Posted in Banks Common Dreams News

Sanders and Gillibrand unveil Postal Banking Act: to provide public alternative to ‘predatory’ Wall Street banks

The new legislation, according to Sanders’ office, would help “families generate savings, wealth, and credit, while bringing millions of American workers into a more fair banking system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 17 With…

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Posted in Common Dreams Politics Race for the White House 2020

Democrats worry Biden Campaign missing in action in battleground states

The Democratic candidate’s campaign is sparking concern that a redux of 2016—including a lack of outreach and a dearth of voter excitement—is now underway. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 17 Amid mounting criticism that…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Democracy Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Firing workers for off-the-job protests

by Wade Rathke September 17, 2020 New Orleans   A small notice in an email caught my eye. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) attorney in a newly released guidance letter wanted to make sure that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

Landslide vote by nurses in North Carolina delivers biggest hospital unionization win in US South in 45 years

“I’m so grateful this victory will allow us to be better advocates for our community,” one nurse said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 17 In what advocates are calling the biggest union victory at…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Global coalition invites progressives worldwide to attend inaugural summit

‘Internationalism or Extinction’?  “The Progressive International is convening this emergency summit… to map our current crisis, to reclaim our shared future, and to strengthen our planetary front to do so.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer From…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Immigration News Prisons

Activists help ICE detainee avoid deportation following alleged sterilization procedure at Georgia facility

Pauline Binam, a Cameroonian who has lived in the U.S. since the age of two, was detained at an ICE facility where her fallopian tubes were removed, allegedly without her consent. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Journalism

Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do

Social interaction can be risky during a pandemic, but it’s also important for young people’s development and mental health. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images by Tammy Chang, University of Michigan and Matthew Dunn, University of Michigan America’s teens…

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Posted in Common Dreams Human Rights ICE News

Lawmakers demand probe into ‘horrifying’ allegations of neglect, mass hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

“These allegations are part of a larger pattern of reproductive injustices conducted by ICE officials.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 Democratic lawmakers Wednesday called for an “emergency investigation” into allegations of medical neglect…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Hightower

Beware corporate COVID propaganda

CEOs say they’re cutting their own pay in solidarity with laid off or hurting workers — only, not really. By Jim Hightower | Other Words September 16, 2020 COVID-19 has been a doubly-deadly disaster for millions…

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Posted in Deportation ICE News Pro Publica

ICE deported a woman who accused guards of sexual assault while the Feds were still investigating the incident

The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it. by Lomi Kriel…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

CDC’s eviction ban, please and maybe

by Wade Rathke September 16, 2020 New Orleans   I didn’t want to be right on this, but from any reading of the Center for Disease Control’s federal eviction ban, it was clear that it was going…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump touts herd immunity approach to Covid that experts warn would kill millions

“He’s Describing a Massacre” “‘Herd immunity’ without a vaccine is deadly,” said one epidemiologist. “Trump’s idiocy on science is killing us.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 Insisting during a town hall Tuesday night…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Wild Fire

Hundreds of thousands of dead migratory birds in Southwest linked to wildfires, Climate Crisis

‘Ecological Disaster on Massive Scale’ “The fact that we’re finding hundreds of these birds dying, just kind of falling out of the sky is extremely alarming.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 A combination…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Safety Net

McConnell quietly rams through more lifetime Trump judges while blocking Covid relief

“It’s outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 As Covid-19 relief for jobless and hungry Americans, collapsing small businesses, and state…

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Posted in Labor News Prisons Racism

Disaster work is often carried out by prisoners – who get paid as little as 14 cents an hour despite dangers

Prison systems have long championed the work of incarcerated persons in emergencies and disasters as a demonstration of the value of prisons to local communities and the state. Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Investigations News

Rights groups condemn ICE amid whistleblower’s allegations of unwarranted hysterectomies

‘Forced Sterilization Is Genocide’ The complaint alleges numerous health and safety violations in regards to Covid-19 in addition a disturbing number of procedures performed on detained women. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Human…

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Posted in News Politics Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

No Democrats allowed: a conservative lawyer holds secret voter fraud meetings with state election officials

Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, whose work about voting fraud has been discredited, has been conducting private meetings for Republicans only. by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman Starting in early spring, as the coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Pro Publica

Climate change will force a New American Migration

Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?…

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Posted in Columns Elections Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Voting on the Working Family Party Ballot Line

by Wade Rathke September 15, 2020 New Orleans New Yorkers are lucky. Not only do they get to vote with relatively little hassle, but they get to send important messages to politicians about where they stand…

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Posted in Common Dreams Corruption Dark Money Investigations News USPS

Researcher reveals DeJoy donated $600,000 to Trump and GOP after top USPS job opened

“This information is explosive. We have a crony at the helm of our nation’s Postal Service. A man rife with conflicts of interest and potential violations of law.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 15…

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Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Politics Public Policy

Senator demands HHS official Michael Caputo be fired for deranged ‘sedition’ rant against CDC scientists

The former Trump campaign aide-turned-federal official baselessly claimed “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to prevent the president from winning reelection. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Sen. Patty Murray…

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A police officer stands on the roof of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis holding a projectile launcher during a demonstration on May 27. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

‘It seems systematic’: doctors cite 115 cases of head injuries from crowd control devices

by Jordan Culver, USA Today September 14, 2020 At least 115 people were injured this summer when police shot them in the head or neck with so-called “less-lethal” projectiles at protests over racial injustice and police…

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Posted in Columns Data security Privacy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Protecting, sharing, and hiding behind private health data

by Wade Rathke September 14, 2020 New Orleans   Most of us think our own health is our business, that is until we find out it is big business, and that everyone wants to make it…

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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Trump spits climate denialism right in California’s face: “It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch”

“I thought I’d find it funny watching this, but instead it’s just chilling: as the West Coast faces a climate catastrophe, the president laughs at them and denies the problem exists.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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