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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Healthcare for People Not Profit sign News
Monday, May 25, 2020
$3,278 ER Visit for Coughing Fits and Fever Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Failure of For-Profit System
A $3,278 bill that Timothy Regan received after coughing fits and a low-grade fever sent him to a Denver emergency room in early April—as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States continued to climb—garnered national media attention Monday as an example of how much the nation's...
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A sign directed voters to a polling location during the Florida presidential primary on March 17, 2020 at Miami Beach City Hall in Miami Beach, Florida. People headed to the polls to vote for their Republican and Democratic choice in their parties’ respective primaries during the Covid-19 outbreak. News
Monday, May 25, 2020
'Watershed Moment in Election Law' as Judge Rules 'Modern Day Poll Tax' in Florida Unconstitutional
Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that would have denied the right to vote to nearly a million recently enfranchised state residents with past felony convictions until they paid all outstanding legal fees, fines, and restitution.
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Executive Chairman of Ford William Clay Ford Jr. (L) tour with President Donald Trump the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 21, 2020. News
Friday, May 22, 2020
'Yet Another Dogwhistle to White Nationalists": Jewish Advocacy Group Denounces 'Good Bloodline' Remark by Trump
A New York-based Jewish advocacy group is among those calling out President Donald Trump for praising the "good bloodlines" of American industrialist and infamous anti-Semite Henry Ford during a Thursday night speech at a Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan.
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A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmer works on his field in Ghent, Belgium on May 21, 2020. News
Friday, May 22, 2020
Fridays for Future Europe Calls for Transforming Agricultural Policy to Tackle the Climate Crisis
As the world recognized the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday, t he youth-led Fridays for Future movement sent an open letter to European Union leaders demanding a transformation of the economic and political coalition's agricultural policies to tackle the intertwined biodiversity and climate crises.
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Activists gathered in San Francisco Thursday for a socially distanced protest targeting asset manager BlackRock. News
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Climate Protesters Call Out 'Hot Air' of Financial Giant During BlackRock Annual Meeting
As BlackRock—the world's biggest investor in fossil fuels and deforestation—held its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, climate activists came together in New York City, San Francisco, Brussels, and London for socially distanced demonstrations protesting the massive asset manager's "failure to live up to its rhetoric on climate change."
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A man wearing an orange prison outfit and a Donald Trump mask during a protest against the U.S. president's U.K. visit to attend the NATO summit on December 3, 2019 in London. News
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades'
In a move that alarmed nuclear experts, anti-war activists, and policymakers around the world, the U.S. government notified international partners on Thursday that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the Treaty on Open Skies over alleged Russian violations.
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Journalist Emily Atkin, in her climate newsletter HEATED, dubbed newly elected DNC member RL Miller "Tom Perez's worst nightmare" for the longtime activist's willingness to challenge the body's current chair. News
Thursday, May 21, 2020
"Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate
RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote, was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party's governing body to improve how it handles the climate crisis and fossil fuel industry, according to a Thursday interview in Emily Atkin's HEATED newsletter.
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Colorado residents joined the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday with a vigil urging Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to "put people first and support the HEROES Act." News
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
National Day of Mourning Slams Trump and GOP's Failed Covid-19 Response as US Death Toll Nears 100,000
As the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 climbed toward 100,000 and congressional Republicans continued "pumping the brakes" on further relief spending, a coalition of advocacy groups on Wednesday held a "National Day of Mourning" to protest the GOP's inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Climate change activists from the group "No Going Back—another world is possible," took part in a social distancing protest on May, 4 2020 in St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom. News
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
After Coronavirus Triggers 17% Emissions Drop, Experts Say Only 'Fundamental Structural Change' Can Save Humanity's Future
After an analysis revealed Tuesday that lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic caused planet-heating emissions to drop in early April by an unprecedented 17%, climate scientists and activists warned that progress will quickly be erased if the world returns to business as usual and called for systemic changes in the global energy, food, and transportation sectors.
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Walter Barton News
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
'They Are Executing an Innocent Man!': Final Words of Walter Barton Spark Fresh Demand for End to US Death Penalty
The state of Missouri executed Walter "Arkie" Barton on Tuesday night despite concerns about his conviction and claims of innocence that he maintained until his last breath, sparking renewed calls from human rights groups for an end to the death penalty.
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