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    BP's Deepwater Horizon rig burns in April 2010 following an explosion that led to the worst oil spill in US history.Associated Press This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Campaigners have urged governments to intervene after oil companies were accused of misleading the public about their commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Oil and gas companies including Britain’s Shell and BP were urged to “stop their deception” this week as the US House committee on oversight and reform released documents showing that oil industry executives privately downplayed their public messages on efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The memo claimed that internal BP documents highlighted how carbon capture and storage (CCS)—a nascent technology that involves inserting CO2 emissions into underground rock formations—could “enable the full use of fossil fuels across the energy transition and beyond.” Congressional investigators also unearthed an internal Shell email discussing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in which an executive said: “We want to be careful to not talk about CCUS as prolonging the life of oil, gas or fossil fuels writ large.”...
    Firefighters in Seattle have demanded the city take action after they were subjected to more than 40 violent attacks in the past four months - a string of assaults that have been largely carried out by the city's homeless population. The attacks, which the city’s firefighter’s union says began in May, have seen the protectors repeatedly targeted by the intemperate down-and-outs, often while responding to fires started at the city's growing number of homeless encampments. One such incident, which transpired last month, saw one fire official pelted with a rock while attempting to put out a blaze that originated from an encampment fire. Another altercation, in June, saw firefighters chased by a homeless person with a knife while responding to a medical call at one such encampment. The string of incidents - of which there have been more than 40, union officials wrote in several letters to Seattle's city council complaining of the assaults - has left the fire officials fearing for their safety, as well as the impact the unrest may have on the rest of the community.  It comes as...
    Reps. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) sent a letter to the University of Georgia demanding that the institution ensure it is not providing resources for a “hit list” website of pregnancy centers across the country, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Hice and Clyde urged Jere Morehead, the president of the University of Georgia, to ensure that university resources would not support the “Crisis Pregnancy Center Map,” a website created by two faculty members at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. The map project allows users to identify the closest clinics; however, it provides the exact addresses of pro-life clinics around the country. While the map project aims to provide information about the locations of crisis pregnancy centers across the country, it refers to those clinics as “fake women’s health centers.” Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP) The Georgia conservatives noted that the project lists the two professors’ University of Georgia email addresses. Left-wing extremists have used...
    Pro-abortion activists from the Woman’s March organization scaled a crane in Washington, DC, on Tuesday and unfurled a banner that read, “Biden Protect Abortion.” The stunt occurred in the 1500 block of North Capitol Street and P Street, NBC 4 reported. Women’s March proclaimed on Twitter that their “Summer of Rage is just starting” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade on Friday. We hope y’all are seeing this @JoeBiden, @HouseDemocrats, @SenateDems! The Summer of Rage is just starting, and we aren’t going anywhere until abortion access is protected. pic.twitter.com/0ZXYI71VaV — Womens March (@womensmarch) June 28, 2022 “This team of activists, all from states such as Florida, Texas, and Michigan, states Biden needs to secure re-election, will scale a crane in Washington D.C. to send the President a clear message: we will not go back,” the organization stated in a press release, per ABC 7. Women’s March managing director, Tamika Middelton, demanded President Joe Biden “take some definitive action to support and protect abortion access,” she told NBC 4. While the organization demands that Biden...
    The letter also calls for Amazon to conduct a massive audit to make sure that none of its hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue go towards supporting pro-life causes and to censor its inventory so that customers have access only to pro-abortion materials and sellers. By making such stiff demands, the letter co-signers may have sensed an opportunity to gain greater leverage with Amazon executives. Almost since the company's inception, many local Amazon workforces have attempted to unionize, and all of their attempts that have thus far been thwarted. Should Amazon accede to some or all of the demands made in the letter, signees would demonstrate greater collective bargaining power and benefit the pro-abortion movement at the same time. Despite any other ulterior motives they may have though, the letter signees have expressed a sense of urgency regarding the abortion issue, and they have directed all letter readers to pro-abortion organizations and materials, indicating that their pro-abortion convictions are sincere. As of this writing, Amazon has not reacted publicly to the Dobbs decision, either via social media or...
    Meghan Markle stepped into the highly charged national debate over gun control by sending a letter of support and snacks to volunteers for Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization that advocates for safe gun laws. Shannon Watts , founder of Moms Demand Action, on Wednesday revealed in a tweet that the organization recently received the letter of support, signed by “Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex,” and an array of “delicious and appreciated” snacks. In the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Ulvade, Texas, Moms Demand Action volunteers and staff have been “working around the clock for weeks,” Watts said on Twitter. She added that it “was moving to receive such a supportive note – and snacks! – from the Duchess of Sussex today,” Watts also shared a photo of the note from Meghan, which included a logo displaying a cursive “M” and a crown. [email protected] volunteers and staff have been working around the clock for weeks, so it was moving to receive such a supportive note – and snacks! – from the Duchess of Sussex today....
    Gun control advocacy groups rally with Democratic members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol on May 26, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Organized by Moms Demand Action. Just as it was announced Tuesday that a group of U.S. senators had finally reached an agreement on a bipartisan gun violence bill, Daily Kos sat down with a gun reform activist from Moms Demand Action, a grassroots campaign that’s part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 8 million supporters. Moms Demand Action is manned by volunteers such as Dr. Johanna Thomas, who uses her platform as a college professor and licensed clinical social worker in Arkansas to push for stronger gun control measures and more education around gun safety. She is also a gun owner, and as important as it is to her for gun laws to change—adding waiting periods, “red flag laws,” and a ban on assault rifles—it’s equally important to educate people on gun safety. Thomas says she connected with Moms Demand Action in 2017 after an Arkansas law allowed students...
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee Star has obtained exclusive information from sources inside the Tennessee National Guard that are calling for Governor Bill Lee to take immediate action because “his adjutant general is about to discharge hundreds of his National Guard soldiers before the end of the month for not complying with an unlawful order.” This group of Tennessee National Guardsmen provided The Star with their message for Governor Lee on the condition of anonymity: The Governor needs to IMMEDIATELY order Major General Holmes to halt the discharge of these honorable men and women. He needs to order Attorney General Slatery to IMMEDIATELY coordinate with other state AGs to file an emergency injunction against the DoD, forcing them to reverse adverse actions against any National Guardsman for refusal to vaccinate. Governor Lee is the Commander in Chief of the Tennessee National Guard and he has that authority. It’s time to put a stop to this injustice now! All sources spoke with The Star on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of their positions. These Tennessee National Guard...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The streets of downtown Minneapolis were filled on Saturday by protesters gathered for the “March for Our Lives,” one of hundreds of rallies nationwide calling for the end to gun violence following mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. The group says they are demanding that President Joe Biden and lawmakers take action to address gun violence. Here’s a look at the growing crowd off Washington Ave near downtown Minneapolis ahead of a planned “March for Our Lives” event this morning. The group says they are demanding President Biden and lawmakers take action immediately to stop gun violence. More to follow for @wcco pic.twitter.com/BtJF9sLmfb — Adam Duxter (@AdamDuxter) June 11, 2022 Biden said his message to rally-goers across the country was to “keep marching.” “I join them by repeating my call to Congress: Do something,” he tweeted Saturday. In Minneapolis, protesters marched down Washington Avenue and ended at Government Plaza, chanting “protect our kids, take away the guns.” Student speakers said they’re at the event because of the shooting threats at schools.
    While the letter expresses grave concern over gun violence and demands "action" from Congress, it does not endorse specific policies, nor does it suggest actions that could have prevented either of the deadly mass shootings referred to. It does however represent the latest attempt by corporations to take a political stance that could alienate conservative Americans and those who support gun rights. "We urge the Senate to take immediate action. Gun violence can be prevented. Our families, our communities, and our places of business are depending on you. Stand with us and the American public. Put the safety of your constituents and their children first. Transcend partisanship and work together to pass bold legislation to address gun violence in our country," the CEOs conclude. The letter is signed by numerous CEOs of well-known national companies, including, Bain Capital, Ben & Jerry's, Bloomberg LP, Bumble, Condé Nast, Credit Karma, DICK's Sporting Goods, Eventbrite, GoPro, Intuit, Lululemon, Lyft, NerdWallet, Patagonia, Unilever, Yelp, and many more smaller companies. The CEOs of sports teams including the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and the...
    New York (CNN Business)More than 200 business leaders, representing employees in all 50 states, sent a joint letter to the Senate on Thursday, demanding "bold urgent action" to address gun violence in the wake of the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas last month."Like you, we continue to bear witness to the toll of America's gun violence epidemic and its impact on our communities. Our country needs you to take bold urgent action to address our gun violence epidemic," the letter said. The letter is signed by some of the nation's largest companies including Bloomberg LP, The Permanente Medical Group, Levi Strauss (LEVI), Dick's Sporting Goods, Lyft and the Philadelphia Eagles.The letter also notes the economic toll that gun violence takes. "At a time when our economy is struggling to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, gun violence costs American taxpayers, employers and communities a staggering $280 billion per year. Employers lose $1.4 million every day in productivity and revenue, and costs associated with victims of gun violence," the letter said.Read MoreGun control...
    Felix and Kimberly Rubio On Wednesday, survivors of gun violence gave testimony to a House Committee in Washington, D.C. It was intense and emotional and all of the people who spoke or sent their testimony showed a level of courage not seen from any of our elected officials across the country. Kimberly and Felix Rubio are the parents of Alexandria Aniyah "Lexi" Rubio. Lexi was killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. The Rubios spoke to the committee via video call, with Kimberly tearfully reading a statement about her late daughter. Mrs. Rubio has made it clear that her family, including young Lexi, believed in the need for more strict gun control laws, well before the terrible events that took Lexi from her family. Kimberly Rubio has been vocal about her family’s pain and anguish. When Republican Gov. Greg Abbott invited the Rubios to meet with him, the couple refused, saying, "It's not what Lexi would have wanted," because Abbott was not well-liked by Lexi. Lexi wanted to go to college in San Antonio, Texas, when she got older. She dreamed of...
    The mother of one of the children who died in the Uvalde school shooting spoke through tears as she testified before Congress with a demand for gun reform. Kimberly Rubio appeared virtually before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday for a hearing on gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Texas. Ten-year-old Lexi Rubio was among the 19 children and 2 adults killed in the attack, and her mother was crying as she gave a heartbreaking recollection of the last time she saw her daughter alive. We promised to get her ice cream that evening, we told her we loved her, and we would pick her up after school. I can still see her walking with us toward the exit. In the reel that keeps scrolling across my memories, she turns her head and smiles back us at us to acknowledge my promise, and then we left. I left my daughter at that school, and that decision will haunt me for the rest of my life. Rubio continued to voice her anguish while describing...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been almost two weeks since the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers. And another weekend of mass shootings across America has people here at home trying to make a change. Shootings across the U.S. left 12 people dead and at least 38 injured over the weekend. READ MORE: Columbine Survivor Now Working For Bloomington Schools Addresses Uvalde ShootingThe threat of shootings in schools is reportedly affecting the mental health of parents and students. “It can sometimes feel overwhelming,” Moms Demand Action Minnesota chapter lead Molly Leutz said. Moms Demand Action Minnesota says the tragedy in Uvalde has sparked increased interest in people getting involved in activism for gun reform. Right now the Supreme Court is expected to issue its most significant Second Amendment ruling in more than a decade—any day. “Public safety is at stake,” Leutz said. “It’s something with real world consequences.” A new poll from CBS News shows 35% of parents say they are very concerned about gun violence at their children’s school. Another...
    President Joe Biden gave an impassioned call to action in the wake of several mass shootings. Speaking at the White House on Thursday night, Biden made his case for a series of gun control measures that Congress should pass, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The president spoke of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where he visited this week after 19 students and two teachers were murdered by a shooter with an AR-15-style rifle. He also referenced the killings of 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo where a gunman went on a racist rampage. “Standing there in that small town, like so many other communities across America, I couldn’t help but think, there are too many other schools, too many other everyday places that have become killing fields, battlefields, here in America,” Biden said. “We stood in such a place just 12 days before across from a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, memorializing 10 fellow Americans, a spouse, parent, grandparent, a sibling, gone forever.” Biden explained that in those cities, the families...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gun violence in Philadelphia is prompting some young people to say enough is enough. Students from several schools across Philadelphia rallied Tuesday to demand action from officials. Children growing up in Philadelphia know gun violence is a major issue. Some are used to hearing bullets blast through their neighborhoods. Some have also had loved ones injured or killed in shootings. READ MORE: Amazon Workers Walk Out On Job At Facility In Bellmawr, Camden CountyOn Tuesday, students gathered to call for action. “Who’s city? Our city!” students chanted. Holding signs that read “stop the shooting,” hundreds of students from several Philadelphia schools rallied against gun violence outside of City Hall Tuesday. “Hands up, don’t shoot! Hands up, don’t shoot!” students chanted. These are also just some of the 1,300 Philadelphia students who filled out a new survey from the Students Against Gun Violence campaign. It found that 50% of youth worry about their own safety. “Did you hear the gunshots last night, awaking kids on school nights?” a student said. Eyewitness News found some of these students are...
    HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California residents let out frustration and pain at an emotionally charged vigil in Hollywood, honoring the victims of the Texas school massacre.They say they're tired of this vicious cycle of violence, and sharing their grief helps in trying to heal from the overwhelming heartbreak."I think the majority of people are absolutely fed up," said the event's organizer Shelley Bruce. "I'm tired of grieving. I'm tired of my grief being a soundbite. I don't just want to make sure my voice is heard, I want to ask my representatives to take action on the things that a majority of Americans want."Several community organizations gathered at Saturday's vigil and rally.RELATED | 10 killed in Buffalo, NY shooting at supermarket police call hate crimeEMBED More News Videos New York officials give briefing from Buffalo following mass shooting at a supermarket in what they say was "racially motivated violent extremism." The victims of the deadly massacre in Texas were certainly at the front of their minds, but they also honored those lost in the two previous mass shootings,...
    Republican governors presented President Joe Biden with a list of demands on Thursday aimed at easing the nationwide baby formula shortage. The governors called on Biden to take certain steps to make baby formula importation immediately easier and said they are also seeking long-term modifications to the formula supply chain, according to a letter signed by 19 of the country’s 28 Republican governors and obtained by Breitbart News. “The supply chain for essential goods is broken,” the governors wrote. “And while we have a vested interest in promoting free commerce amongst our states, a crisis that risks the lives of our youngest demands immediate, decisive, and robust action.” Read a copy of the letter below: The letter comes after Abbott Nutrition, which Barron’s estimates controls 44 percent of the formula market, shuttered its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, in February and issued a voluntary recall of some of its formula products. The leading formula manufacturer’s recall sparked the shortage, which the governors observed is being “exacerbated by surging inflation and the rising cost of consumer goods.” Breitbart News The governors noted 8.2...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden delivered an emotional call for new restrictions on firearms after a gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday."When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" Biden said at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia that was bookended by tragedy.READ MORE: At least 20 dead, mostly children, in Texas school shootingWith first lady Jill Biden standing by his side in the Roosevelt Room, Biden added, "I am sick and tired. We have to act."At least 18 students were killed, according to a state senator who said he was briefed by law enforcement, in addition to a teacher.RELATED: What we know about 18 kids, teacher killed in Uvalde school shootingJust two days before Biden left on his trip, he met with victims' families after a hate-motivated shooter killed 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.The back-to-back tragedies served as sobering reminders of the frequency and brutality of an American epidemic of mass gun violence."These kinds of mass shootings...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is again on track to surpass 300 homicides and with crime surging, many neighbors are demanding action. “Once it gets dark, I do not come outside. Everywhere you turn, there’s a shooting here, a shooting there,” said Cory, who lives in a Southwest Baltimore community plagued by shootings.  READ MORE: How To Avoid Heat-Related Illness This Blistering WeekendCory, who declined to give his last name, has dealt with so much loss—friends and loved ones killed. He lives in a neighborhood filled with vacant homes and shootings almost daily. Vacant buildings in Southwest Baltimore; photo by Mike Hellgren “There’s so much going on today that it terrifies me. It really terrifies me,” Cory told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. One of the latest victims is Cartrel Baboolal. He was shot and found inside a vacant home on a desolate stretch of Wilhelm Street last week.  May 12th at 11:21 pm Mr. Cartrel Baboolal was shot and killed in the 1800 block of Wilhelm Street. Submit an anonymous tip at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. If your tip leads to an...
    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Residents of East Palo Alto are frustrated, angry and worried after a nightmare played out at Jack Farrell Park which was filled with children and adults on Tuesday.Police say 33 bullets went flying in the shootout, which killed one man and injured three others.On Thursday, city leaders called a special community meeting. The virtual gathering was really the first time neighbors have been able to publicly voice their concerns and call for action."Y'all gotta do better. Do better," one resident demanded.Another pointed out, "It takes things getting to this point before you guys do something..."RELATED: Gun battle leaves cousin of Raiders' Davante Adams dead, sends children running in East Palo Alto"You guys have to do something to make this better and safe for our babies," a third resident said. "This is unacceptable."During the public comment portion of the night, there was outrage, raw emotion, and a call for real action."Maybe a police presence to be there walking around- maybe even like interacting with the residents from the park and just checking in," one resident...
    Far-left Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Ro Khanna (D-CA), rallied on Wednesday to demand the cancellation of student loan debt, which President Biden signaled he is willing to do. Activists gathered in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, demanding Biden take action after largely ignoring the issue over the past year: [email protected] @BernieSanders @RoKhanna @PramilaJayapal @RashidaTlaib and more!!! Who else will join us? pic.twitter.com/kOr3mtCKnW — melissa “cancel student debt” byrne (@mcbyrne) April 27, 2022 NAACP Youth and College division holding cancel student debt protest outside the White House pic.twitter.com/HkaxNl0hWi — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 27, 2022 [email protected] here to #CancelStudentDebt pic.twitter.com/6i3w1I8Pfa — melissa “cancel student debt” byrne (@mcbyrne) April 27, 2022 “We are here to tell the president that with the stroke of pen, he can and should and must cancel student debt. Period,” Rep. Omar said during the rally, adding that the government has the responsibility to “make those wrongs right” —  claiming that student loan debt is holding millions of people back: The time for President Biden to cancel student...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens of people in Philadelphia are heading to Pennsylvania’s Capitol to demand action against the rising gun violence. Eyewitness News was at Jones Tabernacle AME Church in North Philadelphia on Tuesday morning as people boarded a bus to take them to Harrisburg for Taking a Stand Against Gun Violence Advocacy day. At 12 p.m., the group will gather on the steps of Pennsylvania’s State Capitol, calling for increased funding for community-based violence prevention programs and a common agenda to end gun violence. More than 100 faith, community, medical, student and gun safety organizations are taking part in calling for action to address the surging gun violence in Philadelphia.
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) – Police arrested around 20 climate activists Monday for arranging a protest at the Wells Fargo corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The group entered the building at 420 Montgomery St. about 10 a.m. and then several chained themselves to an antique Wells Fargo stagecoach on display in the lobby. READ MORE: COVID: Oakland Unified Ends Indoor Mask Mandate at Schools“The ultimate goal is to get Wells Fargo to stop funding oil and gas and coal companies. They are also the top bank funding fracking and our goal is to get them to stop financing those companies,” said Scott Parkin with the climate group Mt. Diablo Rising Tide. The protesters were in the lobby for about an hour before San Francisco police officers arrived and started making arrests, Parkin said. Climate activists occupy the Wells Fargo Bank at 420 Market St. in San Francisco, Calif., on April 25, 2022. The activists are protesting continued inaction on climate justice the day before the Wells annual shareholder meeting. (Peg Hunter via Bay City News) “We wanted to...
    Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week. 1. Animal Rights and Welfare News Source: Pakhnyushchy/Shutterstock As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included Victory! Animals Will Be Formally Recognized as Sentient Beings in the United Kingdom, Ukrainian Zoo Will Have to Put Down Thousands of Animals Due to Russian Shelling, Reptile Market in the UK Will End After Campaign by Animal Rights Group, Washington D.C. Council Introduces Bill to Ban Sale of Fur Products, USDA Sued Over Secret Policy That Allows Them to Avoid Inspecting Lab Animal Facilities, Spanish Police Seizes Over 1,000 Stuffed Endangered Animals...
    There are forces that are strategically and passionately working to disarm America and neuter the Second Amendment.  If you are a gun owner, you should know who they are. One such force is Michael Bloomberg and the gun control groups that enjoy his funding: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Moms Demand Action may sound like a dating app, but it is not.  They are a very serious threat. It is a group of women pleading for more gun control. Moms Demand Action has been trolling the halls of Congress and swarming at rallies and hearings for the last decade.  They use a signature red shirt with white block letters that creates an obvious visual presence.  Using mob mentality and raw emotion, they badger legislators that are strong on the Second Amendment while encouraging legislators that are already open to gun control. They are elated with the current pro-gun-control administration. Following the 2022 State of Union, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts made clear the group’s adoration for President Biden: Joe Biden ran on the strongest gun safety...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Martin Langesfeld has a simple question for Florida legislators: “How many more need to die for political leaders to make a difference?” When the Champlain Towers collapsed killing 98 people on June 24, Langesfeld lost his sister, Nicole, and her new husband, Luis. But the pain that he feels over their deaths is only made worse by the failure of the legislature to pass any reforms to make condos safer. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Head Outside This Weekend As Temperatures And Humidity Levels Drop“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “And to families of victims, it’s truly just gut wrenching. For them to not do anything in the first legislative session, the most important one after such a horrific catastrophe, shows that money is more important in the lives here in Florida.” A bill that would have provided sweeping reforms to improve inspections and ensure that critical repairs to a building are done in a timely manner died when State Representative Danny Perez and State Senator Jennifer Bradley couldn’t work out differences in their respective bills. “Three and a half...
    Leaders of a national pro-life organization are demanding an investigation into the deaths of five late-term infants whose bodies were discovered last week at the Capitol Hill region home of a progressive pro-life activist in Washington, D.C. D.C. police discovered the bodies of the babies last Wednesday at a home occupied by pro-life activist Lauren Handy, WUSA9 reported. The New York Times also reported Thursday Terrisa Bukovinac, founder and executive director of the group called Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), confirmed the home in which the deceased babies were found belonged to Handy, the group’s director of activism. Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising / Facebook PAAU describes itself as “progressive grassroots pro-life activists dismantling the abortion industrial complex and standing in solidarity with the unborn victims killed by abortion violence.” “We are definitely going to reveal all the details on Tuesday, and they are explosive,” Bukovinac said, referring to a press conference planned for Tuesday, according to the Times. “It is beyond horrific and devastating for me as a neonatologist to see these images, as these babies are representative of the very same...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — A violent week in the city of Aurora has some residents on edge. The city council discussed a plan to tackle rising crime Monday. Following the killings this week, some women are saying they need more than a plan — They want action. “Women have always had to look over our shoulders, but it’s more terrifying now,” Christabelle Guevara said. “We’re seeing women killed every day this week.” (credit: CBS) Guevara is raising two young daughters in a city where lives are being cut short. She joined other women at a rally Thursday to say enough is enough. “We need to know what’s going on,” Guevara said. “We need to know how to keep the women in our community safe and what’s being done about it.” Pastor Michael Gatewood attended the rally to show his support. He says it’s time the city works together to end this violence. “These women have been victimized in the most tragic way,” Gatewood said. “This is something that the police department has to look at as a whole in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Chanting the slogans once used by Cesar Chavez, farmworkers and their supporters took to the streets once again on the day his life and legacy were celebrated. On Thursday, demonstrators urged Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 2183 into law, which would give farmworkers the right to vote in union elections by mail instead of in-person only. READ MORE: California Drought: Water Restrictions Return for Coastside Residents”And what better place to do it than on Cesar Chavez Street and Mission,” said Roberto Hernandez, who worked with Cesar Chavez in the 1970s. ”He always said we need to take action and call out what was wrong,” Hernandez said. “And what better way to honor him than to take action across the whole state of California to call on the Governor to do the right thing.” Last year, Newsom vetoed a similar farmworker voting rights bill saying it had “inconsistencies and procedural issues” related to the collection and review of ballots. On Thursday, his office did not respond for comment. READ MORE: Betty Reid Soskin, Nation's Oldest...
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- About 100 North Hollywood High School students walked out of their classrooms Friday morning to protest inaction on climate change, joining thousands across the world to call on governments to do more to protect the environment and prevent global warming.Student Themi Pereia walked out with her fellow students and protested at the campus' front steps, chanting "What do we want?! Climate justice!" and holding up signs that read "Denial is not a policy" and "People over profit.""We are worried that climate change will reach a point where we cannot stop it," Pereia said. "In about five years we will reach thresholds where we will not be able to stop uncontrolled warming, and we want politicians to take action before we hit that point."The students' protest was part of the global youth climate strike. Thousands of people marched through Rome and other major cities around the globe urging for climate action and demanding an end to dependence on fossil fuels.The global climate strike is tied to the grassroots Fridays for Future movement, inspired by teenage...
    LGBTQ workers and employee allies at The Walt Disney Company staged a walkout in protest of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by opponents.Some employees have been walking out each day since Tuesday, March 15, from 3 to 3:15 p.m. On Tuesday, March 22, protesters planned a full-length walkout from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m."The Walt Disney Company's (TWDC) LGBTQIA+ community and their allies are determined to take a stand against TWDC's apathy in the face of the bigoted 'Don't Say Gay' bill put forth by the FL state legislature," the protest's website states."The recent statements and lack of action by TWDC leadership regarding the 'Don't Say Gay' bill have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation," the website says.Opponents of the bill say it would shame and silence LGBTQ youth and could have major negative consequences on their mental health.The bill prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to third grade and would limit or prohibit what classrooms can teach about...
    LGBTQ workers and employee allies at The Walt Disney Company are planning to stage a walkout in protest of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by opponents.Some employees have been walking out each day since Tuesday, March 15, from 3 to 3:15 p.m. On Tuesday, March 22, protesters are planning a full-length walkout from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m."The Walt Disney Company's (TWDC) LGBTQIA+ community and their allies are determined to take a stand against TWDC's apathy in the face of the bigoted 'Don't Say Gay' bill put forth by the FL state legislature," the protest's website states."The recent statements and lack of action by TWDC leadership regarding the 'Don't Say Gay' bill have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation," the website says.Opponents of the bill say it would shame and silence LGBTQ youth and could have major negative consequences on their mental health.The bill prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to third grade and would limit or prohibit what...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — “Boom! Boom! Boom!” Joyce Smith told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren she heard the loud gunshots from her home in Northwest Baltimore’s Howard Park neighborhood. They were from a mass shooting that claimed the lives of three men Saturday night: 25-year-old Jawan Hall, 26-year-old Timothy Brown Junior and 26-year-old Darian Savoy.  READ MORE: Coast Guard Tries To Free Container Ship Stranded In The Chesapeake BayA 73-year-old man survived. Baltimore police release identities of recent homicide victims @wjz pic.twitter.com/7zYD4BHggM — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) March 14, 2022 “I’m appalled. I’m angry,” Smith, the president of the Howard Park Civic Association, said. “We have complained about this corner for years, and nothing seems to get done about it. Now, even with a mass shooting, there seems to be very little outcry.” Bullet markers covered the intersection of Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak Avenues. Several of the victims were inside an SUV.  Police said an SUV that crashed into a home in the 4800-block of Gwynn Oak Avenue was also connected to the shooting. No arrests have been made. Hellgren asked...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many were stunned in the Northwest Baltimore community where a 70-year-old woman was found shot over and over again outside a rowhome in the 5000-block of Queensberry Avenue near Pimlico. Bullet holes pierced the back windows, and police closed off an alley while they investigated. READ MORE: 10 Hospitalized Following Fire And Explosion In Silver Spring Apartment Building“Coming home from work and there’s a murder right next door to you, it makes you scared. It makes me scared. This is ridiculous,” the victim’s neighbor, who declined to give her name, told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “She never comes out. She never bothers anybody. The only time I see her is when she puts her trash out. She’ll speak and go back in the house. That’s it. I can’t imagine why someone would want to kill her. That woman don’t bother nobody. Nobody!” A neighbor of the 70yo woman who was murdered near Pimlico is in shock…and wonders who would want to kill the victim who “never bothered anybody” https://t.co/womOFZmBsj @wjz pic.twitter.com/EfewdMoW2z — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) March 3,...
    Rising mortgage rates are making buying a home less affordable, but demand is still booming as people hope to make a purchase before the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates. Mortgage rates are quickly rising in anticipation of the central bank’s action, with the average rate on a 30-year loan now at 3.92%, up from a level of 3.69% last week. The last time mortgage rates were higher was in May 2019, about a year before the pandemic struck and led the Fed to slash interest rates to near-zero levels. Existing home sales increased 6.7% last month from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.5 million, much more than was expected, the National Association of Realtors reported Friday. NAR’s housing and commercial research director, Gay Cororaton, told the Washington Examiner that while it might be expected that the rising mortgage rates would dissuade demand for home-buying, because of the impending Fed hikes, buyers are trying to lock in mortgages now before they go up even more. WHITE HOUSE TAKES FLAK FROM DEMOCRATS LEFT AND RIGHT...
    Like many other places around the world, climate change has been devastating in Australia. Record high temperatures and wildfires have spread throughout neighborhoods and animal habitats. Climate change is specifically threatening a precious endangered species: the koala. Like all animals, koalas are voiceless and powerless. It is up to us to take the necessary action to protect them. According to statistics, “The koala is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, which catalogs species at risk of extinction.” While the IUCN has stated that there are between 100,000 and half a million koalas in the wild, the Australian Koala Foundation says that this number is inaccurate and is likely closer to 58,000. Source: Terra Mater/Youtube Recently, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, said in a statement, “Koalas are one of Australia’s most loved and best-recognized icons, both here at home and across the world, and we are committed to protecting them for generations to come.” Australia has also announced that it will spend a record $50 million Australian ($35 million US)...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police went door to door in a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood Thursday as they worked to solve the homicide of the husband of a Baltimore Police lieutenant. James Blue III, a father of 3 and husband of a Baltimore police lieutenant, was gunned down Tuesday afternoon. Police went door-to-door on Walker Avenue in NE Baltimore today distributing flyers. @wjz pic.twitter.com/5sGpnryyqm — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) January 27, 2022 The reward for information has been increased to $18,000, with $10,000 coming from the city’s police union. FOP3 has committed an additional $10,000 to the Metro Crimestoppers Reward. Mr. Blue was the beloved husband of @BaltimorePolice Lt. Lekeshia Blue. https://t.co/MUAXjIpduC — Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) January 27, 2022 READ MORE: Maryland Lawmakers OK New Map For 188 General Assembly SeatsJames Blue III was shot multiple times outside a home he recently purchased in the 1400-block of Walker Avenue near Loch Raven Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore. Blue, a father of three and husband of Baltimore police Lt. Lekeshia Blue, was reportedly outside waiting for an appliance delivery and on...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally in Annapolis on Tuesday to push for state lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban ghost guns. “We cannot afford to lose more lives to easily accessible ghost guns,” said Denise Reed, a member of the Moms Demand Action chapter. READ MORE: Shooting At Towson Student-Centered Apartment Building Under InvestigationThe advocates gathered at Lawyer’s Mall and stood alongside delegates and other supporters of the bill. “We’ve seen an experiential rise of these showing up in crime scenes and being recovered by police departments,” said Melissa Ladd, the leader of the Moms Demand Action chapter. Ghost guns are firearms made with parts purchased online that allow people to skirt background checks. “There’s a market of folks who are prohibited, who want access to firearms and this is a legal loophole that allows them to do that,” said Delegate Lesley Lopez, the lead sponsor of the bill in the House of Delegates. READ MORE: Maryland Dept. Of Health Launches Campaign To Encourage Children's COVID-19 VaccinationsThe...
    Republicans are demanding Russia de-escalate as both parties push for sanctions and try to avoid sending U.S. forces to Ukraine following reports President Biden is considering deploying up to 50,000 troops to the Baltic region. 'What's happening with Russia and Ukraine would never have happened under the Trump Administration. Not even a possibility!' former President Donald Trump sent in a statement Monday. Both Democrats and Republicans are publicly pressuring Biden to apply sanctions on the Kremlin now instead of waiting to act until Russia invades Ukraine. Democrat Representative Frank Pallone tweeted on Sunday: 'Putin should know that if Russia invades Ukraine, the House will quickly pass legislation to impose sanctions on Russia. The United States and our allies will stand with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.' He was referencing Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee introducing last week a companion bill to the Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022 that would impose sanctions on Russia as it inches closer to invading Ukraine. Republican Representative Lisa McClain of Michigan tweeted on Monday: 'President Biden is enabling Russia to...
    (CNN)Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Democratic Reps. Lucy McBath and Marie Newman on Wednesday over the Democratic incumbents they're challenging in two pivotal primaries of the 2022 election cycle. Both House lawmakers decided to run in 2022 in different districts than they currently represent due to their states' redrawn congressional maps. Everytown endorsed McBath over Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in Georgia's new 7th District and Newman over Rep. Sean Casten in Illinois' new 6th District. Bordeaux and Casten had previously been endorsed by the gun control group.Everytown considers McBath and Newman the "ultimate gun safety champions," and before they were elected to office, both congresswomen were volunteers with Moms Demand Action, a grassroots arm of Everytown."I think it is extraordinarily important for this organization to honor those people who started as volunteer leaders and transformed themselves from people who are advocating for legislation to people who are writing legislation," John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, told CNN.Read MoreEverytown had endorsed Casten and Bourdeaux in 2020, spending $1.2 million in partnership with the House majority PAC to back Bourdeaux. The group at...
    Alabama Sheriff’s Association director Robert ‘Bobby’ Timmons is reportedly working with Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Moms Demand Action to defeat the constitutional carry legislation before legislators this session. The NRA-ILA, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), points to a report by 1819 News wherein Timmons is quoted explaining his disappointment that the Supreme Court of the United States had not issued a ruling limiting Second Amendment rights to the exercise of self-defense in one’s home. 1819 News asked Timmons if he would support an amendment to the Constitution explicitly limiting Second Amendment rights to the home and he said, “Oh yeah…I’d be in favor of that. But, I mean, it would never get passed.” Timmons also told 1819 News that he believes the carrying of a gun ought to require a permit in the same way that driving a car requires a license: “Absolutely without question for public safety just like a driver’s license, you need a driver’s license. If you don’t have a license, you can’t drive. If you don’t have a permit, you can’t carry a...