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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Ady Barkan Takes Medicare for All Fight to California to Prove 'Single Payer Healthcare Works in America'
"Medicare for All supporters, this is our most important fight right now."
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"That's what holds in place our rigged, corrupt economic and political systems," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in response to a new report detailing how wealthy megadonors—including Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City who was identified as the single biggest spender on federal political campaigns between 2009 and 2020—are undermining U.S. democracy. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images) Just 12 Super-Rich Donors Spent $3.4 Billion to Sway US Elections Since 2009: Study
"The time is now to get big money out of politics, and move to the public funding of elections," said Sen. Bernie Sanders in response.
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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2021. Democratic Lawmakers Urge Barrett to Recuse Herself From Koch Dark Money Case
The members of Congress note that Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded advocacy group, mounted a "full-scale campaign" in support of the justice's confirmation.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a press conference to reintroduce the Green New Deal in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) 'It Is a Revolution': Ocasio-Cortez and Markey Reintroduce Green New Deal Resolution
"We are in a civilization-altering moment in our history and it's time for America's political leaders to muster the courage and moral clarity to pass the Green New Deal," said the Sunrise Movement's executive director.
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act, which, if passed by the Senate and President Joe Biden, would give state-legal cannabis businesses access to banks and other financial institutions. (Photo: Darren415/iStock/Getty Images Plus) US House Passes 'Hugely Important' Bill to Let Legal Marijuana Businesses Access Banks
"A supermajority of the House has voted affirmatively to recognize that the legalization and regulation of marijuana is a superior public policy to prohibition and criminalization."
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Watchdog Says Journalism, the 'Vaccine Against Disinformation,' Took Global Hit During Pandemic
"The coronavirus pandemic has been used as grounds to block journalists' access to information sources and reporting in the field."
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A Yemeni malnourished child lies on a bed where he receives treatment at the malnutrition treating department in Al-Sabeen hospital on January 26, 2021 in Sana'a, Yemen. 'People Are Not Starving, They Are Being Starved': 250+ Groups Demand Rich Nations Provide Urgent Food Assistance
"It is human actions that are driving famine and hunger, and it is our actions that can stop the worst impacts."
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According to a statement from Ocasio-Cortez's office, the two lawmakers will be joined Tuesday by congressional colleagues and allies for an 11:00 am press conference to reintroduce the Green New Deal resolution itself as well as discuss a growing slate of companion legislation inspired by its guiding principles. (Image: Office of Sen. Ed Markey) 'The Time Is Now': Watch Live as Ocasio-Cortez, Markey Reintroduce Green New Deal Resolution
"The Green New Deal envisions a ten-year national mobilization to fight the interconnected economic, social, racial, and climate crises gripping our country," said a statement from AOC's office.
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Andrew Saul arrives for his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration before the Senate Finance Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Union Leader Presses Biden to Immediately Fire Trump Social Security Holdovers
"It is unacceptable that nearly 100 days into President Biden's first term, Social Security employees and the public we serve continue to remain under the thumb of Trump political appointees."
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"Limiting cancellation to only those borrowers who hold certain types of loans and degrees would deny relief to many struggling borrowers," as would "arbitrary cancellation cutoffs based on income," a coalition of civil rights groups explained on April 19, 2021. (Photo: Debt Collective via Facebook) Civil Rights Groups Call for Universal Cancellation of $50,000 in Student Debt
"The only solution that addresses the harms of the past and clears the landscape to create a better system going forward is to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower."
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Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Jänschwalde lignite-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) in Germany on December 2, 2020. 'A Dire Warning': IEA Says World on Track to Nearly Wipe Out Covid-Related Emissions Drop
"Unless governments around the world move rapidly to start cutting emissions, we are likely to face an even worse situation in 2022."
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A woman waits to be tested for Covid-19 outside the Catherine Hardaway Residences in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston on July 8, 2020. Bowman, Sanders Lead Coalition Demanding 'Desperately Needed' Boost to SSI Lifeline
"People with disabilities and older adults receiving SSI represent some of the most marginalized members of our society. History will not forgive us if we fail to address their needs."
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Monday, April 19, 2021
The skyline of St. Louis, Missouri seen from across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois. (Photo: Keith Yahl/Flickr/cc) 'This Whole Thing Is About Saving Lives': Bush, Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Green New Deal for Cities
"The urgency of this climate crisis and environmental racism demands that we equip our cities and our local governments with this funding."
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A gas flare at a petroleum refinery in Norco, Louisiana lights up the sky on August 21, 2019. 'Stop Fossil Fuel Madness': Gulf Coast Advocates Tell Biden to End US Oil and Gas Exports
"To protect our communities and make good on his promises, Biden needs to end fossil fuel exports now."
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'Do What the Science Demands': Biden White House to Be Given 'Climate Clock' Ahead of Global Summit
"We're not only sending a message that we're running out of time, but that there is still time to act and save our planet!" said climate leader Alexandria Villeseñor.
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A firefighter douses flames as they push towards homes during the Creek fire in the Cascadel Woods area of Madera County, California on September 7, 2020. UN Chief Warns World on 'Verge of the Abyss' as WMO Releases Climate Report
The warning came alongside the release of the World Meteorological Organization's State of the Global Climate in 2020, which said it was one of the three warmest years on record.
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Roosevelt High School students and hundreds of other pupils from local schools took part in protests in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 19, 2021 as closing arguments were delivered in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd last May. (Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images) 'This Wasn't Policing, This Was Murder,' Prosecutors Tell Jury in Closing Statement of Chauvin Trial
"Facing George Floyd that day that did not require one ounce of courage, and none was shown on that day. All that was required was a little compassion and none was shown on that day."
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A mural painted by Sam Flores is introduced during a community gathering and job fair as West Virginians take action for an economic recovery and infrastructure package prioritizing climate, care, jobs, justice and call on Congress to pass the THRIVE Act on April 08, 2021 in Charleston, West Virginia. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network) Climate Movement Applauds Coal Miners' Demand for Just Transition, Green Jobs
"As we confront a next wave of energy transition, we must take steps now to ensure that things do not get worse for coal miners, their families, and communities, but in fact get better."
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Participants seen holding signs and marching on a picket line during a solidarity event in Manhattan showing support for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Union Files 23 Objections Against Amazon for Illegal and 'Despicable' Conduct in Bessemer Election
"Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees. We won't let Amazon's lies, deception, and illegal activities go unchallenged."
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.; front row, second from left) takes part in the July 31, 2019 "Make Detroit the Engine of the Green New Deal" rally. (Photo: Becker1999/Flickr/cc) Poll Finds Majority of US Voters Back Green New Deal and Want Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor Resolution
The Data for Progress survey also found that an overwhelming majority of all likely voters favor the GND's individual components.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 8, 2021 in Miami, Florida. DeSantis Signs 'Outrageous and Blatantly Unconstitutional' Anti-Protest Bill Into Law
"Every single Floridian should be outraged by this blatant attempt to erode our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble."
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To Expand Democrats' Infrastructure Vision, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Push Green New Deal for Public Housing
Such a plan, said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, "would allow people to live with dignity and respect, to know that our federal government cares about their well-being and their health."
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German energy company RWE recently sued the Netherlands for 1.4 billion euros as compensation for the country's plan to phase out coal by 2030. (Photo: Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images) Critics Warn Lawsuits by EU Fossil Fuel Giants Steal Billions From Public, Undermine Green Transition
"We don't only need to phase out coal and fossil fuels," said Sandra Beckerman, member of the Dutch Parliament. "We need to phase out the power that these companies... have over our governments."
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A health worker wearing a protective suit treats Covid-19 patients inside an isolation ward in Shehnai Banquet Hall near government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan LNJP hospital in New Delhi, India, on April 13, 2021. Global Covid Cases Soar to 'Absolutely Staggering' Weekly Record Amid Vaccine Apartheid
"Unless we vaccinate all nations, there is a huge risk that the protection offered by vaccines will be shattered by fresh mutations."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaks with reporters outside the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Progressives Fume as Democrats Eye Smaller Corporate Tax Hike to Appease Centrists
"Saying 'corporations must pay their fair share' should mean that pre-Trump rates are the starting point."
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