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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
People living with diabetes, activists, faith leaders, and healthcare advocates rallied in front of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate World Diabetes Day as part of a National Day of Action called by the Lower Drug Prices Now Campaign on November 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'Let's Do Insulin Next,' Says Ocasio-Cortez After Biden Backs IP Waiver to Boost Covid-19 Vaccine Access
"We can do it with all lifesaving pharmaceuticals," tweeted one group.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday praised President Joe Biden's decision to support a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections for coroanvirus vaccines. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Sanders Applauds Biden for 'Putting People Over Profits' by Backing Vaccine Patent Waiver
"This is exactly the kind of leadership the world needs right now," said Sanders, a longtime advocate of the move.
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The Indian Point nuclear power plant is seen from Tomkins Cove, New York on April 22 2021. Indian Point ceased operations on April 30. 'Courting Disaster': Progressives Denounce Biden Plan for Taxpayer Bailout of Nuclear Industry
"A nuclear bailout is wrong for taxpayers, wrong for ratepayers, and wrong for the climate," said one expert.
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'Great News' for Workers as Biden's Labor Dept Withdraws Trump-Era Independent Contractor Rule
The rule would have made it harder for workers at companies like Uber and Lyft to argue that they should be recognized as employees.
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Demonstrators hold a rally to "Free the Vaccine," calling on the U.S. to commit to a global coronavirus plan that includes sharing formulas with the world to help ensure that every nation has access to a vaccine, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2021. Shortly after the rally kicked off, the Biden administration announced its support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, and said it will negotiate the terms at the World Trade Organization. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP 'A Transformative, Hopeful Event': Under Pressure, Biden Backs Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver
"This has a real potential to help save lives, strengthen the economy, improve international relations, and eventually end this awful pandemic."
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Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol to advocate for ending the Senate filibuster on April 22, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images) 350+ Scholars Call for Filibuster Reform Ahead of Town Hall
"The disconnect between popular support for policies and a government's ability to enact them ultimately erodes public trust, deepens political cynicism, and delegitimizes that system of government."
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Three Gentoo penguins on top of an iceberg at Yellow Point Beach on January 1, 2020 in King George Island, Antarctica. Study Warns of 'Rapid and Unstoppable' Sea Level Rise If World Misses Paris Climate Targets
"Once you put enough heat into the climate system, you are going to lose those ice shelves, and once that is set in motion you can't reverse it."
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Tenant rights activists hold a demonstration to protest what they claim to be inadequate legislative relief for renters during the Covid-19 pandemic and to call for the cancellation of rent on February 28, 2021 in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Trump-Appointed Judge Rules Against CDC Moratorium on Evictions During Pandemic
Housing rights advocates urged the Biden administration to appeal the ruling and "continue to vigorously defend and enforce the moratorium."
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Protesters rally in the Colombian capital Bogotá on May 5, 2021, the eighth day of a national strike that has been brutally repressed by state security forces. (Photo: Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images) 'An SOS Has Sounded in Colombia': Rights Groups Blast Deadly Repression of National Strike
"The people of Colombia are being executed at the altar of austerity by a government that has lost its legitimacy in their eyes," said Progressive International.
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Tens of Thousands of Premature Deaths Linked to So-Called "Cleaner" Energy Like Fracked Gas: Study
"If you replace one combustion fuel for another combustion fuel, that is not a pathway to get you to a healthy energy system."
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A crowd gathers at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City on November 15, 2019 to protest the coup d'etat in Bolivia and to denounce U.S. interference in Latin America. (Photo: Cristian Leyva/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Among World Superpowers, US Poses Biggest Threat to Democracy: Global Poll
Nearly half of respondents in 53 countries surveyed are worried about U.S. foreign policy, and almost two-thirds say economic inequality threatens democracy.
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Former President Donald Trump's Twitter account, a Google search engine page, and the Facebook app are seen in a photo illustration on August 29, 2018. Facebook Panel Upholds Platform's Ban on Former President Donald Trump
One activist argued that focusing on the Trump ban obscures the more fundamental point that "Facebook's surveillance capitalist business model is fundamentally incompatible with human rights."
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, testifies at a House hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Fauci Stirs Uproar With 'Agnostic' Position on Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver
One observer called Fauci's characterization of the patent waiver issue "extremely misleading."
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen meets President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 29, 2021. Growing Calls to 'Audit the Ultra-Rich' as Yellen Says Tax Dodging Could Cost US $7 Trillion Over 10 Years
"Imagine what we could do for people with $7 trillion. That's infrastructure, child care, paid leave, free college, climate action, and other investments in our communities."
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
An electric shuttle bus travels through downtown Santa Barbara, California. (Photo: Jumping Rocks/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Backed by Unions and Climate Campaigners, Brown and Schumer Unveil $73 Billion Clean Bus Plan
"If we're going to beat the climate clock and stop polluting toxic fumes into our neighborhoods, we must swiftly transform every aspect of our current transportation system to reach zero emissions."
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Israeli security forces kneel on the head of a Palestinian man amid ongoing confrontations as Palestinian families face eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on May 4, 2021. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images) Israeli Man Trying to Take Over Palestinian Home Says 'If I Don't Steal It, Someone Else' Will
The house is located in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood where Palestinian residents have been ordered to vacate by an Israeli court.
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Steven Donziger, a human rights lawyer working of behalf of Ecuadorians harmed by over three decades of Texaco-Chevron's oil drilling and dumping of toxic wastewater in the Amazon rainforest, speaks at a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. (Photo: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP via Getty Images) 68 Nobel Laureates Demand DOJ Probe Into Chevron's Prosecution of Steven Donziger
"A nation that wants to lead on climate issues can't let multinational oil corporations pervert the democratic process and silence its critics," said 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams.
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The encrypted messaging app Signal has exploded in popularity recently. (Photo: Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Signal Trolls Facebook by Showing How Data Is Collected for Targeted Advertising
"You got this ad because you're a newlywed pilates instructor and you're cartoon crazy."
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The top five weapons firms received over $150 billion in Pentagon contracts during Fiscal Year 2020—and, according to a new issue brief, "not all of these funds are well spent."(Photo: Kiyoshi Tanno/Getty Images) Execs at Top Pentagon Contractors Raked in $276.5 Million Last Year, Analysis Finds
"Congress and the administration should take a closer look at these costs," says report lead author William D. Hartung, "with an eye towards reducing them and freeing up funds for other needed purposes."
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The Pfizer logo is photographed with a vial and spilled liquid for an illustration photo. (Photo: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) As Big Pharma Fights Off Patent Waiver, Pfizer Reports Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine
Of the 2.5 billion vaccine doses that Pfizer plans to produce this year, the company has pledged to send less than 2% of its doses to developing countries.
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A demonstrator carries a banner that reads "Vaccine For All! #CovidZero Global!" during a protest in front of Pfizer headquarters in Berlin, Germany on January 23, 2021. 70% of People in G7 Nations Want Governments to Force Big Pharma to Share Vaccine Recipes
"Governments need to step in and force pharmaceutical companies to share their intellectual property and vaccine know-how with the world."
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former Secretary of State John Kerry listens during day 2 of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate at the East Room of the White House April 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C.  US Climate Envoy John Kerry Says 'We Just Have to End' Fossil Fuel Subsidies
"You must create incentives for the right behavior, not the wrong behavior," said the top Biden aide.
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President Joe Biden speaks to Dr. Barney Graham (L), flanked by White House Chief Medical Adviser on Covid-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci (2nd R), as he tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on February 11, 2021. To 'Crush the Virus,' Majority of House Dems Urge Biden to Back Vaccine Patent Waiver
"We need to make public policy choices, both in the U.S. and at the WTO, that put lives first."
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"Beetles and springtails have enormous impacts on the porosity of soil and are really getting hammered, and earthworms are definitely getting hit as well," said study co-author Nathan Donley, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. (Photo: zianlob/Getty Images) New Soil Study Shows Pesticides 'Destroying the Very Foundations of Web of Life'
"These troubling findings add to the urgency of reining in pesticide use to save biodiversity."
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Colombian demonstrators—one holding a sign saying "No to Tax Reform"—gathered in Bogotá's Bolívar Square on May 1, 2021 to protest panned tax reform and other issues. (Photo: Daniel Munoz/AFP via Getty Images) World Leaders Join Human Rights Defenders in Condemning Colombia's Deadly Crackdown on Protesters
"President Iván Duque's administration is acting as if it has a license to kill. When the people take to the streets amid a pandemic, it is because their government is more dangerous than a deadly virus."
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