New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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What a smoky bar can teach us about the ‘6-foot rule’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

How smoke moves inside a bar or outside in fresh air can help in visualizing how the coronavirus spreads. Shironosova/Getty Images Plus by Byron Erath, Clarkson University; Andrea Ferro, Clarkson University; Goodarz Ahmadi, Clarkson University, and Suresh…

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First grade teacher Dianna Accordino puts out erasers at each desk in her classroom where the desks are spaced out for social distancing in Spring Township, Pennsylvania on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle)
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Teacher deaths and college-town outbreaks deepen concern over Covid-19 risks stirred by school reopenings

Rising infections among students and educators as reopenings begin appear to confirm warnings from teachers and parents that schools lack adequate resources to safely restart in-person classes. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, September 11 New…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment

The disappearance of service industry safety net jobs

New Orleans     Perhaps the most dependable host on WAMF, our low power non-commercial radio station in New Orleans, has been a product representative for a fine local distillery in the city.  Her show every Tuesday…

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A sign on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia reminds students to maintain social distancing.(SEBASTIÁN MARTÍNEZ VALDIVIA/KBIA)
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Swab, spit, stay home? College Coronavirus testing plans are all over the map

As with the uncoordinated and chaotic national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has no clear guidance or set of standards to adhere to from the federal government or anywhere else. Policies for reentry onto…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Citizen Wealth Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The White House is a mess

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   People literally don’t know what to do. Random strangers will ask in social distanced lines at stores and gas stations, whether anyone knows what’s happening to the stimulus. Will there be…

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GOP floats slashing boosted unemployment payments to $100 per week

Showing ‘Contempt for the American People,’  “Senate Republicans are wildly out of touch with reality. Seriously, just $400 a month? Cutting monthly income for 30 million families by $2,000 would cost the country millions of jobs.”…

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Birx gives private warning to cities to take ‘aggressive’ Covid action

This Is a Pandemic. You Cannot Hide It: Experts Denounce White House Secrecy “The more that we can provide information to people to keep themselves and their families safe, the better off we’ll be.” by Julia…

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Posted in Op/Ed The Conversation Transportation

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

New priorities in Boulder, Colo. Kevin Krizek, CC BY-ND Kevin J. Krizek, University of Colorado Boulder Sticking closer to home because of COVID-19 has shown many people what cities can be like with less traffic, noise,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020

‘The science should not stand in the way’ of reopening US schools, says White House Press Secretary

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday argued that schools should ignore Centers for Disease Control guidance on reopening. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 16 President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany raised…

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Children in an elementary school class wear masks and sit as desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Public Health Restart 2020

US teachers and pediatricians demand major Federal investment in schools to allow for safe reopening

“It’s incredible to me that the federal government would see the necessity of bailing out airlines and banks and not see the need to do something similar for the public schools in this country,” said one…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Restart 2020

Trump accused of suppressing CDC warning that full school reopenings pose ‘Highest Risk’ of Covid-19 spread

“By trying to bury what the CDC recommends, Trump is betraying every student, teacher, and parent in this country. Shame on him. Shame on those who enable him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 13…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Education Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Hyper Education

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The President says, open the schools. Actually, he doesn’t have any power over opening the schools, so it’s more bully-boy posturing and threatening backed up by Betsey DeVos prattling along…

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Teachers say rush to reopen schools without Covid-19 safety plan shows Trump and DeVos ‘Do not care about students’

“America must listen to the health experts on when to reopen schools and to educators on how to return to in-person instruction.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July 8 A coalition representing millions of American…

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President Donald Trump looks on as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)
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Trump, Health Secretary, say US healthcare workers ‘Don’t get infected’ with Covid-19

94,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to approve $2,000 monthly checks, cancel rent, and expand Medicare

“This I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Ethical challenges loom over decisions to resume in-person college classes

Texas, California, Arizona and Florida are already low on spare intensive care hospital beds, without universities in session. A large outbreak among students, faculty and staff might quickly overwhelm campus health centers and local hospitals. by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020

Top CDC official gives grim assessment on Coronavirus containment

CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat said we’re “not even beginning to be over this.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The number two official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a grim…

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Head of CDC warns US cities could face ‘Apocalyptic’ future as country sets record for new Covid-19 cases in one day

The number of infections could be 10 times the 2.4 million confirmed cases, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, June 26 Some U.S. cities and…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Safety Net Unemployment

Analysis warns devastation will follow if GOP cuts off $600 unemployment boost

“It would be a catastrophe to let these turn off and replace them with nothing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 26 A leading progressive economist warned Friday that devastating job losses and income cuts…

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How a national health crisis fell onto the backs of local leaders

With a leadership vacuum in Washington, the San Francisco Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders led the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. by Lance Williams, Laura C. Morel, Marisa Lagos, Caitie Switalski, Melissa Lewis, Emily Harris, Soo…

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Pedestrians walk past customers sitting outside at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported. Photographer: Cheney Orr)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Health experts link rise in Arizona COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

Before Arizona lifted its stay-at-home order, only about 5% of COVID-19 tests registered as positive. On Monday, that number was around 16%. by Will Stone Tuesday, June 16, 2020 With new daily coronavirus cases rising in at least…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Safety Net

New coronavirus hot spots emerge across South and in California, as Northeast slows, cases up in Arizona

By the end on June 9th Arizona Cases totaled 28,296 an increase of 4,000 cases in 3 days. by Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio and Jackie Fortiér, KPCC June 10, 2020 Mass…

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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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