Revitalizing indigenous languages, listen to greetings in 55 indigenous languages

August 9, 2019 Google Earth launched a new interactive project Friday aimed at preserving Indigenous languages from around the world. Featuring 55 languages from 27 different countries, the project invites users to explore the globe while listening to audio clips from Indigenous language speakers, as well as written anecdotes describing why the preservation and revitalization of their culture and language is important. …

Half of Sanders supporters are people of color

The Guardian, excerpt, Aug 31, 2019 A survey by the Pew Research Center this month found that about seven in 10 of Warren’s supporters are white, compared to about half of Sanders’ backers. Warren’s supporters are substantially more likely to have a college degree compared with supporters of Biden and Sanders. John Zogby, a pollster and author, said: “Because of …

Billionaires are a sign of social, political, and economic failure

Inherited Wealth And Crony Capitalism Have Created An Aristocratic Class That Undermines Social Mobility And Democracy. A third of wealth is inherited. Another third comes from special access/crony capitalism. Didier Jacobs calculated a few years ago that another third of billionaire wealth comes from crony connections to government and monopoly.  This could be for example when billionaires secure concessions to provide services …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …

We have had an economic system, a housing system, a school system, a credit system, that has specifically excluded black populations through housing, through student loans, through credit, through businesses, from the wealth accumulation of whites

And whiteness has been defined differently throughout time. And so we can go through the history of whiteness, but all of it has been built on an anti-blackness. So we have to talk about the racial wealth gap if we’re going to talk about housing, or schools, or anything like that. You can’t understand why we have the gaps that …

The key to a sustainable economy is 5000 years old

By Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com August 30, 2019  We are again reaching the point in the business cycle known as “peak debt,” when debts have compounded to the point that their cumulative total cannot be paid. Student debt, credit card debt, auto loans, business debt and sovereign debt are all higher than they have ever been. As economist Michael Hudson writes in his …

Can we reach 100% renewable energy in time to avert climate catastrophe? So far the only consensus is that we need to do it.

Renewables can and be scaled up in time to meet the world’s energy demands across the three main sectors (electricity, heating and transportation). Renewables in the transportation and heating sectors will have to expand in the next few years if the worst impacts from climate change are to be avoided. Delucchi’s recent cost analysis of clean energy systems didn’t include options like …

4p1000 Initiative and GND

Earlier this year Sierra Club joined the 4p1000 Initiative. The article,  Five Big Ideas for a Green New Deal lists number 5 as Carbon Friendly Farming which contains a link to a peer reviewed paper with this quote, “On this basis, the 4p1000 initiative on Soil for Food Security and Climate14, officially launched by the French Ministry of Agriculture at the United Nations Framework Convention …

More effective communication, relationship, and exhortation

Join the Community: People engage and consume information that affirms their identities and aligns with their deeply held values and worldview, and avoid or reject information that challenges or threatens them. Think of communication less as a megaphone and more as a gift to your audience. Does it help them solve a problem? Does it make them feel good about …