Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS Voter registration Voter suppression

Alabama just doesn’t like its people it seems

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   There’s nothing new about states, particularly blood-red states, trying to suppress the vote. The Republican strategy continues to be not to change one iota in their far right, white grievance,…

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A protester raises her hands near a line of National Guard soldiers deployed near the White House on June 1, 2020. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News US Military

US Military confirms bayonets were issued to troops responding to George Floyd protests

“It is insane to issue bayonets to soldiers for crowd control.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 3 “Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter…

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Bottles of a trial Covid-19 vaccine on a table in a lab in Brussels on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Vincent Kalut)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Contracts show Trump giving Big Pharma free rein to price gouge taxpayer-funded Coronavirus drugs

“The amount of money the government is throwing at companies is unprecedented. Normally when you write bigger checks, you should have more leverage, not less leverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 2, 10:30am MST…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Media

Boycott Facebook

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   The old saying that “arrogance comes before the fall,” doesn’t set the clock on when it happens, just the inevitability. Facebook, the social media giant and communication hub for the…

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
Posted in Analysis Politics Social Media The Conversation

How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign by  Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Thursday, July 2 The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

He built a privately funded border wall and it’s already at risk of falling down.

  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into…

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Posted in Columns Housing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

New Communities and community land trusts

by Wade Rathke Greenville   Reading in Harper’s about New Communities farming land trust in Georgia celebrating the 50th anniversary since its founding, my memory is playing tricks on me. I keep thinking that I met…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Fact Checker Kaiser Health News

In Arizona race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always,” — McSally in a TV ad released June 22. Martha McSally, who was appointed by the governor to take over John McCain’s Senate seat in…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020

Top CDC official gives grim assessment on Coronavirus containment

CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat said we’re “not even beginning to be over this.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The number two official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a grim…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reparations qualifications and confusion

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   As a Nikole Hannah-Jones fan, I followed her arguments carefully and approvingly in a recent piece in the New York Times as she demolished one quick fix after another that…

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Posted in Columns Economy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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Image: Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.
Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon Safety Net The Revelator

Should environmentalists embrace Universal Basic Income?

  Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.   by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Sunday, June 28 If you had…

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Posted in Children Common Dreams Coronavirus Family Separation ICE

Judge orders release of children held by ICE

Advocates are calling on the agency to also immediately release parents. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday, June 27 A federal judge ruled Friday evening that immigrant children held in ICE detention must be released by…

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(Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration; Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Head of CDC warns US cities could face ‘Apocalyptic’ future as country sets record for new Covid-19 cases in one day

The number of infections could be 10 times the 2.4 million confirmed cases, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, June 26 Some U.S. cities and…

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In response to the Thursday arrest of two local activists as "part of a coordinated attack on those who defend democracy and challenge the petrochemical industry," environmentalists in Louisiana have launched the Defend Democracy Alliance. (Photo: Louisiana Bucket Brigade/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Police condemned for charging peaceful environmentalists with ‘Terrorizing’ in Louisiana

“This is a clear instance of the law and law enforcement being used to protect corporations, profit, and property over people.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, June 26 At least 40 U.S. climate and…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Safety Net Unemployment

Analysis warns devastation will follow if GOP cuts off $600 unemployment boost

“It would be a catastrophe to let these turn off and replace them with nothing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 26 A leading progressive economist warned Friday that devastating job losses and income cuts…

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Posted in Columns Public Policy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Signs of Caution and Hope from Conservative Critics

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Watchwords for all of us in this work have always included “know your enemy” and “keep them close.” It is impossible to keep up in these days and times with…

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Workers set up a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Coronavirus News Restart 2020

As coronavirus cases and unemployment in the US climb, 39 groups launch coalition for clean energy and healthy communities

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear that the health of nature, the health of people, and the health of our economy are all deeply connected, and this fact should guide and inform the U.S. government’s response.”…

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(Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration; Getty Images)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

Packed bars serve up new rounds of COVID contagion

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lawrence June 25, 2020 As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults…

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In remarks to reporters before boarding Marine One on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said, “Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them.” (Drew Angerer)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

State Coronavirus Data Doesn’t Support Trump’s Misleading Testing Claims

The Trump administration has doubled down on its claims that coronavirus case counts are up because the U.S. has increased testing. However, a closer look at graphs of testing numbers and positive cases shows that this…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News Investigations News Pro Publica

The Indian Health Service wants to return 1 million KN95 masks it bought from a former White House official

The former official, Zach Fuentes, is refusing to take back the masks even though IHS said they did not meet FDA standards. His company’s lawyer says the IHS is trying to cancel the order for “political…

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Posted in Asylum Common Dreams Deportation News SCOTUS

Betraying ‘bedrock principle’ of due process, Supreme Court allows fast-tracked deportations

“This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, June 25 The ACLU warned Thursday…

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