Kenny Stancil, staff writer

Kenny Stancil

Kenny Stancil is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @kenny_stancil

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Sarah Gattiker stores the 24,200th species of seed in the vault at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, which now holds 10% of the world's wild plant species, on October 15, 2009 in Sussex, England. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 28, 2020
'If You Own the Seeds You Own the Food System': Campaigners Demand Public Ownership to Counter Big Ag Privatization
A growing number of people around the world are calling for the public ownership of seeds, which they say is essential for a more democratic and ecologically sound food system, as the coronavirus-driven spike in empty supermarket shelves and the continued loss of biodiversity this year sparked a...
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Tens of millions of people at risk of eviction in one week "can't wait for Trump and McConnell to get on the same page," said former HUD secretary Julián Castro, adding that the CDC "must extend the moratorium immediately." (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) News
Friday, December 25, 2020
'Holidays Can't Be Jolly If Your Family Is Not Safely Housed': Progressives Urge CDC to Extend Eviction Moratorium
Warning that President Donald Trump's refusal to sign the recently passed coronavirus relief bill could have devastating consequences for tens of millions of American families on the brink of homelessness, housing justice advocates are urging the CDC to act immediately—independently of the...
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Laurel Grindy and Paul Nixon, both volunteers with Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans, a group that offers humanitarian aid to migrants in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands shared by the U.S. and Mexico, speak to a Border Patrol agent who was manning surveillance equipment near Nogales on July 14, 2019. (Photo: Daniel Woolfolk for AFP/via Getty Images) News
Thursday, December 24, 2020
'Complete Disregard for Human Life': US Agents Threaten Christmas Eve Raid Against Humanitarians Giving Aid to Refugees Near Border
A humanitarian group that provides medical care, food, and safety to migrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border sounded the alarm Thursday that federal agents are threatening to raid their operation despite the Christmas holiday and dangerously cold overnight temperatures that could make...
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An Iranian citizen reads a newspaper in Tehran following U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election, which many hope will lead to a restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal and a lifting of economic sanctions. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) News
Thursday, December 24, 2020
As Trump Threatens War With Iran, 150 House Democrats Endorse Biden Vow to Rejoin Nuclear Deal
On the same day U.S. President Donald Trump threatened an attack on Iran, a group of 150 House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden endorsing the incoming administration's plan to swiftly rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement—a sufficient number of backers to prevent any...
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A waitress serves guests as people dine outdoors in Pasadena, California on December 2, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
In 'Emblematic Parting Blow,' Trump Moves to Take $700 Million Per Year Out of Tipped Workers' Pockets
Just hours before President Donald Trump surprised millions by pushing for enlarged stimulus checks in the new coronavirus relief package , his administration on Tuesday added to its extensive record of anti-worker policymaking by finalizing a regulatory change that enables employers to dispossess...
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Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks with supporters before voting early at the Metropolitan Library on December 22, 2020 in Atlanta. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
'$600 Is a Joke': Georgia Democrats Ossoff and Warnock Embrace Push for $2,000 Stimulus Checks as Runoff Nears
Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have thrown their support behind the push for a $2,000 direct payment to most Americans, a development that progressives hope will give a boost to the two challengers taking on Georgia's incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly...
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is seen in the Senate subway in the Capitol on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
'No More Caving' to Austerity Warns Sanders After Biden Lauds Paltry Covid-19 Relief Deal as 'Model' Legislation
Reflecting on the roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief package that he called " pathetic " for its obscene giveaways to the wealthy and meager assistance for the working class, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday warned of devastating consequences for the United States if Democrats continue...
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In an effort to seal off the revolving door between special interests and government, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recommended that President-elect Biden enact "a total ban on lobbyists employed by corporations from serving in the administration, especially at executive agencies they lobbied." (Photos: Kena Betancur/Getty Images (L) and Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images) News
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
After Four Years of 'Outright Grift' Under Trump, Trio of Democratic Senators Urges Biden to 'Padlock the Revolving Door'
In the wake of the Trump administration's pervasive corruption and flagrant law-breaking, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is urging President-elect Joe Biden to establish new, high standards for federal ethics and transparency by adopting key reforms that would prevent corporate lobbyists from...
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"When a big bill like this comes together, your job as a lawmaker is to try to get as many of your legislative and funding priorities into the text as possible," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) News
Monday, December 21, 2020
'This Is Atrocious': Congress Crams Language to Criminalize Online Streaming, Meme-Sharing Into 5,500-Page Omnibus Bill
Lawmakers in Congress are under fire from digital rights campaigners for embedding three controversial changes to online copyright and trademark laws into the must-pass $2.3 trillion legislative package —which includes a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill —...
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People wait in line to receive donations from the food pantry at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on December 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) News
Monday, December 21, 2020
'Slap in the Face for People Suffering Across the Country': Critics Slam Watered-Down Covid Relief Deal
In the wake of Sunday night's agreement on a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package that is far smaller than economists say is necessary, progressives argued that the "slap-in-the-face" bill must be passed to help stem the suffering of working-class Americans but that much more will be needed...
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