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Despite 116,000 Signatures, Atlanta Won’t Validate Stop Cop City Petition

The Vote to Stop Cop City Coalition in Atlanta submitted more than 116,000 signatures on Monday to put a referendum about the embattled police training complex on the ballot for local voters, but city officials quickly refused to validate the signatures and move the petition along due to an ongoing legal fight over the signature-gathering process. Stop Cop City activists accused Atlanta officials of once again subverting democracy after moving forward with the construction of the 85-acre, $90 million police training complex, despite months of fierce protest and loud community opposition to a facility that activists say would further militarize Atlanta cops.

Petition To Seattle’s Federal Court – Unseal Surveillance Orders

By Steven Hsieh for The Stranger - It’s now easier than ever for cops to snoop on Americans without their knowledge. Using technology known as pen registers and trap and trace devices, law enforcement can collect a wealth of data on internet and cell phone users, including who they call and email and what websites they visit. Through a federal law called the Stored Communications Act, police agencies can also force tech companies to hand over online communications records telling them all kinds of personal information. All it takes to conduct electronic surveillance is a court order. Notably, pen register and trap and trace requests require a lower burden of proof than wiretaps, for which cops need a warrant. Rather than showing probable cause, police only need to demonstrate that the personal data they’re requesting is somehow relevant to a criminal investigation. On top of that, under current court practices, it’s impossible to know how often judges grant electronic surveillance requests—much less how cops justify their surveillance, the forms of electronic surveillance permitted, and the companies compelled to assist with that surveillance. Federal court records related to electronic surveillance requests are filed under seal, and in many instances, they’re kept that way indefinitely. Even after police wrap up whatever criminal investigation they cited as a basis for their snooping. Law enforcement conducts Internet and cell phone surveillance under complete secrecy, free from public scrutiny that could prevent them from abusing this power.

Colorado Governor Petitions To Weaken Direct Democracy

By Staff of The Associated Press - AURORA | Gov. John Hickenlooper helped launch a petition drive for a ballot initiative that would make it harder to amend Colorado’s Constitution. Hickenlooper told a kickoff event in Aurora on Wednesday, June 1, that Proposition 96 would ensure the constitution isn’t held captive by special interests. Supporters say it would encourage citizens to seek statutory law changes that can be modified, if needed, by the legislature, rather than amendments to a constitution that’s one of the easiest to change in the nation.

Petition Demands EPA Revoke License Of Glyphosate

By Lydia Wheeler for The Hill - More than 14,000 people have signed a petition that asks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke the license for glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. “Recent tests have found glyphosate/Roundup in our water, urine, breast milk, food, beer and now, wine — even organic wine from vineyards which do not use Roundup,” Moms Across America wrote in the Care2 petition. Last April, the United Nations World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a scientific assessment that found glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Sign Open Letter To End Israeli Occupation

The last several days have been devastating. The weeks leading up to it have been horrifying. Since the beginning of the Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on July 8, 2014 upwards of 80 Palestinians have been killed and approximately 500 wounded by Israeli missiles and 2 Israelis have been wounded from rockets fired from Gaza. We have watched with sadness and anger as the deaths of children have mounted, racist mobs have rampaged, the fears of people throughout both Israel and Palestine have reached unbearable levels, and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people has intensified. In just the last few days, scores of Palestinians--with no place to hide--have been killed, while the entire population of Gaza experiences the terror of widespread bombing. Israelis have had to endure the fear of never knowing when or where the next rocket will fall.
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