Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus Environment

Climate crisis could kill as many people as all infectious diseases combined by 2100, warns study

“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, August 4 A new study warns that the annual global death rate from the climate crisis could equal…

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The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism

Oligarchy and Democracy from the Civil War to the present

Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short lived — Southern ideals spread…

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Demonstrators face police armed with military equipment at a recent racial justice protest. (Photo: Amnesty International USA)
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Amnesty International report details human rights violations by US police during racial justice protests

‘The World Is Watching’ The use of force detailed in the report “is ultimately a symptom of the very issue that started these protests: unaccountable police violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer In a report titled…

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Community activists/ watch dogs demand senate reject Trump’s pick to manage US public lands

300+ Groups: ‘Worst possible person’   “When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate’s constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, August 3 Over…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Unemployment

Mnuchin uses debunked GOP talking point to justify slashing $600 unemployment boost

The Millionaire Treasury Secretary is “Inflicting suffering on tens of millions of Americans by cutting unemployment benefits because of an anecdotal ‘some cases’ argument that has been refuted again and again is a stupid way to make…

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Trump proclaims Nevada has made it ‘impossible’ for GOP to win by expanding Voting Rights during pandemic

“Trump and his allies have always been motivated by partisanship, even at the expense of American lives.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, August 3 In a Monday morning tweet attacking Nevada’s proposed expansion of mail-in…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Safety Net Unemployment

Anger with GOP growing as $600 unemployment benefit ends

“They’re Playing With Us” “All our government wants is money in their pockets, while the people are poor and starving and scrounging.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday. August 1 Americans angry with inaction from Senate…

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Demands for Kushner to resign over testing scheme that put politics before public health

‘Staggering’ Level of ‘Depravity’ “Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Senate departs for 3-day weekend as unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Tens of millions of Americans on the brink of eviction and food insecurity and the Senate just left for yet another 3-day weekend.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 31 The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Voter suppression

Obama eulogy for John Lewis includes powerful call for Americans to rise up for Voting Rights

“That seemed to me to be the most explicitly political Obama has been in his post-presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 30, 2020 Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Workers install a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
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Analysis: US economy could create 25 million green jobs by 2035

“We can achieve a just transition to a better world out of the wreckage of this economic crisis… The only thing standing in the way is political will.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29…

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A federal agent in Portland, Oregon during a demonstration on the night of July 24, 2020. (Photo: Jake Borden)
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Oregon Governor says Federal Agents are leaving Portland on Thursday; BUT: DHS, White House says not yet ‘The withdraw is conditional’

“The federal occupation of our community has brought a new kind of fear to our streets.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29   An immediate withdrawal of federal forces in Portland, Oregon appeared unlikely…

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At least 212 eco-defenders were murdered around the world last year, according to a new annual report. (Image: Global Witness)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice

Global Witness reveals 2019 was ‘Deadliest year on record’ for eco-defenders, with 212 murdered worldwide

“Those that defend our land and environment are on the front lines of #ClimateAction. But we are failing them badly.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 “In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land…

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Amid fears of a defeated Trump who won’t go willingly, Warren calls on Cabinet officials to end deployment of federal agents against protests

“This is an urgent matter for American democracy and for the safety of Americans peacefully protesting in their communities.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Unemployment insurance

Yale study on $600 unemployment lifeline championed by Democrats debunks favorite GOP talking point

The analysis comes as Senate Republicans are trying to cut the expanded benefits for workers who have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 A new study by Yale…

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Dr. Stella Immanuel, of "America's Frontline Doctors," spreads misinformation about the coronavirus in a now-deleted Twitter video from right-wing website Breitbart. (Image: Breitbart/screenshot)
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Jaws drop over Trump endorsement of doctor who believes masks don’t work, a Covid-19 cure exists, and some interesting things about alien DNA

‘Wow, Just Wow’ “Forgive me for repeating myself but it’s important,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. “Donald Trump and the Republican party are a threat to your life. They are a threat to your life right…

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video shows plainclothes NYPD officers throwing protester Into unmarked van

“Our civil liberties are on the brink,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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In light of Supreme Court ruling, ACLU says Trump’s latest move to undermine DACA ‘Patently Illegal’

“There is absolutely no reason for this,” said immigration rights activist Erika Andiola. “Nothing. Not a legal reason. Not a political reason. Just hate.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Despite a Supreme Court…

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Real answers demanded after Barr dodges on government authority to aim ‘intrusive surveillance tools’ at protesters

“The public needs to know whether Attorney General Barr thinks President Trump can conduct mass surveillance of protesters without congressional authorization.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 An exchange about government spying powers between…

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Jayapal tears into William Barr at Oversight hearing

“Mr. Barr… I’m starting to lose my temper.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 A fiery exchange during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing between Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Attorney General William Barr over the…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics Social Justice

Majority of Americans back Black Lives Matter protests and think demonstrations will help racial justice: Gallup poll

A new Gallup survey shows that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Congressional Oversight News

Six mayors demand congress block federal agents from US cities

‘Unacceptable, Un-American, and Unconstitutional’ “This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to…

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