old, and then body slammed a 12 year old the next day

Families say a boy with special needs and a young girl were treated violently by officers at two different schools.CREDIT: ScreenshotDallas Independent School District is under fire after two separate violent incidents in the last week.Yosio Lopez, a 7-year-old student with special needs, was reportedly handcuffed and tasered by police while at school last Tuesday. According to CNN, police … [Read more...]

Police story about why they gunned down an unarmed black ninth grader falls apart

Camera footage reveals car was not driving in “an aggressive manner.”CREDIT: TwitterPolice now say the car carrying a black ninth grader was driving away from them when they shot into it, rather than towards them.At a press conference on Monday, Jonathan Haber, the police chief for the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, Texas, walked back earlier comments made by the police department about the … [Read more...]

‘She persisted’

CREDIT: Senate TV via APLast night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke out against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for attorney general, reading a letter from Coretta Scott King. In a highly unusual move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led a vote to silence Warren — a rebuke not extended to several of her male colleagues. It follows an old and very sexist playbook.CREDIT: AP … [Read more...]

A lot in one day

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciDonald Trump held his first press conference in nearly six months in which he failed to address his conflicts of interest, suggested CNN was a fake news site, and was forced to respond to a shocking-if-true dossier that was published last night.CREDIT: AP Photo/Zach GibsonIt’s no surprise Trump held his press conference at the same time as his cabinet appointees undergo … [Read more...]

Cloudy with a side of climate denial

CREDIT: Credit: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via CNP/MediaPunch/IPXThe EPA has finally admitted that fracking can contaminate drinking water, but that’s unlikely to shift the views of Donald Trump’s incoming administration. This week has already seen the addition of another climate change denier to the cabinet, and more could be coming.Keeping that in mind, the fact that climate change forced over a … [Read more...]

Don’t be fooled

CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn KasterDonald Trump is getting some positive press over his deal to save jobs at one Indiana company. Unsurprisingly, the truth is a lot less rosy.Trump also promised to no longer participate in his company’s business dealings once he’s president — but that doesn’t solve anything.CREDIT: AP Photo/Ramon EspinosaSo much for your favorite Canadian progressive … [Read more...]

The loser is America

CREDIT: AP ImagesLast night, racism won. People of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, Muslims, immigrants, and many others are terrified — minorities across the country are preparing themselves for a spike in hate crimes.CREDIT: AP Photo/Marco UgarteThe world is reacting to Trump’s victory pretty much the way you would expect.Reading ListLast night had very few highlights, but the women of color who … [Read more...]