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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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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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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"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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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) leaves the Senate Democrats' luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on October 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Democracy News Politics

Defending filibuster, Sinema imperils last-ditch voting rights push

“Sinema doesn’t support the voting rights legislation. The filibuster just lets her pretend she does.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, December 16, 2021 Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Wednesday cast further doubt on Democrats’ nascent…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Build Back Better verges on collapse as Manchin attempts to kill child tax credit

“Put the bill on the floor and make him explain that he voted it down because he wanted to cut all of the money for families with children,” suggested one progressive commentator. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in Arizona News Policing

Phoenix police oversight office’s first director begins work

by Olivia McCann, Cronkite News December 8, 2021 PHOENIX – The first director of a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department is on the job. Roger Smith runs the Office of Accountability…

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Flagstaff winter parking reminder

Don’t get towed. by Meteor Staff December 08, 2021 With significant snow forecast for northern Arizona in the coming days, the City of Flagstaff released a reminder regarding snow operations and parking within Flagstaff city limits….

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks to reporters as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in News Restart 2021 Wealth Tax

Sinema targeted over tax break for rich

  “It’s time for her to decide who she works for: Arizonans, or private equity billionaires.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 7, 2021 A group of wealthy investors and business leaders who support progressive…

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Tucson police officers respond to an officer-involved shooting in which a 61-year-old wheelchair-bound man was shot nine times in the back and side after allegedly shoplifting a toolbox from a Lowe's home improvement store on November 29, 2021. (Photo: Tucson Police Department)
Posted in Arizona Police Killings

Man in wheelchair fatally shot in the back by Tucson police officer

‘Indefensible‘ Richard Lee Richards was shot nine times in the back and side by a Tucson officer, who has since been fired, earlier this week.   Noting that up to half of all fatal U.S. police…

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A worker looks through a bag of marijuana that will be used to make marijuana infused chocolate edibles at Kiva Confections on January 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Posted in Cannabis News Politics

South Dakota Supreme Court kills recreational marijuana law approved by voters

The ruling is a win for Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who directed the state to pay for the legal fight against the voter-backed amendment. by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams November 25, 2021 The South Dakota Supreme…

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Various student unions took to the streets of Kolkata, India on November 19, 2021 to celebrate and congratulate the farmers on the retraction of farm laws against which they have been protesting for a year. (Photo: Debarchan Chatterjee/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Community Action Sustainability world

‘Victory of global significance’: Modi to repeal laws that sparked year-long farmers’ revolt

“After a year of strikes—and having faced brutal repression that claimed some 700 lives—India’s farmers are victorious in their struggle.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Saturday, November 20, 2021 Workers’ rights activists around the globe rejoiced…

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walk in the U.S. Capitol hallway on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema digs in on Filibuster defense amid GOP’s assault on voting rights

Republicans and a pair of Senate Democrats are “using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily lives of people,” warned Rev. Dr. William Barber II. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has expressed opposition to a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would incentivize both fair working conditions at auto plants and the manufacturing and purchase of electric vehicles. (Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change News Restart 2021

Manchin leads charge against Biden’s electric vehicle tax credit

“Manchin thinks being pro-labor is un-American.” by Julia Colney, Common Dreams  Monday, November 15, 2021  Advocates for both workers’ rights and climate policy are condemning Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest statements opposing provisions in the Build Back…

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Ross, a resident of the Castaway Inn in downtown Reno, was forced to move out after the motel was bought by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs. Jacobs plans to demolish the Castaway.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness News

Reno developer plans to demolish motel that serves as housing lifeline

Jeffrey Jacobs has been buying and demolishing Reno motels for years. He promises the low-income tenants who live there he’ll find them a better place. Displaced residents of the Castaway Inn paint a fuller picture of…

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Members of the advocacy group D.C. Marijuana Justice hold a 51-foot blow-up joint on the National Mall on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Cannabis Culture News

Senate Democrats call on Biden to pardon all Federal nonviolent marijuana offenders

“Our country’s cannabis policies must be completely overhauled, but you have the power to act now.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Blasting “over a century of failed and racist cannabis policies,” a…

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) attends a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on May 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News

Republican Paul Gosar shares edited video of him killing AOC

‘He Should Be Expelled’ “This man should not serve in Congress,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). “Fantasizing about violently attacking your colleagues has no place in our political discourse and society.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams…

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House members worked into the early morning Saturday to pass the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and move forward on a separate $1.85 trillion social spending package that Democratic leaders hope to deliver before Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)
Posted in Arizona Infrastructure News

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

by Diannie Chavez, Kimberly Silverio-Bautista and Ulysse Bex, Cronkite News November 6, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill,…

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A boy with his teddy bear sits on the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Sheikh Ridvan neighborhood in Gaza City on May 19, 2021. (Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Middle East News War

US coalition calls on Biden to denounce Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian Rights groups

“A threat against the Palestinian human rights movement is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere,” nearly 300 U.S.-based civil society groups told Secretary of State Antony Blinken. by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, October…

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Posted in Corporate Influence News Politics Restart 2021

West Virginia constituents decry ‘Immorality’ of Joe Manchin

“West Virginia has been locked into an economy that forces workers into low-wage jobs with no hope for advancement, and after decades of this our hope is dwindling,” said one West Virginian. “The cuts that Sen….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks with reporters after the Senate Democratic policy luncheon in the Capitol on July 13, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Medicare News Restart 2021

‘Bottom Line,’ says Bernie Sanders, deal must include Medicare expansion, lower drug prices

“That’s what the American people want.” by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Tuesday, October 26, 2021 As congressional leadership pushes Democrats to “act like we are winning” even as a few corporate-backed party members and business lobbyists…

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Posted in Investigations News

Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front. Scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment…

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