Public works and jobs are a way forward, on a city level if not federally

Some cities and states are looking toward a simple solution to mass unemployment: Hire workers directly. NYTimes, June 22, 2020 By David McCabe, June 22, 2020 WASHINGTON — The governor of Pennsylvania wants to hire unemployed workers to help the state track the spread of the coronavirus in the fall. City Council members in Austin, Texas, voted to pay people to …

79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …

Permanent Work From Home Is Coming: Many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks, but Microsoft found 162 million people do not have internet available at broadband speeds

Estimates of workers doing their jobs from home range from about a third to nearly half. And according to Global Workplace Analytics, “a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time.” And workers can bank between $2,500 and $4,000 a year working remotely half time. The Global Workplace Analytics survey shows 77% of workers …

Tear gas outlawed in Denver and Seattle. Amnesty International reports how tear gas, currently banned in warfare, has been misused by police across the country

June 27, By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite, ACLU – Lawsuit Claims The Use Of Force Violated Protester’s First Amendment Rights. Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence …

One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one in 2.5 for Latinx Americans

MAY 19, 2020 We Should Own the Internet—Not Silicon Valley Oligarchs It’s time to stop treating high-speed internet as a luxury commodity and instead place it under democratic and public control.BY THOMAS M. HANNA AND ISAIAH J. POOLE http://inthesetimes.com/article/22536/internet-silicon-valley-broadband-covid-19-democracy excerpt One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one …

Predictable and Possible

By Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Policy Lead with the Poor People’s Campaign Kairos Center monthly Policy Briefings highlight analysis informed by the 140 million people who are poor and dispossessed in this country, and their struggles against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. They will also challenge the false narratives that uphold unjust economic …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

There’s a Simple Solution to the Unemployment Crisis: Offer Everyone a Job

An unemployed person experiences higher physical and mental health costs, they are sicker and weaker. Unemployment also negatively impacts a person’s net-worth, their connections, social capital. Unemployment creates so many conditions that make it harder to be re-employed later. And this then impacts families and children. If we were to add all those costs, we would not tolerate unemployment even …