Julia Conley, staff writer

Julia Conley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
#ArmMeWith: Teachers Lead Opposition to Trump's Plan to Give Educators Guns
As students lead the nation in fighting for stricter gun control legislation, teachers across the country are speaking out against an alternative measure President Donald Trump has suggested to prevent school shootings like the one that took place last week in Parkland, Florida: arming teachers and...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Rights Advocates Decry 'Unconscionable' State Dept Decision to Cut Women's Rights From Annual Report
Human rights groups on Thursday denounced the State Department's plans to re-frame its upcoming global human rights report, paring down its focus on women's reproductive rights and discrimination—saying the decision is clear evidence that the rights of marginalized groups are insignificant to the...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
In Latest Progressive Reform, Philadelphia DA Ends Cash Bail for Many Non-Violent Offenses
Criminal justice reform advocates applauded Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's decision, announced on Wednesday, to end its cash bail requirements for low-level, non-violent offenses—a system that critics say punishes the poor and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. "There is absolutely...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
#NeverAgain: Parkland Students Lead Thousands in Rally to Demand Gun Control Legislation
The steps of the Florida State Capitol building were crowded with thousands of students, teachers, parents, and advocates on Wednesday as survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led a rally to demand gun control reforms including a ban on military-style firearms...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
As Students Across US Plan Walkouts to Demand Gun Control, Texas School District Threatens to Suspend Participants
As students across the country pledge to take part in demonstrations in the coming weeks to demand stricter gun control after last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, one Houston-area school district is facing criticism after announcing that students will be punished for participating in...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Safety Breaches at US Meat Plants Spark Outcry in UK Over Possible Post-Brexit Trade Deal
British food safety experts and lawmakers are raising concerns over a possible post-Brexit trade deal with the United States in light of newly-released records showing serious hygiene breaches in U.S. meat plants. "We cannot allow this to be a race to the bottom. We should insist the U.S. raises...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry's Predatory Marketing Practices
Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. In a new report entitled "...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
In Wake of Latest Deadly Mass Shooting, Dallas Official Asks NRA to Hold Annual Convention Elsewhere
A Dallas city official is urging the National Rifle Association (NRA) to hold its annual convention elsewhere in light of a number of deadly mass shootings in recent months, including one at a high school in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday in which 17 people were killed. "It is a tough call when...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
US Falls Behind Other Wealthy Countries in Infant Mortality Rates
A report by the United Nations' children's rights agency found that the United States' infant mortality rate is below average for high-income countries, and is only slightly lower than that of less economically-stable countries including Ukraine and Sri Lanka. Four out of every 1,000 American...
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Monday, February 19, 2018
White House Official: Deadly Shooting Offered 'Reprieve' From Negative Trump Coverage
A Washington Post interview with a White House official garnered stunned reactions on social media when the anonymous staffer said that last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida had offered the Trump administration a "reprieve" from negative media coverage. "For everyone, it was a...
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