How defunding Baltimore’s police department could help transit

TRANSITBy Martin Csongradi in Greater, Greater Washington June 17, 2020 3 https://ggwash.org/view/78098/how-could-defunding-the-bpd-could-help-transit In cities across the country, a call to defund the police and repurpose funds back into programs that help Black communities is growing louder by the day. And, Baltimore is no different. The City Council voted Monday to slash about $22 million from the Baltimore Police Department’s $550 million budget. But where will that …

Just a few (incomplete) benefits from replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses

This report summarizes analysis conducted by VEIC on Denver Public School’s bus fleet and the suitability of replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses. Colorado is undertaking efforts to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines as part of a legal settlement with Volkswagen Group of America. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) is administering over $68.7 …

Parking Requirements Gave Me a Haircut: Neighborhood-friendly developments are often made infeasible due to overly high parking requirements + Parking Reform After Coronavirus

MARCH 23, 2020 BY TONY JORDAN Parking Reform After Coronavirus Obviously, in the middle of this crisis, with lockdowns in place and ICU beds filling up, parking policy (like most things) isn’t important. We have much bigger fish to fry: maintaining a functioning health care system and supporting millions of people thrown off the payrolls are at the top of the list. …

97% of US land area and a fifth of its population remains rural. Cultural factors and sometimes land use policies were associated with reduced rural car ownership, not transportation policies.

Emma L. Rearick, Gregory L. Newmark September 1, 2018, TRR Automobile use is recognized as affecting public health, environmental sustainability, land use, and household expense. Car use is closely tied to car ownership rates. Most car ownership research focuses on urban areas; however, 97% of the United States’ land area and a fifth of its population remains rural. Factors that affect …

“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

In the last 30 years, the number of racially segregated schools has more than tripled, and more than a third of all Black and Latino students attend a school where 90% of their peers are non-white

In the last 30 years, the number of racially segregated schools has more than tripled, and more than a third of all African American and Latino students attend a school where 90 percent of their peers are non-white.  NBER researchers found that resegregation had a significant effect on students’ political beliefs. “This article provides evidence that a key shock to …

What to Say When People Say “It’s Impossible”: 10 smart conversation starters to address some standard defenses of the status quo.

By Andrea Brower Jun 14, 2013 in Yes Magazine Those committed to building a more just future must question the taken-for-granted “truths” that support the beliefs that capitalism is the only common-sense possibility and that there is no alternative. We can’t leave this task to the pages of peer-reviewed journals and classrooms of social theory—these conversations can start with family …

Colorado ballot measures

You might have heard about Initiative #271, led by Fair Tax Colorado and supported by Together Colorado. Initiative #271 will create a fair tax code that lowers tax rates for 95% of Coloradans and raises taxes on the wealthiest 5%. This is one of our priority issues and will help solve the budget cuts that are coming.  I’m emailing today to ask …