What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

Joined at the hip: inequality and our decaying environment

Climate-Striking Young People Get Climate Change. Why Can’t Their Elders? In deeply unequal societies, the rich and powerful never feel the environmental pain.  by Sam Pizzigati on Inequality.org, March 15, 2019 Listen to the young people of the worldwide March 15 climate strike and you can feel the frustration. They see us at the brink of climate catastrophe. Why can’t everybody else? …

Inequality Statistics

The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent has 20 percent of the country’s income. A quarter of American workers struggle on wages of less than $10 an hour, putting them below the poverty line, while the income of the average CEO of a major corporation is more than 300 times the pay of …

Justice Democrats March 2019

@rgunns on @AOC and @SenMarkey‘s Green New Deal: “There’s the benefits that aren’t talked about. There’s also the cost of inaction. Just last year we lost $91 billion to the US economy from climate change alone.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‏Verified account @AOC Mar 13 More Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Retweeted Justice Democrats *91% of caucusgoers in IOWA* said they prefer a candidate who supports the #GreenNewDeal. …

What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality through Tax Policy

What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality through Tax Policy, Sarah Anderson and Chuck Collins, Inequality.org March 4, 2019 States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make critical investments in …

Taxing Wall Street Transactions – $1 on a $1000 trade

Progressive Tax Takes Aim at Wall Street Transactions, Financial Crashes, Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, March 05, 2019  National Nurses United for an International Day of Action, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Flickr Glyn Lowe Photo Works, @glynlowe). Democrats on Tuesday proposed a tax on Wall Street transactions which could stop another financial crash and bring in $777 billion over the next decade.  “The …

An increased minimum wage would benefit nearly 40 million Americans. Economists stand in solidarity with low-wage workers. More Inequality News

An increased minimum wage would benefit nearly 40 million Americans Ten years have passed since Congress raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, and it has “lost almost 15 percent of its value to inflation” since then, according to EPI’s David Cooper. Cooper’s latest report analyzes the impacts of the phased-in increases proposed in the Raise the Wage Act …

Re-imagining governance. We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies and to move them forward together. 

Whom candidates surround themselves with and listen to is crucial. Progressives should look at the structure of candidates’ campaigns: Who is funding them? Who are their advisors? Are they investing in real conversations with voters? We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …