Posted in Indigenous News Infrastructure Internet

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

by Camila Pedrosa, Cronkite News January 20, 2022 Washington – Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week the federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue. Many tribes did…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

by Molly Hudson, Cronkite News January 20 2022 Phoenix – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said…

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Posted in Investigations News

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to conceal records from Jan. 6 panel

One government watchdog group welcomed the decision as “a huge win for transparency.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 10:30 PM The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied former President Donald Trump’s attempt to…

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Posted in Investigations News

Eric Trump invoked 5th Amendment 500 times during 6-hour deposition

Longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg refused a similar number of questions, citing his right to not self-incriminate. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Former President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump invoked the…

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Posted in Democracy Elections Voter suppression

On eve of key fight, Sanders asks: ‘Will Manchin and Sinema vote with GOP?’

“We are not going to win the elections in 2022 unless our base is energized and ordinary people understand what we are fighting for, and how we are different than the Republicans.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in People

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I’ve learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College

Martin Luther King Jr. waves with his children, Yolanda and Martin Luther III, from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images by Vicki Crawford, Morehouse College January 17, 2022 For…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke Workers

Lessons in Starbucks rising

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2022     Marble Falls     You have to keep these things in perspective of course. Winning union elections in two of Starbucks 9000 stores is not exactly an example of…

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Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) board an elevator after a meeting on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Voter suppression

Manchin joins Sinema in destroying Democrat hopes to pass voting rights

“We’re old enough to remember a whole month ago when both Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin voted to make an exception to the filibuster for the debt ceiling,” Public Citizen sardonically noted. by Brett Williams, Common…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks on the Senate floor on January 13, 2021. (Photo: C-SPAN/Screengrab)
Posted in Filibuster News

Sinema sparks fury by choosing filibuster over democracy

‘Shame on Her’ The Arizona Democrat’s continued opposition to filibuster reform puts her squarely “in McConnell’s anti-democracy camp,” said one progressive activist. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, January 13, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was…

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An endangered Mexican gray wolf known as Anubis was illegally shot and killed in Arizona on January 2, 2022. (Photo: Keith Hayes)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Conservation Environment Wildlife

Federal Action sought after endangered wolf Anubis killed in Arizona

“It’s tragic that Anubis was killed and many of us are grieving his loss, but despite this heinous crime, it is also profound confirmation that northern Arizona should be part of the wolf recovery effort.” by…

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Stewart Acuff of Jefferson County, West Virginia and Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People's Campaign hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax

‘Can’t afford’ Build Back Better? US billionaires saw $1 trillion wealth boom in 2021 alone

A new analysis shows that Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed tax on billionaires “would be more than enough to cover the expansion of the child tax credit in the Build Back Better Act.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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A mother and her children appear at a news conference to discuss the importance of the child tax credit at the Ethel Bradley Early Education Center on August 12, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Child Welfare

Increase in child poverty feared as tax credit expires amid Omicron wave

“The pandemic isn’t over—the relief to withstand it shouldn’t stop,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams January 4, 2022 The lapse of Democrats’ expanded child tax credit program at the end of last…

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Posted in Arizona Civil Rights Investigations

Hundreds of Arizona schools report inaccurate civil rights data, violate federal law

by Sam Kmack, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting June 14, 2021 PHOENIX—Hundreds of Arizona’s public schools failed to report accurate civil rights data to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year, a violation…

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Posted in Democracy Wade Rathke

Is the military the last stronghold of US institutional values?

by Wade Rathke January 02, 2022 New Orleans    We have an extended family WhatsApp group, as many families have. These things are a hodgepodge of advice and, usually, good will, attempts at humor, sports talk,…

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Arianna Bermudez comforts her son, David, in their apartment at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
Posted in Arizona Investigations

A mother needed Welfare. Instead, AZ used welfare funds to take her son.

Arizona spends a majority of its welfare budget on the Department of Child Safety. The agency then investigates many poor parents, sometimes removing their children for reasons stemming from their poverty. by Eli Hager, photography by…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Forget Manchin. Sanders says entire Democratic Party must show ‘guts’ against corporate interests

The focus of the party, says the Vermont senator, must be “to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something.” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams December 22, 2021 Stressing a need to…

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Rancher Jon Pedotti walks on the cracked remains of a parched lake bed of his 1,561-acre ranch located along San Simeon Creek in the Santa Lucia Mountain foothills of Cambria, California during a drought on October 1, 2014. (Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Politics Water

Groups call on CFTC to shut down water futures market

“In this time of global-warming-induced drought in California, the last thing we need is to gamble on our precious water resources.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams December 21, 2021 Warning Wall Street against commodifying what has…

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts arrive to hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted in Analysis Labor Restart 2021

UMW coal miners’ union rebukes Manchin for effort to kill Build Back Better

“Manchin has lost the coal miners with this latest betrayal,” said one labor reporter.   by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 21, 2021 The push for passage of the Build Back Better Act got a…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Wade Rathke

Could direct action stop climate change?

by Wade Rathke December 20, 2021 Little Rock    Sometimes you stumble over something so obvious, you shake your head wondering why your thinking was so patterned that it was in danger of becoming more habitual…

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Posted in Events Featured Event News

Crater Radio and Liminal Café present a Harry Potter Holiday

TONIGHT! At Liminal Café With the Flagstaff Literacy Center,  December 20, 21, and 22,   5 pm ’till 8 pm Liminal Café is hosting readings from Harry Potter in the community space on the NW corner…

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Posted in Climate change Spotlight On Climate Sustainability

Global climate disasters – This is not the new normal

Spotlight on Climate by Stefan Sommer Saturday, December 18, 2021 2021 was yet again one of the hottest years on record. This past summer was the hottest summer on record for North America. Is this the…

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"If you decide to return with your packages it will be viewed as you refusing your route, which will ultimately end with you not having a job come tomorrow morning," an Amazon boss told a delivery driver minutes before a tornado hit Edwardsville, Illinois on December 10, 2021. (Photo: Athena Coalition/Twitter)
Posted in Investigations News Worker Safety

Amid deadly tornado, texts show Amazon threatened to fire driver if packages not delivered

“I’m literally stuck in this damn van without a safe place to go with a tornado on the ground!” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, December 17, 2021 More damning information about last week’s deadly workplace…

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Starbucks employees celebrate after voting to unionize on December 9, 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo: Eleonore Sens/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in News Workers

Starbucks union drive spreads to Mass, Ariz,

‘Next!’ “We want the company to succeed,” organizers of the Mesa unionization effort said, “and we want our work lives to be the best they can be.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams Friday, December 17, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Sustainability Water

Why the second-driest state rejects water conservation

Utah has some of the highest per-capita water use and is the fastest-growing state. Yet a powerful group that steers Utah’s water policy keeps pushing for costly infrastructure over meaningful conservation efforts. by Thursday, December 16,…

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