Human Rights

The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:01
Malkia Cyril , Joseph Torres

Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president.

From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests against the Muslim ban and immigration raids, people are resisting the neo-fascist agenda President Trump is unleashing on our nation.

A primary reason why millions have been able to mobilize so quickly is because they have the ability to use the open internet to communicate to the masses and organize a resistance.

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Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:45
Sonali Kolhatkar

The virulently racist lawmaker Steve King, R-Iowa, is at it again, stoking the flames of white supremacy with his controversial tweet, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” implying that white babies will restore American civilization.

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Jonathan Swift's America

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:22
Charles Idelson

In 1729 writer/satirist Jonathan Swift penned an essay directed toward the English upper class suggesting a solution for how to prevent the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to the country and empire and “for making them beneficial to the public.”

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Trump DOJ to Appeal Maryland Ruling Against Muslim Ban 2.0

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 09:36
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The Trump administration on Friday filed papers to appeal a ruling that blocked the president's revised travel ban, setting up a new legal showdown over the executive order that opponents have called "Muslim ban 2.0."

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Why Birth Control Is Essential for Americans’ Health

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 08:57
Lydia Pace, Eve Rittenberg

 It is 2020. The American Health Care Act has become law, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has eliminated contraception from its list of essential preventive services that must be covered by insurance without cost sharing.

Let’s imagine a woman named Margaret. She is 25 years old and has Type 1 diabetes requiring insulin. She has high-deductible health insurance through her job with a construction company. For the past 2 years, high out-of-pocket medical and prescription costs have led Margaret to avoid doctor’s visits, and her sugar levels are too high.

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RESIST DAY #58: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 07:34
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Twitter Lights Up After 'Too Embarrassing to Watch' Trump-Merkel Press Conference

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:12
Nika Knight, staff writer

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Donald Trump for the first time Friday, and the encounter between the liberal European leader and the far-right, demagogic president was, if anything, extraordinarily awkward.

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'Belligerent,' 'Rude,' 'Damn Frustrating': Dems Slam Meeting With DHS Chief

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:55
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reportedly told House Democrats on Friday that he was "the best thing to happen" to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, in a closed-door meeting that lawmakers described as "damn frustrating" and "belligerent."

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PEACE ACTION: No Pre-emptive War on North Korea

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:31
Peace Action

In response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s reckless remarks raising the prospect of a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, released the following statement:

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Drain What Swamp? Trump Sends Coal Lobbyist to EPA and Boeing Exec to DoD

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:30
Nika Knight, staff writer

A coal lobbyist and a Boeing executive are to be nominated to deputy positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), respectively, making President Donald Trump's campaign promises to "drain t

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Scientific Panel Criticizes EPA Assessment of Glyphosate

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:28
Center for Biological Diversity

In a sharp rebuke, a new report by a key scientific advisory panel concluded that the pesticides office at the Environmental Protection Agency failed to follow its own guidelines when it found last year that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship pesticide Roundup — is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.

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Trump Delay of the 'Fiduciary Rule' Will Cost Retirement Savers $3.7 Billion

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:49
Economic Policy Institute

Today, Economic Policy Institute Senior Economist and Director of Policy Heidi Shierholz submitted a comment opposing the proposed delay of the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule,” which requires financial professionals to act in their clients’ best interests when recommending investment products or strategies to people saving for retirement.

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Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:42
Robert Faturechi, Pro Publica

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office.

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House GOP Misleads with #AlternativeFacts Meme on Health Plans

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:22
Chuck Smith-Dewey

Math is hard. That’s why the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) exists.

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Austin Isn't Getting New Congressional Districts Just Yet

Brennan Center - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:41
Austin Isn't Getting New Congressional Districts Just YetFriday, March 17, 2017 - 1:45pmMedia Source: KUT 90.5Austin Isn't Getting New Congressional Districts Just Yet
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RESIST DAY #57: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:25
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Boris Johnson: Ethiopia Allows Lawyer for Death-Row Brit

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:13

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has said that on his first trip to Ethiopia, he has received assurances that a British man who is illegally held on death row has been permitted to see a lawyer.
Mr Johnson said today that he had received undertakings that Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, who is held illegally under sentence of death in Ethiopia, would have “regular access to a lawyer” in Ethiopia.
The announcement comes nine months after a similar promise of legal access was made by Ethiopia to Mr Johnson’s predecessor, Philip Hammond.

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On Coverage, Cost, and Consumer Protections, TrumpCare Gets an "F"

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:56
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The Republican healthcare plan, which continues wending a rocky path through Congress, also keeps racking up negative reviews that contradict the GOP's rosy pitch—and undercut

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St. Patrick Was Of Course An Immigrant

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:55
Abby Zimet, staff writer

The visit here of Irish P.M. Enda Kenny went as well as anything in Trumpland: After many orange gaffes - hats with four-leaf clover not shamrock, greeting in mangled Gaelic, stilted reading of his favorite "Irish proverb" that's in fact a Nigerian poem - the Irish leader, whose own immigrants sent solidarity to ours, cited the status of St. Patrick and so many more. "We were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in (its) compassion...And we still do."

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Trump’s Budget Slashes Funding for Disadvantaged Students While Giving 1.4 Billion for Privatization

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:46
Carol Burris

Donald Trump’s education budget is a declaration of war on public education and our nation’s neediest children. It was surely designed by Betsy DeVos.

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