Posted in Family Separation Investigations News Reveal

US detained migrant children for far longer than previously known

Newly obtained data show that the U.S. government has detained nearly 1,000 migrant children for longer than one year since fall 2014. By Aura Bogado and Melissa Lewis, Reveal October 29, 2020 This article is part two…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020

Years of grassroots organizing forged Biden’s Georgia win

Atlanta, often called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and made up much of the congressional district represented by the late John Lewis. The story behind how…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As US hospitalizations hit new record, Fauci warns pandemic not expected to ease for holidays

As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 27 After millions of people crowded into…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Mask protection

A lot of our brothers and sisters are at best flying half-masked. Many seem to believe that the mask is something similar to a chin guard, but I’m unclear what kind of helmet it’s holding up?…

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Posted in Analysis First Peoples News Navajo Politics

How Native Americans shaped Trump’s presidency – and helped bring him down

by Darren R. Reid, Coventry University Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day When Fox News called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden, it sent shockwaves through Donald Trump’s campaign team. Since 1952, the state had only…

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Posted in Aging Coronavirus Health The Conversation

These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Staying active can be challenging, as many older adults are remaining at home most, if not all, of the time to avoid the novel coronavirus. As a result, the very changes in lifestyle that keep people…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Analysis Evictions New Debtors Prisons Pro Publica

A deputy prosecutor was fired for speaking out against jail time for people who fall behind on rent

Arkansas prosecutor Josh Drake called the state’s criminal eviction statute “cruel” and “unconstitutional.” Criminal charges against tenants falling behind on rent have continued, even as the pandemic has worsened. by Maya Miller and Ellis Simani  An…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Did relational organizing do the job for dems?

by Wade Rathke November 25, 2020 New Orleans    Now that the transition has finally begun to the White House, the post-mortem on the recent national elections in the United States will begin in even more…

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Posted in Analysis The Conversation

This type of sexual harassment on campus often goes overlooked

Teaching assistants often remain silent when sexual harassment comes from the students they teach. Hill Street Studios / Getty Images. Sarah Ives, City College of San Francisco and Ann E. Bartos When the #MeToo movement gained…

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Posted in Columns Elections Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Election security means standardization

by Wade Rathke November 24, 2020 New Orleans   Here’s a full disclosure first. I read everything that passes in front of me that is written by tech wizard and take-no-prisoner-analyst, Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Race for the White House 2020

On the current status of Trump’s coup attempt—and its future

It may look like this is one frivolity and absurdity after another—and it is. But if this electoral clash reaches the Supreme Court, all bets are off. by Marjorie Cohn Sunday, November 22, 2020 Joe Biden…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

The long odds facing Trump’s attempts to get state legislatures to override election results

State representatives in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia could do the president’s bidding. But the political and legal obstacles are formidable. by Ian MacDougall  On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump is set to hold a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump skips G20 pandemic preparedness meeting as Covid-19 cases surpass 12 million in US

“The president is not only missing from his post, but he’s encouraging a mutiny.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, November 21, 2020 After briefly attending the virtual G20 summit from the White House’s Situation Room…

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Posted in Energy Op/Ed Sustainability The Revelator

How renewable energy could power your state

Some parts of the United States could easily generate 10 times their energy needs, according to a new report. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator November 20, 2020 How much of U.S. energy demand could be met…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Rogues gallery of corporate liars

by Wade Rathke Saturday, November 21, 2020 Pearl River   We should all know the name, Thomas Midgley? He was a chemist for General Motors almost one-hundred years ago, when General Motors and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil…

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The first Thanksgiving?

Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is “official,” Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America. by Jim Hightower Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Let’s talk about turkey! No, not the Butterball now pouting in the…

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Posted in Columns Elections Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Bolivian election mystery

by Wade Rathke Friday, November 20, 2020 New Orleans   In the United States now we wait and watch while President Trump stoops to historically new lows in trying to subvert the vote of the people…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

Utah lawmakers seeking to legalize drivers running over street protesters

“Legislators are considering a bill that would let drivers off the hook for mowing down protesters.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, November 20, 2020 Utah lawmakers are being condemned this week for advancing a bill…

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Posted in Immigration Pro Publica

The stolen childhood of teenage factory workers

Immigrant teenagers who work overnight shifts in suburban factories dream of a better life for children they don’t yet have. So did the author’s father. by Melissa Sanchez  I didn’t expect this story to become so…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Hipsters of the world unite

by Wade Rathke Thursday, November 19, 2020 New Orleans    Hipsters are absolutely not taking over the world, but it’s hard not to find them almost all over the world. MoveHub, an international shipping company got…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Immigration News

Trump Admin rejected plan to provide mental healthcare to separated families

‘Heartlessness Mixed With Political Power’ “The pain this administration has inflicted on so many children and their families is infuriating.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, November 19, 2020 Along with pushing the White House immigration…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Take it from an expert: Fauci’s hierarchy of safety during COVID

Elisabeth Rosenthal Thursday, November 19, 2020 As a health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent who lived through SARS in Beijing, I often get questions from friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

People proving to be weakest link for apps tracking COVID exposure

  Rae Ellen Bichell November 19, 2020 The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases…

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