The Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center is run by The GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison contractors. (CREDIT: Patrick Michels/Reveal)
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News Public Policy Reveal

Inside ICE lockdown: Face masks made of socks, no hand sanitizer and growing tensions

During his shifts in the kitchen, he and other detainees would speak about the supervisor who kept coughing. Between meals, it’s Iglesias’ job to wipe down the tables where detainees eat. He wished he had disinfectant…

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

Navajo and Hopi grassroots group bringing food and water as coronavirus spreads

“I know these are difficult times. But let’s remember we are never alone,” said Cassandra Begay, Communications Lead with the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, “Let’s remember the important relationships we have that are…

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Photo: Navajo President with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Arizona National Guard assessing possible sites for a Federal Medical Station. Photo Western Navajo Fairgrounds by Navajo President's Office.
Posted in Censored News Coronavirus First Peoples News Navajo News Rez Life

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases increase to 426, with 17 deaths, with curfew

42 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation, two additional deaths By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News WINDOW ROCK – The total number of positive tests…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Facing ‘extinction-level event,’ small businesses urge Congress to replace disastrous loan program with direct payroll grants

“Without a substantial, immediate response that addresses the magnitude of this problem, our small business sector will be devastated.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer With millions of small businesses on the brink of collapse and struggling…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Rez Life

Rocky Ridge Boarding School on Navajo Nation stayed open after state school closure order. Then people started showing symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. by Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic April 7,…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Bernie drops out, as Democrats pick pragmatism over consistency

Sanders, instead, has put forth a consistent vision that has remained more or less the same since his early days in politics as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Rather than moving toward the electorate and shifting positions…

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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 Thousands of people in Flagstaff and on the Colorado Plateau are finding themselves out of work due to their employer cutting back hours or closing entirely. Many are also intentionally…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News

Tuesday evening Coconino County reports 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 2,726 active AZ cases, 80 deaths

  Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Wed, April 8, 11:00 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. Across Arizona there are…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

The value of collective experience

New Orleans A couple of random comments have gotten me thinking a bit about the post-coronavirus world. One thing that stuck with me was a young man’s take on hoarding in New York City that was…

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Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Immigration News Pro Publica

Democratic Senators demand answers on Trump’s secretive border expulsions

After ProPublica’s report, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee ask the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it thinks emergency powers granted to the CDC allow it to bypass existing asylum laws. by Dara Lind…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Oversight of $4.5 trillion corporate bailout in ‘grave jeopardy’ as Trump fires independent watchdog

“A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 7…

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Ray Of Hope! Over 100,000 Covid-19 Patients Have Recovered Around The World So Far, 37 In India
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

After COVID-19: Doctors ponder best advice as patients recover from coronavirus

One vital piece of the recovery puzzle several doctors mentioned is figuring out when and how long people with COVID-19 are able to transmit the virus — particularly those who don’t develop symptoms at all. by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Trump White House weighing tax cut for rich investors as workers and small businesses struggle

‘Smash-and-Grab Economics’ Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering “rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As desperate workers, the unemployed, and small businesses struggle to obtain benefits authorized under the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

Food crisis growing in Honduras cities

A Sunday call with ACORN Honduras organizers brought the harrowing issue of food insecurity home to me with a vengeance. New Orleans    Central America doesn’t get the press on the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s as…

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Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica

Leaked Border Patrol memo tells agents to send migrants back immediately — ignoring asylum law

Citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease and ignoring the Refugee Act of 1980, an internal memo has ordered Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority…

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Posted in Accountability Common Dreams Coronavirus News

US Government’s handling of coronavirus crisis has likely led to severe undercounting of deaths, public health officials say

“Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun.”   by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, April 5 Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Coronavirus News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

From street demos to solidarity work ACORN members are in the community

Pearl River    What do mass-based organizations and social movements do when their tactics of mass action, disruption, and street protests are impossible due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing? Do collective actions simply devolve into…

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Posted in Art Coronavirus News Safety Net

Some emergency relief programs open to Arizona artists affected by COVID-19

Editor’s note:  This news story updated Sunday, April 5 by Meteor staff The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individual artists and arts groups on a local and global scale. Several factors, from event cancellations to temporary…

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Posted in Coconino County News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces amenity closures Saturday April 4

Flagstaff     Effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m., all playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks and Recreation will close until further notice as…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

“It’s Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse,” says Trump after 10 million lost their jobs in two weeks

“It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

Trump Admin says millions may have to wait 5 months to receive $1,200 relief check

“That’s not even remotely fast enough for the millions of working people who have seen their hours slashed, their expenses rise, and their government refuse to take sufficient action.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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Posted in News

Willard Springs Transfer Station opens Friday free green waste-only disposal

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2 Coconino County will reopen the Willard Springs Transfer Station for the summer season for free green waste-only disposal. The station will not be accepting bulk waste due to cash handling…

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Gov. Doug Ducey hosts virtual Arizona Town Hall this evening.

More than 50 television and radio stations will air the event without commercials starting at 6 p.m. Joining the governor will be Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Arizona National Guard Major…

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