Articles written by: Ayla Burnett

Portland native, peace and environmental advocate, writer and music lover

Stop Deporting Migrant Children Without Parental Approval

Hundreds of migrant children have been deported since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them are alone and expelled from the U.S. without notification to their families. Demand the Trump administration stop using Covid-19 as an excuse to deport hundreds of young migrants back to violence-ridden countries.

Protect Homeless Population During Covid-19 Pandemic

The homeless population in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district has significantly increased since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Residents are crammed on narrow streets and unable to social distance because they have nowhere else to go. Demand San Francisco’s mayor provide increased protections for the homeless in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Stop Allowing Mass Killing Operations During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Police are carrying out brutal mass killing operations in Brazil’s poorest neighborhoods, despite social distancing guidelines and the threat of Covid-19. Last year, police killed a record 1,810 people. In the most recent operation, 13 people were killed. Demand President Bolsonaro stop allowing state sanctioned mass killing and instead work to protect Brazil’s poorest residents from the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump: Stop Using “Obamagate” as a Distraction From Coronavirus

President Trump is accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of masterminding the 2017 Russia investigation in a blatant attempt to distract from his administration’s dismal response to the coronavirus crisis. Demand President Trump stop using “Obamagate” as a distraction from Covid-19 and instead start focusing on adequately addressing our country’s public health crisis.

Protect the Public From Contaminant Linked to Fetal Brain Damage

A contaminant that has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage continues to be pumped into drinking water with no established limit, thanks to a decision made by the Environmental Protection Agency. This comes despite a 2011 study that states the chemical, which is found in rocket fuel, should be regulated. Demand the EPA reverse its decision to deregulate this chemical and instead impose limits in order to protect the public.

Stop Anti-Lockdown Protests From Threatening Public Health and Safety

Far right anti-lockdown protests in Michigan continue to threaten the health and safety of the public during the coronavirus crisis. One group, Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine, has allegedly threatened to assassinate Michigan’s governor in response to her extended stay-at-home order. Demand far right groups stop inciting militarized protests in order to protect the public and slow the spread of Covid-19.

Trump: Stop Refusing to Wear a Mask During Deadly Pandemic

President Trump refuses to wear a face mask, even after two White House aides tested positive for the coronavirus. Wearing a mask is not only a symbol of respect, but also a primary defense in protecting yourself and those around you. Demand Trump wear a mask in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Don’t Disempower Minority and Non-Citizen Voters Before Presidential Election

Missouri’s electoral districts may soon be subject to manipulation by biased representatives, putting minority and non-citizen voters at a disadvantage. This planned redrawing of maps threatens partisan voter fairness and the integrity of elections. Demand Missouri Republicans maintain protection against gerrymandering in the 2020 presidential election.

Expand Food Stamp Benefits to Combat Coronavirus Hunger Crisis

An alarming coronavirus-related food shortage has caused children across the US to go hungry. Republicans are not in favor of expanding food stamp benefits, though Democrats feel it is the best way to address this hunger crisis. Demand Republicans agree to expand food stamp benefits to combat national hunger during a global pandemic.

Success: Men Who Reportedly Shot and Killed Jogger Charged With Murder

Two men who reportedly shot and killed a Georgia black man while he was jogging were recently charged with murder. This comes after months of nationwide protest from “I Run With Maud,” a movement started by the victim’s best friend. Thank the movement for all of their hard work bringing justice to Ahmaud Arbery.

Don’t Disband Coronavirus Task Force While Pandemic Still Grows

Trump has signaled plans to disband the coronavirus task force charged with keeping Americans safe. Meanwhile, new evidence suggests death rates could double by early August. Demand President Trump refrain from disbanding the coronavirus task force until the virus begins to level out.

Stop Firing Workers Advocating for Safer Conditions During Pandemic

At least six Amazon workers have reportedly been fired for protesting and advocating for better conditions during a global pandemic. This comes as Amazon is receiving its highest revenues to date. Demand Amazon stop seemingly firing their employees for advocating for better working conditions and instead start to value their hard work.

Bring Justice to Jogger Who Was Reportedly Wrongfully Shot and Killed

A young black man was reportedly shot and killed by two white men while jogging in Georgia. His apparently killers claim to have identified the man as the suspect in a string of robberies. Regardless, many community members do not feel his death was warranted. Demand justice for the man by arresting those who allegedly shot and killed him.

Stop Giving Coronavirus Aid Meant for Small Businesses to the Fossil Fuel Industry

Millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money meant for small businesses is being used to bailout fossil fuel companies. Reportedly, some of the oil and gas firms receiving money have personal ties to President Trump. Demand President Trump stop giving aid money meant to help struggling small businesses to polluting fossil fuel companies.

Don’t Ignore the Death and Devastation Caused by COVID-19

Death tolls are rapidly increasing in the Brazilian city of Manaus due to Covid-19. While the city’s mayor called it “a state of utter disaster,” Brazil’s president continues to defy social distancing and mock the seriousness of the virus. Demand President Bolsonaro stop ignoring the public health disaster and instead provide adequate resources to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Protect Meat Production Workers From Exposure to Coronavirus

Thousands of meat production workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and as many as 20 have died. Regardless, plants remain open, resulting in an outcry from unions and public health advocates. Demand President Trump prioritize the health of meat production workers over keeping processing plants open in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Don’t Fire Vulnerable Workers for Attempting to Unionize During Coronavirus Pandemic

Truck drivers and warehouse workers at a New Jersey furniture rental company are facing unemployment due to their attempt to unionize during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of these employees are already vulnerable and cannot afford to lose health insurance. Demand this and other big companies stop using coronavirus as an excuse to lay off workers for trying to unionize.

Stop Trump From Letting Millions Starve During Covid-19 While Food Rots in Fields

Millions of pounds of surplus food are rotting in fields while food banks struggle to feed newly jobless Americans. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been slow to connect farmers with those in need. Demand the USDA accelerate their efforts to buy surplus food and connect it to struggling food banks in order to safeguard farmers and families during the Covid-19 crisis.

Stop the Rapid Spread of Covid-19 in Tribal Communities

The deadly effects of coronavirus on Native Americans are going unreported, leaving tribes especially vulnerable to the spread of the virus. Demand racial demographic data is collected and reported for Native Americans so they can adequately respond to the threat of Covid-19.

Coca-Cola: Donate Water to Vulnerable Detroit Residents During Coronavirus

Thousands of Detroit residents face water shutoffs during the coronavirus crisis while Coca-Cola makes a profit bottling the same municipal water supply that comes from the tap. Coca-Cola and other bottlers have racked up thousands of dollars in unpaid water bills, yet have never lost access to their water supply. Demand Coca-Cola donate bottled water to Detroit residents who face shutoffs in order to protect them from Covid-19.

Don’t Deny Undocumented College Students Access to Emergency Aid During Coronavirus

Undocumented college students in the U.S. have been barred from receiving any coronavirus emergency aid money. Many of these students are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and often work to pay for college out of pocket. Demand undocumented students who are impacted by Covid-19 receive emergency aid.

Halt Exploitation of the Amazon That Could Spread Covid-19

Indigenous communities in the Amazon are threatened by a move to increase exploitative commercial development in their territory. Development would include large-scale farming, mining, oil and gas exploration, and more that could spread Covid-19 and decimate native populations. Demand President Bolsonaro halt any commercial development in Indigenous territory in order to protect native communities from the spread of Covid-19.

Don’t Use Coronavirus as an Excuse to Ban Immigration

President Trump announced an oppressive plan to ban all immigration into the United States. This is a cynical attempt to use coronavirus as a screen for the administration’s worst xenophobic tendencies. Demand Trump reverse the ban.

Stop Far Right Protests That Will Spread Covid-19

Right-wing demonstrations against stay-at-home orders, supported by armed conservative groups such as the Proud Boys, are putting the public at greater risk of exposure to coronavirus. Demand the Michigan Conservative Coalition halt demonstrations that will increase the spread of Covid-19.

Halt Border Wall Construction to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Hundreds of border wall construction workers pass through the town of Ajo, Arizona daily. Despite the threat of Covid-19, the wall continues to be built, and residents of small border towns fear for their health. Demand President Trump halt the construction of the border wall during the coronavirus crisis in order to protect citizens of border towns.

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