When Affirmative Action Was White: Who really got hand-outs

By IRA KATZNELSON in the New York Times, 12 Aug 2017  Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee 20 years ago that affirmative action irritated people (he meant white people) because it could cause them to lose opportunities “simply because of their race.” This sense of grievance lies behind the Justice Department’s recent memo seeking lawyers to investigate “race-based discrimination” in …

Sanders Introduces Bill Aimed at Ending ‘Tragic’ Youth Unemployment Crisis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 “Today, we spend some $80 billion a year to lock up our fellow Americans instead of investing in our young people, and in jobs and education for them,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Mic op-ed published on Tuesday. (Photo: John Pemble/cc/flickr) “The time is long overdue for us to start …

Rigged: Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

By Brett Murphy on USA Today, June 16, 2017 Los Angeles — Samuel Talavera Jr. did everything his bosses asked. Most days, the trucker would drive more than 16 hours straight hauling LG dishwashers and Kumho tires to warehouses around Los Angeles, on their way to retail stores nationwide. He rarely went home to his family. At night, he crawled …

End of coal: Failure (of us) to plan for it hurts miners most: can we have the dialogue and planning we need?

On a just transition History shows governments that don’t anticipate and make provisions for the decline of coal burden communities for generations Retired coal miner Kenneth Dangerfield, from Morgantown, West Virginia, speaks to Barack Obama’s labour secretary Thomas E. Perez in 2014 (Photo: US Department of Labor) By Oliver Sartor and Andrzej Błachowicz Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US …

Co-working, sharing space offering new communities to meet workers’ needs

In a fractured world of work, new communities form to meet workers’ needs. By Rachel Sanders 22 Jun 2017 | TheTyee.caRachel Sanders is a Vancouver journalist, editor and photographer. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Georgia Straight, and the Victoria Times Colonist. Find her on Twitter here. 125SHARES JOIN 1 Comment The benefits …

Six P’s: Michael Shuman’s pointers to a prosperous, local economy

Sustainability requires that every community meet the needs of all its members (including plants and animals), present and future, without compromising the needs of other communities meeting the needs of their members, present and future. — Michael Shuman Is neighborhood economics at a tipping point? Consciousness certainly seems to be getting there. This is a skeletal summary of some key points, plus a few …

Wait! What jobs will be safe from robots?

An excerpt from The Guardian, June 2017 Ford, the futurist, classifies resilient jobs in three areas. The first is jobs that involve “genuine creativity, such as being an artist, being a scientist, developing a new business strategy”. Ford notes: “For now, humans are still best at creativity but there’s a caveat there. I can’t guarantee you that in 20 years …

Chinese company offers free wind power training for coal miners in Wyoming

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, May 29th, 2017  When we think of coal country in the United States, we think of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. But Wyoming is where the majority of American coal comes from. In fact, the Cowboy State, as it calls itself, produces four times as much coal as West Virginia. That also means it has …

Putting people back to work in Coal Country

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg, 24 May 2017 Ben Chafin sees the future of clean energy in abandoned coal shafts. The Virginia state senator, whose Appalachian district is pockmarked with empty mines, pushed through legislation in April that encourages companies to transform those tunnels into giant storage devices to hold vast amounts of renewable power. The idea, which Dominion Energy Inc. has been studying, …