Warren Rolls Out Plan She Calls ‘Most Sweeping Set of Anti-Corruption Reforms Since Watergate’, says her proposed reforms would put power “back where it belongs—in the hands of the people

September 16, 2019 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams The presidential campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her End Washington Corruption plan on Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of a major speech in New York City.  (Photo: Elizabeth Warren/Facebook) Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with “big, structural …

What is Democratic Socialism?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory in New York City in June added fuel to the fire that Bernie Sanders started in 2016: a resurgence of interest in democratic socialism. And there is no strand of left politics that provokes more confusion than democratic socialism. All of a sudden, it seems everybody wants to know what democratic socialism is. Here’s what you …

3 steps to improving public participation

From Top-Down to Bottom-Up: Three Steps to Improving Public Participation in the 2030 Agenda As officials gather this week for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, improving public participation is high on the agenda. When done right, public participation is a vital means to successful policy. This article sets out three principles that should inform the discussion at the …

L.A.’s system of greater representation and civic participation, Neighborhood Council System and Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment

Ryan Conway|May 15, 2019 Shareable In the mid-1990s, Los Angeles faced some serious challenges: residents of the San Fernando Valley, the Harbor, and Hollywood had organized movements threatening to secede from the city. As reported by The Economist, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The City Journal, organizers believed both that they received disproportionately fewer and lower-quality services from the city, and that the …

Public Banks Have Far Greater Financial Capacity Than We Think: We Need to Harness Democratized public banks for a green and just transition. Democratization example from Costa Rica.

By  Thomas Marois, Open DemocracyJuly 6, 2019 | EDUCATE!, STRATEGIZE! Public banks are resurgent, triggered by the failure of private finance to meaningfully confront the green transformation. But will resurgent public banks act in the public or private interest? How can progressives ensure public banks support a just green transformation? Democratization is the key. The turning point for public banks was really the UN’s 2015 Addis Ababa Action …

Energy Justice and Just Transition Research

A range of measures such as near-term employment and wage protections, medium-term retraining and investment in alternative industries, and long-term education and innovation investment are central to ensuring protection and prosperity for people and communities. It is therefore imperative that governments work closely with businesses, local communities and labor representatives to produce just transition plans. Other examples of energy transitions …

Co-Governing In Policy: Where The Rubber Meets The Road

by David Hatch | Jun 21, 2019 | Democracy, Election, Featured, Organizing, Policy, Politics, Progressive Vision | 0 comments People’s Action and its member groups have boldly moved into electoral politics, successfully electing our own members and candidates who share our values to office. We’ve done this by building training pipelines and strategies that have proven effective to elect progressive champions with whom we can co-govern. Indeed, hundreds of “people’s champions” now hold office, all across the …

Racial gerrymandering case thrown out with a mix of liberals, conservatives

Spurning pleas from Virginia Republicans, the court let stand decisions by lower courts finding that 11 state House districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Constitution. The Supreme Court said the Republican-dominated Virginia House of Delegates had no legal standing to appeal to the Supreme Court on its own when the state Senate and the state’s attorney general had decided against …

Hannah Arendt asks us to consider the frequent human triumph over daunting probabilities

Arendt’s idea was that the root of politics is spontaneity—the unforeseen and democratic gathering of people to change history. For Arendt, the point of this kind of political engagement was exactly that it was unpredictable in its effects, that it appeared quixotic until the moment its successes demonstrated the utter fragility of systems that were previously taken to be unalterable. “Every …

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together, figuring out how the community, its leaders and our electeds can fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together. What must be figured out for co-governing to flourish is for the community, its leaders and our electeds to fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together. Only experience …