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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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Poverty Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net

Early data shows African Americans Have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race…

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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 Analysis Censored News Coronavirus Corporate Influence Labor Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

NLRB moves to make unionizing more difficult while COVID-19 ravages workers

‘Nearly Impossible for Workers’ “The Trump NLRB takes this moment to publish a rule that will make it harder both for workers to unionize and to keep unions they have. Shameful does not even begin to…

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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 Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News Public Health

Flagstaff coronavirus shorts

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2, As government response to the coronavirus outbreak increases, there’s news to report on many levels that affects northern Arizonans and our business community. Grand Canyon closes. Late yesterday afternoon, the…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Public Policy

Trump reversal on coronavirus relief payments still leaves barrier for millions. (Updated 4 PM Thursday)

‘Not Enough’:  “They’re still requiring SSI recipients and veterans receiving pensions to file a tax return before receiving their coronavirus stimulus payments.” UPDATE: 4 PM Thursday: People who do not have direct deposit information on file…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

As pandemic paralyzes global economy, world Is ‘awash in seas of oil’ with nowhere left to store it

“How about we #KeepItInTheGround?” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Despite the coronavirus pandemic grounding global oil demand to a halt, oil producers continue to extract the fossil fuel—even as storage space is running out, the price…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Off the wire Plastic Public Policy Recycling

When does recycling your plastic make sense? The answer isn’t so simple

By Orion Donovan-Smith   “Plastic Wars,” which examines the crisis in plastic waste, airs on PBS nationwide on March 31, 2020, and online with additional stories online and on-air in the coming weeks. The program is…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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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 Accountability Bailout 2020 Corporate Influence News Politics Reveal While we were looking elsewhere

‘I’ll be the oversight,’ Trump says as his political appointees protect Wall Street, real estate

By Aaron Glantz / Reveal March 30, 2020 “I’ll be the oversight,” President Donald Trump declared last week as Congress debated the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package he signed into law Friday. The bill, the largest…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Care Public Health Safety Net The Conversation

These groups are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Chen Reis, University of Denver and Lynn Lawry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences March 31 How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting the most vulnerable among us? Tens of millions of Americans fit that…

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Posted in Investigations News Politics Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

NC Sen. Burr faces DOJ investigation for selling a fortune in stocks right before the market crashed

The investigation comes after ProPublica reported that the North Carolina lawmaker unloaded a significant portion of his total stock holdings before the coronavirus sell-off in the stock market. by Robert Faturechi March 30, 2020 Federal authorities…

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Posted in Arizona Closures and repurposing Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

Ducey issues stay-at-home order for Arizona beginning 5 PM Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases by Meteor Staff Monday, March 30 3:30 PM MST Flagstaff     Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans beginning 5 PM…

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A Trilogy Evo portable ventilator from an instructional video on YouTube. (Obtained by ProPublica)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Off the wire Public Health Public Policy

‘It’s like a sick experiment’: Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home

Editors note: a little after noon on Monday Gov Ducey issues a stay at home proclamation. Read that story here… Despite hundreds of Covid-19 cases, governor has refused to order shelter-in-place and has barred localities from…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Fort Tuthill Coconino County Park
Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

Coconino County specimen collections site closed on Friday, Saturday, re-open Sunday

Flagstaff       Coconino County health officials are changing the location and hours of the drive-up COVID-19 specimen collection sites. Specimen collection sites will not be taking specimens on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March…

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