Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to …

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

… Just over a mile away, State Department officials wagged a finger, noting widespread voting irregularities that gave Erdogan his razor-thin victory and warning Turkeyto protect all its citizens’ rights and freedoms. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

… public airing, where he’s unambiguous as the President of the United States on his concerns over human rights, on freedom of the press, on the rights of women, on freedom of religion and the rule of law and all the necessary actions to preserve the democratic institutions of Turkey.” Referring to Erdogan, Allen warned that “history tells us that when you accumulate that much authority in one single person, it often doesn’t go very well.” …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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‘Kindness is everything.’ It’s also your secret weapon for fighting Trump.

April 10, 2017

… Rosen Heinz, a longtime liberal organizer and activist from Madison, Wisconsin. Heinz has played an important role in making kindness a central cause for those trying to defeat Trump’s agenda. Soon after the election, she spontaneously got involved in distributing a lawn sign that broadcasts a powerful message. “In this house,” it reads, “we believe: Black Lives Matter / Women’s rights are Human rights / No Human is Illegal / Science is Real / Love is Love / …

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Hate crimes focal point of new DOJ task force

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention. In a letter to US Attorney’s offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee “will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.” “We must also protect the …

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LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules

April 5, 2017

(CNN)The Civil rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling is a victory for Kimberly Hively, who sued Ivy Tech Community College, arguing that the school violated Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964 when it denied her employment. “Any discomfort, disapproval, or job decision based on the fact that the complainant — woman or man — dresses differently, speaks differently, or dates or marries a …

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How Trump is squandering his power with China and Egypt

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech. They have to worry about protests, about the response from civil society and the uncensored press. This fear has long given American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign leaders in support of our values. …

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US takes turn atop UN Security Council

April 4, 2017

… that should would always be “a transparency gal.” The role won’t enable Haley to snap her fingers and get whatever she wants on the discussion agenda. While Haley is pressing for a human rights discussion April 18, two other permanent members, Russia and China, are not interested, meaning the idea might have to come to a vote to see if the required nine countries support it. …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the leaders of two nations accused of grave human rights abuses in a spate of high-level talks with foreign counterparts this week. It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

… Vladimir Putin’s human rights abuses. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?” Trump said at the time. “To state that there’s some moral equivalency between an imperfect nation — that’s the United States of America — and Vladimir Putin is appalling,” McCain responded. “And I think it’s pretty clear that there’s a difference between, well, aren’t we killers and the …

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Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… permitted to stay with locals without permission, and several of my hosts endured an intense grilling by police. Some of those aware of my profession declined any contact at all due to fear of repercussion. Everywhere I went, security and oppression continually curbed freedom and dissent. In Turkey, pro-Kurdish human rights lawyer Tahir Eli was killed by an unknown gunman a few days after we met. In Sudan, two students were killed in clashes with regime forces and supporters during my brief …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism — the right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation …

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Tillerson to waive human rights conditions on Bahrain fighter jet sale

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has notified Congress the State Department intends to waive human rights conditions attached to the sale of fighter jets to Bahrain, Senate Foreign Relations spokeswoman Micah Johnson confirmed to CNN. The Obama administration signed off on the sale of F-16 fighter jets last year, but included conditions tied to the human rights record of Bahrain, a Middle East ally and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Protesters call for democracy in …

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13 feminists with legendary Twitter game

March 26, 2017

… which is her exact attitude when it comes to her tweets. The feminist and FGM survivor uses her voice to advocate for women’s rights, especially women who are at risk of, or have experienced FGM. .@UN_Women @phumzileunwomen @e_nyamayaro pic.twitter.com/YkvWKN3iqo Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) August 1, 2014 13. J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling is the queen of Twitter troll takedowns. The author is a savage when it comes to hitting back at intolerance, misogyny, and general idiocy. Rowling …

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What is Neil Gorsuch’s religion? It’s complicated

March 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)Earlier this month, the Trump administration summoned two dozen religious leaders to a private meeting. The mission: to rally support for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. According to several participants, White House staffers emphasized Gorsuch’s robust defense of religious rights as a judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In one prominent decision, Gorsuch argued that the government should rarely, if ever, coerce the consciences of believers. …

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Brexit: David Davis warns MPs to leave bill unchanged – BBC News

March 12, 2017

Ping pong bill Mr Davis will also call on the Commons to consider a vote that guarantees the rights of EU citizens in the UK. “However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the prime minister to be able to get on with the job,” he said. The amendments were made to the Brexit bill after they were backed by a majority of peers, most recently last week. Labour, which claims it is the only party with a “radical vision” for Brexit, has also appealed …

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