Yippee!!!! Brazil revoked the license for a massive proposed open-pit gold mine along the Xingu River & thousands of indigenous leaders and community members completed a 200-mile march into Quito, Ecuador where the president agreed to meet with them and committed to prohibit all new mining concessions in indigenous territories and reinstate indigenous bilingual education!


We’re thrilled to share even more good news from the Amazon this week!

Due to the sustained pressure of indigenous peoples and their allies, a court in Brazil revoked the license for a massive proposed open-pit gold minealong the Xingu River. And just yesterday, thousands of indigenous leaders and community members completed a 200-mile march into Quito, Ecuador where the president agreed to meet with them and committed to prohibit all new mining concessions in indigenous territories and reinstate indigenous bilingual education!

Kevin, you’ve signed petitions and taken action. Please also make a donation so that we can build upon these victories and inspire other communities to join the fight. When we stand together, we can win!

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As an Amazon Watch supporter, we hardly have to tell you that the Amazon rainforest is a global treasure. You know that it plays a critical role in regulating the global climate and is home to hundreds of indigenous nations who have protected it for centuries.

You also know that the Amazon – and the indigenous peoples who call it home – are at risk from new fossil fuel extraction, mining, large-scale hydroelectric dams, agribusiness, and highways. With your support in 2018 we will fight back even harder with our indigenous allies and achieve more important victories together!

Please make your year-end tax-deductible gift today to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.


Leila Salazar-López
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Sixteen presidents—both Democrats and Republicans—have proclaimed national monuments to safeguard our nation’s most iconic landscapes, oceans, and historical sites. Only one Dingbat–President Trump–is now reducing them, and he needs to hear your voice. 


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Stand With America’s National Monuments
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Sixteen presidents—both Democrats and Republicans—have proclaimed national monuments to safeguard our nation’s most iconic landscapes, oceans, and historical sites. President Trump is now reducing them, and he needs to hear your voice.

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Introducing Earth’s Largest Protected Area
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Just in time for Antartica Day, Earth’s largest protected area entered into force Dec. 1. Over 2 million square kilometers (almost 800,000 square miles) in the Ross Sea have been designated fully protected. 

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‘Extremely Disappointing’ Decision
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Despite broad public backing for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, President Donald Trump has significantly scaled back both. Now gone: vital protections for cultural and historic artifacts—as well as for wild lands that should belong to all Americans and our future generations.

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Central Arctic Ecosystem Protected
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An international agreement to protect over a million square miles of high seas bans unregulated commercial fishing until science-based measures are in force. 

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Congress Should Not Revise the Wilderness Act
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Congress should reject a new bill that proposes relaxed management of wilderness areas. The bill would reverse the ban on mountain bikes and other mechanical transport throughout the protected lands.

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In the Arctic, at Least, Diplomacy Works
Bloomberg
Tribune Editorial: Why Are You Shrinking Our Monuments, Mr. President?
The Salt Lake Tribune
International Accord Bans Fishing in Central Arctic Ocean, Spurs Science
News Deeply
BLM Sage Grouse Plan Under Review: Stakeholders Urge Interior to Base Any Changes on Science
Tri State Livestock News
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Politico’s Playbook named Senator Nina Turner to their Power List, proclaiming her among the 18 to Watch in 2018


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Kevin,

Since Our Revolution started, a little more than a year ago, local groups and people like you have cut through the noise of everyday politics and advanced a progressive agenda. Together, we have uplifted new leadership and moved forward policies that directly benefit working families, not the billionaires and wealthy corporations.

All of our hard work is gaining recognition. Just this past Monday, December 4, Politico’s Playbook named Senator Nina Turner to their Power List, proclaiming her among the 18 to Watch in 2018. Like Senator Sanders said when they were together at the Protecting Working Families Rally in Reading, Pennsylvania, she is “undertaking a task which is perhaps the most important work that anybody in America could be doing. She is running all over this country creating political revolutions.”

The bedrock of this movement is the people, and you have helped show this country a brighter future. Together, we have grown to more than 500 local groups, and since 2016 almost half of our endorsed candidates were elected to public office. One of our endorsed candidates, Pramila Jayapal, who was recently elected to Congress, was also featured in the “18 to Watch in 2018” Power List.

In a crowded field of Beltway influencers, media executives, and lobbyists, this recognition of Senator Turner is proof that the political elites are paying attention to our movement and are seeing the results of our hard work.

The 2018 elections are fast approaching. Together, we can continue to bring the political revolution to all 50 states, but we need your support. Click below to find out the best way to get involved in your community today.

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Susan Sarandon

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We pay outlandish prices for our USA Military–When Will our Addiction End?


“ZERO HEDGE” “If Americans generally don’t support wars or engagement in the world, why do they seem to reflexively support massive military budgets? The military and the vast economic network it feeds presents a “complex” issue that involves millions of self-interested Americans in much the way Eisenhower predicted, but few are willing to truly forsake.” […]

via America’s Military-Industrial Addiction — ROSE COVERED GLASSES

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Why is the Trump Administration wanting to Kill Off Whistleblowers?


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Whistleblowers Speak Out Against Corruption in New NWC Video: “Whistleblowers Change the World”

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Dr. Whitehurst and the FBI Lab Scandal

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Find out more about the types of forensic fraud Dr. Whitehurst exposed at the FBI crime lab and how he changed the U.S. Justice system forever.

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Am I Protected as a Whistleblower? 

There are three important factors you should consider before blowing the whistle.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justices expressed support for stripping internal whistleblowers of protection under the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”).

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The Constitution Project


TCP joins POGO

The Constitution Project Officially Becomes Part of the Project On Government Oversight

“We are proud to welcome this unique organization into the Project On Government Oversight. The Constitution Project has a two-decade legacy of influential and highly regarded analysis and advocacy work. Their efforts to defeat threats to our constitutional rights, government overreach, and abuse of power will continue with us,” said Danielle Brian, POGO’s executive director.

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After Charlottesville, Trump Appointee Silenced a Senior Veterans Affairs Official Who Denounced “Hate and Violence”

A White House appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs directed the removal of an official public statement critical of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, POGO has learned.

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White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks

The Trump administration is “considering a package of secret proposals” to privatize covert intelligence and counterterrorism operations. However, a federal regulation bars contractors from performing functions that directly impact the government’s discretionary authority or decision-making responsibility.

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After 25 Years, Army Civilian Still Awaiting Response to Substantiated Anti-Semitism

Nine years ago the DoD Inspector General substantiated allegations that a civilian Army engineer was discriminated against and improperly investigated because he was Jewish. Now two Senators are asking to finally provide him relief.

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ICE Fights to Keep Facility Information Secret

It took a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by nonprofit groups Detention Watch Network and Center for Constitutional Rights to make Immigration and Customs Enforcement release its list of detention center facilities from July 2017.

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Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges

The Senate and House deliberations over the level of resources for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts.

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Military Readiness from the Grunts’ Perspective

Why do we get such a different story on military readiness when the real experts speak up? Here’s some ground truth: The DNA of the military-industrial complex makes it exaggerate every threat, and propose a solution to wipe it out.

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If all older model F-35s are included, costs could rise to $40 billion–just for the orphaned, unsold unused planes


New Defense Monitor

Oct-Dec Defense MonitorThe New Issue of The Defense Monitor is Here!

The end-of-year issue is here, featuring “$21 Billion Worth of F-35 Concurrency Orphans?,” “Watchdog Finds Majority of Pentagon Whistleblowers out of Luck,” “Watching the Defense Department’s Waste Line,” and “Manafort Indictment Demonstrates How Foreign Lobbying Laws Fall Short.”

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HOPE Youth Corp and Other Projects to Support and be involved with


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We wanted to close out 2018 highlighting some of the programs that are having a worldwide impact as a direct result of your generosity.  Below are two videos; the first highlights the work in Bolivia and explains how the Medical Clinic supports community development in La Paz.  The second is HOPE Youth Corps testimony that shows the incredible impact of the program on one of our young volunteers.

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This International Human Rights Day, our hearts are heavy as violence against trade unionists and human rights defenders continues to threaten the rights of working people more each day



Left to right: Gaspar Matalaev, an anonymous worker at a Chinese factory supplying shoes for the Ivanka Trump brand, Tola Moeun.

Dear Friends,

This International Human Rights Day, our hearts are heavy as violence against trade unionists and human rights defenders continues to threaten the rights of working people more each day. We’re watching our grassroots partners across the globe, and the workers we advocate for in the United States, struggle for their rights against rising political repression.

We lift up especially:

  • Gaspar Matalaev, a reporter for Alternative Turkmenistan News, who has been in jail since October 4th, 2016. For 14 months, Matalaev has remained imprisoned on false charges of fraud, despite multiple promises to his family that he would be released. He is one of the few independent monitors working undercover to reveal the state-run nature of forced and child labor during cotton harvests in one of the world’s most authoritarian countries. Write to the Turkmen government here to demand his release.
  • Moeun Tola, the Director of the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL), ILRF’s longtime partner in Cambodia. Tola is facing falsified and politically motivated allegations in an attempt to undermine the work of his grassroots organization and of the country’s human rights and labor movement more broadly. Currently, labor rights, including the right to freedom of association, are being threatened through restrictions on the right to organize under the current trade union law and other legislative proposals. Ask Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to halt judicial procedures against Tola.

This Human Rights Day, in addition to the actions above, please consider a donation to support our work advocating for the ability of labor defenders to continue fighting for justice.

At ILRF, we work long term with some tremendously committed individuals who inspire us. Every time one of our partners comes under siege, ILRF mobilizes support for their work and for their freedom. Kevin, please support our urgent action programs today.

Thank you for every action you take against injustice.

In solidarity,

Judy Gearhart
Executive Director

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Still Waiting A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars? (By Andrew J. Bacevich)


Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Country Addicted to War

It’s been going on for so many years — Predators cruising, looking for their prey. Some attention has since been paid to the phenomenon and to the devastating effect their actions have had on their victims, but it hasn’t really mattered. The predation has only spread.

Oh, before I go any further, let me clear up one possible bit of confusion. I’m not talking about Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, or any of that crew of predators. I’m talking about America’s robotic killers, the drones that long ago were grimly named Predators (retired this year) and their more advanced cousins, the Reapers (as in Grim…), who have taken a once-illegal American activity, political assassination, and made it the well-respected law of the land and increasingly of huge swaths of the globe.

In these years of predation, the president — any president — has become an assassin-in-chief.  George W. Bush began the process with 50 drone strikes in the Greater Middle East during his years in office. Barack Obama multiplied those numbers tenfold. He even had his own White House “kill list” and “terror Tuesday” meetings to decide just who should be on it. Donald Trump has simply given the U.S. military and the CIA license to send those drones wherever they please. Such drone strikes are now commonplace from Yemen (almost a strike a day in the months after Trump entered the Oval Office) to Afghanistan(where the CIA has, for the first time, been given license to strike at will), Pakistan (where such strikes have recently intensified) to Somalia (23 of them in 2017), Iraq to… Niger (where U.S. surveillance drones are now being weaponized). In the process, across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa, the U.S. has taken out not just terror suspects but civilians in significant numbers, including children and American citizens (two of whom were children). The drones, which terrorize the populations under them, have proven to be ferocious assassins, capable of crossing borders without a blink and without respect for national sovereignty, not to speak of remarkable recruitment tools for terror groups.

And keep in mind that these never-ending drone killings are just one small part of America’s wars of the last 16 years that have driven funding for the national security state to new heights and turned Washington into a permanent war capital. Today, TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, wonders when this country will truly notice America’s Predators abroad the way, in recent weeks, we’ve finally noticed them at home. Tom

Still Waiting
A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars?
By Andrew J. Bacevich

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible.

In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list. Yet in virtually all such cases, the alleged transgressions were treated as instances of individual misconduct, egregious perhaps but possessing at best transitory political resonance.

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