Posted in Art Coronavirus News Safety Net

Some emergency relief programs open to Arizona artists affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individual artists and arts groups on a local and global scale. Several factors, from event cancellations to temporary venue closures, are leaving creatives with far fewer opportunities for earning income…

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Posted in Coconino County News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces amenity closures Saturday April 4

Flagstaff     Effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m., all playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks and Recreation will close until further notice as…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Opinion

Failures show Trump Is clear and present danger to the United States

Seven “pro-contagion activities” by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States. by Ralph Nader Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Lessons in Leadership: Captain Courageous vs. President Mr. Me

Pearl River     It’s not every day when the United States and any of the world that bothers to look gets such a stark lesson in leadership than what we have seen recently, both in what it…

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Posted in Analysis Music The Conversation

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark relief

Then – as now – Americans found themselves transfixed by the news. International Center of Photography by Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

“It’s Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse,” says Trump after 10 million lost their jobs in two weeks

“It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News Public Health

Flagstaff coronavirus shorts

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2, As government response to the coronavirus outbreak increases, there’s news to report on many levels that affects northern Arizonans and our business community. Gov. Doug Ducey hosts virtual Town Hall…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Public Policy

Trump reversal on coronavirus relief payments still leaves barrier for millions. (Updated 4 PM Thursday)

‘Not Enough’:  “They’re still requiring SSI recipients and veterans receiving pensions to file a tax return before receiving their coronavirus stimulus payments.” UPDATE: 4 PM Thursday: People who do not have direct deposit information on file…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Indian informal workers are starving, some Americans griping

  Pearl River   I have to tell the truth. It’s hard to read some of these reports from near and far complaining about being required to comply with stay-at-home orders in order to protect their…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

As pandemic paralyzes global economy, world Is ‘awash in seas of oil’ with nowhere left to store it

“How about we #KeepItInTheGround?” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Despite the coronavirus pandemic grounding global oil demand to a halt, oil producers continue to extract the fossil fuel—even as storage space is running out, the price…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News

Temperature check: tips for tracking a key symptom of coronavirus contagion

by  Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 1, 2020 After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated….

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Posted in Political Cartoons

Khalil Bendib: Essential Business

A man has a right to defend his castle (and TP stash). By Khalil Bendib | April 1, 2020  

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Coronavirus

A major medical staffing company just slashed benefits for doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus

Alteon Health, a staffing company backed by private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue. Several hospital operators announced similar cuts. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 31,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Investigations News Politics Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

NC Sen. Burr faces DOJ investigation for selling a fortune in stocks right before the market crashed

The investigation comes after ProPublica reported that the North Carolina lawmaker unloaded a significant portion of his total stock holdings before the coronavirus sell-off in the stock market. by Robert Faturechi March 30, 2020 Federal authorities…

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Posted in Arizona Closures and repurposing Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

Ducey issues stay-at-home order for Arizona beginning 5 PM Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases by Meteor Staff Monday, March 30 3:30 PM MST Flagstaff     Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans beginning 5 PM…

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A Trilogy Evo portable ventilator from an instructional video on YouTube. (Obtained by ProPublica)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor National News

Amazon, Whole Foods workers walk off job to protest “unjust and unsafe” labor practices

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’ “One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Off the wire Public Health Public Policy

‘It’s like a sick experiment’: Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home

Editors note: a little after noon on Monday Gov Ducey issues a stay at home proclamation. Read that story here… Despite hundreds of Covid-19 cases, governor has refused to order shelter-in-place and has barred localities from…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Common Dreams Housing Policy News

As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells

“It’s unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer With the coronavirus pandemic causing an economic crisis for households…

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