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 …

Wealth That Concentrates Kills

by Sam Pizzigati | Sep 12, 2019 | Economy, Featured, Future of Work, Health, Inequality | 0 comments The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America’s economic order isn’t just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American lives. The latest evidence for that squeeze on American wallets comes from the Census Bureau. Researchers there have just …

As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most

By MEG ANDERSON & SEAN MCMINN, ShareTweetEmail Baltimore’s Franklin Square neighborhood is hotter than about two-thirds of the neighborhoods in the city. It’s also in one of Baltimore’s poorest areas. IAN MORTON FOR NPR Originally published on September 3, 2019 10:31 am When Shakira Franklin drives from West Baltimore to her job near the city’s Inner Harbor, she can feel the summer heat …

The UBI already exists. It is just unevenly distributed.

By Matt Bruenig, Peoplespolicyproject.org September 6, 2019 | EDUCATE! Max Sawicky has a piece in Jacobin that again repeats the clearly incorrect claim that it would be impossibly expensive to provide everyone in the country a significant cash grant each year. So what’s wrong with the UBI? In a nutshell, if it’s universal, it can’t be basic, and if it’s basic (provides a decent income …

John Mclean is on a limited budget and is eligible for service at PCs for People, a nonprofit that sells refurbished computers and discounted internet. He’s helped by Fabian Vazquez, a customer service rep for the nonprofit, on September 4, 2019 at the retail store on Alameda Ave. (Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun) “The cruel irony of the digital divide” …

Raising income, fairer taxes and addressing inequality

By Chuck Collins, Otherwords.org Four decades of stagnant wages plus runaway housing and health care costs have clobbered the middle class. In an economy with staggering inequalities — the income and wealth gaps are at their widest level in a century — the middle class shouldn’t be hit up a penny more until the rich pay up. The biggest winners of the last decade, in terms …

What is equitable and cost-effective investment in transportation? How is that changing?

Moving forward, MassDOT plans to target certain bottlenecks while taking a more active role in managing how the roads operate, clearing crashes more quickly, and working to improve people’s travel options throughout the state. New construction and technological solutions will help, but the agency will also evaluate smart pricing strategies in the most congested areas. Rail, bus, and other commuter …

Billionaires are a sign of social, political, and economic failure

Inherited Wealth And Crony Capitalism Have Created An Aristocratic Class That Undermines Social Mobility And Democracy. A third of wealth is inherited. Another third comes from special access/crony capitalism. Didier Jacobs calculated a few years ago that another third of billionaire wealth comes from crony connections to government and monopoly.  This could be for example when billionaires secure concessions to provide services …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …