Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education News
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Betsy DeVos May Defund Public Ed—But Wants Guns in Schools to Fight Grizzlies
Billionaire heiress and school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos faced withering scrutiny Tuesday at a rushed confirmation hearing for her nomination as secretary of education, often betraying her inexperience with education policy as she dodged Democrats' questions. As she attempted to avoid the...
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A rally for Chelsea Manning. News
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Supporters 'Ecstatic' After Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence
"Chelsea's release is massive victory for free speech, human rights, and democracy."
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Amnesty International earlier this month floated a hot air balloon with whistleblower Edward Snowden's portrait above the Statue of Liberty in New York City. News
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In Obama's Final Days in Office, Rights Advocates Push for Last-Minute Pardons
President Barack Obama has only days remaining in the White House and he must use that time to pardon whistleblowers and political prisoners, argue human rights advocates and prominent journalists, before the far-right administration of president-elect Donald Trump takes charge. Obama has an...
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Water protectors peacefully sang, drummed, and chanted as riot police blocked them from the pipeline drill site. News
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Water Protectors Arrested, Tear-Gassed for Peaceful Prayer Walk at DAPL Site
Water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline once again faced down police in riot gear, tear gas, and arrests on Monday as Indigenous activists attempted to hold a peaceful prayer walk at the pipeline drilling site alongside the Missouri River near Cannon Ball, North Dakota...
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Close-up of George Washington on the dollar bill News
Monday, January 16, 2017
Despite Growing Disapproval and Protest, Corporate Cash Floods Trump Inauguration
"This is very unfettered, brazen selling of access. It certainly runs counter to any presidential candidate who was talking about draining the swamp."
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Garment workers in Vietnam News
Monday, January 16, 2017
Just Eight Men Own Same Wealth as Half of Humanity: Report
The private jets of the world's wealthiest men and women are swarming the Swiss Alps for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), which begins Monday in Davos, Switzerland, in the midst of an ongoing global inequality crisis. "Across the world, people are being left behind[...] their voices are...
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A 2011 protest against Arizona's law banning all ethnic studies classes News
Friday, January 13, 2017
Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools
Arizona state representative Bob Thorpe, a Republican, has just proposed a bill that would ban any school courses or extracurricular activities that "promote" any kind of "social justice" or "solidarity" based on race, class, gender, politics, or religion. The legislation, House Bill 2120 , also...
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A coalition of grassroots groups flew an airship above NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah to protest the U.S. government's unconstitutional mass surveillance program in 2013. News
Friday, January 13, 2017
Obama Expands Spy Agencies' Access to Private Data—Just in Time for Trump
"Seventeen different government agencies shouldn't be rooting through Americans' emails with family members, friends, and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant"
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Protesters demonstrate against Guantanamo Bay in front of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2017 News
Thursday, January 12, 2017
'Deny Trump the Tools to Torture': Progressive Dems Call on Obama to Close Guantanamo
As pro-torture President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are urging President Barack Obama to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay and deny Trump "the tools to reinstate torture." In a letter (pdf) sent Wednesday, 40 members of the...
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News
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Empty Folders and a "Meaningless" Plan: Outrage Grows Over Trump's Refusal to Divest
Outrage over President-elect Donald Trump's refusal to divest himself of his global business empire has grown in the wake of his chaotic press conference Wednesday, during which he announced that he would merely hand his businesses over to his sons. After the press conference—wherein the piles of...
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