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Thursday, April 22, 2021
To Push for 'Big and Bold' Agenda, Bowman to Deliver Progressive Response to Biden's Congressional Address
"It's important for us as progressives to continue to push and continue to organize," said the New York congressman.
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Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg in a video released shortly before the Biden administration kicked off a two-day virtual summit of international leaders to address the climate crisis. "The gap between what needs to be done and what we are actually doing is widening by the minute," says Thunberg. "The gap between the urgency needed and the current level of awareness and attention is becoming more and more absurd." (Photo: Screenshot/NowThis News) Greta Thunberg Says Humanity Must Not Be Fooled by 'Bullsh*t' Climate Targets of World Leaders
The Swedish campaigner says insufficient goals and empty rhetoric represent the "biggest elephant there's even been in any room."
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In this photo illustration, the Moderna logo is seen displayed on a smartphone screen with the logo of Covax in the background. 'No Hiding Behind COVAX Anymore': Critics Say Delivery Shortfall Shows Dire Need for Vaccine Patent Waiver
"Rich countries need to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines and force Big Pharma to share their vaccine blueprints with the world."
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President Joe Biden delivering remarks at the opening of an international climate summit hosted virtually by the White House on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. (Photo: WhiteHouse.gov) WATCH LIVE: Biden White House Hosts Earth Day Summit on Climate Emergency
"Our clean energy plan will create millions of good-paying union jobs, ensure our economic competitiveness, and improve the health and security of communities across America," Biden said in a declaration ahead of the 40-nation online gathering.
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A relative of a Covid-19 victim pays his respects before a cremation at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium on the banks of the Yamuna river in New Delhi in the early hours of April 22, 2021. 'Blood of Innocents on Its Hands': Modi Government Blamed as India Faces Horrific Covid Surge
"Once the first wave subsided, the government almost declared victory over Covid-19. The country's been caught unprepared."
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A coalition of healthcare advocacy organizations rallied outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. Big Pharma's 'Appalling' $26 Billion in Shareholder Payouts Could Fund Vaccines for All of Africa: Report
"Instead of creating new vaccine billionaires, we need to be vaccinating billions in developing countries."
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Climate campaigner Xiye Bastida holds a version of the Climate Clock—which shows the time remaining for policymakers to reduce emissions before the effects of the climate crisis become irreversible—in New York City's Union Square on April 19, 2021. (Photo: Timothy A. Clark/AFP via Getty Images) 'The Clock Is Ticking': 300,000+ Tell Biden to Act Boldly Ahead of Climate Summit
"We can no longer afford any further fossil fuel extraction, infrastructure, or false climate solutions that continue to prioritize profits over people."
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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Cross Hall of the White House April 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images) Revolving Door Watchdog Gives Biden White House 'B-' on Corporate Capture in First 100 Days
"Allies of Big Tech, Wall Street, Big Pharma, the military-industrial complex, and the fossil fuel industry have secured jobs in various corners of the executive branch."
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Vanita Gupta, then-nominee for associate attorney general, testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 'Exactly the Person We Need': Senate Confirms Civil Rights Champion Vanita Gupta for Key Spot at DOJ
Every Republican senator except one voted against the veteran attorney and rights advocate.
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A voter walks to a booth to fill out their ballot at Public School 160 on November 3, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Passage of NY Bill to Stop Disenfranchisement of Parolees
"By passing this bill, the state Assembly has sent a clear message: If you live in the community, you should be able to vote."
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In this photo illustration, the WhatsApp application is displayed on an iPhone on April 6, 2016 in San Anselmo, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images) Privacy Champions Urge Passage of 'Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale' Act
"Intelligence and law enforcement agencies must come to understand that the American people are off limits to warrantless mass surveillance, no matter how it is done."
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To Confront 'Systemic Failures,' DOJ Announces Federal Probe Into Minneapolis Police Department
"Yesterday's verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis. Public safety requires public trust."
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LGBTQ+, immigrant rights, harm reduction, and criminal justice reform groups, led by people who trade sex, launched a 20+ organization coalition, Decrim NY, to decriminalize and decarcerate the sex trades in New York City and state. In 'Paradigm Shift,' Manhattan DA Will No Longer Prosecute Prostitution
The announcement, said one reform advocate, "should not supplant the need to pass legislation that would fully decriminalize sex work."
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Members of the women-led peace group CodePink protest in 2020 outside the United States Treasury Department against U.S. sanctions on Iran during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Medea Benjamin/CodePink) Amid Nuclear Talks, 40 Groups Urge Biden to Lift Sanctions on Covid-Ravaged Iran
"By prioritizing humanitarian relief for Iran and other sanctioned states, President Biden can follow through on his campaign commitment and demonstrate that the U.S. can be a force for global good."
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaks during a news conference with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on December 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. In Closed-Door Event With Corporate Lobbyists, Manchin Vows $15 Wage 'Not Going to Happen'
A top restaurant industry lobbyist reportedly "couldn't contain his excitement" at the West Virginia Democrat's remarks.
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Activists participate in a global climate demonstration organized by the Fridays for Future movement in Cologne, Germany on March 19, 2021, (Photo: Ying Tang/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 'Not Enough!' Climate Activists Disappointed With New EU Emissions Deal on Eve of Biden Summit
"This deal shows that Europe's climate action is all smoke and mirrors," said a Greenpeace E.U. campaigner.
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Analysis Shows Richest 10% Now Own Nearly 70% of All Household Wealth in US
As 2020 came to a close, the bottom 50% of earners controlled just 2% of U.S. wealth.
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View of the Tesoro Anacortes oil refinery in Skagit County, Washington on January 15, 2017. (Photo: Linda, Fortuna future/Flickr/cc) 101 Nobel Laureates Urge World Leaders to 'Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground'
"Fossil fuels are the greatest contributor to climate change. Allowing the continued expansion of this industry is unconscionable."
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A climate change activist holds a sign depicting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with the slogan "Exterminator of the Future" during a protest against the Brazilian leader over the fires in the Amazon rainforest on August 23, 2019. International Coalition of Artists to Biden: Don't Cut a Deal With Bolsonaro on Amazon Rainforest
"Urgent action must be taken to address threats to the Amazon, our climate, and human rights, but a deal with Bolsonaro is not the solution."
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People hold signs calling for U.S. President Joe Biden to support a Green New Deal and end his support of pipelines and the fossil fuel industry in St. Paul on January 29, 2021. (Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Climate Groups Warn Reported Biden Plan to Cut Emissions in Half by 2030 'Not Good Enough'
"Science and justice demand that we reduce emissions by 70% from 2005 levels by 2030 on the road to zero emissions by mid-century."
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The reality of college tuition debt was on display at the Northeastern University graduation at the TD Garden on May 03, 2019. Sanders, Jayapal Plan Would Tax Wall Street Speculation to Fund Tuition-Free College
The Vermont senator's office described the proposal as "the most substantial federal investment in higher education in the modern history of the United States."
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A coalition of healthcare advocacy community organizations gathered outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. 'It Is About Saving Lives': Doctors Without Borders Calls on US, EU to Stop Blocking Vaccine Patent Waiver
"We urge all countries in opposition to this, including the U.S. and the E.U., to stand on the right side of history and join hands with those in support."
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
People react after the verdict was read in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) 'Let This Be a Turning Point': Chauvin Conviction Sparks Calls for 'True Justice'
"This verdict is not a substitute for policy change."
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To Make Nation 'Stronger and More Just,' White House Offers Support for DC Statehood
The statement of administration policy marked the first time the executive branch has backed statehood for Washington, D.C.
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 Protesters march around downtown Minneapolis near the courthouse calling for justice for George Floyd after closing arguments in the Chauvin trial has ended on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Chauvin Guilty on All Counts, Including Murder of George Floyd
One racial justice advocate said that there are "no victories today," for "justice would mean George Floyd is still with us."
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