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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campaign to stop killer robots News
Monday, August 21, 2017
Demanding Ban on Killer Robots, Tech Experts Warn of Opening "This Pandora's Box"
More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) experts published on Monday an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots. "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare" —letter from tech experts "Lethal autonomous...
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Rainbow over waterway in Brooklyn, New York News
Friday, August 18, 2017
Anti-Fracking Activists Celebrate Ruling Against Major Pipeline
Environmentalists are celebrating a federal appeals court ruling on Friday that reaffirmed New York State's decision to block a 124-mile natural gas pipeline project. "Today's ruling confirms the independent authority and responsibility of states to protect their waterbodies from natural gas...
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Al Gore News
Friday, August 18, 2017
Al Gore Has Just One Small Bit of Advice for Trump: 'Resign'
"If you had to give Trump one piece of advice, what would it be?" "Resign," said former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore, in an interview with the website LADbible . Watch: Gore's call for President Donald Trump to resign comes amid speculation that Trump will leave office early,...
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White supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. News
Friday, August 18, 2017
ACLU Shifts Position on Defending Armed Demonstrations After Charlottesville
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will no longer defend groups that insist on marching with firearms, following violent gatherings of white supremacists in Charlottesville , Virginia last weekend. "If a protest group insists, 'No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,' well, we don't...
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Heather Heyer memorial News
Thursday, August 17, 2017
After Charlottesville, Republicans Defend Bills to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters
Following Heather Heyer death on Saturday—killed when a suspected Nazi sympathizer allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people counter-protesting violent white supremacist gatherings in Charlottesville , Virginia—Republican lawmakers have doubled down on proposals that critics say offer immunity...
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Protest against Donald Trump News
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Trump on the Brink? Impeachment Support Grows Amid Speculation He'll Resign
As the majority of Americans and his own party denounce the president's response to Charlottesville, Democrats move to impeach him
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Deandre Harris News
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Four Arrested for Toppling Confederate Statue, But Zero Neo-Nazis Yet Arrested for This Brutal Beating
As communities across the United States enact or expedite plans to take down monuments revering those who advocated for white supremacy and slavery, police in Durham, North Carolina have arrested four people for their alleged roles in toppling a statue of a Confederate soldier. Meanwhile in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white supremacists and neo-Nazis violently demonstrated over the weekend—police have yet to arrest anyone for viciously beating Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old black man, even though photo and video footage of five white men assaulting Harris has been virally circulated on social media and televised news for several days.
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ACLU demonstrators News
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Oregon Lauded as Progressive Model for Reproductive Healthcare Reform
As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed on Tuesday a law that bans state insurance providers from covering abortion, pro-choice advocates celebrated a bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown that proponents are calling the nation's most progressive reproductive healthcare policy. "There is still work to be...
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Flood in Florida News
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ignoring Threat of Rising Seas, Trump Eliminates Flood Risk Standards
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that reportedly eliminates flood-risk standards for federally funded public infrastructure projects—in a purported effort to expedite the approval process for projects such as highways and bridges, as part of his $1 trillion...
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white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville News
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ahead of Charlottesville, Trump Cut Funds for Group Fighting White Supremacy
A few weeks before Heather Heyer was murdered and many others were injured after a coalition of hate groups gathered violently in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Trump administration—under guidance from trusted aides such as Katharine Gorka—revoked a $400,000 federal grant from a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating former white supremacists and other extremists.
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