Black Labor Convening on Just Transition

Black Labor Convening on Just Transition, held, December 11-12, 2017, Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle, 4620 South Miami Blvd., Durham, North Carolina, 27703, USA African American communities, including workers, are most likely to be exposed to the pollution from fossil fuel based energy production through coal plants, oil and gas refineries, as well as pollution from energy production through nuclear facilities and waste incinerators. …

New Study Shows How Taxing Rich Saves Lives, While Trump’s Tax Plan… Kills — a difference of 60,000 lives a year between Trump’s and Sanders’ plans

Study found that candidate Trump’s plan would result in nearly 30,000 added deaths per year from all causes, while a plan put forth by Bernie Sanders would actually save 31,302 lives annually By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams,  See Kim’s article is entitled “Projected impacts of federal tax policy proposals on mortality burden in the United States: A microsimulation analysis“. “The take-home message …

Median wealth of world’s adults down by 30% since 2007 as “chains of poverty being wrapped around more and more human beings”

Extreme Poverty Has INCREASED, in Terms of Wealth  According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016, the median wealth of the world’s adults is $2,222, down from $3,248 at the end of 2007. While the rich people of the world have taken more than their share of the $35 trillion wealth gain since the recession, the world median has dropped by over $1,000!  …

Keeping profits local with cooperatives tailored around local anchors: Cleveland, Evergreen and Preston models

 Preston has struggled with austerity and entrenched inequality. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian By Hazel Sheffield Guardian, 11 April 2017  Ted Howard looks out on a group of people drinking tea from styrofoam cups at Preston town hall on a Monday afternoon in March. The social entrepreneur and author from Cleveland, Ohio, is the special guest at the city’s monthly social forum. “What’s …

Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting includes lack of substantive discussion of colonialism or marginalization and limited media portrayal of the structural roots of vulnerability

Ella Belfer et al. Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting, Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-2076-z ella.belfer@mail.mcgill.ca Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication Abstract:  This article examines how newspapers reporting on climate change have covered and framed Indigenous peoples. Focusing on eight newspapers in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we examine articles published from 1995 to 2015, and analyze them using content …

Inequality news for the week, tax breaks/hiding, Paradise Papers

A trove of just-released leaked documents is shining some light on the shadowy world of tax avoidance. The Paradise Papers show the workarounds used by the top .01 percent to hide their wealth and dodge their tax responsibility. This investigation underscores the need to systematically confront tax avoidance, something Chuck Collins emphasizes this week on Inequality.org. The timing of this investigation …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

Interview with Sarah Jaffe and highlights from her book, Necessary Trouble

Sarah Jaffe, a labor reporter who has spent the past several years following the diverse grass-roots movements that rose from the ashes of the 2008 recession, gives us one answer to this question in “Necessary Trouble.” Over 300 tightly written pages, Jaffe chronicles how newly energized people across the country and across the political spectrum have responded to the growing …