Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Bernie Sanders Calls on Congress to 'Ban Facial Recognition Technology for All Policing'
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called on Congress to enact a total ban on police use of facial recognition technology after Microsoft's president said the company—following a sustained outside pressure campaign—will not sell its surveillance software to law enforcement until stricter privacy...
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
'This Is How Scared They Are of Democracy': Iowa Republicans Move to Curb Mail-In Voting for November
Just over a week after a surge in mail-in voting fueled record-breaking turnout in Iowa's June 2 primaries, the Hawkeye State's GOP-controlled Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would bar the Republican secretary of state from sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for...
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Amazon's One-Year Ban on Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software Denounced as 'Nothing More Than a Public Relations Stunt'
Amazon's proclaimed commitment Wednesday to impose a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software was immediately criticized by rights groups as "nothing more than a public relations stunt" that doesn't address the fundamental privacy threats posed by the technology. In a...
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
'We Must Act Now': Sanders Demands Congressional Ban on Police Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Against Protesters
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday demanded that as part of a broader legislative package aimed at curbing violence by law enforcement, Congress must enact a ban on police use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray against protesters to ensure that those exercising their basic constitutional...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Listen to the 'Calls Ringing Out in the Streets Across the World,' Says George Floyd's Brother in Emotional Testimony Before Congress
Philonise Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, implored Congress in emotional testimony Wednesday to heed "the calls ringing out in the streets across the world" and take meaningful action against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. "If his death ends up changing the...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
With Joblessness at Highest Level Since Great Depression, Wyden Rips GOP for Acting Like 'Mission Accomplished'
Sen. Ron Wyden on Tuesday ripped Republican members of Congress and President Donald Trump for essentially declaring " mission accomplished " in the wake of a single positive jobs report , pointing out that tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed and in dire need of additional financial...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
'This Is by Design': Georgia Election Disaster Condemned as Result of Deliberate GOP Voter Suppression
Photos of would-be Georgia voters standing—and, in some cases, sitting—in long lines after 11 pm to cast their ballots in the state's primary on Tuesday encapsulated what rights groups and lawmakers decried as a disastrous day for democracy and an entirely predictable result of years of deliberate...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
'Lethal Inequality': New Study Shows Millions at High Risk of Covid-19 in US Lack Adequate Health Insurance
More than 18 million U.S. adults at severe risk of Covid-19 infection due to age and existing medical conditions either lacked adequate health insurance or were completely uninsured when the pandemic hit, spotlighting the extent to which America's fragmented for-profit healthcare system may have...
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
'Powerful Advocate for a Progressive Agenda': Sanders Endorses Jamaal Bowman's Bid to Unseat Hawkish Democrat Eliot Engel
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed former New York public school principal Jamaal Bowman's bid to unseat 16-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel, calling the challenger "someone we can trust to be a powerful advocate for a progressive agenda in Congress." "Jamaal understands that low-...
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
'Who Does This Protect?' Minnesota Authorities Admit Officers Slashed Car Tires During Protests
Minnesota authorities on Monday admitted that state patrol troopers and Minneapolis police officers slashed the tires of dozens of parked cars late last month during protests over the killing of George Floyd, leaving demonstrators, medics, and journalists stranded. The Minnesota Department of...
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