Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump says that the coronavirus ‘affects virtually nobody’

The virus has killed 200,000 and infected 7 million in the US “If you, or a family member, or a friend got sick or died of Covid-19, to Trump you are ‘virtually nobody.’” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams Energy First Peoples News Op/Ed

Why is Bank of America still open to funding the destruction of our homelands in the Arctic?

We stand together, the Iñupiat and the Gwich’in, in calling on Bank of America to listen to Indigenous people, protect our homelands, and stay out of the Arctic Refuge. by Bernadette Demientieff, Siqiñiq Maupin Monday, September…

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Posted in Citizen Power Common Dreams News RGB The People Speak

Sunrise Movement doubles down on 2020 after RBG’s death, with planet and the future on the line

“This moment is a critical opportunity—not only to activate every young voter in swing states but also to catapult emergent Green New Deal champions running for Senate into the spotlight and secure upsets in red states.”…

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Posted in Common Dreams News RGB SCOTUS The People Speak

1 Million+ people in less than 3 days sign petition demanding RBG seat not be filled until 2021

Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her Supreme Court seat not be filled until a new president was installed. “With less than 50 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Energy Op/Ed The Revelator

Defund or defend? In the fight over fossil fuel investments, who’s winning?

Despite divestment victories, big banks and asset managers continue driving climate change through their lending practices. by Christine MacDonald Monday, September 21 “CalSTRS is using our teachers’ money to invest in the destruction of our own…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

DOJ designates New York, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions’

“Impeach Barr” “This is not just unlawful but it’s also a prime example of this president’s failed leadership and desperation,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said of the DOJ designations. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September 21…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

Demands for answers as CDC abruptly deletes guidance on airborne spread of coronavirus

“Very likely a scandal.” We need an explanation. Is there more political interference at play?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21 Experts and lawmakers are demanding answers and warning of further political meddling at…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ alarm career scientists

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News September 21, 2020 President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health

US death toll hits grim 200,000 milestone, Trump gives himself “A+” on Covid-19 response

“Trump and his cowardly enablers, they all have blood on their hands,” said an activist who lost his father to Covid-19. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21, 2020 As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Coronavirus Evictions Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Rent Increases

The vultures are circling the housing market

by Wade Rathke September 21, 2020 New Orleans      Following right behind the crisis that tenants are facing with the eviction situation clouded in different courts and interpretations and no stimulus in the offing, mortgage holders…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Race for the White House 2020 SCOTUS

Dems pressured to ‘pick a fight for once’ over RBG seat as Collins and Murkowski oppose pre-election vote

“To pretend that norms will constrain Trump or McConnell would be folly, yes. But for Democrats, the media, and the public to concede the ground in advance is to do their dirty work for them.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering Elections News Race for the White House 2020

Trump says he Is ‘Counting on the Federal Court System’ to declare winner on Election Night—before many ballots are tallied

“This is an open admission that Trump hopes to use the Supreme Court to steal the election.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21 President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend…

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Posted in Common Dreams News SCOTUS The People Speak

Early AM protest outside Lindsey Graham’s home over RBG replacement

‘He Told Us to Use His Words Against Him’ “In the spirit of RBG, we will not allow a double standard in how our Congress deals with late-term Supreme Court appointments.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Trump’s FDA authorized emergency use of plasma therapy for COVID-19, despite a lack of proof that it saves lives. Staff at CSL Plasma, an industry leader, raised alarms about faulty masks as donors flooded in, but…

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Posted in Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The campaign to ban tear gas

by Wade Rathke September 20, 2020 Pearl River   We’ve talked about Bjorn Skogquist before, but this time we wanted to catch up with him and the Ban Tear Gas Campaign in more detail on Wade’s…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed SCOTUS The Conversation

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

by Jonathan Entin, Case Western Reserve University Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the Supreme Court announced. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement that “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.”…

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Posted in News Pro Publica SCOTUS

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘advocate for equality and reason,’ dead at 87

On her deathbed, she told her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, September 18, 2020 This is a…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Workers demanding pandemic protection

by Wade Rathke September 18, 2020 New Orleans   Local 100 United Labor Unions members continue in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas to speak up and confront their employers, both public and private, about the inadequate health…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice Plastic Recycling

New report reveals how plastic polluters have avoided regulation worldwide for decades

‘Delay, Distract, and Derail’ “This report is a damning exposé of the tactics employed by the plastics industry and shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Wild Fire

It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams News

Sanders and Gillibrand unveil Postal Banking Act: to provide public alternative to ‘predatory’ Wall Street banks

The new legislation, according to Sanders’ office, would help “families generate savings, wealth, and credit, while bringing millions of American workers into a more fair banking system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 17 With…

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Posted in Common Dreams Politics Race for the White House 2020

Democrats worry Biden Campaign missing in action in battleground states

The Democratic candidate’s campaign is sparking concern that a redux of 2016—including a lack of outreach and a dearth of voter excitement—is now underway. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 17 Amid mounting criticism that…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Democracy Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Firing workers for off-the-job protests

by Wade Rathke September 17, 2020 New Orleans   A small notice in an email caught my eye. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) attorney in a newly released guidance letter wanted to make sure that…

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