Posted in Labor News

‘Landmark’ victory as UK Supreme Court rules Uber drivers are workers entitled to minimum wage, benefits

“This has been a grueling four-year legal battle for our members—but it’s ended in a historic win.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 The United Kingdom’s highest court delivered a major win for…

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Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Arizona Education funding News Vouchers

‘ESAs are merely a Band-Aid’: Arizona education advocates oppose bill to expand school vouchers

by Samantha Molina and Reed Harmon, Cronkite News Thursday February 18, 2021 Phoenix – Public education advocates and leaders of the Arizona School Boards Association’s Black Alliance and Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus gathered at the Arizona State…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Father Vincent O’ Connell deserves better than a smear

by Wade Rathke Thursday, February 18, 2021 New Orleans    This was random. A friend and comrade got it in her mind to memorialize Father Vinnie O’Connell, one of the rare and now vanished labor priests,…

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Climate, obits, and frozen pipes

by Wade Rathke February 17, 2021 New Orleans    I called a friend in Houston to see how bad the snow and ice had hit them. He said they were among the lucky ones and didn’t…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Labor

Indian farmers are a powerful force in Indian politics, and here’s why their protests matter

by Surupa Gupta, University of Mary Washington Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A large number of women have joined the protests against new farm laws in India. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images For over two months, farmers…

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Posted in Climate change News Oceans

New study finds sea level rise projections ‘are on the money’

“If we continue with large ongoing emissions as we are at present, we will commit the world to meters of sea level rise over coming centuries.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A…

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Posted in Insurrection 2021 News

Citing anti-KKK law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson sue Trump and far-right allies over Capitol attack

“Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Indigenous News

‘Indian Country’ is excited about the first Native American secretary of the interior – and the promise she has for addressing issues of importance to all Americans

by Traci Morris, Arizona State University Tuesday, February 16, 2021 U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Oct. 1, 2018. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images President Biden’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of…

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Posted in Investigations IRS

The IRS cashed her check. Then the late notices started coming.

A mountainous backlog of paperwork at the IRS continues to wreak havoc on America’s tax collection system — which especially hurts lower-income filers. by Lydia DePillis, ProPublica Kathy Brenneman hears plenty of taxpayer horror stories in…

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Posted in Biden Administration Politics

Deb Haaland faces GOP backlash over role in pipeline protests

Opposition to fracking and fossil fuel pipelines “are the exact reasons Deb Haaland is the right pick for Interior secretary,” said one advocacy group. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Republican Sen. John…

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Posted in Columns Impeachment Insurrection 2021 Wade Rathke

Inciting to riot

by Wade Rathke February 15, 2021 Pearl River    Predictably, former President Trump was acquitted in his latest impeachment trial. It has always been important to him to set records, and he notched a couple of…

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Activists belonging to various human rights organizations hold placards as they stage a demonstration against the arrest of the activist Disha Ravi by Delhi Police for her alleged involvement in the instigation of violence during the farmers' protest in Bangalore, India on February 15, 2021. (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Environment News

Global outrage after India arrests climate activist over farmer protest toolkit shared by Greta Thunberg

#ReleaseDishaRavi Ravi’s arrest “is an unprecedented attack on democracy,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “Supporting our farmers is not a crime.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Public figures within and beyond India are demanding the…

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Posted in Debt Hospitals News

‘An arm and a leg’: Viral TikTok video serves up recipe to ‘crush’ medical debt

by, Dan Weissmann, Kaiser Health News February 15, 2021   Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Jared Walker, who runs a nonprofit that helps people pay medical bills, posted a TikTok video explaining the…

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Posted in Indigenous News News Nuclear Waste

EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

Work could start later this year following the completion of assessments for mining sites coordinated between the EPA and the Navajo Nation’s environmental agency, the federal agency said. by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing

Why a shootout between Black Panthers and law enforcement 50 years ago matters today

by Paul Ringel, High Point University Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.  Sonny Hedgecock/High Point Enterprise, CC BY-SA  In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, police surrounded…

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Posted in Arizona Mining

Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C. –    A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred…

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Posted in Impeachment

Sinema, Kelly vote to convict, as Senate acquits Trump of incitement

by Staff reporters, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C.    Arizona’s senators joined all Democrats and a handful of Republicans Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to convict former President Donald Trump in a historic…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

No veritas in O’Keefe’s Project Veritas

New Orleans    The scurrilous, criminal provocateur, James O’Keefe, and his have finally been reined in after a dozen years of mayhem and damage. Ironically, they are being hobbled by a new sheriff in the public…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Racism White Privilege

AstraZeneca told to justify unequal vaccine pricing amid soaring profits

“Why is the global south paying more than rich countries for your #Covid19 vaccine?” Global Justice Now asks the pharmaceutical giant, which has pledged not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic. by Jessica Corbett,…

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