Posted in Columns Guns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Disarm all protestors in public spaces

by Wade Rathke Friday, September 4 Pearl River   I’m enrolled in the lifetime learning program for organizers. The sessions are usually not online, but they happen there, too. Most of the classes are in real-time…

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Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Policing

As nationwide protests over police brutality continue, cities across the US cut and reallocate police funding

“You don’t have to go full abolition to see that maybe sinking 1/3 of a city’s general budget into police is a problematic investment.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 12 Cities across the U.S….

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Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
Posted in Accountability Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Government Investigative Reporting Workshop

As Trump declared coronavirus under control, local leaders saw cases continue to pile up.

By Nicole Dungca, Jenn Abelson, John Sullivan Thursday, May 7 As a mysterious respiratory illness tore through China and other countries in mid-January, Kyle Coleman, an emergency management coordinator in Texas, took inventory of his team’s…

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Posted in Climate change Environment First Peoples News News

Amazonian indigenous leaders share Earth Day video message with the world

Leaders from Amazon Sacred Headwaters region deliver unified message: ‘Caring for the forests is caring for your life and future generations.’ by Meteor staff They come from different countries and different nationalities, but this Earth Day,…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

Most years, the Postal Service is a moneymaker

Most of the agency’s deficits are phony paper losses, manufactured by Congress at the behest of corporate privatizers. By Jim Hightower April 22, 2020 One public service that people really like and count on is the…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump puts UnitedHealth Group, a for-profit Insurer in charge of Covid-19 hospital funds

‘Never Heard of Anything Like This’ “It’s simply bizarre and unconscionable that the Trump administration would have United manage billions in relief to hospitals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 AM MST Watchdog…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Environment Public Health Public Policy The Revelator Water

Pandemic shines a light on critical water issues — 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water, will Congress fund solutions?

Clean water is essential during the COVID-19 health crisis, but so far Congress hasn’t directed funds to help water utilities or stop water shutoffs in low-income households. 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water by…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus advice from abroad: 7 lessons America’s Governors should not ignore as they reopen their economies

We spoke to frontline experts from around the globe and have compiled a list of recommendations for reopening U.S. states. Their consensus? It’s tough to find policies that simultaneously save lives and livelihoods. by Stephen Engelberg,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Food News Public Health Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Safety Net

Trump moves to take Food Stamps from over a million people

“Really it’s a cruel rule, taking food out of the mouths of hungry individuals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams The Trump administration announced this week that it has no plans to scrap—or, at the very…

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