Jessica Corbett

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams


Content by Jessica Corbett

WHO calls Israeli demands for hospital evacuations ‘Deeply Concerning’

"We reiterate—it's impossible to evacuate hospitals full of patients without endangering their lives," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

October 29, 2023, 20:06 PDT

Vengeance claims the lives of hundreds of children

'Where is the outrage we saw when Israeli children were killed?'

October 11, 2023, 21:18 PDT

Supreme Court rejects state legislatures legal theory Trump used in 2020 election heist attempt

Far-right legal activists had argued state lawmakers have authority to overrule any election outcome

June 27, 2023, 11:52 PDT

Amnesty probe shows ‘human toll of​ apartheid’

Armed with American bombs, IDF kills dozens of civilians including children

June 13, 2023, 13:55 PDT

Trump indictment is ‘devastating’ in its details

Disgraced ex-president revealed to have stored America's military secrets in bathrooms and ballrooms

June 11, 2023, 12:24 PDT

Sanders seeks to ban bank execs from ‘regulating’ their own institutions

'We cannot continue down the road of more socialism for the rich and rugged individualism for everyone else'

March 23, 2023, 21:12 PDT

‘About damn time’: Jan. 6 panel unanimously votes to subpoena ex-president Donald Trump

"Donald Trump remains a clear and present danger to our democracy," said Common Cause's leader, adding that the committee "has shown clearly that the then-president violated his oath of office and committed crimes for which he must be held accountable"

October 14, 2022, 6:00 PDT

UN experts say abolishing death penalty ‘is the only viable path’

"Despite more than 170 states having repealed the death penalty or adopted moratoriums, there was a reported 20% increase in the number of executions last year"

October 11, 2022, 6:00 PDT

At least 66 clinics in 15 states have ended abortion care post-Dobbs

Over a third of those facilities have fully closed, meaning patients also lost "access to contraceptive care, STI testing and treatment, and pregnancy care," said a Guttmacher Institute researcher

October 7, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Scientist says some coral reefs can be saved ‘if we take immediate action’

"People need to be aware this is coming up fast, and the time to explore mitigation techniques is now," warns another researcher behind a recently published study

October 6, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Groups warn SCOTUS may gut ‘foundational’ digital rights law

"Weakening Section 230 would be catastrophic—disproportionately silencing and endangering marginalized communities," said one campaigner

October 5, 2022, 6:06 PDT

Destructive hurricanes fuel calls for Biden to declare climate emergency

Experts are noting it's time to declare a climate emergency because Mother Nature won't wait for us to act

October 3, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Eliminating nuclear weapons ‘is not only possible, it is necessary’: UN chief

"At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust, and outright aggression, we are in danger of forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and inciting a humanitarian Armageddon," warns António Guterres

September 27, 2022, 6:02 PDT

Biden’s student debt relief to cost a fraction of US giveaways to the megarich and Pentagon

"In contrast to President Trump and Republicans who gave giant corporations $2 trillion in tax breaks, President Biden delivered transformative middle-class relief," said two senators

September 27, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Noting high stakes of midterms, Representative Pramila Jayapal calls Trump a fascist

"We have to reject this dangerous movement across the country in November—our democracy depends on it," warns the Washington Democrat

September 21, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘Hidden killer’: Experts urge action after study shows how air pollution causes lung cancer

"If you want to address human health, you have to address climate health first," said Charles Swanton, who led the research team

September 12, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘Listen to the frontlines’: DC mobilization demands Congress stop Manchin’s dirty deal

Calling the proposal "a wholesale giveaway to the fossil fuel industry to the detriment of frontline communities, tribal nations, and Mother Earth," one campaigner said that "the world is on fire and negotiating the amount of fuel for those flames is not acceptable"

September 9, 2022, 11:00 PDT

New study warns swaths of Amazon have already passed key ‘tipping point’

"The tipping point is not a future scenario but rather a stage already present in some areas of the region," note researchers

September 6, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘Disaster capitalism at its worst’: Profits of grain giants spark global criticism

"As a short-term measure there are strong arguments for a windfall tax on the food oligopoly," said Natalie Bennett, a U.K. Green party peer

August 24, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Sanders joins striking Starbucks workers on the picket line in Boston

"You at Starbucks all across this country are inspiring working people who are sick and tired of getting screwed over and who want decent wages, decent working conditions, and they want not to be treated as cogs in a machine," said Sanders

August 22, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Two weeks before payments resume, progressives tell Biden ‘time to cancel student debt’

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that "we're having conversations daily with the White House and borrowers will know directly and soon from us when a decision is made"

August 18, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘What the hell are we waiting for?’ Democrats urge climate emergency declaration

One young activist asked whether the president will side with millions of Americans calling for action or "fold to a handful of fossil fuel executives and condemn my generation to a brutally warming world"

July 28, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Disappointed by climate speech, activists say people are dying ‘while Biden dithers’

"The world's burning up from California to Croatia, and right now Biden's fighting fire with the trickle from a garden hose"

July 21, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘Good Trouble’: 17 House Democrats arrested protesting Roe reversal at Supreme Court

"Even though they arrested us, we won't stop our organizing, agitating, and legislating for justice," declared Rep. Cori Bush

July 20, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘They want to hold women captive’: GOP blocks bill protecting right to travel for abortion

"By objecting to this bill, Republicans are rejecting any appearance of fighting for people's rights, and embracing all-out oppression of women like never before," said Sen. Patty Murray

July 15, 2022, 6:01 PDT

Fulton County subpoenas of Trump allies offer hope ‘that justice will ultimately be served’

"The coordinated attempts by former President Donald Trump and his associates to discount and ignore the will of Georgian voters during the 2020 election cannot be swept under the rug," said one activist

July 7, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone

Noting his refusal to cooperate beyond an informal April interview, the committee's chair said that "we are left with no choice"

June 30, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Biodiversity risks could persist for decades after global temperature peak

One study co-author said the findings "should act as a wake-up call that delaying emissions cuts will mean a temperature overshoot that comes at an astronomical cost to nature and humans that unproven negative emission technologies cannot simply reverse"

June 28, 2022, 11:00 PDT

‘Absolutely terrifying’: criminal defense attorneys warn about impacts of Roe reversal

The head of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said exposing people to new criminal penalties for abortions "opens up the floodgates to overcriminalization and mass incarceration"

June 18, 2022, 18:44 PDT

After massive public outcry, IRS ditches plans for facial recognition

Federal lawmakers joined with advocacy groups that argued requiring biometric information to access records online is a “creepy and disturbing strike” at privacy and security

February 8, 2022, 0:44 PST

Senate Democrats propose return of ‘talking filibuster’ for voting bills

Schumer: ‘We feel, very simply, on something as important as voting rights, if Senate Republicans are gonna oppose it, they should not be allowed to sit in their office’

January 19, 2022, 9:41 PST

New report examines how fossil fuel industry uses elite PR firms to spread climate misinformation

‘A major part of the effort to obstruct climate action involves enhancing the positive public reputation for the fossil fuel companies’

December 6, 2021, 3:00 PST

State-level Republicans rolling back voting rights with majority votes, as national Democrats cling to filibuster

Georgia Republicans become latest state GOPers to pass sweeping redistricting rules on a party-line vote

November 23, 2021, 12:54 PST

Vaccine manufacturer Moderna accused of lying about federal contributions to Covid-19 vaccine

In patent filing, pharmaceutical giant is trying to have sole ownership of a vaccine that was co-developed with National Institutes of Health scientists, government says

November 10, 2021, 7:24 PST

Top congressional Dems still optimistic they can ‘come together’ to pass infrastructure bills

Conservative Dems continue to demand spending less while progressives say they have compromised enough

September 21, 2021, 0:30 PDT

Facebook cut off accounts of disinformation researchers examining political advertising

Social media giant cited fake concerns over privacy to stop academics from building list of why users were shown specific political ads

August 12, 2021, 3:00 PDT

New analysis reveals the major impact of the Trump-packed U.S. Supreme Court

‘This Supreme Court is dominated by Trump-appointed justices, with predictably disastrous results for voting rights as well as workers, consumers, and immigrants this term.’

July 6, 2021, 10:26 PDT

Critics slam South Dakota allowing GOP donor to pay to send troops to U.S. southern border

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has raised questions about private armies in the U.S. after she allowed a used car dealer from Tennessee to finance expenses of South Dakota National Guard soldiers

July 3, 2021, 10:09 PDT

‘Spy’ couple leveraged big donations to spy on politicians opposed by far-right

New York Times report raises questions about whether far-right activists used illegal funds to make donations to politicians they opposed

June 27, 2021, 14:46 PDT

Sale of Tribune Publishing means that hedge funds will control half of U.S. daily newspapers

Shareholders of second-largest newspaper chain approve sale to notorious hedge fund Alden Global Capital

May 23, 2021, 0:00 PDT

Texas bill will make anyone who ‘aids or abets’ an abortion vulnerable to private lawsuits

Conservative Texas politicians are aiming to severely restrict access to abortion while also turning loose ‘vigilante’ lawsuits filed by private citizens

May 17, 2021, 0:01 PDT

Illinois becomes first state to completely eliminate cash bail

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a criminal justice bill that eliminates cash bail penalties which disproportionately kept lower-income people in jail before trial.

February 24, 2021, 21:26 PST


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