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Three Years On, Lone ‘Enemy Combatant’ Lingers on U.S. Soil

Last Friday marked the third anniversary of an episode human rights activists consider among the darkest in the domestic campaign against terrorism: the imprisonment as of Qatari national Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri as an “enemy combatant.�

Corporate Money in School Sports Favors Boys, May Violate Law

Women’s sports activists say schools across the nation may be in violation of a federal law when they accept donations from corporations in the form of boys' sports apparel, while girls have to pay for their own equipment.

Congress May Bestow Unchecked Spying Powers on President*

While dozens of lawsuits challenging the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance of Americans slowly move through the courts, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to consider legislation that would effectively legalize the practice.

House Bill Would Discourage Church-and-state Suits

A bill that supporters say is targeted at the American Civil Liberties Union may undo a law that forces losing defendants to pay plaintiffs’ legal fees in cases involving some rights issues.

EPA Advisory Board May Be Stocked with Industry Shills

Watchdogs question the affiliations of several nominees to an EPA board reviewing a cancer-causing chemical, noting their strong industry ties.

Civil Liberties News for Week Ending June 22, 2006

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @ Muslims fight profiling @ Lynn Stewart probes NSA @ S.D. abortion ban @ Voting Rights Act renewal @ New Orleans curfew

EPA Sued for Relaxing Pollution Rules

Several conservation groups filed a federal court challenge to new rules allowing polluters to bypass Clean Air Act regulations when their equipment malfunctions.

Five-minute Breaks Leave Cali. Farmworkers Feeling Heat

With farmworkers sickening and sometimes dying on the job from the high temperatures they work under, California is mandating water and shade, but only in small amounts.

Drug Prices Already Rising Under New Medicare Plan

Now that millions of seniors are locked into Medicare’s new private prescription drug plans, an analysis released this week found that prices for medication sold through the plans rose in just the first five months.

Congress Looks to Offer Big Telecoms ‘Prize’

New legislation that fails to enshrine principles of “network neutrality” also federalizes now-local control of TV providers and lets broadband companies leave underprivileged communities behind.

Gay-Straight Student Group Fights for Equal Treatment

As queer youth in a small town fight for the right to express their identity, they are fueling a national debate over sexual orientation and equal treatment in schools.

Day Laborers Build Path to More Secure Work Lives

While some cities are seeking to ban or regulate day labor by immigrants, worker organizers are pushing for centers to help organize, protect and employer vulnerable workers.

Broad Coalition Fights to End Meat Plant Abuses

After nearly a decade of fighting for fair treatment and better rights at a North Carolina-based meat processing plant, workers and their allies are turning to public pressure to force Smithfield Packing to change its practices.

Work News for Week Ending June 19

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ No MSHA nominee vote @ Anti-sweatshop bill @ Cinema workers join union @ California reaches deal @ Ground Zero health

State Bans Funds For Academic Travel to Five Countries

Academics are mounting a legal challenge to a Florida law that bans state funding for travel to Cuba and four other countries designated as terrorism sponsors.

Asbestos Trust Fund’s Latest Try Raises Same Concerns

Legislation to create a national asbestos trust fund is once again drawing criticism for allegedly shortchanging the injured, making the public pay for employers’ wrongdoing, and setting the stage for eventual financial collapse.

Congress’s New Anti-spam Measures Confound Interest Groups

Constituents who want to send e-mail to some members of Congress now must answer a simple math problem in order to get their message through. Congress members say the new "logic puzzles" are necessary to cut down on "spam," but activists are decrying the requirement as a barrier to democracy.

Group Protests ‘Educational’ TV Channel for Babies

The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is protesting a new subscription television channel that promises parents will "watch their baby blossom" if they plunk them in front of the television.

Protesters Resist Sheriffs, Developers in Fight to Save LA Farm

As the conflict over gardeners' access to the nation’s largest known urban community agriculture site heats to a boil, activists use direct action to stave demise.

Civil Liberties News Week Ending June 15

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @ Pentagon sued over spy docs @ Media booted from Gitmo @ Bilingual ballots at risk @ Justices rule on death penalty @ Anti-affirmative-action ‘fraud’

Ruling on Post-9/11 Detainment Suit Mixed

A federal judge yesterday issued a mixed ruling in a case brought against administration officials and law-enforcement officers by several men detained and allegedly abused after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Energy Dept. Moves Forward With Livermore Biowar Lab

Anti-nuclear groups and residents in California and New Mexico are accusing the federal government of starting construction on a controversial biodefense lab without fully assessing and publicizing its projected environmental impact.

Critics Warn About Open-ocean Aquaculture; Govt. Plods Ahead

Slammed from nearly every angle for known or expected negative impacts on everything from ecological balance to economic class, should-be “regulators” of a mass fish-farming method may soon get a blank check from Congress.

EPA Accepts, Delays Proposed Guthion Ban

The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from environment and worker groups, has announced intentions to phase out a hazardous pesticide, but the chemical will remain in use for another three or four seasons.

Advocates Seize Gitmo Suicides to Slam Policy

While some Bush administration officials have described the apparent suicides of three Guantánamo detainees as a "PR move" or an act of "asymmetric warfare," civil rights lawyers are highlighting the military’s refusal to provide its captives with psychological help.

New Analysis Says Health Savings Accounts are No Cure

As the Bush administration seeks to expand tax shelters called "health savings accounts," the program’s critics – armed with a new analysis highlighting their drawbacks – call the the move just another attempt to coddle the wealthy under the guise of healthcare reform.

Activists Find Momentum Lifting Wage Floors

Across the nation, lawmakers and voters are raising the minimum wage, but advocates for the poor point out that the pay hikes are not enough to make ends meet.

Work News for Week Ending June 13

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Violence prevention bill @ Mine safety legislation @ Airline worker job cuts @ Cops help break picket line @ Steelworkers, Sierra Club alliance @ House abandons air-traffic controllers

As Feds Trample ‘Roadless’ Areas, Activists Defend Oregon Forest

While the White House strips away federal ecological protections, a fire-damaged forest is becoming a battleground in the struggle to protect roadless lands.

Privacy Advocates Fight Criminalization of Pot in Alaska

A round of challenges is already underway in the wake of an Alaskan law criminalizing private possession of marijuana.

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