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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In response to the Thursday arrest of two local activists as "part of a coordinated attack on those who defend democracy and challenge the petrochemical industry," environmentalists in Louisiana have launched the Defend Democracy Alliance. News
Friday, June 26, 2020
'Outrageous and Chilling': Police Condemned for Charging Peaceful Environmentalists With 'Terrorizing' in Louisiana
At least 40 U.S. climate and environmental advocacy groups on Friday rallied behind two Louisiana Bucket Brigade activists who are facing felony "terrorizing" charges for leaving a box of plastic pellets collected from Texas waters near a coastal Formosa Plastics facility on the doorstep of a fossil fuel lobbyist in December 2019.
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A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 test at United Memorial Medical Center testing site in Houston on June 25, 2020. (Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, June 26, 2020
Expert Warns US Cities Could Face 'Apocalyptic' Future as Country Sets Record for New Covid-19 Cases in One Day
Some U.S. cities and states have slowed or halted plans to ease restrictions enacted in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the country continues to shatter records in terms of confirmed Covid-19 cases and public health experts warn of what the future could hold.
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
'This Bill Should Immediately Pass': Applause for New US Legislation to Ban Facial Recognition
In a move cheered by civil liberties advocates, a quartet of progressives in Congress announced on Thursday they will introduce sweeping legislation to effectively ban government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology nationwide, citing threats to privacy rights and the well...
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Maxewell Rees and his brothers Daniel Rees and Jackson Rees sit on a park bench partly submerged due to seasonal flooding next to the Tidal Basin as cherry blossoms begin their annual blooming season March 29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) News
Thursday, June 25, 2020
DC Sues Fossil Fuel Giants for Decades of Spending Millions to 'Mislead Consumers and Discredit Climate Science in Pursuit of Profits'
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday sued fossil fuel giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for "systematically and intentionally" misleading D.C. consumers about the role their products play in causing the climate crisis—following in the footsteps of other communities and states across the country, including Minnesota on Wednesday.
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Workers set up a solar PV power system. News
Thursday, June 25, 2020
As Coronavirus Cases and Unemployment in the US Climb, 39 Groups Launch Coalition for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities
As confirmed coronavirus cases and unemployment claims in the United States continue to rise, 39 environmental, faith, and public health organizations came together Thursday to launch a coalition advocating for federal action that "creates jobs, protects public health and the environment, and advances equity and justice."
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Robert and Melissa Williams, and their young daughters, appeared in a video circulated Wednesday by the ACLU. (Photo: ACLU/YouTube) News
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
ACLU Demands Lawmakers Act After Michigan Man Wrongfully Arrested 'Because Face Recognition Can't Tell Black People Apart'
The ACLU on Wednesday urged policymakers to end law enforcement use of facial recognition technology and filed an administrative complaint with Detroit police on behalf of Robert Williams, a Black man who was wrongfully arrested in January after software owned by Michigan State Police misidentified...
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A general view shows ongoing construction work in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on June 24, 2020. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
With Demand 'Echoing Across the World,' UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to abandon a developing plan to annex about a third of the occupied West Bank, which "has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis, and the broader international community."
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New York Police Department officers listen as Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York President Pat Lynch and representatives from other NYPD and law enforcement unions holds a news conference at the Icahn Stadium parking lot on June 9, 2020. News
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Report on Broken Windows Spending Bolsters Call to Redirect $1 Billion of NYPD Budget to Harmed Communities
After nearly a month of nationwide racial justice protests and renewed calls to defund local police forces and reinvest that money in resources that better serve communities, a new policy brief on Tuesday detailed how much policing in New York City is focused on drug and other low-level offenses and disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx residents.
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Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speaks to a crowd at a DNC event on June 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. News
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
DNC 'Snubs' Climate Movement Just as Greenpeace Endorses Democratic Panel's Visionary Plan
Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a 2020 platform that includes ambitious climate policies, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez on Monday announced a drafting committee that, in the words of journalist Emily Atkin, "snubs progressive climate activists again."
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
'A Water Emergency Threatens Every Corner of Our Country': Analysis Shows 80% Spike in US Utility Bills Over 8 Years
A report about 12 U.S. cities published Tuesday in the Guardian sheds light on a water affordability crisis in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced millions of Americans out of work, underscoring the importance of universal access to water and sanitation and provoking demands for both a moratorium on utility shutoffs and broader reforms.
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