Skip to main content

The Stakes Have Never Been Higher.

In the face of existential emergencies to humanity, Common Dreams is facing other potentially fatal threats to our funding model. Please support our nonprofit journalism and help us reach our $75,000 Mid-Year Campaign goal.

'Normal' is killing us.

Donald Trump is out of the White House. COVID-19 is fading, at least in wealthier nations. The world, they say, is returning to “normal.” That’s the narrative that the corporate media is selling. But there’s a problem: “normal” is destroying our planet, threatening our democracies, concentrating massive wealth in a tiny elite, and leaving billions of people without access to life-saving vaccines amid a deadly pandemic. Here at Common Dreams, we refuse to accept any of this as “normal.” Common Dreams just launched our Mid-Year Campaign to make sure we have the funding we need to keep the progressive, independent journalism of Common Dreams alive. Whatever you can afford—no amount is too large or too small—please donate today to support our nonprofit, people-powered journalism and help us meet our goal.

Please select a donation method:

Support Our Work -- Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Every donation—large or small—helps us bring you the news that matters.

For Immediate Release


Press Release

Sunrise and RISE St. James Rally to Demand Biden Stand Up to Environmental Racism, Revoke Formosa Plastics Permit and Give Good Jobs to All


On Monday, Sunrise Movement marchers as part of “Generation on Fire” staged an action with local partner RISE St. James to demand President Joe Biden revoke the permit for Formosa Plastics, a petrochemical factory expected to be built in Cancer Alley – the industrial stretch in Louisiana known for its abundance of petroleum plants and high number of cancer cases.

“This is the epitome of environmental racism: Formosa Plastics is building a toxic, potentially fatal factory in a predominantly black and poor community. Biden was elected on a climate mandate rooted in racial and environmental justice, and we demand he fulfill his campaign promise by directing the Army Corps to revoke the federal permits on this plant,” said Varshini Prakash, co-founder and Executive Director of Sunrise Movement. “Biden must think of the families in Cancer Alley who have already endured years of anguish on their bodies and of sorrow as they watched their loved ones succumb to cancer. With just the flick of a pen he has a chance to give these people a breath and help them avoid future suffering. And with a robust Civilian Climate Corps, he can give them hope of a better life and allow them to revitalize their communities.”

“We deserve better. We deserve to live. We deserve clean air, clean water, and clean soil. We deserve to have our lives back, the ones we had before industry came in,” said Ms. Sharon Lavigne, Founder, President and Executive Director of the Stop Formosa Coalition.

Sunrise members staged a rally accompanied by a visioning session with the community to call on President Biden to stop this blatant environmental and racial injustice. This is also part of Sunrise’s pressure campaign on Biden to strengthen his infrastructure package to include a robust Civilian Climate Corps (CCC). The inclusion of Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio Cortez's CCC could serve as an alternative to this toxic project, and would be a life changing opportunity for the communities of Cancer Alley.


Sunrise Movement-400

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Experts Warn Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Could Slash Unemployment Benefits

"Cutting unemployment insurance for infrastructure" is how one analyst described a funding source proposed by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House.

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·

Progressives Alarmed by Privatization Dub Infrastructure Deal a 'Disaster in the Making'

"Communities across the country have been ripped off by public-private schemes that enrich corporations and Wall Street investors and leave the rest of us to pick up the tab."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·

'We Must Not Stand Down': 270+ Arrested at Anti-Logging Protests in Canada

A battle over old-growth forests is raging in British Columbia.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer ·

US Lawmakers Demand EU 'Do the Right Thing or Get Out of the Way' on Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waivers

"A global recovery requires a global response based on health needs—not Big Pharma," said Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García at a rally.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

'Horrible and Unconscionable Betrayal': Biden DOJ Backs Trump Line 3 Approval

"You are siding with a handful of corrupt corporate elites over honoring treaty rights, climate, water, and the future of life on Earth."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·