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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Thursday, April 02, 2020
Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State
As the number of COVID-19 cases climbed toward a million worldwide on Thursday, over 100 human rights groups issued a joint statement warning that governments' response to the coronavirus pandemic "must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance."
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Sir David Attenborough and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson News
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Delaying #COP26 Over Coronavirus, Say Green Groups, 'Is Not an Excuse to Postpone Climate Ambition!'
After organizers announced Wednesday that a United Nations climate summit scheduled for November will be postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, green groups, scientists, and political leaders worldwide reiterated the necessity of urgent global action to address the planetary emergency.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, and White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx at the White House on March 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. News
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
House Democrats Back Doctors and Nurses' Nationwide #StayHome Demand as Trump Continues Push for Lifted Restrictions
As doctors and nurses on Tuesday published an open letter urging the American public to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus and 20 House Democrats demanded a nationwide "shelter-in-place" order, President Donald Trump again betrayed the advice of experts by calling for the nation to be "opened up and raring to go by Easter," which comes in less than three weeks.
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"We Demand a People's Bailout." News
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
500+ Groups Demand 'People's Bailout' to Counter Push for Wall Street-Friendly Coronavirus Response
Seven congressional Democrats have joined over 500 progressive groups in demanding that federal lawmakers respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a "People's Bailout" that prioritizes public health and economic relief for workers over corporations while taking steps to prevent future crises.
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Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. News
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
With Millions of Students Cut Off Digitally, Coronavirus Pandemic Bolsters Demand to Treat Internet as Public Utility
While Senate Democrats continue to hold the line against a third GOP coronavirus package condemned as a corporate bailout that leaves behind the nation's most vulnerable, concerns about remote education and digital connectivity during the pandemic are rising, bolstering the argument for treating the internet as a public utility like water and electricity.
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Solar workers install panels on the roof of a home in San Francisco, California on May 9, 2018. News
Monday, March 23, 2020
'Green Stimulus' Demanded to Battle Convergent Crises of Coronavirus, Economic Injustice, and Climate Emergency
"As a nation we face three converging crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession; the climate emergency; and extreme inequality." That's the warning from progressive policy experts, climate leaders, and academics who have joined together to support a new "Green Stimulus" plan.
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An inmate is escorted to a rehabilitation exercise at a Bay Area hospital Feb. 23, 2011. News
Monday, March 23, 2020
'Ticking Time Bombs': Democrats and Advocates Demand Release of At-Risk Inmates Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Rights advocates and Democrats holding state and federal elected offices across the United States are doubling down on demands for the release of "at-risk" inmates and more preventive measures in jails and prisons to prevent mass outbreaks of the new coronavirus, which has killed at least 473...
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Protesters picketing outside a JP Morgan Chase branch on Manhattan in November 2019 as part of a growing national movement to hold the bank accountable for its central role in funding the global fossil fuel industry. News
Friday, March 20, 2020
Coronavirus Crisis, Says Coalition, Must Force Wall Street to Finally Recognize Perils of Climate Shocks 'Barreling Towards Us'
Stop the Money Pipeline, a coalition that aims to end Wall Street's funding of climate destruction, is calling on Congress to hold the line against the financial industry—and give it no special deregulatory treatment—as the federal government responds to the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
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Iranians wait to get prescription drugs at the state-run "13 Aban" pharmacy in Tehran on Feb. 19, 2020. News
Friday, March 20, 2020
'In This Dark Hour for the Iranian People,' Groups Demand Trump End Inhumane Sanctions Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
More than two dozen U.S. organizations came together Friday to pressure the Trump administration to recognize the coronavirus pandemic as a "shared threat" and temporarily ease economic sanctions on Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the disease with nearly 20,000 COVID-19 cases and over 1,400 deaths.
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An intensive care nurse treat a patient at intensive care unit at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld hospital on March 20, 2020 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. News
Friday, March 20, 2020
As Coronavirus Cases Mount, So Do Concerns About Price-Gouging and Corporate Profiteering
As the number of global COVID-19 cases soared past 254,000 and the death toll topped 10,000 on Friday, concerns persisted—particularly in the United States—about healthcare costs related to the ongoing outbreak, limited testing and protective medical supplies, and how corporations may try to cash in on the public health crisis.
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