Posted in First Nations Guest Column Indigenous News

Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

Since the 1980s, an influx of fast food restaurants and convenience stores and an exodus of supermarkets in poorer neighborhoods across the U.S. have led to chronic disease disparities in low-income communities and racial minorities. This…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on April 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in Infrastructure Politics Restart 2021

Sanders warns Dems could lose Congress if they get mired in ‘never-ending’ negotiations with GOP

“The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published the photos of 67 children who were killed in Gaza in the recent 11-day bombardment campaign by the Israel Defense Forces. (Photo: Haaretz)
Posted in War

Israeli newspaper publishes photos of all 67 Palestinian children killed in Gaza onslaught

‘This Is the Price of War’ “Conversations around Israel/Palestine are changing in Jewish communities across the globe,” said rabbi and author Abby Stein. “It’s about time.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021  …

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Members of Britain's GMB Union demonstrate outside Amazon's United Kingdom headquarters on May 26, 2021 as part of a #MakeAmazonPay global day of action for workers' rights. (Photo: War on Want/Twitter)
Posted in Corporate Taxes Labor Wealth

Workers stage Global Day of Action to #MakeAmazonPay

“Loud and clear, Amazon’s producers, distributors, and delivery drivers are telling Jeff Bezos: pay your workers.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer   Asserting that workers—not CEO Jeff Bezos—drive Amazon’s success, employees of the world’s largest online…

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Posted in Arizona Climate change Colorado River

Arizona’s current historic drought may be ‘baseline for the future’

by Alyssa Marksz, Cronkite News May 27, 2021   WASHINGTON –    Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near…

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Posted in Carbon Climate change Sustainability

Engine No. 1’s big win over Exxon shows activist hedge funds joining fight against climate change

by Mark DesJardine, Penn State and Tima Bansal, Western University One of the most expensive Wall Street shareholder battles on record could signal a big shift in how hedge funds and other investors view sustainability. Exxon…

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Climate activists on Wednesday celebrated a Dutch court's ruling that Royal Dutch Shell must cut its carbon emissions 45% by 2030. (Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Energy Sustainability

Court Rules Shell must cut CO2 emissions 45% by 2030

‘Landslide Victory for Climate Justice’ “This is a turning point in history,” said an attorney who noted that the ruling “may also have major consequences for other big polluters.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, May…

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Climate activists protest on the fist day of the ExxonMobil trial outside the New York State Supreme Court building on October 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Business Climate change

Activist Investors Score Surprise Win With ExxonMobil Board Seats

‘A Seismic Shift’ for Big Oil “The outcome is a sign that Exxon’s morally inept and fiscally questionable long-term climate strategy is finally catching up with it,” wrote one journalist. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Unemployment

Anger grows as GOP Governors cut off jobless benefits

‘Attempting to Starve People Back to Work’ Meanwhile, the Biden administration is under fire for claiming it is powerless to prevent states from ending the $300 weekly unemployment boost. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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Donald Trump heads back into the elevator at Trump Tower on January 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in News Politics

New York AG announces Trump Organization probe is now a criminal investigation

“This is huge,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 19, 2021   The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced late Tuesday that it has…

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Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target the occupied Palestinian territory on May 17, 2021. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Human Rights News world

Nearly 30 Senate Dems call for immediate cease-fire as death toll from Israeli assault on Gaza tops 190

More than half of the Senate Democratic caucus said a cease-fire is urgently needed “to prevent any further loss of civilian life.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 17, 2021   A group of nearly…

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Posted in Analysis world

As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

Israeli-arabs gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11. Oren Ziv/picture alliance via Getty ImagesJames L. Gelvin, University of California, Los…

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Venezuelan asylum seeker Jhinezka de Arias holds her son Cristhofer at the bus station in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 25. Credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Immigration

Border policy Is getting more and more convoluted. That’s creating false hope for migrants.

The Biden administration and the Mexican government have made the situation at the border so confusing that even seasoned experts can’t always determine who is allowed in and who isn’t. That may be contributing to the…

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine
Posted in Analysis Water Wild Fire

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

May 13, 2021 2.17pm EDT Updated May 13, 2021 3.54pm EDT by Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, and John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced   Just about every indicator of…

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Lawyers were stopped while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and questioned by counterterrorism agents. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Pro Publica

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit. The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known. by Dara Lind  …

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Michael Harrington, dust jacket photo from Twilight of Capitalism (1977)
Posted in Columns Guest Column Politics

Michael Harrington

by Tom Gallagher Saturday, May 15, 2021 A talk given to the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America. During the dark ages of American socialism, well before the first Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, a friend of…

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National Public Radio's new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE opened on March 25, 2013, in the NOMA district in Washington. (Photo by Bill Clark/Getty Images)
Posted in Columns Guest Column Journalism

NPR at 50 – Straying from its civic mission?

by Ralph Nader This month [May, 2021] is the 50th anniversary of National Public Radio (NPR). Knowing about my work back then with other advocates, to persuade Congress to pass legislation creating NPR and PBS, (which…

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Smoke billows as an Israeli air bomb is dropped on the Jala Tower during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Israel's air force targeted the 11-floor Jala Tower housing Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and the Associated Press news agency among many other media outlets. (Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in News world

Israeli bombs destroy Gaza Media Center; AP, Al-Jazeera, others taken out

Israel destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera and other media outlets on Saturday, the latest step by Israel to silence reporting. by Common Dreams staff Saturday, May…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings—Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News Unemployment insurance

Sanders urges Labor Secretary to protect jobless benefits as GOP governors race to cut them off

Az Gov. Ducey moves to cut fed unemployment help The Vermont senator warned that many workers “will be forced into poverty” if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke Workers

Are unemployed workers striking?

by Wade Rathke May 12, 2021 A small group of state governors have announced that their states may abandon the supplemental unemployment program way before its September expiration. The number of Republican governors making the announcement…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

120+ Retired US Generals and Admirals pen ‘disturbing’ letter parroting Trump election lies

“This should bust the myth that generals automatically deserve our respect,” said Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 12, 2021   More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals…

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New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference announcing a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA on August 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images)
Posted in News

In blow to NRA, Federal Judge dismisses group’s bankruptcy case

“Toast baby, toast.” “The NRA’s bankruptcy was deemed to be bad faith, much like every promise and statement the organization has made for decades,” said one group working to end gun violence. “The NRA cannot escape…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Highlander and Horton

by Wade Rathke May 8, 2021 New Orleans    It was fun talking to Stephen Preskill about his new book, Education in Black and White: Myles Horton and the Highlander Center’s Vision for Social Justice, on…

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