Political activism - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Political activism Group seeks probe into congressman over note to critic's job NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nonpartisan watchdog group asked Tuesday that officials determine if a New Jersey congressman violated House ethics rules when he notified a bank board member that an employee had joined a group critical of him and President Donald Trump's policies. The Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investiga... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:26:00Z Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman who joined a group critical of a Republican congressman and President Donald Trump's policies says she quit her job after the congressman referred to her in a fundraising letter to her employer. Saily Avelenda, who worked as an attorney for Lakeland Bank, said Monday that a handwritten note at the bottom of a March letter from ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:54:00Z A DIY resistance tries to keep the fight against Trump fresh GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Stationing herself outside a bank building and holding a sign in the unforgiving midday sun, Katie Farnan was multitasking, as usual. She's a mother of two young children and works for a nonprofit firm but also has a third job: Chair of the town hall committee of the activist group Indivisible Front Range Resistance. And at... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:54:00Z Palestinian hunger strike leader says 'snacking video' fake JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian hunger strike leader Marwan Barghouti denies the authenticity of a video purportedly showing him eating secretly in his cell and is preparing to see his protest "to the end" by refusing to drink water, his lawyer said Sunday. Khader Shkirat, speaking after the first meeting with his client since the protest began nearly a mont... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:31:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:31:00Z Evacuations of rebels from last Damascus stronghold begins BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of rebels and their families began leaving a northeastern neighborhood of Damascus and heading toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria Sunday, in another step that would eventually bring all parts of the capital under the control of President Bashar Assad's forces, state media and opposition activists said. The evacuations from Qa... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:47:00Z Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa, say activists BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:14:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:14:00Z O'Reilly speaks out, anti-Fox News activist efforts continue NEW YORK (AP) — During an interview Friday with Glenn Beck, another former Fox News Channel personality who was the subject of an advertiser boycott, Bill O'Reilly complained of a liberal "hit job" that did him in. "In the weeks to come we're going to be able to explain all of it," O'Reilly said in his first interview since he was fired on April 19. "It h... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:58:00Z Carter fears global effect of new US human rights policies ATLANTA (AP) — As the Trump administration signals a de-emphasis of human rights in U.S. foreign policy decisions, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he's concerned America's approach will erode support for such rights in other countries. The 92-year-old Carter spoke with The Associated Press amid a two-day meeting of dozens of human rig... Tue, 09 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-09T18:40:00Z Syrian army advances at edge of cease-fire zone BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces seized a village from rebels on the edge of a large cease-fire zone in the northwest on Sunday as warplanes targeted opposition positions farther inside the area, according to activists. A local media activist who goes by the name Obeida Hamawi said the government pushed opposition fighters out of the village of Zala... Sun, 07 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-07T17:17:00Z Syria violence kills 4, wounds child despite safe zones BEIRUT (AP) — Violence left at least four opposition fighters dead and a child wounded in central and southern Syria Saturday despite relative calm prevailing across the war-ravaged country after a deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held areas went into effect, opposition activists and government media outlets said. The casualties w... Sat, 06 May 2017 17:53:00 GMT 2017-05-06T17:53:00Z The Latest: Russia, US restore Syria 'deconfliction' channel BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Russia's Defense Ministry says its military chief of staff and the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff have confirmed their readiness to restore a communications channel aimed at preventing midair incidents between Russian and US warplanes over Syria. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-05-06T15:11:00Z Immigrants being held in Oregon jail staged hunger strike SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pro-immigrant activists and the legal director of the ACLU of Oregon said Friday that officials appear to be breaking state law by holding people for federal immigration authorities at an Oregon jail where several of the detainees this week ended a hunger strike over what they called horrible conditions. They say the deal between the No... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:55:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:55:00Z Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based atheist group has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to strike down President Donald Trump's order easing enforcement of an IRS rule limiting religious organizations' political activity. A 1954 federal law prohibits tax-exempt charitable organizations such as churches from participating in political campaigns. Vi... Sat, 06 May 2017 00:47:00 GMT 2017-05-06T00:47:00Z Saudi king's new order loosens guardianship rules on women DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a directive to government offices that allows women greater access to government services without the consent of a male relative. Women's rights activists say the memo, which has been circulating in government offices this week, codifies the rights of Saudi women to access a job, hig... Thu, 04 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-04T19:19:00Z Jailed Venezuela activist dispels rumors of health emergency CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez rushed to Caracas' military hospital late Wednesday seeking information on her husband after a report on social media said he had been taken there with a medical emergency — a scare that proved to be wrong. "Please, can you inform us if anyone brought Leopoldo here? Did he enter... Thu, 04 May 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-05-04T05:35:00Z 3 shootings by police put spotlight on Justice Department WASHINGTON (AP) — Three deadly police shootings of black people. Three sets of facts. Three potentially different outcomes. On the same day a white former patrolman in South Carolina pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges for killing a motorist, word came down that the U.S. Justice Department would not prosecute two white officers in the shooting death of a man in Ba... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:07:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:07:00Z More unrest in Venezuela as president seeks new constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — People blocked streets in Caracas with broken concrete, twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president's bid to rewrite the constitution amid a rapidly escalating political crisis. The barricades came a day after President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree to begin the process of rewriting the ch... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:24:00Z Islamic State attack on displaced in Syria kills nearly 40 BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday at a crossing frequently used by Iraqi and Syrian civilians seeking safety in northeastern Syria, killing at least 37 people, mostly civilians, Kurdish officials and activists said. The militants struck before dawn after sneaking into the village of Rajm Sleibi, located along a f... Tue, 02 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-02T18:06:00Z The Latest: Seattle police arrest 5 in May Day rally PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on May Day events across the United States (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Seattle police say five people were arrested in May Day protests downtown. Seattle police tweeted Monday night that those arrested ranged in age from 19 to 51. A 26-year-old man was arrested after reportedly throwing a rock as a group of Trump supporters met up with othe... Tue, 02 May 2017 13:57:00 GMT 2017-05-02T13:57:00Z Correction: May Day Protests story CHICAGO (AP) — In a story April 28 about preparations for May Day protests, The Associated Press misidentified a Chicago pastor. He is Ron Taylor, not Don Taylor. A corrected version of the story is below: Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:41:00Z US-backed fighters retake more areas from IS in Syrian town BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed opposition fighters led by Syrian Kurdish forces captured more territory from the Islamic State group in the northern town of Tabqa on Monday, pushing the extremists to northern neighborhoods close to one of Syria's largest dams. Tabqa is an important stronghold for the militants, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast ... Mon, 01 May 2017 13:36:00 GMT 2017-05-01T13:36:00Z Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter annou... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-04-29T03:14:00Z The Latest: Venezuela calls OAS forum for 'coercion' CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's ongoing political crisis. (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's deputy minister of foreign affairs for North America, said his country is pulling out of the Organization of American States because the group has become a forum for "coercion" instead of cooperation. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:55:00 GMT 2017-04-28T23:55:00Z Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS NEW YORK (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From 2008 until February 2016,... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:10:00Z A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe As Arkansas moved ahead Thursday with plans to execute a fourth inmate in eight days, The Associated Press checked into executions during the same period in other countries where the death penalty is regularly carried out. Experts cautioned that international statistics on executions are difficult to obtain because many countries shroud the process in sec... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:51:00 GMT 2017-04-27T23:51:00Z Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's liaison to the black community, the former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren't trying hard enough to work with the new administration. The White House aide delivered the pointed message in an interview with The Associated Press in advance of an appearance Thursday at the annu... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-04-27T23:05:00Z The Latest: Russia criticizes French report on Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 10:35 p.m. Russia's Foreign Ministry is criticizing a French report that lays blame on the Syrian government for a chemical attack on a town in northern Syria in early April that killed almost 90 people. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said that chemic... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:43:00 GMT 2017-04-27T19:43:00Z Venezuela goes through with threat to leave the OAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The move came on the same day as fierce confrontations in the capital between sec... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:25:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:25:00Z Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detained DENVER (AP) — A Mexican man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church was detained by federal immigration agents Wednesday morning as he went to a warehouse to get tile to install on a job, his wife said Wednesday. Arturo Hernandez has one daughter who is a U.S. citizen and a second protected from deportation under an Obama administr... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:26:00 GMT 2017-04-27T00:26:00Z Wisconsin AG: Undercover campaign videos reveal no crime MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has concluded that secretly recorded videos of a Democratic activist bragging about deploying troublemakers at Donald Trump presidential campaign rallies show no evidence that laws were broken. Conservative activist James O'Keefe and his investigative film group, Project Veritas, released secretly r... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-04-25T23:11:00Z