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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plastic monster News
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
'Significant First Blow to Plastic Pollution Monster' as EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Single-Use Products
In a landmark deal celebrated by campaigners as "a significant first blow to the plastic pollution monster," the European Union (EU) on Wednesday reached an agreement to dramatically scale back single-use plastics across the continent.
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Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) News
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
'Being People-Funded Frees Me to Put People First': Ocasio-Cortez Touts Highest Portion of 2018 Small-Dollar Donors
"Being people-funded frees me to support policies that put people FIRST, and speak openly about closing lobbyist loopholes," Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared Tuesday, responding to a new analysis showing that she had the highest portion of small campaign contributions of any member of 116th U.S. House.
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Maria Meza's family gets tear-gassed News
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Despite Intimidation Tactics, Mom and Kids Tear-Gassed at US Border Finally Allowed to File for Asylum
A group of migrants—including a Honduran mother and her five children, who were sprayed with tear gas at the border last month—was allowed to apply for asylum on Tuesday after camping out on U.S. soil near the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego, California for hours with two members of Congress who documented the experience, which featured intimidation tactics by federal agents, on social media.
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schoolchildren at protest News
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
DeVos' Solution to Mass School Shootings? Scrap the Rules Designed to End Discrimination Against Students of Color
The highly anticipated Final Report from the Federal Commission on School Safety, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was released Tuesday—and includes a long-rumored recommendation that is alarming civil rights advocates: to rescind Obama-era policies crafted to end racial disparities in school disciplinary practices.
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protester, cuomo News
Monday, December 17, 2018
As Cuomo Touts Green New Deal for New York, Critics Warn 'Empty Rhetoric' Just as 'Dangerous as Inaction'
Climate campaigners on Monday responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2019 Justice Agenda—which includes a pledge to pursue a Green New Deal for the state—with demands that the Democratic governor push for even bolder policies than those he is promising.
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Bahia Amawi News
Monday, December 17, 2018
Anti-BDS Laws Challenged as Unconstitutional After Speech Pathologist Loses Job at Texas School for Refusing to Sign Pro-Israel Pledge
Texas officials are facing an onslaught of criticism after a speech pathologist lost her job at an elementary school for refusing to sign a pro-Israel pledge mandated by state law—a case that has cast a spotlight on efforts to neutralize the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which opposes Israel's oppression and slaughter of Palestinians.
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Jeff Bezos News
Monday, December 17, 2018
Amazon Employees Praised for Using Shareholder Status to Demand Comprehensive Climate Plan
A small group of Amazon workers is receiving big praise for their efforts to force their employer to be a better steward of the planet.
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baby powder ads News
Friday, December 14, 2018
Borrowing From Big Tobacco's Playbook, Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder for Decades: Reuters
A Reuters investigation published Friday charges that Johnson & Johnson, a multi-billion dollar company known for its healthcare products, knew for decades that its iconic talcum baby powder "was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos," but concealed the information from regulators and the public.
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climate activists News
Friday, December 14, 2018
'Stand With People, Not Polluters': Sit-In on Last Day of COP24 Highlights #PeoplesDemands for Ambitious Climate Action
As world leaders continue to negotiate a global game plan for climate action on the final day of the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, more than 150 representatives from movements across the globe came together for a sit-in to demand that governments "stand with people, not polluters" and "commit to action in line with the urgency of the crisis."
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Facebook News
Thursday, December 13, 2018
'They Are a Terrible Company': Fact-Checkers Speak Out About Facebook's Faux Effort to Fight 'Fake News'
The latest critics of Facebook's so-called fact-checking operation—launched shortly after the 2016 presidential election with the supposed goal of identifying and removing fraudulent news stories from the platform—are some of the the fact-checkers themselves.
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