Affordable/Public Housing Digital Inclusion Blueprint

Thu, May 2, 2019 | Posted by Lisa Gonzalez Report: San Francisco’s Public Housing Low-Cost Gig and How They Did It With Monkeybrains Local communities continue to search for ways to tackle the digital divide and in San Francisco, the city is making strides by working with a local Internet access company. The City by the Bay and ISP Monkeybrains have adopted a …

Reparations and the Green New Deal Should Be Connected

Hurricane Katrina evacuees outside the New Orleans Superdome in 2015. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations The Democratic Party is talking about both issues separately. They make more sense in tandem. By EMILY ATKIN, The New Republic, May 2019 Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last …

Ray Dalio: Why and how capitalism needs to be reformed. Most people in the bottom 60% are poor and are increasingly stuck being poor, with dire consequences

The system is producing self-reinforcing spirals up for the haves and down for the have-nots, which are leading to harmful excesses at the top and harmful deprivations at the bottom. There’s no plan to deal with the increasing layoffs/exclusion/disposal of people.  The share of revenue that has gone to profits has increased relative to the share that has gone to …

Economically poor communities lack access to evacuation, left vulnerable in emergencies: Case Study of Harris County TX

Analysis of Flood Vulnerability and Transit Availability with a Changing Climate in Harris County, Texas Joshua A. Pulcinella, Arne M. E. Winguth, Diane Jones Allen, … First Published April 22, 2019 Research Article  https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119839346 Article information    Hurricanes and other extreme precipitation events can have devastating effects on population and infrastructure that can create problems for emergency responses and evacuation. Projected climate change and associated …

America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All. “Lost” wages that flowed to economic elites is a whopping $3.4 trillion per year

According to the Federal Reserve, “Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense.” To those who are so highly stressed financially, the idea of paying for a costly program like Medicare for All sounds impossible.  What stands in the way is runaway inequality. Our nation’s wealth has …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

Ten solutions to bridge the racial wealth divide, from affordable housing to raising the minimum wage, M4All, tax changes, baby bonds, and reparations

By Chuck Collins, Darrick Hamilton, Derrick Asante-Muhammed and Josh Hoxie, Ips-dc.org, April 19, 2019 | CREATE! The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform. It has been created and held in place by public policies that have evolved with time including slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, mass incarceration, among many others. The racial wealth divide is greater today …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …

The Equity Ecosystem: Just Energy, Just Opportunity, Just Growth

Although the Partnership for Southern Equity is the brainchild of its founder, Nathaniel Smith, its rightful owners and custodians are the “Beloved Community” of stakeholders who faithfully support its work. As PSE matures, it has spawned a multi-faceted movement – an “equity ecosystem” – the sum of which is greater than any individual component. PSE defines an equity ecosystem as “… a …