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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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) News
Friday, May 01, 2020
'This Is What a Disaster Looks Like': Ocasio-Cortez House Bill Would Allow FEMA to Provide Pandemic Relief
As the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 stood above 63,000 people Friday—with over a million confirmed cases nationwide—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would enable a federal relief agency to provide disaster assistance during pandemics.
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Critics of the proposed private equity takeover of the .org domain held a protest in Los Angeles in January 2020. News
Friday, May 01, 2020
Civil Society Groups Celebrate 'Stunning Victory' in Effort to #SaveDotOrg From Private Equity Takeover
In a move celebrated by advocacy groups across the globe as "a major victory for the millions of nonprofits, civil society organizations, and individuals who make .org their home online," a body that oversees web addresses on Thursday blocked a takeover of the top-level domain by the private equity firm Ethos Capital.
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Fracking wells are seen on a farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota in 2013. News
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Expansion of Fed Lending Program Blasted as Bailout for 'Toxic and Reckless' Fossil Fuel Industry
The Federal Reserve came under fire Thursday for expanding its emergency Main Street Lending Program in a way that, as the watchdog group Public Citizen warned, "could allow failing, highly indebted oil and gas companies to borrow money at low rates."
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An grocery store employee wearing a face mask fills up a shelf of vegetables on April 22, 2020 in Rosenheim, Bavaria. News
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Ahead of May Day, 500+ Groups Worldwide Demand Just and Visionary Recovery From Covid-19
Ahead of the annual International Workers Day on Friday, over 500 groups from across the globe reiterated their joint demand for a "just recovery" from the coronavirus pandemic and called on governments to pair economic relief policies that prioritize working people with ambitious climate action.
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Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swedish climate activist News
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Greta Thunberg Advances Fight Against Another 'Child-Rights Crisis' With UNICEF Campaign to Support Kids Impacted by Covid-19
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg joined with the Danish development organization Human Act on Thursday to launch a global funding campaign that aims to help "save and protect the most vulnerable children" affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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A mailman wearing a mask and gloves loads a postal truck with packages at a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office location in Washington, D.C. on April 16, 2020. News
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Calls Mount for Congress to Provide 'Robust Relief' to USPS as Covid-19 Kills Mail Clerks and Carriers
With the Senate set to return to Washington, D.C. next week and uncertainty over when the House will also reconvene, calls continued to mount Wednesday for Congress to provide significant relief to the U.S. Postal Service, the popular federal agency that is struggling financially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Alex Hernandez prepares sells a "torta de tamal" in his tamales stand at Baja California Avenue on April 17, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. News
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
UN Labor Agency Warns 1.6 Billion Workers at Risk of Having Their 'Livelihoods Destroyed' by Pandemic
The United Nations labor agency warned Wednesday that "1.6 billion workers in the informal economy—that is nearly half of the global workforce—stand in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed" by the worldwide economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. News
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
100+ Economists Push Pelosi to Urgently Boost Relief for Workers, Stem Massive Surge in Unemployment
In a pair of letters Wednesday, more than 100 economists urged Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to increase relief for workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic by making "substantial improvements" to the federal short-time compensation program and passing Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Paycheck Guarantee Act.
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German Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze participates in the Petersberg Climate Dialogue XI. News
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Amid Dual Crises of Climate and Covid-19, World Leaders Told 'Empty Words Will Not Help Us'
As the year's first major meeting of climate ministers—held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic—wrapped up Tuesday, climate campaigners welcomed world leaders' calls for a "green recovery" from the ongoing public health crisis but demanded that the lofty rhetoric be matched by ambitious, detailed plans and actions.
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A resident of the Casa Nepal safe house stands in the upstairs common area on May 8, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The shelter houses approximately 60 women and their children annually. News
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
UN Projects 'Staggering' 20% Rise in Gender-Based Violence Worldwide During Pandemic Lockdowns
Lockdowns around the world triggered by the coronavirus pandemic could contribute to millions more cases of gender-based violence, child marriages, female genital mutilation, and unintended pregnancies resulting from lack of access to contraceptives in the months ahead, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.
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