It’s time to have community conversations about what folks need, to make the transition work out for them and their families

Though we may be dealing with the same kind of corporate Democrats as we were in 2008, we are not the same. We have changed. Our movements have grown in size but they’ve also grown in vision. In the vision of defund the police, moving the resources from the infrastructure of incarceration, of policing, of militarism to the infrastructure of care. Vision work has …

99% of Green New Deal Co-Sponsors Won Their Races This Cycle: Analysis. State legislators win too. Give rural voters broadband, climate action, and a platform for their concerns.

Politicians who supported popular redistributive policies, such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, were reelected at higher rates than ostensibly centrist Democrats, including in swing districts.  “The people who actually back progressive policies came through the election largely unscathed and, in many cases, fared better than their more conservative Democratic counterparts in swing districts,” Kahn wrote. Ocasio-Cortez made the evidence-backed …

Preparing for Tough Conversations

WSJ July 2020 Bracing yourself for a tough talk? There are so many to have right now. Tensions over racial issues, politics and the coronavirus pandemic are provoking arguments within families and between friends: Spouses are arguing about money; siblings are fighting about how to keep parents safe from the virus; some people are confronting relatives about race. Many conversations have the potential to …

How community bike shops are coping in a COVID-19 world

By Jarrod Patrone on StreetsBlog, Jul 14, 2020 In a world where normal travel patterns have been placed on hold, COVID-19 has created opportunity in the bicycle realm. Bike shops are overwhelmed with business, cities across the globe are repurposing major thoroughfares to allow for socially distanced transportation and recreation, and bike-share systems are experiencing large increases in ridership. Nonprofit community bike shops exist to …

Tips for better storytelling

Engage your audience, focus your narrative, and inspire action. Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits. You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise great stories can be told badly. Here …

In the post-coal economy, life-skills training helps employ people and restores the land

The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms Fall 2017 THE JUST TRANSITION ISSUE TABLE OF CONTENTS  IN DEPTH Alaska’s Small Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back 4 Reasons Trump Can’t Stop the Renewables Revolution Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms How to Feed Ourselves …

Communicating and building coalitions across partisan divides on class demands

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, June 25 2020 A SIGNIFICANT IDEOLOGICAL SPLIT within GOP politics is as clear and vitriolic as the one within the Democratic Party. And that growing division means that, along with vehement differences, there is ample agreement on specific, consequential issues between the factions that identify as the “populist left” and “populist right.” Often there is more agreement between them than either group finds with …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …