Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus

GOP floats slashing boosted unemployment payments to $100 per week

Showing ‘Contempt for the American People,’  “Senate Republicans are wildly out of touch with reality. Seriously, just $400 a month? Cutting monthly income for 30 million families by $2,000 would cost the country millions of jobs.”…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed

Wake Up, America! We must force Trump to resign or at least step aside

Your messages tell presidents which way the political winds are blowing. Make this “rumble of the people” speak loud and clear NOW! by Ralph Nader Monday, July 20, 2020 Public Citizen’s open letter, co-signed by over…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

ACORN is 50

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Celebrating a 50th anniversary feels strange on a Zoom call, but that doesn’t make it feel any less of an accomplishment. As the clock passed midnight in India, the farthest extent…

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Demonstrators flee Monday after right-wing militia members fired shots into a crowd attempting to remove a statue of brutal conquistador Juan de Oñate. (Photo: Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)
Posted in News Racism Right Wing Militias

Demonstrator shot in New Mexico as right-wing militia attacks protest over monument to brutal conquistador

“These extremists cannot be allowed to silence peaceful protests or inflict violence.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Members of a far right militia group were arrested Monday evening in Albuquerque after a…

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Joined by 15 T-Rex dinosaurs, more than 200 people demonstrated in January of 2017 against the appointment of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, urging senators to #RejectRex. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/350.org)
Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News

Researchers show hack-for-hire operation targeted groups fighting for climate action and net neutrality

“If the investigation demonstrates that Exxon is behind these attacks, it only shows how far the fossil fuel industry will go to silence critics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, June 10 The Canadian digital watchdog…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Community News

Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy help launch Global Green New Deal project with worldwide invitation. Video

“The time to build the future we deserve is now, and international solidarity is the tool we need to begin its construction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 Authors Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Housing News Rent Freeze

Tens of thousands take part in Covid-19 rent strike across US on May Day

“People aren’t striking because they don’t feel like paying rent. They’re striking because they can’t pay rent.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May 1 Tens of thousands of people across the United States are expected…

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Kern Oil and Refining Co.'s facility in Bakersfield faces legal and regulatory challenges as well as public backlash over toxic air emissions. (Jeremy P. Jacobs/E&E News)
Posted in Air Polution Environment

Fears of toxic pollution are growing in California’s oil hub.

Anger over air quality By Jeremy P. Jacobs / E&E News Third in the “Toxic Zones” series, which explores life in the communities around America’s oil refineries. This series is a collaboration between E&E News and…

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus ICE News Off the wire

La Palma cases increase after ICE assured judge of no suspected cases

  By Jude Joffe-Block and Valeria Fernández April 16, 2020 PHOENIX – Three days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials claimed in court filings that there were no longer any active or suspected COVID-19 cases…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus Navajo News

The Navajo Nation has been hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak with cases at 838

by Meteor Staff Tuesday, April 14, 4:20 PM, MST Updated 2 PM Wednesday April 15 Flagstaff  St. Mary’s Food Bank delivered three semi-truck loads of food boxes this morning to the struggling Navajo Nation in Arizona….

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus Health News

EPA moves to allow more PM 2.5 particulate emissions

EPA particulate matter decision puts science, health aside to protect polluters Meteor Staff from press releases April 14, 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus Navajo News

Flagstaff and Coconino County cases rise slower than state and Reservation cases

  by Meteor Staff Sunday, April 12 Flagstaff  Coconino County Health and Human Services released new sets of statistics Saturday night. CCHHS reported 18 deaths, 236 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 33 tests pending and 863…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News News Rez Life Safety Net

Thursday evening Navajo Nation reports: 70 new positive cases of COVID-19, two more deaths. 57-hour curfew begins Friday night 8 PM

Home to over 300,000 people the total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday by Meteor Staff from Navajo Nation press releases and firsthand accounts Friday, April…

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Photo: Brian Merrill/Pixabay
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Science The Conversation

Coronaviruses and the human meat market

We’ve created a world where parasites and pathogens can run amok. Here are three steps we need to take, as a society, to protect both native species and human health. Essay by Russell A. Mittermeier April…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Economy News Politics Safety Net Working Class

GOP Senate Trio threatens to delay stimulus bill because unemployment benefits amid pandemic are too generous

“Senate Republicans are just so inhumane they can’t imagine policymakers intentionally providing working people with enough money to temporarily live on in the event they’re laid off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus turning ICE detention into ‘death camps,’ groups rallying to free families, held around country

“ICE is making the pandemic more dangerous for everyone.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer As legal advocates filed an emergency suit on behalf of families and children detained by ICE, activists around the U.S. demonstrated against…

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Posted in Analysis Health While we were looking elsewhere

On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic: A doctor’s view

The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Paid sick leave loopholes: ‘There’s a giant hole in Pelosi’s coronavirus bill’

“The bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers.” by Common Dreams staff Early Saturday morning the US House of Representatives voted 363-40 to pass a coronavirus relief package, days after the World…

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Posted in Coronavirus Council meetings Flagstaff Health Health Health Care News Public Health

Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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Posted in Dark Money Ethics News Politics

Trump FEC pick offers mixed messages on donor disclosure

Dark Money comes to the Federal Elections Commission By Karl Evers-Hillstrom Ι Center for Responsive Politics March 10, 2020 Trey Trainor, President Donald Trump’s Republican nominee to the Federal Election Commission, tried to quell concerns from…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Public Policy

Meetings with energy companies dominate Interior Dept agendas 12 – 1

Analysis Finds 235 Interior Department Meetings With Dirty Energy Over Two Years, Compared to 19 With Conservation and Renewable Energy Interests By Mac England Ι The Meteor March 10, 2020 Executives from the oil, gas, electricity,…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Payroll Taxes Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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