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Drilling and Killing: Landmark Trial Against Chevron Begins Over its Role in the Niger Delta  

Drilling and Killing: Landmark Trial Against Chevron Begins Over its Role in the Niger Delta
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
In 1998, Nigerian protesters occupying a Chevron oil platform were jailed and murdered. Now, the case is in a U.S. court. Read more »

 

It seems hard to believe, but less than a week remains until the presidential election, considered by many to be the most important of our lifetime. After eight years of an unprecedented power grab by the Bush administration, the project to restore the Constitution and reclaim our democracy must begin the moment the next president takes office. Luckily, there are writers, thinkers and activists who have spent years working to design blueprints for how to accomplish this. The Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the Brennan Center for Justice are just a few critical resources that can show us how we might restore the checks and balances that once defined the United States. If you have not yet checked out AlterNet's Rights & Liberties voter guide, I encourage you to do so. AlterNet has culled information from these and other organizations to create a guide to help you distinguish between Barack Obama's and John McCain's positions on some of the most important human rights and civil liberties issues facing us today. This will come in handy on November 4th, but it will be even more important on November 5th.

Happy voting,

Liliana Segura

Editor, Rights & Liberties Special Coverage

 

Justice Department Targets ACORN But Ignores GOP Voter Suppression  

Justice Department Targets ACORN But Ignores GOP Voter Suppression

On the eve of the 2008 election, the Department leaks a FBI probe of ACORN but remains silent on widespread voter intimidation tactics. Read more »

Families of the Victims Tortured by Chicago Detectives Rejoice at First Arrest  

Families of the Victims Tortured by Chicago Detectives Rejoice at First Arrest

A 25-year fight to bring Jon Burge and police who systematically tortured black men to justice makes a critical breakthrough. Read more »

After Third Stay of Execution, Could Troy Davis Win a New Trial?  

After Third Stay of Execution, Could Troy Davis Win a New Trial?

The Georgia prisoner was scheduled to die, again, but a federal court has opened the door for a new round of appeals. Read more »

With U.S.  

With U.S. "Terror Trials " in Disarray, the Case Against Omar Khadr is Falling Apart

The government's case against the Canadian child soldier, who was only 15 when he was imprisoned, is collapsing. Read more »

Prop 5: California Has a Chance to Treat Young People Struggling with Drug Problems the Right Way  

Prop 5: California Has a Chance to Treat Young People Struggling with Drug Problems the Right Way

The NORA initiative would invest $65 million annually into developingdrug treatment programs for at-risk California youth under 18. Read more »

My Visit With Troy Davis, a Man Facing Death on October 27th  

My Visit With Troy Davis, a Man Facing Death on October 27th

Twice, Davis has said goodbye to loved ones but had his life spared. Now, he faces execution a third time. Read more »

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Cruel California Ballot Initiative Seeks to Keep Elderly Prisoners Locked Up Longer  

Cruel California Ballot Initiative Seeks to Keep Elderly Prisoners Locked Up Longer

Prop. 9 asks taxpayers to pay to incarcerate those who cost the most to confine yet pose the least threat to public safety. Read more »

Former Warden of San Quentin Prison Supports Dramatic Justice Reform Initiative in CA  

Former Warden of San Quentin Prison Supports Dramatic Justice Reform Initiative in CA

Jeanne Woodford supports overhaul reform for CA's Prop 5 that would radically alter how non-violent offenders are treated. Read more »

On Prop 8: A Favor to Ask from Your Gay Friend at the ACLU  

On Prop 8: A Favor to Ask from Your Gay Friend at the ACLU

An urgent call to everyone you know in California. Read more »

Military Probing Abuse of Power by Top Gitmo Brass  

Military Probing Abuse of Power by Top Gitmo Brass

Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann is being investigated for inappropriately seeking to influence the military commissions trials. Read more »

 

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