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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marijuana News
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
'Just the Beginning': Illinois Gov. Pardons Over 11,000 on Eve of Recreational Cannabis Legalization
On Tuesday, just one day before "equity-centric" legislation legalizing sales and adult use of recreational marijuana took effect in Illinois, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker granted pardons to more than 11,000 individuals with low-level cannabis convictions.
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US troops News
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
As Embassy Protests in Iraq Continue, US Deploys 750 Troops to Middle East and Reportedly Readies Thousands More
Bolstering sustained global skepticism of President Donald Trump's promises to bring home U.S. forces from the Middle East, the Pentagon deployed hundreds of soldiers to the region Tuesday and is reportedly preparing to send up to thousands more troops in the coming days amid ongoing protests at the American Embassy in Baghdad.
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People run through tear gas News
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
UN Researcher Hails ICC's Pursuit of War Crimes Probe in Palestine as 'Momentous Step' for Accountability
A United Nations human rights researcher on Tuesday hailed the International Criminal Court's recent decision to pursue a formal investigation of alleged war crimes in Palestinian territories occupied by Israel as a "momentous step forward in the quest for accountability."
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whistleblower Chelsea Manning News
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
UN Expert Calls Detention of Chelsea Manning 'Open-Ended, Progressively Severe, Coercive Measure Amounting to Torture'
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer shared on social media Tuesday a letter he sent to the United States government last month expressing concerns that the continued detention of whistleblower Chelsea Manning amounts to torture. The Geneva-based expert tweeted in the early...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) News
Friday, December 27, 2019
"Don't Tell Me We Can't Afford Medicare for All," Says Sanders, After NYT Details Insanely Higher Costs of US Healthcare
Sen. Bernie Sanders doubled down on his argument for establishing a universal, single-payer healthcare system Friday in response to a New York Times report which showed the cost differences of hospital care, outpatient procedures, and prescription drugs in the United States compared with other...
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Lily and Jane News
Friday, December 27, 2019
Denouncing Corporate Climate Profiteers, Comedy Icon Lily Tomlin Arrested at #FireDrillFriday Protest in DC
Octogenarian actor and comedian Lily Tomlin was arrested Friday on Capitol Hill for participating in the weekly climate-focused civil disobedience campaign launched in October by her longtime friend and co-star Jane Fonda.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) News
Friday, December 27, 2019
Amid Whispers of Presidential Potential, AOC—Not Buttigieg—Called 'Future of the Democratic Party'
As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has traveled the country to support Sen. Bernie Sanders' second campaign to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, the New York congresswoman—who is currently too young to legally hold the nation's highest office—has sparked fresh speculation that...
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William "Bill" Greider News
Friday, December 27, 2019
'A Stark Loss for American Journalism': Reporter and Author William Greider Dies at Age 83
William "Bill" Greider, a veteran journalist and author who spent decades reporting on politics and economics for national media outlets, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C. at the age of 83. Born on Aug. 6, 1936 to Harold and Gladys, Greider was raised in Wyoming, Ohio and graduated...
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Sharon Lavigne, founder and president of the faith-based community group RISE St. James News
Monday, December 23, 2019
Louisiana Officials Urged to Rescind Permission for Petrochemical Plant Over Cancer Dangers and Discovery of Burial Grounds for Enslaved People
Louisiana residents, environmental justice groups, and legal advocates joined together Monday to pressure the St. James Parish Council to rescind its decision to allow a subsidiary of the Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group to build a $9.4 billion petrochemical plant in a predominantly African-...
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News
Monday, December 23, 2019
Emergency Cleanup Underway After Fuel Spill in Galapagos Islands Sparks Concern for Unique and Fragile Ecosystem
A ship carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank in the Galapagos Islands Sunday, sparking widespread concerns about the impact on local wildlife and the environment as Ecuadorian officials took emergency action to contain the spill.
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