Brett Wilkins, staff writer

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams.

 
 

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U.S. meatpacking workers process a pig carcass. (Photo: Government Accountability Office) News
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
'Utterly Damning 'Docs Reveal Meatpacking Industry Fought Feeble Covid-19 Safeguards Under Trump
Documents obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and published Wednesday reveal how leading players in the meatpacking industry—one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic—fought the minimal efforts imposed by the Trump...
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A Rolling Rebellion protest in Seattle on February 25, 2015. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc) News
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Indivisible Launches For The People Project to 'Unrig Our Democracy and Make it Work for All'
In the wake of its second guide for grassroots organizing, Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Fixing Our Democracy , the Indivisible movement recently announced the launch of its For The People Project, which it calls "a campaign to push key senators and members of Congress forward on critical...
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 Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush speaks during her election-night watch party on November 3, 2020 at campaign headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
119 Democrats Join With GOP to Block Restoration of Voting Rights for Incarcerated People
Progressive lawmakers vowed on Tuesday to keep fighting after 119 House Democrats joined all of their Republican colleagues in defeating an amendment to an election reform bill that would have restored voting rights to incarcerated Americans. " We will never end mass incarceration until we start...
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Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Pool-Getty Images) News
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
'You Do Love to See it': Progressives Cheer Withdrawal of Neera Tanden's OMB Nomination
Progressives on Tuesday applauded the White House's decision to withdraw the highly controversial nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, with one leading activist noting that "nasty tweets and nasty politics have consequences." In a statement , President Joe Biden...
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"A real transition to a clean energy future can and must begin with a halt to new fracking—first on federal lands, and everywhere else soon after," says Food & Water Action executive director Wenonah Hauter.  (Photo: michael_swan/flickr/cc) News
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
A 'Green New Dud'? Progressives Warn House Climate Bill 'Fails to Grasp the Fundamental Truth' of Planetary Crisis
While some mainstream environmental organizations welcomed Tuesday's introduction of the CLEAN Future Act in the House of Representatives, progressive green groups warned that the bill falls far short of what's needed to meaningfully tackle the climate crisis—an existential threat they say calls...
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A woman votes in the March 1, 2016 Super Tuesday primary at Centreville High School in Centreville, Virginia. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
'Reprehensible Power Grab': Outrage as Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Restricting Voting Rights
Civil and voting rights organizations on Tuesday joined Democratic lawmakers in condemning Republican legislators in Georgia after the state House of Representatives approved a bill imposing new restrictions on voting that one group said "harken back to the dark days of Jim Crow." Republican...
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US intelligence agencies concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: Adbulhamid Hosbas/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Reporters Without Borders Files Unprecedented Suit Against Saudis for Khashoggi Murder, Other 'Crimes Against Humanity'
The international advocacy group Reporters Without Borders on Monday filed what it called a "groundbreaking" lawsuit in Germany against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accusing the heir to the Saudi throne of "crimes against humanity" in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and "widespread...
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Activists hold a demonstration marking the delayed COP26 U.N. climate negotiations on November 13, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) News
Monday, March 01, 2021
'The Time Is Now': Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference
An international survey conducted by the University of Cambridge and YouGov ahead of this November's COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference , and published on Monday, found overwhelming support around the world for governments taking more robust action to protect the environment amid the...
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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) News
Monday, March 01, 2021
'Fight Is Not Over,' Say Rights Groups as Biden Admin Lets Separated Families Remain in US
While applauding the Biden administration for releasing aslyum-seeking families jailed in a Pennsylvania facility and for announcing that relatives separated under the Trump-era "zero tolerance" anti-immigration policy can remain in the United States, immigrant rights advocates on Monday stressed...
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans on March 1, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's military government has intensified a crackdown on protesters in recent days, using tear gas and live ammunition, charging at and arresting protesters and journalists. At least 18 people have been killed so far, according to monitoring organizations. (Photo: Hkun Lat/Getty Images) News
Monday, March 01, 2021
UN Leaders Demand Myanmar Coup Regime 'Stop the Repression' as Military and Police Kill 18
United Nations leaders on Sunday condemned the Myanmar coup regime's crackdown on peaceful protesters—which killed at least 18 people —in cities across the Southeast Asian nation over the weekend as demonstrators defiantly took to the streets again on Monday to demand a return to civilian rule. "...
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