Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams


Content by Brett Wilkins

Donald Trump Guilty

Donald Trump found civilly liable for sexually abusing and defaming—but not raping—journalist E. Jean Carroll in 1996

Florida to intensify war on education

DeSantis likely to sign S.B. 266, censoring professors in the name of freedom

In an act of self preservation, Pentagon shields Russia from accountability for war crimes

‘A Brazil of hope’ as leftist Lula defeats far-right Bolsonaro in presidential runoff

The Workers' Party candidate, who completed a remarkable political comeback less than three years removed from a prison cell, tweeted one word following his win: "Democracy"

‘Cruel disregard for life’: Rights groups condemn Iran’s deadly attacks on protesters

Human Rights Watch documented lethal repression by government forces against protesters "in largely peaceful and often crowded settings, altogether killing and injuring hundreds"

‘Gut punch’: Biden pulls student debt relief for millions as GOP states sue

"The Biden administration told several million people they'd see their debt reduced by $10-20K, and a month later quietly wrote 'just kidding' on a website," said one affected borrower

‘Siding with insurrectionists,’ 203 House Republicans vote no on coup prevention bill

The Presidential Election Reform Act, which aims to prevent another January 6-style insurrection, passed with the support of every House Democrat present—but only nine Republicans

‘I want my wings back’: Mexican trans activist hopes Biden policies bode well for US return

"I feel like the times are changing," says Lorena Amor Barajas, an LGBTQ+ advocate denied entry to the U.S. during the Trump administration, adding, "I really hope it's true."

While hoping for a deal, Seattle teachers vote to strike on the eve of first day of school

"We are ready and willing, if we need to, to let the district know that we're not going to show up if we don't have everything our students need"

Trump calls Biden ‘enemy of the state’ in ‘fully unhinged’ speech

"This is, quite simply, a speech intended to incite domestic terrorists to kill FBI agents and members of the Biden administration," said one attorney

Heatwaves rated ‘extremely dangerous’ could triple this century, warns new climate study

"Something that's gone from virtually never happening before," said one Harvard researcher, "will go to something that is happening every year"

‘Dictatorship never again’: massive pro-democracy protests sweep Brazil

"Democracy involves changing the government and eliminating neo-fascism," said one prominent protester, "but above all, ensuring that the working class, the people, have the rights guaranteed in the Constitution"

In ‘critical step to fight monkeypox,’ Biden administration declares emergency

"The government must use this emergency to leverage every resource at our nation's disposal to equitably ramp up vaccines, testing, and funding of local health departments," said one advocacy group

Progressives see midterm hopes rise on Kansas voters’ defense of abortion rights

"Voters in Kansas just struck a blow to the Republican anti-choice movement. Now millions of people are counting on us to keep this momentum going, because—without question—abortion rights are on the ballot"

Scientists say ‘catastrophic’ climate scenarios—including human extinction—demand further study

"Could anthropogenic climate change result in worldwide societal collapse or even eventual human extinction?" asks a new analysis. "At present, this is a dangerously underexplored topic"

House Dems and Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family Urge US to ‘Hold Her Killers Accountable’

"When Americans are killed abroad it is more or less standard procedure for our government to open an investigation," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, adding, "But when the murderers wear Israeli uniforms, there is complete silence"

Progressive lawmakers push Biden to stop transferring military weapons to cops

"Militarized law enforcement increases the prevalence of police violence without making our communities safer," 22 members of Congress asserted

Jan. 6 committee lays bare how Trump’s tweets fomented deadly insurrection

"Twitter—and other social media companies—must stop shirking responsibility, especially as the country prepares for another national election," said one digital justice campaigner

Advocates demand justice for boy, 15, killed during Albuquerque police attack

"They do not care for our lives," said one demonstrator protesting the killing of Brett Rosenau, adding, "They use war weapons in our communities that created a fire that burned a child alive"

DOJ sues to prevent Arizona’s ‘onerous’ proof of citizenship voting law

Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke said the law "constitutes a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act"

Grave warnings as Supreme Court agrees to hear case that threatens ‘future of voting rights’

'An extreme decision here could fundamentally alter the balance of power in setting election rules in the states and provide a path for great threats to elections'

Ocasio-Cortez says US ‘witnessing a judicial coup in process’

"It is our duty to check the Court's gross overreach of power in violating people's inalienable rights and seizing for itself the powers of Congress and the president," said Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday

‘An act of conquest’: Native Americans condemn SCOTUS tribal sovereignty ruling

"Every few paragraphs of the majority opinion has another line that dismissively and casually cuts apart tribal independence that Native ancestors gave their lives for," observed one Indigenous law professor

Police brutality on display as protesters rail against post-Roe world

“Both the Dobbs decision and state repression of protest against it violate human rights,” said the president of the National Lawyers Guild

‘Bombshell after bombshell’ dropped as Jan. 6 testimony homes in on Trump guilt

“Hutchinson’s testimony of the deeply detailed plans of January 6 and the inaction of those in the White House in response to the violence show just how close we came to a coup,” said one pro-democracy organizer

Abortion rights defenders applaud judge’s block on Utah ‘trigger ban’

"Today is a win, but it is only the first step in what will undoubtedly be a long and difficult fight," said one pro-choice advocate on Monday

‘Certifiably crazy’: Jan. 6 panel highlights how Team Trump pushed Pence to overturn election

Had Pence obeyed Trump, said a retired federal judge, "America would immediately have been plunged into what would have been tantamount to a revolution within a paralyzing constitutional crisis"

Twitter study finds social platform favors right-leaning content over left-leaning content

Contrary to the GOP victim narrative, Twitter’s own research shows that right-wing content gets amplified more on its platform

Officials warn of ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ caused by misinformation

Both the White House and the Surgeon General have targeted conservative news outlets and social media platforms for fueling resurgence of Covid-19

Afraid of losing his reelection bid, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro echoes Trump’s bogus ‘voter fraud’ accusations

Brazil’s far-right president accused of trying to ‘manipulate public opinion with false accusations’


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