Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the company's sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Posted in Labor News Worker Safety Workers

NLRB says Amazon firing of workers illegal retaliation

The workers are demanding better climate, labor policies. “It’s clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out,” said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. by…

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A view of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains on March 23, 2021 in Kern County.
Posted in Energy News Sustainability

Renewable energy smashes records in 2020

‘A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope “There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis The Conversation

How Black poets and writers gave a voice to ‘Affrilachia’

by  Amy M. Alvarez, West Virginia University and Jameka Hartley, University of Alabama April 4, 2021   ‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Imaging/Imagining.’,  Photo by Raymond Thompson, Jr . Appalachia, in the popular imagination, stubbornly remains poor…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

Biden endorses return to talking filibuster, Sinema mum

‘Democracy Is Having a Hard Time Functioning’ “That’s what it was supposed to be.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 17, 2021   President Joe Biden for the first time on Tuesday endorsed significantly overhauling…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Water

America’s drinking water is surprisingly easy to poison

The cyberbreach at a plant in Oldsmar, Florida, which could have resulted in a mass poisoning, was a reminder of a disturbing reality: Despite a decade of warnings, thousands of water systems around the country are…

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"Mitch McConnell, Filibuster King" by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Posted in Analysis Filibuster

Critics say ‘scorched earth’ threat over Filibuster shows McConnell ‘getting scared’

“McConnell is clearly getting desperate as momentum grows to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon he can use to maintain power from the minority.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Minority Leader Mitch…

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Posted in Analysis Voter suppression

‘They run on shrinking the vote’: Tens of millions threatened by GOP attack on voting

Democrats can eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation to stop voter suppression, said journalist Ari Berman, “or they can allow [the] GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade.”       by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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National Guard soldiers patrol the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on March 6. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica

6 Questions officials still haven’t answered after weeks of hearings on the Capitol attack

More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters.   by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

President Biden signs sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid relief package into law

“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation—working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country—a fighting chance.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 11, 2021…

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Posted in Corporate Taxes Energy News

‘Don’t patronize me’: Katie Porter tears Into oil exec for claiming his industry doesn’t get special tax breaks

“The wonderful Rep. Katie Porter provides a signal moment in congressional history. And it’s a sign of the weakening position of the oil industry—no deference to these liars any longer.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday,…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

House Passage of Historic Union Rights Bill Intensifies Pressure on Dem Senators to ‘Stop Hiding Behind’ Filibuster

“Once again, the key obstacle in the way of passing this legislation is the Jim Crow filibuster.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 10, 2021   With the support of just five Republicans, the House…

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Posted in Biden Administration News

Schumer vows to push through ‘Republican obstruction’ and confirm Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary

The Senate majority leader said he “just filed cloture to move ahead” with the New Mexico congresswoman’s nomination. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, March 9, 2021 As Republican U.S. senators continued attempts to obstruct Rep….

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories QAnon

Why white supremacists and QAnon enthusiasts are obsessed – but very wrong – about the Byzantine Empire

Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine Sunday, March 7, 2021   Inspiration for a mob of angry white men?  Getty Images   From Charlottesville to the Capitol, medieval imagery has been repeatedly on show at far-right…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

With jobless benefits to expire in 9 days, Republicans pull out all stops to obstruct relief bill

“When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn’t force staff to read the bill. But now that working people need help, he’s forcing a delay.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Voter suppression

After a wave of violent threats against election workers, Georgia sees few arrests

For nearly a year, election administrators across the country weathered the pandemic while facing attacks and threats — leading many officials to resign or retire. In Georgia, little was done to prevent it from happening again….

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Posted in Democracy News Voting rights

Indivisible launches For The People Project to ‘unrig our democracy and make it work for all’

“We’re holding nothing back as we work to make D.C. the 51st state, protect the rights of voters, and root out corruption in our government.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   In…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Rural America

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid vaccines

by Markian Hawryluk March 3, 2021 As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent…

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Posted in Justice

A Las Vegas Judge approves $1.4 million payment to wrongfully convicted man who served more than two decades

The Wrongfully Convicted Forced Into Plea Deals Fred Steese, who spent decades behind bars for murder — despite the fact that Nevada state prosecutors had documents showing he was in another state at the time of…

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Posted in News Payroll Taxes Unemployment insurance

Millions set to receive surprise tax bills for pandemic jobless benefits

‘We Should Be Taxing the Rich, Not the Unemployed’ Democrats are facing pressure to act fast to stave off an “easily avoidable political disaster.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 2, 2021   With tax season…

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Posted in Arizona News Republicans Voter suppression

GOP lawyer admits to Supreme Court that easier voting puts Republicans at ‘competitive disadvantage’

Blaring quiet part out loud “The mask is off. Republicans want to steal your right to vote and pulverize democracy because they don’t think they can win elections on ideas or humanity.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Disaster Relief News Water

‘It’s like nobody cares’: After two weeks without running water, Jackson, Miss. pleads for help

“Water is a basic necessity and it just brought a lot of frustration, anger, and disappointment,” said one of the city’s residents. “If you don’t know when it’s coming back, what is being done to help…

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Posted in Labor Labor News

A huge, huge deal’: Biden issues public statement of support for unionizing Alabama Amazon workers

“We haven’t had this aggressive and positive of a statement from a president of the United States on behalf of workers in decades.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, March 1, 2021   Declaring that all…

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Posted in Agriculture Citizen Wealth Community

The Gift of Ecological Humility

These Afro-Indigenous practices challenge ideas of human supremacy. “I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 by Leah Penniman…

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