When it voted 65 to 34 to pass the National Security Agency's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Reauthorization Act of 2017, Congress gave Donald Trump vast authority to spy on Americans. Senate Republicans and Democrats have handed the Trump administration a dangerous tool to intercept our internet communications and target immigrants, people of color and government critics.
Records obtained recently show that the companies funding the Dakota Access Pipeline manipulated their environmental justice assessment of its impact after the pipeline was rerouted from a predominantly white area onto Sioux Tribal land. What's more, it appears that this was done under the active guidance of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including CODEPINK, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of their support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. Despite this, activists will strengthen their work in support of justice for all people in Israel/Palestine.