Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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Dook'o'oosłííd. Photo credit George Breed
Posted in Columns Reflections in Flagstaff

Bradley Olson: Out damned virus!

Out Damned Virus! by Bradley Olson As the Corona Virus pandemic marches on, despite having claimed more American lives in four months than the entire 19 years of the Vietnam War, Americans are becoming increasingly impatient….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Arizona unemployment filing process. Because, like what else have you got to do?

by Rudy Preston and Meteor Staff Saturday, April 11, update: If you are self-employed (artist, musician, Uber driver, other contract labor), ran out of UI benefits, or just didn’t make enough money in 2019 to qualify…

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Posted in Environment News Water

Decades-long campaign forces Nevada Board to kill huge Las Vegas groundwater pipeline

by Meteor staff The Center for Biological Diversity announced late last week that a 31-year struggle to stop a massive groundwater pipeline development came to a stunning conclusion when the Southern Nevada Water Authority board voted…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus News The Conversation

Blocking the deadly cytokine storm is a vital weapon for treating COVID-19

Immune cells release proteins called cytokines which alert the rest of the immune system that a virus is present. www.scientificanimations.com, CC BY-SA by Alexander (Sasha) Poltorak, Tufts University The killer is not the virus but the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Justice News

‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day Poll Tax’ in Florida unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as “a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, May 25 Civil liberties…

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Noam Chomsky, April 2014.
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Public Policy

Chomsky says Trump a ‘Sociopathic Megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, May 25 World-renowned intellectual…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Getting OSHA on the job

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   If there were ever a time that workers needed to feel safe on the job, it’s got to be now in the middle of a pandemic. Even with the lifting…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed

A memorial day for lies?

by Laura Flanders So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foretelling labor’s future in the cloudy crystal ball

Pearl River   Roughly 39 million Americans have applied for unemployment, not even counting gig and self-employed workers, workers who have abandoned job search, or couldn’t access the benefits, which means real unemployment is over 50…

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A healthcare worker preps for a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru testing station in Alpine on April 25, 2020. Photo credit: Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News

Outbreak at private immigration detention center near Abilene

The outbreak at the Bluebonnet Detention Center in rural West Texas is the second-largest among the nation’s 49 immigration detention centers that have seen positive cases. by Texas Tribune Staff, The Texas Tribune May 23, 2020,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As nation mourns 100,000 dead, Trump goes golfing

“100,000 Americans dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. So let’s go golfing.” by Common Dreams staff Saturday, May 23 President Donald J. Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News Pro Publica

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

A passion for equality

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The other day I read a belated obituary on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Nick Kotz. He had passed away at 87 on his cattle farm in Virginia of a freak accident…

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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Reveal Worker Safety

Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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Posted in Columns Culture Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Making reality from fiction: underground soccer leagues

Pearl River   Remember way back in another lifetime, pre-pandemic, before the coronavirus global killer wave? It seems years ago, but it was only last summer that ACORN’s French affiliate, Alliance Citoyenne, gained huge attention throughout…

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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Banks Climate change Energy Fracking

In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little

Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic….

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Putting the fist on the wood again

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The sports pages are full of discussion about whether or not baseball players will be putting the wood on the ball soon in huge, empty parks, or whether basketball players…

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

Time to hit the streets again

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In the United States all states are now opened with different levels of restrictions and rules. While businesses try to lead people back into malls and restaurants, many of us,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Housing News Pro Publica Safety Net

Rent is still due in Kushnerville

Government stimulus checks and a temporary ban on evictions are tiding over the suddenly jobless residents of housing complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s company. But what will happen when both soon run out?      …

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Posted in Nature News The Conversation Wildlife

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California. Connar L’Ecuyer/NPS   by  Richard B. Primack, Boston University and Casey Setash, Colorado State University Editor’s note: Summer is prime time across much of…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Toxic Chemicals While we were looking elsewhere

After dams fail, Dow admits floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘commingling’ with toxic chemical storage ponds

“This has the potential to be a major environmental disaster.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20, 10 AM EDT Floodwaters unleashed by a dam failure in central Michigan have reached a Dow Chemical facility…

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