After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration is rushing deportations of migrant children during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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Abandoned mask
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

New information from the Indian Health Service calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 27, 5:20 p.m. EDT The…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Getting OSHA on the job

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   If there were ever a time that workers needed to feel safe on the job, it’s got to be now in the middle of a pandemic. Even with the lifting…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Banks Climate change Energy Fracking

In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little

Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Time to hit the streets again

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In the United States all states are now opened with different levels of restrictions and rules. While businesses try to lead people back into malls and restaurants, many of us,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News

Small business owners to McConnell: Stop using our plight to push for Covid-19 corporate immunity

“With this perverse cost-shift, corporate immunity could result in only the most irresponsible corporations surviving the pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 A coalition of more than 30,000 small business owners across the…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

With 36 million newly out of work, Trump says he’s willing to let boosted unemployment benefits expire

“This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years and Donald Trump is doubling down on Herbert Hoover’s economic playbook and pushing workers to risk their health for his political benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Wedding planner, caterer, “brand builder”: Trump’s food aid program Is paying $100+ million to unlicensed dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries. by Isaac Arnsdorf Tuesday, May 19, 6 a.m. EDT A food relief program…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo Public Health

Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teachers Union says CDC flowchart on school reopening shows Trump disregard for student safety

“The reality of reopening school buildings and college campuses is that any missteps could cost lives… Once again, this administration has politics trumping science.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, May 18 The largest education union…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Testing for coronavirus

New Orleans   Stage one reopening in New Orleans this weekend was a snoozer, and hardly different from the previous two solid months of stay-at-home orders and restrictions. The new requirements issued by the governor and hardened…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health

Cell data reveals right-wing lockdown protesters spreading Covid-19

“The behavior we’re seeing at protests carries a high risk of infection,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency care physician and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare.   by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Another private jet company owned by a Trump donor got a bailout — This one for $20 million

The two private jet companies are among the first 96 airline companies disclosed as recipients of taxpayer funds under the CARES Act. by Jake Pearson May 15, 5:02 p.m. EDT An Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Making it and taking it, Trump Administration style

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   In a Netflix “Narcos Mexico” rip-off, a paralegal is now facing charges for having tipped off a Mexican drug cartel about investigations and raids while working as a paralegal for…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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Posted in News Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

The Justice Department accidentally released the name of Saudi official suspected of helping the 9/11 hijackers

William Barr’s DOJ inadvertently named Saudi official Musaed al-Jarrah in a court filing after trying for two years to conceal his identity. by Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella Wednesday, May 13, 7:32 p.m. EDT After an…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

US could face ‘darkest winter in modern history,’ ousted whistleblower demands science-based pandemic response

“If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, May 13…

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Posted in Columns Economy Housing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic is pushing Wall Street suburbs and home garden space

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Rumor or reality? I wasn’t sure. My daughter had heard from a real estate agent who specializes in New Orleans historic districts like the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, and elsewhere…

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We must go deeper in organizing and uniting people around a visionary and far-reaching agenda that calls for us to reorganize society around the needs and demands of the poor. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Opinion Safety Net

Poor People’s Campaign: We refuse to allow politicians and big corporations to balance state budgets by denying rights

Leaders are using the lie of scarcity to place the burden of the crisis on the poor while billionaires are becoming even richer and large corporations are getting bailouts. by Rev Dr Liz Theoharis Friday, May…

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