Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News Reveal

Federal prosecutors hold protesters for months pretrial

Dozens of protesters who took part in the uprisings after George Floyd’s murder have faced prolonged detention despite COVID-19 outbreaks. By Aaron Miguel Cantú, Reveal Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Just after midnight on May 31 in…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Politics

McConnell readies Lame Duck push to further pack courts with Trump’s judicial appointees

“That’s His Priority as the Pandemic Rages On” “It is literally sickening to see Mitch McConnell continue to indulge his partisan obsession with confirming far-right judges, instead of taking action on the Covid pandemic that continues…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Government Politics Restart 2021

Demanding White House Climate Office and ‘fierce’ Cabinet picks, groups urge Biden to claim his ‘FDR moment’

“Democrats have a once-in-a-generation moment to deliver policies at the scale of the crises our generation is facing.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Wednesday, November 11 The left is not waiting for permission to be heard—and…

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Posted in First Peoples News Food News Reveal

Conflict beef from Nicaragua feeds US market amid pandemic

By Nathan Halverson, Reveal October 21, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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Posted in First Peoples News Navajo News

After the deaths of two soldiers at Fort Hood, the Navajo Nation wants answers

Navajo families say their loved ones faced hazing and harassment at the Army base outside Killeen. by  Pauly Denetclaw, The Texas Observer Saturday, October 24 Corlton Lane Chee came to the Fort Hood Army base from…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Courts Justice

Critics say DOJ settlement not nearly enough for Purdue Pharma’s deadly role in opioid crisis

‘Prosecute the Sackler Family’ “Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The Justice Department announced Wednesday…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community Economy Editorial/opinon Justice Op/Ed

Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future

We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences. by Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer Tuesday, October 13, 2020 ”This time,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering News SCOTUS Voter suppression

SCOTUS nominee Barrett says she would approach election tampering with ‘an open mind’

“This shouldn’t be a hard question. The fact that she would not answer it is deeply troubling.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was asked Tuesday during her second…

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Posted in Columns Prisons Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Prison everywhere around you

by Wade Rathke October 10, 2020 Pearl River   Talking to Victoria Law on Wade’s World about the book, Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, that she co-authored with Maya Schenwar,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations Journalism Justice News

On grim anniversary of Khashoggi murder, activists project slain Saudi’s image from coast to coast

“We promise you, Jamal, to always tell your story and to fight tirelessly until justice is served.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, October 2 Human rights activists with the groups Freedom First and Amnesty International…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams News SCOTUS

Reproductive rights advocates say Barrett signing anti-choice ad confirms pre-existing bias

“Trump said he’s only nominating justices who’ll end Roe and criminalize abortion,” says NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president Ilyse Hogue. “We take him at his word.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, October 1 Amy Coney Barrett,…

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Posted in Analysis Religion The Conversation

Sacred violence is not yet ancient history – beating it will take human action, not divine intervention

Pope Urban II giving marching orders ahead of the First Crusade. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images by  Michael A. Vargas, State University of New York at New Paltz Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams News Second Amendment

Barrett’s right-wing ideology and past rulings signal she could intentionally ‘make the country a more unjust place’

“Sometimes her opinions have been downright cruel. They disqualify her, full stop.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, September 28 Since President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed reports that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed SCOTUS The Conversation

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

by Jonathan Entin, Case Western Reserve University Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the Supreme Court announced. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement that “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.”…

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Attorney General William Barr listens to US President Donald Trump speaks with officials on September 1, 2020. (Screenshot from photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Government Investigations Justice News

DOJ moves to take over Trump’s defense in suit filed by rape accuser

AG Barr Slammed for Acting as ‘Personal Henchman’ of Trump “By putting the DOJ to work defending him over conduct that has nothing to do with his official capacity, Trump has taken another giant step toward…

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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A firefighter (L) speaks to an inmate firefighter as they prepare to put out flames on the road leading to the Reagan Library during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019.
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Prisons Wild Fire

California bill to help prisoner firefighters find work after release awaits Governor’s signature

As the Golden State burns amid a firefighter shortage, AB 2147 would expedite criminal record expungements so ex-inmates can apply for EMT licenses. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, August 31   As dozens of major…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

Amid violence in Portland, Biden and progressive critics emphasize that continued chaos is result of ‘Trump’s America’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he’s allowed Trump to claim the “law and order” mantle. by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Common Dreams News

Tennessee to strip right to vote from protesters

‘If our votes didn’t matter they wouldn’t work so hard to silence us.’ ‘This is the Opposite of What Americans Fought a Revolution For’ by Common Dreams staff Sunday, August 23, 2020 Tennessee protesters will face…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Change is Messy

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   One takeaway from the memorials to civil rights leader and organizer, Congressman John Lewis, has been the repeated invocation of the violence that was the handmaiden of the struggle. Martin…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Ethics Jails The Conversation

As the coronavirus rages in prisons, ethical issues of crime and punishment become more compelling

A 1970 image of prisoners in cell blocks at Rikers Island Prison.  Bettmann / Contributor/Bettmann via Getty Images by  Austin Sarat, Amherst College Thursday, August 6 Across the United States, prisons and jails have become hot…

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Participants behind a banner reading "COVID BEHIND BARS = DEATH" attend a rally at Rikers Island in New York. Rights advocates have urged state, local, and federal officials to release vulnerable inmates during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that prisons and jails are equipped with safety measures to prevent outbreaks. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons SCOTUS

Supreme Court rules jail does not have to provide basic protections to inmates

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases “There is no legal principle justifying this stay. The only ‘principle’ animating it is the belief of the Republican appointees to the Court that prisoners are subhuman.”…

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A girl holds on to an adult as police in riot gear stand nearby following protests against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, turned destructive in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Journalism News

County judge orders journalists to turn over footage to Seattle police

‘Disturbing—and Dangerous’ “This turns journalists into an arm of the government. We are not here to do surveillance for police.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, July 24 Journalists and civil liberties advocates alike condemned a…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics

Trump and Barr to deploy more Federal Agents to US cities – Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico,

‘Abuse of Power’ “In case you were wondering, this is precisely what fascism looks like.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday afternoon that the…

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