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Thursday, April 1, 2021
With 'Planetary Crisis on Our Hands,' Says AOC, 'We Can Do $10 Trillion' on Infrastructure
"That may be an eye-popping figure for some people," said the New York Democrat, but "we're the wealthiest nation in the history of the world."
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
John Kerry, the White House climate envoy, speaks during a joint press conference with the French ecological transition minister following their meeting at the Hôtel de Roquelaure in Paris on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images) John Kerry Urged to Help End Flow of Finance From Wall Street to Industries Fueling Climate Crisis
"A climate action approach that seeks to partner with Wall Street without also holding it accountable is no longer credible in 2021."
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Demonstrators protest the Trump administration's military transgender ban on July 26, 2017. (Photo: Ted Eytan/fickr/cc) Pentagon to Lift Trump-Era Ban on Transgender Troops
"Trans rights are human rights," said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, "and on this #TransDayOfVisibility, I'm pleased to announce we've updated DoD policy on the open service of transgender individuals."
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A person holds a transgender pride flag as people gather on Christopher Street outside the Stonewall Inn for a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, June 28, 2019. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) 'You Are Beautiful. You Are Loved': Allies Show Solidarity on Transgender Day of Visibility
"It is time for the long history of assaults—legislative, physical, social, and verbal—against trans women and girls to end."
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solar panels and wind turbines Solar Swells as Coal Collapses: Analysis Shows Rapid Shift to Renewables Underway
"Cleaner and lower-cost wind and solar, coupled with battery storage, will drive fossil fuels out of the market."
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South American immigrants arriving illegally from Mexico disembark from an inflatable boat on the U.S. bank of the Rio Grande river at the border city of Roma on March 28, 2021. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images) 'It's Not a Border Crisis,' Says Ocasio-Cortez. 'It's an Imperialism Crisis... a Climate Crisis... a Trade Crisis.'
The New York Democrat also explained how the U.S. carceral system and foreign policy relate to the nation's immigration system.
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A server clears a table as patrons dine outdoors at Gloria's Cocina Mexicana in Ontario, California on December 5, 2020. (Photo: Watchara Phomicinda/MediaNews Group/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images) Amid Ongoing Push for $15 Wage, Service Workers Challenge Lawmakers to Be a #ServerForAnHour
"Try living on subminimum wages plus tips."
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Critics Warn Biden Infrastructure Plan 'Falls Woefully Short' on Climate Crisis
"Biden has pledged to cut carbon emissions 50% and decarbonize our electricity sector, but this proposal won't even come close."
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Demonstrators rallied outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office in Manhattan calling for the Democrat to support the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on June 16, 2019. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) 'New Era for Marijuana Justice': New York Legalization Bill Signed Into Law
One advocate said the law is "rooted in racial and economic justice, in an effort to repair harms while also setting a new standard for anti-racist, class-conscious, and gender-expansive policymaking."
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Nominee for EPA Administrator, Michael Regan, speaks at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE. President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy team that will advance an ambitious agenda to address the issues of climate change. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) EPA Chief Purging Trump-Era Advisors to 'Focus on Science and Reduce Industry Influence'
The move, said Administrator Michael Regan, "will ensure the agency receives the best possible scientific insight to support our work to protect human health and the environment."
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Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve south of Novo Progresso in Para state on August 16, 2020. 'A Crisis for Climate Stability': Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Accelerated in 2020
"As in past years, commodity-driven deforestation was the leading cause of tree cover loss."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), listens during a press conference introducing the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021 on March 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/AFP via Getty Images) Ocasio-Cortez Says Biden Infrastructure Plan 'Needs To Be Way Bigger'
"This is not nearly enough," the New York Democrat said of Biden's $2.26 trillion proposal.
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A nurse comforts a woman who was distraught seeing her husband on a ventilator due to Covid-19. 'Outrageous': 46 Million Americans Say They Would Not Be Able to Afford Healthcare If They Needed It
"The American model of health reform—throwing money at private insurers—cannot solve it."
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Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) speaks during a news conference at the House Triangle on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Centrist Democrats Panned for Demanding Revival of Major Tax Break for the Rich
"Democratic moderates are holding climate policy hostage to get a tax cut for the rich."
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Activists plan to welcome President Joe Biden to Pittsburgh on Wednesday with four billboards calling for a "bold" economic recovery plan. (Image: Green New Deal Network) 'Piecemeal Solutions Won't Suffice': Progressives Press Biden to 'Go Big' on Infrastructure Plan
"Millions of us are depending on Congress to take this once-in-a-generation opportunity and deliver the jobs, care, and justice we so urgently need, and we intend to make them deliver."
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is calling on President Joe Biden to include recurring payments in the Build Back Better Plan. (PhotoL: Andrew Harnik.AFP via Getty Images) 20 Senate Dems, Sanders Urge Recurring Stimulus Payments in Biden's 'Build Back Better' Plan
"This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads."
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A woman holds a poster reading, "Wake up humans, you're endangered too," at a Fridays for Future protest for climate action in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images) Most Economists Agree: Benefits of 'Drastic' Climate Action Outweigh Costs of Status Quo
"People who spend their careers studying our economy are in widespread agreement that climate change will be expensive, potentially devastatingly so."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Pressed by Sanders, Democrats Aim to Lower Medicare Eligibility Age in Recovery Package
"There are many millions of seniors who would be very, very grateful if we did that right now."
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A billboard with the image of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is seen vandalized with red paint and feces as a protest of his governmental management of the coronavirus pandemic, in Carpina, Pernambuco state, Brazil, on March 27, 2021. (Photo: Leo Malafaia/AFP via Getty Images)  'Major Political Crisis' in Brazil as Military Chiefs Quit Amid Bolsonaro Purge of Top Ministers
A leading opposition figure said the country "can't overcome" Covid-19 with Bolsonaro, because "he is the crisis incarnate."
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A participant holding a sign at a climate march on September 20, 2020. Scientists to Biden: Slash Emissions 50% Below 2005 Levels by 2030
"This goal is both technically feasible and necessary—now we need action."
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson—President Joe Biden's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and "the other public defenders and civil rights lawyers in this group are exactly the kind of judges we need to rebalance our courts," said Demand Justice executive director Brian Fallon. (Photo: Bill O'Leary/<em>The Washington Post</em> via Getty Images) 'Great First Step': Progressives Welcome Biden's Slate of Judicial Nominees
The president, said one leading advocate, "is demonstrating his commitment to building a diverse bench of qualified, fair-minded judges with a commitment to equal justice under the law."
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A coalition of healthcare advocacy organizations gathered outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2020. Experts Warn Failure to Rapidly 'Vaccinate the World' Creates Dangerous Opening for Covid-19 Mutations
"We need a people's vaccine, not only to protect people in the world's poorest countries, but to ensure that people all over the world who've already been vaccinated aren't put at risk again."
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 A CVS pharmacist gives the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the Emerald Court senior living community in Anaheim, CA on Friday, January 8, 2021. The vaccine was optional for staff and residents. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) New Covid-19 Cases Plummet 96% in Nursing Homes After Vaccinations: Report
"We are not out of the woods yet, but these numbers are incredibly encouraging and a major morale booster for frontline caregivers who have been working tirelessly for more than a year to protect our residents."
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<p>Thousands of New Yorkers are seen pre-pandemic on the streets on July 26, 2017 in opposition to anti-trans policy moves by then-President Donald Trump 'Abhorrent': Arkansas Poised to Deny Trans Youth Healthcare
"Stripping youth of this care even when it is recommended by their doctors, supported by their parents, and demanded by the dire situations of the youth is cruel and deadly."
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The signers of a new joint statement released Tuesday say that while Covid-19 has made clear that "united action is needed," they expressed their collective belief "that nations should work together towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response," and added that such "a renewed collective commitment would be a milestone in stepping up pandemic preparedness at the highest political level." (Photo: European Council) 'United Action Is Needed': World Leaders Champion Global Treaty for Pandemic Cooperation
"The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe."
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 28, 2020. Jayapal Calls on Biden to Fire Trump Social Security Holdovers for 'Appalling' Relief Check Sabotage
"The American people should be able to trust that the senior leadership of the Social Security Administration will advocate on their behalf—not needlessly and cruelly obstruct the delivery of survival checks."
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Descendants of FDR and His Cabinet Urge Biden to Embrace 'New Deal-Scale' Public Jobs Program
"Today's crisis of unemployment requires a federal response at least as bold as they designed to pull America out of the Great Depression and usher in the New Deal."
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Monday, March 29, 2021
"For the 12 million Americans who are behind an average of $5,000 each on rent, even an eviction moratorium is not enough," over 200 national and community groups say in a new ad calling for housing debt cancellation published at USA Today says. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Report Reveals Large Landlords' Profits During Coronavirus Pandemic
The new analysis came on the same day that the CDC extended the federal eviction moratorium—which has protected around 20 million households during the pandemic—through June 30.
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One-year-old Dara Faraez walks across the floor in front of the podium as Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) speaks at the Back the THRIVE Agenda press conference on September 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network) As Biden Prepares to Unveil Infrastructure Plan, Progressives Push $10 Trillion Investment
"The THRIVE Act is the agenda that establishes the pillars for economic renewal in our country," says Sen. Ed Markey.
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Wind turbines of the Block Island Wind Farm tower over the water on October 14, 2016 off the shores of Block Island, Rhode Island. 'Revolutionary Moment': Biden White House Announces Major Boost for Offshore Wind
"As our country faces the interlocking challenges of a global pandemic, economic downturn, racial injustice, and the climate crisis, we must transition to a brighter future for everyone."
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A coalition of activists gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange to call for higher taxes on the rich to fund Covid-19 recovery on January 28, 2021. Minimum Wage Would Be $44 Today If It Had Increased at Same Rate as Wall St. Bonuses: Analysis
"Since 1985, the average Wall Street bonus has increased 1,217%, from $13,970 to $184,000 in 2020."
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks to the press outside of the Hennepin County Government Center before the start of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on March 29, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) 'Just Look at the Torture Video,' Says George Floyd's Family Lawyer as Chauvin Trial Begins
"America, the whole world is watching. Do we really have equality and justice for all?"
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Demonstrators protest outside of the Georgia Capitol building against GOP voter suppression efforts on March 8, 2021 in Atlanta. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) Georgia Hit With Pair of Lawsuits Over Sweeping Voter Suppression Law
"The Georgia NAACP will continue to fight until every voter is able to freely and confidently participate in democracy," vowed the state president.
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Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2021. CDC Director Warns of 'Impending Doom' as Covid Cases Rise Across US
"We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now I'm scared."
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A Central American woman and her son cross the Rio Grande on February 8th, 2021 to surrender to the border patrol at the Texas United States crossing. (Photo: David Peinado/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Bowman Blames Decades of US Capitalism, Imperialism for Flow of Asylum-Seekers
"The best we can do is implement a 21st century Marshall Plan and help to rebuild Central America in the same ways that we have destroyed it."
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Thousands of people attend a rally for sustainable climate law in Paris, France on March 28,2021. (Photo by Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) 'Vraie Loi Climat!': Tens of Thousands March in France to Demand Much Stronger Climate Law
French President Emannuel Macron, said one demonstrator, "is going backwards—he's performing a moonwalk, he's an artist who pretends to go forward but in fact he's only going backwards."
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A coalition of healthcare advocacy organizations rallied outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. Now 'Do It,' Progressives Demand as Biden Weighs Support for Lifting Covid Vaccine Patents
"Vaccines must be treated as public goods available at affordable prices, available for all," said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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'Getting Nervous'? Bezos Told Amazon Execs to Hit Back at Critics Amid Historic Union Drive
"He's afraid that if Amazon workers in Alabama vote to unionize, it'll give workers all over America the courage to take on his greed and win economic justice."
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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Dr. Deborah Birx, then-White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a press briefing on November 19, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Birx Says Most Covid Deaths in US Were Preventable, So Ted Lieu Asks: Why Didn't You Challenge Trump?
"The malicious incompetence that resulted in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths starts at the top, with the former President and his enablers."
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Unaccompanied minors are loaded into a U.S. Border Patrol transport van after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on March 25, 2021 in Hidalgo, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) GOP's Border Stunt 'Nothing But a Divide and Distract Tactic' Say Immigrant Rights Advocates
"Their focus on the border is a cynical and strategic racist play for political gain."
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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Medics attend to a protester who was shot and injured by security forces on March 27, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo: Stringer/Getty Images) As Junta Kills Over 100 in Myanmar, UN Expert Says It Is 'Past Time for the World to Respond'
"The military celebrated Armed Forces Day by committing mass murder against the people it should be defending," said United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews.
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A group of protestors hold a demonstration in front of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's home in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 16, 2020. (Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images) 'Way Past Time to Fire Mr. DeJoy,' Says Sanders After House Dems Unveil Bill to Stop Assault on USPS
"We will not allow Trump's handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to slow down mail delivery, cut hours at post offices, and sabotage the Postal Service," said the Vermont Independent.
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Friday, March 26, 2021
President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during a listening session with Georgia Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders at Emory University in Atlanta on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century': Biden Rebukes Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law
"This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country, is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to support Amazon warehouse workers trying to unionize. (Photo: Bernie Sanders/YouTube/screen grab) 'What You're Doing Is Historical!' Bernie Sanders Rallies With Amazon Workers in Alabama
"If history teaches us anything, it is that big money interests do not just give you anything," the senator said in support of the union drive in Bessemer. "You've got to stand up and you've got to fight for it."
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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Senate Dems Employ Obscure Law in Effort to Reverse Trump Rollback of Methane Emissions Standards
While lawmakers are also using the Congressional Review Act to challenge one other policy change, it could be used to target dozens of deregulatory actions from Trump's presidency.
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During a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a demonstrator holds her hands up while kneeling in front of police officers on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images) 'Shameful': Florida House Passes GOP's Anti-Protest Bill
"It is now up to the Senate to heed the voices of Floridians, uphold their duty to the Constitution, and stop this bill from ever becoming law."
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Demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar protest the coup regime's killing of a 7-year-old girl in Mandalay, The protest was held on March 24, 2021. (Photo: Stringer/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) As Myanmar Death Toll Tops 320, UN Expert Warns Crisis Will Worsen Without World's Help
"I fear that the international community has only a short time remaining to act," said United Nations special rapporteur Tom Andrews.
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Sanders Pushing to Expand Medicare by Lowering Eligibility Age in Next Relief Package
"It's the right thing to do. It's massively impactful. It's popular."
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New research is boosting pressure on President Joe Biden to support a national moratorium on water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Teresa Short/Getty Images) US Water Shutoff Moratorium May Have Prevented Nearly 500,000 Covid-19 Cases: Study
"These findings should move us to fight even harder for water justice everywhere."
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General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Faith Groups Part of Human Rights Coalition Urging Biden to Ease Sanctions Amid Pandemic
"For too long, the United States has reflexively relied on suffocating, broad-based sanctions with absolutely no regard for their impact on everyday people."
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'A Good Step': NYC Council Approves Measure to Curb Qualified Immunity
"The mayor's plan is a far cry from the transformative change New Yorkers demanded in the streets and at the polls."
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Protestors march across the Brooklyn Bridge holding a sign to "tax the rich" to demand funding for excluded workers in the New York State budget on March 5, 2021 in New York City. The march led by undocumented workers and those recently released from incarceration. Many of these excluded workers have been unable to access unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, and other economic assistance programs intended to help working families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis. (Photo: Nearly 3 in 4 New Yorkers Favor Taxing the Rich to Austerity: Poll
Survey shows that voters across political spectrum prefer raising taxes on state's wealthy to cutting essential services and key public programs.
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There are over 1,100 oil-producing wells in the McKittrick oil field, just north of the town of McKittrick, California. (Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Big Oil's Embrace of Carbon Pricing Called PR Ploy to 'Avoid Real, Effective Climate Action'
"This is yet another greenwashing tactic wielded by the fossil fuel industry to distract from their disproportionate responsibility for the climate crisis."
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A coalition of healthcare advocacy community organizations gathered outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. Coalition Calls on Biden to Use US-Owned Patent to Share Covid Vaccine With the World
"The U.S. government can help end the pandemic if it uses its legal leverage with Moderna to jumpstart an ambitious vaccine manufacturing program to benefit the world."
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) talks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on November 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Senator Demands Postal Board Fire DeJoy Over 'Pathetic 10-Year Plan to Weaken USPS'
"He is a clear and present threat to the future of the Postal Service and the well-being of millions of Americans."
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Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon was arrested for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp's office door on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Georgia Rep. Charged With Felonies for Knocking on Kemp's Door as He Signed Voter Suppression Bill
"This is straight out of Jim Crow."
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, speaks during a runoff election night party at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead on January 5, 2021. (Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images) 'Vicious Attack on Voting Rights': Georgia Governor Signs GOP Suppression Bill
"This is why federal voting rights legislation is necessary."
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Civil rights activists protest a Georgia bill that would erect barriers to voting on March 3, 2021 at the state Capitol in Atlanta. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images) Rights Coalition Applauds Biden's Executive Action Promoting Voting Access for All Americans
The Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative called the order "a first step in the pursuit of a vision of democracy that honors and protects every American's right to vote."
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U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House on March 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Progressives Applaud Biden's Strongest Comments Yet on Reforming Filibuster
The president, said one advocate, sent "an unmistakable signal that he is willing to do what it takes to end gridlock and deliver results."
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Melissa Simpson holds up her arm with "My Body My Choice" written on it during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) 'All In for the EACH Act': Rights Advocates Applaud Bill to End Hyde Amendment
"Congress has the opportunity to bring us one step closer to a world where access to abortion care doesn't depend on where you live, how you are insured, or how much money you have."
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Digital rights advocates are once again warning against repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Groups Urge Lawmakers Against Gutting of Section 230 as Big Tech CEOs Testify
"Of course Facebook wants to see changes to Section 230. Because they know it will simply serve to solidify their monopoly power and crush competition from smaller and more decentralized platforms."
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U.S. lawmakers are signing on to a new pledge that promotes investing $10 trillion over the next 10 years in creating millions of union jobs that address climate change, economic inequality, and systemic racism. (Image: Sunrise Movement) Progressives in Congress Commit to Sunrise Movement's $10 Trillion 'Good Jobs for All' Pledge
"The climate crisis poses an existential threat to our planet, but it also brings massive opportunity to redress historic injustices and build a better future for all."
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Demonstrators hold a sit-in inside of the Georgia state Capitol building in opposition to a voters suppression bill on March 8, 2021 in Atlanta. 'Extraordinarily Dangerous': Georgia House Passes Bill to Give GOP Lawmakers Control of Election Board
"The most radical fringes of the Republican Party sitting in the state legislature will be able to wipe out boards of elections... This is Jim Crow 2.0."
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Residents of Saratoga Sites Public Housing in Cohoes, New York protest dangerous emissions from Norlite on March 19, 2021. (Photo: David Bond via Bennington College) US Military Ordered 'Clandestine Burning' of Toxic Chemicals in Poor Neighborhoods: Study
"Congress needs to throw cold water on the Pentagon's mad dash to burn toxic firefighting foam," which "threatens the health of millions of Americans."
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Trump Holdovers Accused of 'Sabotaging' Effort to Get Checks to 30 Million Social Security Recipients
"President Biden can't stand for this any longer. He must protect Social Security beneficiaries by firing Saul and Black immediately."
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A man carries a handgun in a concealed holster. (Photo: Ibro Palic/Flickr/c Upholding Hawaii Law, Federal Court Rules 'No Right to Carry Arms Openly in Public'
"This is much-needed good news following recent high-profile gun massacres in Atlanta and Boulder," said Kris Brown, president of the gun control group Brady: United Against Gun Violence.
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Supporters of the People's Climate Case gathered outside the European Union's top court on Thursday. (Photo: Morris Kemp) Families and Indigenous Youth Vow to 'Not Give Up' After Top EU Court Dismisses 'People's Climate Case'
"We will keep fighting for justice and for the protection of fundamental rights that are threatened by the unequal and diverse impacts of climate change."
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Theresa Velasco, a union member of SEIU 721, participates in a rally on March 22, 2021 in downtown Los Angeles in support of Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are trying to unionize. (Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images). Team Bernie vs. Amazon Executive: War of Words Erupts as Sanders Backs Alabama Union Drive
"I am proud to stand in solidarity with Amazon workers in Alabama who are fighting for better wages and better working conditions."
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A cardboard cutout of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, dressed up as the QAnon Shaman on Thursday, March 25, 2021. 'Focus on Structural Power': Lawmakers Told to Press Big Tech CEOs on 'Toxic' Business Model
"Tech CEOs want to talk about their content policies and moderation efforts—because they know their core business models are indefensible."
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Taking Aim at 'Rigged' System, New Sanders Bills Would Reverse Trump's Corporate Tax Cut, End Offshoring
"At the end of the day, we need massive tax reform in this country, so that we end the tax loopholes and the giveaways to the wealthy and large corporations."
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Volunteers from City harvest distribute food in Harlem on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Applause as Biden USDA Scraps Trump Bid to Take Food Benefits From More Than a Million People
"Trump's biggest regulatory attack on SNAP is officially dead and buried."
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Warren Grills Yellen Over Why $9 Trillion BlackRock Not Treated as Risk to Economy
The senator suggested the world's largest asset manager should be declared "too big to fail."
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An elderly Palestinian man is injected with Covid-19 vaccine in Hebron on March 22, 2021. (Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images) Doctors Without Borders Warns Palestinians 'Urgently' Need More Covid-19 Vaccines
"There is not enough space, beds, or staff to help all of our critical patients, and people are dying," warned one MSF intensive care unit physician.
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is known for her sometimes spurious anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images) In Throwback to Trump, Marsha Blackburn Introduces Bill to Force DNA Testing on Migrants
Immigrant advocates point to statistics showing fradulent family claims were uncovered in about one half of one percent of detained migrants.
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation abolishing the death penalty statewide at a ceremony outside the Greensville Correctional Center. (Photo: Office of Gov. Ralph Northam) Virginia Abolishes 'Ultimate Denial of Human Rights That Is the Death Penalty'
An Amnesty International USA advocate said that "we hope to see more states work to retire this most extreme punishment to where it belongs—as a relic of the past, not a part of our future."
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing on the For the People Act on March 24, 2021 in Washington, D.C 'Anti-Democratic Garbage': McConnell Rebuked for Calling Voting Rights Bill a 'Power Grab'
"How depraved do you have to be to insist that more people voting is somehow a power grab?"
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A sign in a San Francisco Starbucks coffee shop warns customers that coffee and baked goods sold at the shop and elsewhere contain acrylamide, a chemical known to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity. The proposition is a California law passed by voters in 1986. California Regulator Praised for 'Landmark' Proposal to List 'Forever Chemical' as Carcinogen
"The damage to communities nationwide from PFOA-contaminated drinking water and exposure through everyday consumer products is almost unimaginable, but California's action underscores the urgency of addressing the crisis."
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A U.S. Air Force pilot flies the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet during a public display at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix on March 17, 2018. (Photo: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images) From Space Force to F-35s, Congress Given Specific Path to Cut Pentagon Budget by $80 Billion
"We have a choice: funnel countless trillions of dollars into weapons of war and Pentagon waste, or put our resources toward efforts that will actually make the world safer for all of us."
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A child walks by a mural showing a U.S. drone in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) 'Death Falling From the Sky': Report Spotlights Civilian Harm From US Drone Strikes in Yemen
"The United States is failing to investigate credible allegations of violations, to hold individuals responsible for violations accountable, and to provide prompt and adequate reparation."
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A Yemeni boy kisses the forehead of a killed child following a reported mortar shell attack on the country's third city of Taiz on February 20, 2021. (Photo: Ahmad al-Basha/AFP via Getty Images) Quarter of Civilian Casualties From US-Backed, Saudi-Led War in Yemen Were Children
"Children continue to be killed and injured on a near-daily basis," said Xavier Joubert of Save the Children.
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Silhouette of a man is seen in front of Amazon and Apple logos on September 5, 2018. Fending Off Antitrust Push, Tech Giants Now Biggest Spenders on DC Lobbying
"It's more important than ever for lawmakers to show their independence and bring these companies to heel."
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An Amazon delivery driver carries boxes on February 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images) Amazon to Delivery Drivers: Agree to Be Spied On Biometrically or You're Fired
"Rank authoritarianism disguised as corporate efficiency for consumer satisfaction."
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North Rhine-Westphalia, Jackerath: Mining machines stand in the Garzweiler opencast lignite coal mine. (Photo: Federico Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images) 60 Largest Banks Have Dumped $3.8 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since 2015, Report Shows
"By bankrolling the expansion of oil and gas, the top banks of the world have blood on their hands."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks during a news conference on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Tlaib Unveils Bill to Provide Monthly Payments to Everyone in US—Funded by Minting Trillion-Dollar Coins
"A one-time survival check isn't enough to get people through this crisis."
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters following the weekly Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. 'Strom Thurmond Disagrees': Historians Refute McConnell Claim That Filibuster Has 'No Racial History'
"Historian of the 20th century South here. I dispute Mitch's statement. The filibuster has a ton of 'racial history.'"
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
A waitress takes an order during lunch on May 22, 2020 at a restaurant in New Orleans. (Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images) On Eve of Equal Pay Day, Report Reveals Subminimum Wage 'Keeps Incomes Low and Harassment High'
One Fair Wage found that over 70% of women in the restaurant industry have been sexually harassed while working at least once.
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A single mother plays with her young sons outside their family home. (Photo: Stock/Getty Images) Corporate Coalition Calls on Congress to Approve Paid Family Leave
"Lack of a national paid leave policy makes all of us more vulnerable during this pandemic and for future public health emergencies, while putting the financial stability of businesses on the line."
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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on March 21, 2021. He met with U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the timeline for an American withdrawal from the war-torn nation. (Photo: Afghan presidency/handout/Andalou Agency via Getty Images) Calls Grow for Biden to Fully Withdraw US Troops From Afghanistan by May 1
"If Biden chooses to stay, every dead soldier, every family broken, and every opportunity wasted to build back better at home will rest on his shoulders and taint his legacy."
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A first grade student sits at her desk at South Boston Catholic Academy in South Boston on September 10, 2020. (Photo: David L. Ryan/<em>The Boston Globe</em> via Getty Images) Nurses, Teachers, and Experts Push Back Against Rush to Reopen Schools as Covid-19 Cases Spike
"The studies commonly cited as supporting school reopening are deeply flawed."
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A person is loaded onto a stretcher after a gunman opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo: Chet Strange/Getty Images) 'Don't Need to Wait Another Minute': Biden Calls on Congress to Pass Assault Weapons Ban
"Our nation is being held hostage by the gun industry, and until the industry is held fully accountable for the direct role it plays in these massacres, communities across the nation will continue to live in fear of the next horrendous attack."
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy departs a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on February 24, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Democrats Warn DeJoy's New 10-Year Plan Guarantees 'Death Spiral' for US Postal Service
"This so-called plan from Louis DeJoy should itself be a dead letter. This is a blueprint for the Post Office's continued decay and destruction."
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Migrants are shown at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary overflow facility in Donna, Texas. (Photo: provided by Rep. Henry Cuellar) As Biden Restricts Media Access, Photos Show Children in Crowded 'Border Jails'
"Photos of children packed into makeshift detention centers highlight the need for press access to such centers so people can see the 'inhumanity' in U.S. immigration policy."
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President Joe Biden speaks, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris, at Emory University in Atlanta on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) Biden Eyes Tax Hikes for Rich, Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Fund Infrastructure
"It's time for the rich and corporations to pay their fair share in taxes."
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) was one of seven Democratic senators to vote against including a $15 federal minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) In Thumbs-Down to Sinema, Survey Finds Majority of Arizona Voters Favor $15 Minimum Wage
"The verdict is clear—in Arizona, voting to raise the minimum wage is the smartest political move."
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(Taken Pre-Pandemic) A demonstrator holds a sign at a rally in front of the New York Stock Exchange on November 14, 2019. To Fight Pharma Greed That Costs 'Human Lives,' Sanders Unveils Bills to Slash Drug Prices
"The time is now to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and say enough is enough."
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A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality as Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic
"We have the means to avert this failure but it's shocking how little has been done to avert it."
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United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnès Callamard delivers her report on the execution of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 26, 2019. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images) 'It Was Understood' as a Death Threat, Says UN Expert Who Saudi Official Warned Could Be 'Taken Care Of'
"It didn't stop me from acting in a way which I think is the right thing to do," said Agnès Callamard, the top investigator into the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Joe Biden speaks alongside Barack Obama during a signing ceremony on December 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Progressives Demand Biden Break From Obama's 'Failed Leadership' on Antitrust
"With a new wave of Big Tech antitrust investigations today, it's time to stop appointing industry allies to top regulatory jobs."
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A group of protestors hold a demonstration in front of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's home in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 16, 2020. DeJoy to Unveil Plan to Slash Post Office Hours, Hike Postage Prices
"Fire the entire Post Office board. Then fire this corrupt man before he destroys the entire USPS for good."
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Healthcare workers walk out of a King Sooper's Grocery store after a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. 'End the Filibuster and Pass Gun Safety Laws. Now': Colorado Massacre Intensifies Demands for Action
"You're going to see another round of 'we can't do anything yet, there was a tragedy' hand-wringing, but we must end gun violence now."
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