Strategize and prepare for nonviolent action, now and through the fall

No matter who is elected this November, resistance will be required to change the systems responsible for the crises we face. In this article, George Lakey provides important information for developing and practicing nonviolent resistance to prepare for whatever happens this fall and beyond. One of our weak points is that many of us would rather moralize than strategize. Trump …

Supporting shift to solar for renters and landlords

PV-Magazine, July 2020 – Landlords and renters in Victoria can now apply for interest-free loans in addition to generous rebates offered under the state government’s Solar Homes program. In so doing, eligible landlords will be able to cut the upfront cost of installing PV by up to $3,700. Victoria’s landmark $1.3 Solar Homes program currently offers landlords a subsidy of up to …

67% of essential workers using transit are non-white, according to an April TransitCenter analysis. And People of color account for less than 40% of the U.S. population, but make up 60% of transit riders, according to APTA

People of color account for less than 40% of the U.S. population, but make up 60% of transit riders, according to APTA Time Magazine, by ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA  JULY 21, 2020 While trying to get to work over the past few months, Brittany Williams, a Seattle home care worker, has often been passed by two or three buses before one stops to let …

The DNC released a draft of its 2020 policy platform yesterday + Deep flaws in the ways utilities influence the political system

Climate notes on the Democratic platform. Here are my notes. Emily Atkin Jul 23 2020 Issue 910 Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images The Democratic Party’s formal governing body, the Democratic National Committee, released a draft of its 2020 policy platform on Wednesday. The document is intended to represent Democrats’ official policy priorities for the next four years. Clocking in at …

Climate change heat deaths established

The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths: In 2018 in Japan, more than 1,000 people died during an unprecedented heat wave. In 2019, scientists proved it would have been impossible without global warming. By DANIEL MERINO JULY 23, 20205 in Slate.com TWEET SHARE July 23, 2018, was a day unlike any seen before in Japan. It was the peak of a weekslong …

Rich Americans Emit up to 15 Times As Much Carbon As Their Poorer Neighbors

A new study confirms the obvious: big houses have bigger footprints. But wait, there’s more. By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, July 21, 2020 The conclusion of a new study – The carbon footprint of household energy use in the United States – that everyone is focusing on would seem obvious: “Wealthier Americans have per capita footprints ∼25% higher than those of lower-income residents, primarily …

The Violence of Racial Capitalism Hurts Us All

In LA Progressive, July 2020, by Pam Spritzer, excerpt In addition to physical force, Dictionary.com defines violence as “an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws.” When black people carry “Stop killing us” signs, Kelley recently explained, they are demanding an end not only to police violence, but also “the violence of poverty, the violence of a health …

Top transit systems in the U.S. have seen 70-90% ridership losses and have dramatically scaled back service. If you cut service by 10%, generally ridership has gone down 3-6%

Plus 2020 was primed to be the sixth consecutive year of what Taylor calls a “disturbing trend”: U.S. transit ridership has been in decline since 2014, even as transit agencies have added service on the whole. Much of that new service has come in light-rail extensions and some bus-rapid transit lines usually designed to attract “discretionary riders,” or people who …

A Pandemic and Surging Summer Heat Leave Thousands Struggling to Pay Utility Bills

High unemployment, stay at home orders and rising temperatures due to climate change are fueling energy insecurity and furthering the need for assistance. By Maddie Kornfeld, Climate Home News, JUL 14, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic forced classrooms to close this spring, Leticia Garcia’s family in Fairfax County, Virginia, quickly ran short of money. Garcia cleans schools for a living …

Discussion of banning gas-powered vehicles in California and Washington

BY RACHEL BECKER, CalMatters MAY 24, 2019 Mary Nichols, the powerful head of the California Air Resources Board, didn’t even need to explicitly threaten a ban on gas-powered cars last week to get the attention of carmakers. The warning was only in her prepared statements for a workshop with the state Transportation Commission. But the remarks, obtained by Bloomberg, hit headlines and the industry …