Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is staff writer for Common Dreams


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Republicans on Supreme Court strike down race-based affirmative action in college admissions

Right-wing judges keep in place discriminatory rules for athletes, relatives of alumni and donors

June 29, 2023, 11:44 PDT

‘Huge win for tribes’ as Supreme Court preserves Indian Child Welfare Act

June 15, 2023, 13:33 PDT

In yet another escalation, the US prepares to arm Ukraine with depleted uranium shells

Vladimir Putin to threatens to retaliate with depleted uranium shells of his own

June 14, 2023, 14:08 PDT

Border Patrol indifference claims the life of 8-year-old girl

'They killed my daughter . . . she cried and begged for her life and they ignored her'

June 5, 2023, 11:16 PDT

Donald Trump Guilty

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

May 9, 2023, 12:59 PDT

Florida to intensify war on education

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

May 4, 2023, 11:28 PDT

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

March 10, 2023, 6:01 PST

‘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"

October 31, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘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"

October 6, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘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

September 30, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘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

September 22, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘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."

September 16, 2022, 6:00 PDT

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"

September 7, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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

September 5, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

August 26, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘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"

August 12, 2022, 6:00 PDT

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

August 5, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

August 4, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

August 3, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

July 29, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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

July 22, 2022, 6:00 PDT

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

July 13, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

July 12, 2022, 11:00 PDT

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"

July 6, 2022, 13:00 PDT

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'

July 1, 2022, 13:00 PDT

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

July 1, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘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

June 30, 2022, 6:00 PDT

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

June 29, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘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

June 29, 2022, 6:00 PDT

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

June 28, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘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"

June 17, 2022, 20:00 PDT

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

October 23, 2021, 13:01 PDT

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

July 17, 2021, 1:55 PDT

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’

July 3, 2021, 13:33 PDT


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