Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

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U.S. Senate candidates Andrew Romanoff of Colorado and Charles Booker of Kentucky were defeated in Democratic primary races in June. News
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Sunrise Movement Says Wins by Corporate Democrats Like McGrath and Hickenlooper Must Be 'Moment of Reckoning' for Progressives
After a pair of U.S. Senate candidates backed by the Sunrise Movement was defeated by more corporate-friendly centrists in recent Democratic primary races, the youth-led climate group's political director expressed hope Wednesday that the losses would serve as "a moment of reckoning for the progressive movement, and that all of us reflect on what we can do to build power and take advantage of these races going forward."
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James Holt and Nicole Smith-Holt held a picture of their son Alec—who died in 2017 at age 26 after rationing his insulin—at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul after state representatives passed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act on April 14, 2020. (Photo: John Autey/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Big Pharma Trade Group Blasted as 'Morally Bankrupt' for Suing to Block Minnesota Insulin Affordability Law
A Big Pharma trade group is under fire for filing a federal lawsuit late Tuesday against Minnesota's Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act mere hours before it took effect.
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Demonstrators take part in a rally as Palestinians call for a 'day of rage' to protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in Gaza City July 1, 2020. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
'Day of Rage': Palestinians and Global Allies Rise Up Against Annexation Plan and Israeli Apartheid
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip—backed by allies across the globe—organized protests on Wednesday against the Israeli government's looming plan to further its apartheid policy by annexing up to a third of West Bank territory under U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called "vision for peace" for the region, which was unveiled in January and championed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Nurses and supporters protest the lack of personal protective gear available at UCI Medical Center amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 3, 2020 in Orange, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
'Beyond Outrageous,' Says Sanders, That Trump Officials Ignored Labor Safety Complaints as Health Workers Died From Covid-19
A report published Tuesday about how federal officials rapidly closed many of the more than 4,100 coronavirus-related workplace safety complaints that healthcare workers filed from March through earlier this month—even as dozens died from the disease—is generating outrage as rising Covid-19 infections in some states are yet again causing supply shortages of protective gear for medical professionals.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joins other House Democrats before unveiling a climate change package proposal on June 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
'Genocidal Negligence': New Democratic Climate Action Plan Criticized as Woefully Inadequate
"This is not an emergency response." That is how Laura Berry, director of research and policy at the Climate Mobilization (TCM), responded to reporting on a congressional "action plan" for the planetary emergency from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which the panel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled Tuesday.
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People stand in line for free HIV test during an International Condom Day event in Kiev organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) on Feb. 13, 2019. Ukraine had the second largest HIV epidemic in Europe last year. (Photo: Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) News
Monday, June 29, 2020
Undermining Human Rights and Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Supreme Court Affirms Anti-Prostitution Pledge
Human rights and and public health advocates on Monday denounced a ruling by the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court that upholds a provision of federal law requiring foreign affiliates of U.S. organizations to have a policy "explicitly opposing prostitution" in order to receive taxpayer funding to combat HIV/AIDS around the world.
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World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wears a mask after leaving a ceremony of the restarting of Geneva's landmark fountain, "Jet d'Eau," on June 11, 2020. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images) News
Monday, June 29, 2020
'Not Even Close to Being Over': WHO Chief Says Despite Some Progress, 'Pandemic Is Actually Speeding Up'
The head of the World Health Organization warned on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated the world's economy is far from over—just a day before the six-month mark of when China first alerted the United Nations agency about a cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause.
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The newly elected mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic (R) of the Greens Party, takes part in a meeting with members of his campaign team on June 29, 2020, a day after the second round of the French mayoral elections. News
Monday, June 29, 2020
'Incredible Green Wave' in French Elections Celebrated as 'Mandate to Act for Climate and Social Justice'
"It's an incredible green wave." That is how Yannick Jadot, a European Parliament lawmaker from the Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV) Party, described a slate of victories for the Greens in the second round of local French elections on Sunday.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington, D.C. on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, June 26, 2020
'Huge Win': Court Orders DeVos to Cancel Loans for Mass. Students Defrauded by Corinthian Colleges
Advocates for students joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in celebration Friday after a federal court in Boston ordered U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to cancel the loans of 7,200 people in the commonwealth who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that closed its U.S. campuses in 2015.
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In response to the Thursday arrest of two local activists as "part of a coordinated attack on those who defend democracy and challenge the petrochemical industry," environmentalists in Louisiana have launched the Defend Democracy Alliance. News
Friday, June 26, 2020
'Outrageous and Chilling': Police Condemned for Charging Peaceful Environmentalists With 'Terrorizing' in Louisiana
At least 40 U.S. climate and environmental advocacy groups on Friday rallied behind two Louisiana Bucket Brigade activists who are facing felony "terrorizing" charges for leaving a box of plastic pellets collected from Texas waters near a coastal Formosa Plastics facility on the doorstep of a fossil fuel lobbyist in December 2019.
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