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On July 10, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and send all COVID-19 data to a central database at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).1
The Trump administration’s new order means that information vital to tracking the COVID-19 pandemic, including daily reports about patients and the number of available ventilators, will no longer go to the CDC—a federal agency with the expertise to collect this data—but to a new centralized system managed by the health data firm TeleTracking, which received a “noncompetitive, multimillion-dollar contract” for this “duplicative health data system.”2
Unlike the CDC database, the HHS database is not open to the public, which undermines researchers, health officials, and others who depend on this data to conduct research and make crucial public health decisions, and hinders the efforts to curtail our nation’s surging COVID-19 cases. And if the Trump administration wanted to withhold or skew data, with this new database, they could do so with impunity.
We are calling on Congress to immediately step in to revoke the Trump administration’s order to make hospitals report vital COVID-19 data not to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Four of the CDC’s former directors, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote a joint letter commending the CDC’s commitment to providing sound public health guidance and condemning politicians who are attempting to undermine the agency.
“The CDC is home to thousands of experts who for decades have fought deadly pathogens such as HIV, Zika and Ebola,” CDC’s former directors wrote. “These are the people best positioned to help our country emerge from this crisis as safely as possible. Unfortunately, their sound science is being challenged with partisan potshots, sowing confusion and mistrust at a time when the American people need leadership, expertise and clarity.”3
This move by the Trump administration is yet another dangerous, politically-driven decision in its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, and Congress must immediately step in to revoke the Trump administration’s order to make hospitals report COVID-19 data not to the CDC but to the non-transparent, politicized, and untrustworthy database at the Department of Health and Human Services.
1. “Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data,” The New York Times, July 14, 2020
3. “We ran the CDC. No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has.” The Washington Post, July 14, 2020
BOLD Democrats PAC need 10,000 Signatures needed to DEMAND William Barr RESIGN immediately. Add your name.
William Barr FIRED a U.S. Attorney investigating Trump and his criminal associates. And then LIED about it.
This is a gross abuse of power. But it’s just one of many.
Adam Schiff, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris ALL know William Barr is a threat to our Democracy.
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He dropped the charges against Michael Flynn. He personally ordered attacks on peaceful protesters. He acts as Trump’s personal attorney.
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HEADLINEJUL 14, 2020
In Portland, Oregon, a federal agent deployed to protect a U.S. courthouse shot and seriously injured a 26-year-old protester on Saturday. Donavan La Bella was holding a stereo speaker above his head when he was hit in the head with a so-called less lethal round. La Bella remains hospitalized in serious condition with a fractured skull and broken bones in his face. City and state authorities have criticized the Trump administration for deploying federal officers in Portland. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said on Twitter, “Trump & Homeland Security must now answer why [federal] officers are acting like an occupying army.” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she wants the federal agents to leave Portland.
Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is buying HUNDREDS of ads on Facebook that spread dangerous disinformation about voting.
But Facebook REFUSES to take these false ads down — and the company continues to profit from them.
Facebook has repeatedly refused to hold Trump to any sort of standard on its platform. And now, as states consider expanding their vote-by-mail options to help Americans vote safely in November – the Trump campaign is once again relying on the platform’s lax policies to incite fear and misinformation about efforts to expand voting options.
Trump’s re-election campaign has already purchased over 500 Facebook ads that spread disproven claims about voter fraud.1 And how can these false, irresponsible ads run unchecked?
Because Facebook exempts politicians’ ads — including Trump’s — from any fact-checking. And even though Facebook claims it bans political ads that discourage people from voting, the platform has done nothing to stop the Trump campaign from publishing its harmful ads.
Clearly, the team at Facebook has learned nothing from its 2016 debacle — when the presidential election was polluted by foreign lies and propaganda shared on the platform.
In an election year where the stakes could not be higher, these posts could discourage everyday Americans from exercising their right to vote.
As the November elections approach, I hope you’ll join me in demanding real accountability for Facebook.
Thanks for all you do,
– Zach, PFAW
 “Facebook is letting the Trump campaign publish at least 529 ads with false claims of voter fraud” MediaMatters, 5/19/20
American military history is full of people who have put their lives on the line to defend the United States and everyone who lives here. To memorialize leaders of the Confederacy who fought to maintain slavery is to unquestioningly uphold white supremacy and is disrespectful to all those who have fought for our country.
Confederate monuments, including the naming of military bases after those who willingly served in the Confederate military, rewrites the history of the Civil War – the Confederacy tried to divide and dissolve the nation, it was an insurrection based on maintaining slavery and the Confederates LOST.
Keeping the name of Confederate leaders on military bases upholds white supremacy and fails to address the shameful legacy of the Confederacy. This policy has already passed out of the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee and has broad bipartisan support.
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I don’t need to explain to you the unique difficulty of the situation we’re in right now. I know that you understand just how serious, important, and unprecedented this moment is. Communities across the country have been rising up and protesting police brutality and systemic discrimination, and they’re being met with disproportionately violent repression. All the while, a pandemic continues to ravage our country at an appalling rate: Over 100,000 have died from COVID-19 thus far, and that number continues to climb by the day.
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I know that you care about many people and issues, and that you want to take action. You might think, “I do, sure, but what will starting a petition do?” It almost feels too easy. A few clicks, a little bit of typing, and that’s supposed to make a difference? But, Robert, I promise you, it does make a difference.
In May of 2019, MoveOn Civic Action joined with coalition partners to organize the largest petition delivery in U.S. history, delivering 10 million signatures calling for impeachment—and Donald Trump was impeached. Petitions show grassroots power and put pressure on politicians to act.
And on May 21 of this year, a petition started by a MoveOn member, calling on Congress to provide essential frontline workers with hazard pay and that has—as of this moment—1,397,913 signatures was delivered to the Senate, along with a petition for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, to ensure that workers come first in the next relief package passed by Congress.
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A coalition of labour unions with racial and social justice organisations will stage a mass walkout to highlight racism.
Joining what is dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives”, tens of thousands of fast-food, ride-share, nursing-home and airport workers in more than 25 United States cities are planning to walk off the job on July 20 for a full-day strike.
Those who can’t strike for a full day will walk out for about eight minutes – the amount of time prosecutors say a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on George Floyd‘s neck – in remembrance of Black men and women who died recently at the hands of police.
Organisers are demanding sweeping action by corporations and government to confront systemic racism in an economy that chokes off economic mobility and career opportunities for many Black and Hispanic workers, who make up a disproportionate number of those earning less than a living wage.
They stress needs for guaranteed sick pay, affordable healthcare and better safety measures for low-wage workers who never had the option of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to link these fights in a new and deeper way than ever before,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents over two million workers in the US and Canada.
“Our members have been on a journey … to understanding why we cannot win economic justice without racial justice. This strike for Black lives is a way to take our members’ understanding about that into the streets,” Henry told the Associated Press news agency.
Among the strikers’ specific demands are that corporations and government declare unequivocally that “Black lives matter”. Elected officials at every level must use executive and legislative power to pass laws that guarantee people of all races can thrive, according to a list of demands. Employers must also raise wages and allow workers to unionise to negotiate better healthcare, sick leave and childcare support.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers and the Fight for $15 and a Union, which was launched in 2012 by American fast-food workers to push for a higher minimum wage, are joining the action.
Social and racial justice groups taking part include March On, the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 150 organisations that make up the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, a strike organiser with the Movement for Black Lives, said corporate giants that have come out in support of the BLM movement amid nationwide protests over police brutality also have profited from racial injustice and inequity.
“They claim to support Black lives, but their business model functions by exploiting Black labour – passing off pennies as ‘living wages’ and pretending to be shocked when COVID-19 sickens those Black people who make up their essential workers,” said Henderson, co-executive director of Tennessee-based Highlander Research and Education Center.
“Corporate power is a threat to racial justice, and the only way to usher in a new economy is by tackling those forces that aren’t fully committed to dismantling racism,” she said.
Trece Andrews, a Black nursing home worker for a Ciena Healthcare-managed retirement home in the Detroit area, said she feels dejected after years of being passed over for promotions. The 49-year-old believes racial discrimination plays a part in her career stagnation.
“I’ve got 20 years in the game and I’m only at $15.81 [per hour],” she said in a phone interview.
As the single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and caregiver to her father, a cancer survivor, Andrews said inadequate personal protective gear makes her afraid of bringing the coronavirus home from her job.
“We’ve got the coronavirus going on, plus we’ve got this thing with racism going on. They’re tied together, like some type of segregation, like we didn’t have our ancestors and Martin Luther King fighting against these types of things,” Andrews said.
Organisers have drawn inspiration from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike over low wages, benefits disparities between Black and white employees, and inhumane working conditions that contributed to the deaths of two Black workers in 1968.
King was assassinated in Memphis n 1968 after giving a speech supporting the sanitation workers. At the end of that two-month strike, some 1,300 mostly Black sanitation workers bargained collectively for better wages.
“Strike for Black Lives” organisers say they want to disrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty perpetuated by anti-union and other policies that make it difficult to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.
“The reason why, on July 20th, you’re going to see strikes and protests and the walk-offs and socially distanced sit-ins and voter registration outreach is because thousands and thousands of poor, low-wage workers of every race, creed and colour understand that racial, economic, healthcare, immigration, climate and other justice fights are all connected,” the Rev William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said in a telephone interview.
Systemic poverty affects 140 million people in the US, with 62 million people working for less than a living wage, according to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a strike partner organisation. An estimated 54 percent of Black workers and 63 percent of Hispanic workers fall into that category, compared to 37 percent of white workers and 40 percent of Asian-American workers, the group said.
In Missouri, participants will rally at a McDonald’s in Ferguson, a key landmark in the protest movement sparked by the death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager who was killed by police in 2014. The strikers will then march to a memorial site located on the spot where Brown was shot and killed.
In Minneapolis, nursing home workers will participate in a caravan that will include a stop at the airport. They will be joined by wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners demanding a $15-per-hour minimum wage, organisers said.
Angely Rodriguez Lambert, a 26-year-old McDonald’s worker in Oakland, California, and leader in the Fight for $15 and a Union, said she and several coworkers tested positive for COVID-19 after employees were not initially provided proper protective equipment.
“Our message is that we’re all human and we should be treated like humans,” she said. “We’re demanding justice for Black and Latino lives.”