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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golden gate bridge News
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
California Cities Wanted Big Oil to Pay Up for Climate Damage But Federal Judge Just Said 'No'
While delivering a partial victory for science by affirming the undeniable role that fossil fuels have played in the global climate crisis, a federal judge on Monday tossed out a pair of lawsuits filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco, California that sought to make five oil and gas companies pay for their contributions to global warming-induced sea level rise, which has left oceanfront communities fighting increased flooding, coastal erosion, and property damage.
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protest miller News
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
'Guilty of Kidnapping 2,500 Children': Protesters Hand Out 'Missing' and 'Wanted' Posters at Stephen Miller's DC Home
Although senior adviser Stephen Miller has been a driving force behind the Trump administration's immigration agenda—most notably, the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that separated thousands of families at the Southern border—he has mostly avoided the spotlight. Critics of the family separation policy, however, gathered outside Miller's luxury Washington, D.C. apartment to distribute "missing persons" and "wanted" flyers that draw attention to the senior adviser's influence.
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Ocasio-Cortez and Nixon News
Monday, June 25, 2018
Ahead of Tuesday Primary, Progressive Candidates Vow 'to Bust Up Big-Money Politics in New York'
Ahead of a closely watched New York primary on Tuesday, progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed each other on Monday, and announced they are coming together at a Get Out the Vote event in Queens to "speak of their shared progressive, people-powered campaigns taking on centrist, corporate Democrats."
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NOAA ship Miller Freeman News
Monday, June 25, 2018
'Unconscionable' and 'Shocking': Trump's Head of NOAA Proposes Axing 'Climate' and Conservation From Agency's Mission
The Trump-appointed acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—which plays a key role in monitoring the global climate crisis—has reportedly proposed stripping "conservation" and "climate" from NOAA's mission statement, which scientists say "would undermine the agency's vital work on behalf of the American people."
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#legos News
Friday, June 22, 2018
'We Don't Know... How Bad It Is': 31-Car Oil Train Derails Into Iowa Floodwaters
Adding to the mountain of evidence that "oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety, and our climate"—an argument environmentalists have been making for years—a 31-car freight train derailed in Iowa and started leaking crude oil into floodwaters on Friday morning, forcing evacuations of nearby homes and raising concerns about drinking water contamination.
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man on phone News
Friday, June 22, 2018
'Groundbreaking Victory' for Privacy as Supreme Court Rules Against Warrantless Cellphone Tracking
In a decision that digital rights advocates called "a groundbreaking victory for Americans' privacy rights," the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police generally must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone records that can be used to track a person's movements.
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food stamps sign News
Friday, June 22, 2018
"Slap in the Face" to Poor Americans: House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation's Hungriest Families
With the Poor People's Campaign protesting "policy violence against families and children" outside the Capitol Building, House Republicans on Thursday forced through a "shameful" and "cruel" Farm Bill that would deprive about 2 million Americans of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often called food stamps.
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News
Thursday, June 21, 2018
"Stop the War! Feed the Poor!": March by Poor People's Campaign Ends With Arrests in DC
As part of the final week of Poor People's Campaign demonstrations leading up to the movement's Mass Rally and Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, hundreds of protesters joined together in chants and songs as they marched to and then were arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday.
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democracy sign News
Thursday, June 21, 2018
'Crisis of Trust': Poll Finds People Living in Democracies Think Governments Aren't Acting in Public Interest
Democracies worldwide are experiencing a "crisis of trust," according to the Democracy Perception Index (pdf) released Thursday, which found that among citizens of democratic nations, the majority does not believe that their voices matter in politics or that governments are acting in the public interest.
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White Supremacists News
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Outrage as White Supremacist Organizer of Fatal Charlottesville Rally Plans DC Anniversary Event
News that white supremacists are planning a two-day "white civil rights rally" near the White House in August to mark the one-year anniversary of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia has provoked widespread outrage and calls for counterprotests. "I...
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