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 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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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 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 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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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)
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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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‘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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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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Posted in Coconino County Health News Public Health

County COVID-19 response exhausting resources and supplies

County requests support and supplies from federal and state government to continue response  By Meteor Staff Sunday March 22, 9 AM MST An unexpected demand for COVID-19 tests has already found county officials scraping the bottom…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed Public Policy The Conversation

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

    by  Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh Wednesday March 25 The fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may feel new to many of us. But it is strangely familiar to those who lived through…

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Walmart was almost charged criminally over opioids. Trump appointees killed the indictment.

Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much. by Jesse Eisinger and…

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Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic. Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska by Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University The…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Guaranteed basic income Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Job guarantees, basic income can save us from COVID-19 depression

A universal basic income and a job guarantee are critical ways to help us weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock) by D.T. Cochrane, York University, Canada COVID-19 is both a public health crisis…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn’t enough…

…there needs to be a coordinated global strategy The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus. The World in HDR/Shutterstock.com by Nader Habibi, (Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in Economics of…

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