Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

This #GivingTuesday, whatever is your first priority, your second priority has to be independent media.

2021 has been one of the most dangerous and difficult years for independent journalism that we’ve ever seen. Our democracy is facing serial existential threats including the climate emergency, vaccine apartheid amid deadly pandemic, a global crisis for biodiversity, reproductive freedoms under assault, rising authoritarianism worldwide, and corporate-funded corruption of democracy that run beneath all of this. Giving Tuesday is a critical opportunity to make sure our journalism remains funded so that we can stay focused on all your priority issues. Please contribute today to keep Common Dreams alive and growing.

Please Help This #GivingTuesday -- Though our content is free to all, less than 1% of our readers give. We’re counting on you. Please help Common Dreams end the year strong.

Kyrsten Sinema

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)—seen here addressing the 2019 Arizona Technology Innovation Summit—has come under intense fire for obstructing her own party's flagship social and climate investment legislation. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)

'Hanging Your Constituents Out to Dry': 5 Sinema Advisers Quit in Protest

"You have become one of the principal obstacles to progress, answering to big donors rather than your own people."

Brett Wilkins

As U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema continues to be a leading impediment to her own party's flagship Build Back Better package, five of the Arizona Democrat's advisers resigned in protest Thursday, accusing her of "hanging your constituents out to dry" while favoring the big money donors who pad her campaign coffers.

"We shouldn't have to buy representation from you, and your failure to stand by your people and see their urgent needs is alarming."

In a letter obtained by The New York Times, five U.S. military veterans who served on a 20-member Sinema advisory board since 2019 excoriated the freshman senator for obstructing key parts of the $3.5 trillion social and climate investment bill, and for refusing to abolish the filibuster.

"You have become one of the principal obstacles to progress, answering to big donors rather than your own people," the veterans wrote. "We shouldn't have to buy representation from you, and your failure to stand by your people and see their urgent needs is alarming."

The Times said the letter will be featured in a new advertisement from Common Defense, a progressive veterans' group that has previously targeted Sinema.

The letter comes a day after two dozen Arizona organizations and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sent a letter to Sinema imploring her to "stop obstructing" provisions in the Build Back Better bill expanding Medicare to include dental, hearing, and vision benefits. The groups are also urging the senator to support empowering Medicare to leverage its prodigious purchasing power to negotiate lower U.S. prescription drug prices, which are often the highest in the world.

Common Dreams reported last week that Sinema is the recent recipient of over $100,000 in campaign contributions from pharma- and finance-linked donors apparently rewarding her opposition to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

The resignations also came a day after Republican senators filibustered the Freedom to Vote Act, a compromise voting rights bill, sparking renewed calls to "end the Jim Crow filibuster." Sinema has faced widespread criticism for claiming the arcane Senate procedure—which has so often been used as a weapon to kill civil rights legislation—"protects the democracy of our nation."

Sylvia González Andersh, one of the veterans who resigned from Sinema's advisory board, said in an interview with the Times that "Democrats were out desperately trying to help her win the seat, and now we feel like, what was it for?"

"Nobody knows what she is thinking because she doesn't tell anybody anything," Andersh added. "It's very sad to think that someone who you worked for that hard to get elected is not even willing to listen."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

... We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Omar Hangs Up After Boebert Uses Call to Double Down on 'Outright Bigotry and Hate'

"Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments."

Jessica Corbett ·

Win for Alabama Workers as NLRB Orders New Union Vote After Amazon's Alleged Misconduct

A union leader said the decision confirmed that "Amazon's intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace."

Jessica Corbett ·

'For the Sake of Peace,' Anti-War Groups Demand Biden Return to Nuclear Deal With Iran

"It's time to put differences aside and return to the Iran nuclear deal," said one advocate.

Julia Conley ·

'That's for Them to Decide': UK Secretary Rebuked for Claiming Vaccine Patent Waiver Won't Be 'Helpful' to Global Poor

One U.K. lawmaker asked when the government would "start putting the need to end this pandemic in front of the financial interests of Big Pharma?"

Andrea Germanos ·

Shell Slammed for Plan to Blast South African Coastline for Oil and Gas During Whale Season

"We cannot allow climate criminals, like Shell, to plunder in the name of greed," said Greenpeace.

Kenny Stancil ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo