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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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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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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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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Public Policy Racism The Conversation

Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy – the other lesson from Minneapolis

Minneapolis, a city still split along racial lines. Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images by Julian Agyeman, Tufts University The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

New ACLU analysis of crime data shreds GOP’s argument against decarceration during pandemic

“With additional decarceral efforts, many further infections can be prevented in the… cities analyzed and many others.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 27 An ACLU report released Monday uses data from 29 locations across…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Texas is a mess

by Wade Rathke Wichita Falls   For years signs along the Texas highways, bumper stickers, and just about everything else proudly declared, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was classic Texas. Designed to stop litter with a chest-thumping…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates

A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images by John E. Finn, Wesleyan…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

How to understand COVID-19 numbers

Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate…

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Children in an elementary school class wear masks and sit as desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Public Health Restart 2020

US teachers and pediatricians demand major Federal investment in schools to allow for safe reopening

“It’s incredible to me that the federal government would see the necessity of bailing out airlines and banks and not see the need to do something similar for the public schools in this country,” said one…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

Fears of Going ‘Through Hell Again’ “With American lives on the line, the question now is whether members of the Republican Party will continue to stand by in silence as the President peddles fiction about a…

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Posted in Columns Public Policy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Signs of Caution and Hope from Conservative Critics

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Watchwords for all of us in this work have always included “know your enemy” and “keep them close.” It is impossible to keep up in these days and times with…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Poverty Public Policy

Studies detail how poorest saved by Covid-19 Stimulus—and why more Is needed

‘Poverty Is a Policy Choice’    “When you look at the size of the government response, it makes sense.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 22 Two separate studies released Sunday show that U.S. government…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails News Pro Publica Public Health

The prison was built to hold 1,500 inmates. It had over 2,000 Coronavirus cases.

Prison overcrowding has been quietly tolerated for decades. But the pandemic is forcing a reckoning. by Dara Lind Thursday, June 18, 11 am. MST Jason Thompson lay awake in his dormitory bed in the Marion Correctional…

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Pedestrians walk past customers sitting outside at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported. Photographer: Cheney Orr)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Health experts link rise in Arizona COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

Before Arizona lifted its stay-at-home order, only about 5% of COVID-19 tests registered as positive. On Monday, that number was around 16%. by Will Stone Tuesday, June 16, 2020 With new daily coronavirus cases rising in at least…

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Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
Posted in Accountability Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Safety Net

New coronavirus hot spots emerge across South and in California, as Northeast slows, cases up in Arizona

By the end on June 9th Arizona Cases totaled 28,296 an increase of 4,000 cases in 3 days. by Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio and Jackie Fortiér, KPCC June 10, 2020 Mass…

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Posted in News Policing Pro Publica Public Health

Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung…

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Nearly 60% of Americans support extending boosted unemployment benefits as Trump and McConnell say let them expire

“The across-the-board $600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits should be extended well past its expiration at the end of July—until unemployment is falling rapidly and is at a manageable level.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Noam Chomsky, April 2014.
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Public Policy

Chomsky says Trump a ‘Sociopathic Megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, May 25 World-renowned intellectual…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
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Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo Public Health

Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Cell data reveals right-wing lockdown protesters spreading Covid-19

“The behavior we’re seeing at protests carries a high risk of infection,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency care physician and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare.   by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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