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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Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who sparked the global Fridays for Future movement, joined weekly protests in Turin, Italy on Dec. 13, 2019. (Photo: Greta Thunberg/Twitter) News
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Thousands Join Greta Thunberg in Letter Telling Global Leaders It's Time to #FaceTheClimateEmergency​
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and thousands of other advocates for climate action released an open letter Thursday demanding that European Union and global leaders #FaceTheClimateEmergency by pursuing bold and urgent changes to current economic and political systems that are essential to ensure a...
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Abe Bonowitz of Death Penalty Action, an execution abolitionist group, protests near the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex where death row inmate Wesley Ira Purkey was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on July 15, Purkey was killed the following morning. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) News
Thursday, July 16, 2020
In Another Dead-of-Night Ruling, US Supreme Court's Right-Wing Majority Approves Execution of Man With Dementia
For the second time in as many days, the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court issued a middle-of-the-night approval for the Trump administration's resumption of federal executions, clearing the way for the government to kill Wesley Ira Purkey early Thursday morning despite arguments from...
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Hand sanitizer is offered to students as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
National Academy of Sciences Emphasizes Need for 'Significant' Government Investment as Trump and DeVos Push to Reopen Schools
While President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos push to reopen schools in the fall despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, national experts on Wednesday released a report—welcomed by the country's largest union—emphasizing the necessity of the federal and state governments providing "significant resources" to help teachers and students safely return to classrooms.
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New global data shows G20 countries have committed $151 billion to supporting fossil fuels as part of coronavirus recovery packages. (Photo: CGP Grey/Flickr/cc) News
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Failing Test for Green Recovery, Tracker Shows G20 Nations Pumping $151 Billion Into Fossil Fuel Industry Amid Pandemic
While campaigners around the world continue to demand a just, green recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, new data from a global Energy Policy Tracker shows that the richest countries on Earth have committed billions of dollars in public money to support fossil fuels since the start of the public health crisis.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a CNN climate crisis town hall on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. News
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
'More Work to Do' But 'Major Step Forward': Progressives Welcome Biden's $2 Trillion Green Energy Plan
U.S. environmental and climate activists on Tuesday welcomed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's "Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future"—a proposal that is notably bolder than what he called for earlier in the primary.
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Agricultural laborers pick lemons inside the orchards of Samag Services, Inc., in Mesa, California on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Endangering Lives and Food Supply, Trump Labor Dept. Refuses Covid-19 Protections for Guest Farmworkers
A national advocacy organization on Tuesday sharply criticized the Trump administration for rejecting calls to bolster safety protections for farmworkers risking their lives during the coronavirus pandemic to help keep people across the United States fed.
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Bill Pelke of Anchorage, Alaska expresses his opposition to the death penalty during a protest near the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana where Daniel Lewis Lee was scheduled to be executed on July 13, 2020. Lee was ultimately killed the following morning after an overnight decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In Dead-of-Night Ruling, Supreme Court's Right-Wing Majority OKs First Federal Execution in 17 Years
The Trump administration carried out the first execution of a federal death row inmate since 2003 on Tuesday morning, killing Daniel Lewis Lee by lethal injection just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority issued an overnight, unsigned decision vacating a lower court's order temporarily halting his execution due to concerns about the government's new single-drug protocol.
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A federal judge on Monday blocked Tennessee's latest restrictive abortion law within an hour of the state's GOP governor signing off on it. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) News
Monday, July 13, 2020
'Critical Win for People in Tennessee': Federal Judge Immediately Blocks Sweeping State Abortion Ban
Reproductive rights advocates celebrated Monday after a federal judge blocked Tennessee's sweeping new restrictions on abortion within in an hour of Republican Gov. Bill Lee signing them into law.
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Abraham Bonowitz of Columbus, Ohio, joins fellow members of the Abolitionist Action Committee during an annual protest and hunger strike against the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The committee has been organizing the "Starvin' for Justice: Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty" protest for 26 years. News
Monday, July 13, 2020
Citing Likelihood of 'Extreme Pain and Needless Suffering,' US Judge Halts Resumption of Federal Executions
A U.S. district judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from resuming federal executions after a 17-year informal break—a decision that came mere hours before inmate Daniel Lewis Lee was set to be killed by lethal injection at the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana despite objections from victims' relatives and human rights advocates.
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Abigail Disney, who inherited much of her wealth from her family's entertainment fortune, is among 83 millionaires who signed on to a new letter urging governments to impose higher taxes on the rich. ( News
Monday, July 13, 2020
To Fund Covid-19 Recovery and Better Future, 83 Super Rich People Say Tax Us More 'Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.'
A group of more than 80 self-described "millionaires for humanity" came together Monday to urge governments across the globe to tax them and other ultra wealthy people to cover the immediate costs of the coronavirus pandemic and to build more equitable, just societies in the long term.
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