Offering ultra poor people a combo of assets and training and cash — instead of just cash or a loan — can trigger a virtuous cycle that ultimately helps them escape poverty

What’s the Best Way to Help Extremely Poor People? After 20 Years, the Evidence Is In https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23152657/poverty-cash-graduation-ultra-poor-brac Sigal Samuel · Vox Is it really useful to “teach a person to fish” or should you just give them the fish already? If you want to fight poverty, you probably intuitively feel that the worst-off people are the ones who should be …

Liberation will only come if we are expansive enough in our vision to address inequality in all its forms.

The appeal of Black faces in high places is undeniable. And certainly no one would argue that representation is unimportant. Nonetheless, such a simple formulation misses a lot, including the fact that such investment practices have been tried before—and failed many times before. The notion of Black capitalism has a long pedigree. It appeared in some of the writings of Booker T. Washington from …

ALEC and gas companies have passed prohibitions against gas bans across 20 states: 31% of US building gas use

Only Washington has passed statewide all-electric construction requirements. New York policymakers are considering statewide mandates for both new and existing buildings. Meanwhile, local air monitoring systems (Purple Air, monitoring particulate matter and VOCs) in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News …

Reducing oil and gas use in transportation

This article originally appeared in WRI Insights. Read it here. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/5-ways-cut-oil-and-gas-use-through-clean-transportation There’s never been a better time to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Oil and gas prices are skyrocketing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon in the United States in March and more than $10 a gallon in other countries. Meanwhile, the …

4 ways to hold utilities accountable

John Farrell, May 23, 2022 How to Hold Utilities Accountable John Oliver’s expose on electric utilities was marvelous, explaining the high cost of abusive utility behavior. The segment was full of rich storytelling that made clear the dangers of allowing these utility companies to continue operating in their current fashion. Here are four things we could do in response, to hold utilities …

The Shrinking Geography of Opportunity in Metro America

The Shrinking Geography of Opportunity in Metro America, May 10, 2022 By Thai Le, Edward Muña, Sarah Treuhaft, and Rasheedah Phillips* https://nationalequityatlas.org/shrinking-geography-of-opportunity Introduction Findings Renters in Metro America Face Shrinking Maps of Affordable Neighborhoods Black Households Have the Fewest Neighborhood Choices Black Renters Experienced the Steepest Declines in Affordable Neighborhoods The Majority of Neighborhoods Affordable to Low-Income Households Are Lower …

The unfairness of our tax system: who is and isn’t paying up, how legal loopholes are leading to tax giveaways, and why more isn’t being done to hold accountable those who can and should be paying the most

Great links from The Lever on renewed calls to “tax the rich!” and the unfairness of our tax system: who is and isn’t paying up, how legal loopholes are leading to tax giveaways, and why more isn’t being done to hold accountable those who can and should be paying the most. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NUTS AND BOLTS: While …

How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

We need a People’s CDC – Here it is!

the new guidelines do more than inappropriately message safety; the guidelines shift the burden of responsibility onto vulnerable people. In place of clear, evidence-based guidance on masking for those facing greater risk, for example, the CDC simply advises individuals to consult with their local healthcare provider. This instruction assumes that providers are accessible, well informed, and willing to take on …