Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 2:45pm
'Our Votes Matter': Rights Marchers in North Carolina Call for End to Voter Suppression
Over one month into their multi-state trek, civil rights leaders and activists on Thursday are descending on the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh to call attention to what they say is a flagrant "crime against democracy," the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act. Following in the footsteps...
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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
More Bad News for Coal Country as Common Byproduct Found to be Radioactive
Coal ash, a common and unregulated byproduct of coal-fired power plants, has been found to contain high levels of radioactive contaminants, placing at great risk the countless number of people who live near such dumps—including the thousands of North Carolina residents affected by the 2014 Dan...
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 3:45pm
'Big Moment' for California as Assembly Votes to Divest From Dirty Coal
In a significant victory for the fossil fuel divestment movement, the California Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill requiring the state's two pension systems, CalPERS and CalSTRS, to release their holdings from coal investments. Follow the 43-27 vote, S.B.185 now heads to the desk of Democratic...
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 1:00pm
Obama Announces New Plan to Save Arctic: More Icebreakers!
Faced with ever-increasing global temperatures and rapidly melting Arctic ice, what might the next logical step be for U.S. President Barack Obama? To call for an end to Arctic drilling? No! More icebreakers! On the second day of his controversial three-day visit to Alaska on Tuesday, Obama...
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:45am
UK Killing by Police Underscores Depth of Crisis in US
A London officer late Sunday shot and killed a local Enfield man in what sources say is the first fatal shooting by a member of the British police forces since 2011. The 43-year-old white male was shot outside an apartment in Enfield, north of London, after police received a call saying that a man...
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 9:15am
Overruling 'God's Authority,' Supreme Court Affirms Gay Marriage Ruling
Backing up this year's landmark equality ruling , the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Kentucky county clerk's request to deny issuing same-sex marriage certificates on the grounds of religious preference. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:15pm
Water Being Used as Weapon of War in Syrian Conflict, UN Warns
The United Nations on Tuesday said it has reason to believe that groups in the Syrian conflict are using the country's scarce water supply as a weapon of war. "There is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains," the United Nations...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 11:45am
Breaking from Abbott and Fossil Fuel Titan, Australian Coal Port Votes to Divest
Newcastle, Australia—home to the world's largest coal export port—on Tuesday joined the growing divestment movement after voting to pull its holdings from the country's biggest banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. The 6-5 city council vote marked a decisive break from Prime Minister...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 8:45am
Fighting with Everything It's Got, Planned Parenthood Launches Legal Battle
Planned Parenthood is fighting back. The embattled women's healthcare provider on Tuesday filed a lawsuit, arguing that Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal acted illegally by blocking Medicaid funding to the group. Though the suit marks the first legal action taken by Planned Parenthood...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 1:15pm
Canadian Officer Found Guilty for Mass Arrests During G20 Crackdown
The Toronto police officer who orchestrated the mass arrest of over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators and bystanders during the 2010 G20 summit was found guilty on Tuesday of discreditable conduct and unnecessary exercise of authority. "This decision to order mass arrests demonstrated a lack of...
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