Innovation Used to Benefit Workers. Can It Again? Machines can make jobs better, but a tiny class of bosses uses them to make jobs disappear. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Excerpt from Bob Lord, Thursday, December 27, 2018,  Inequality.org …Until about 1980, technological advances benefited American workers and American society. Technological advances improved productivity, and workers shared in the benefits proportionately. Wages rose at the same rate as productivity. Not only were American workers paid more, they enjoyed progressively shorter work weeks. As workers’ pay increased, they could buy more, which created …

Drugs ‘R’ Us: Opioid Markets After the Jobs Disappear

Alcabes’ article, entitled “Drugs ‘R’ Us: Opioid Markets After the Jobs Disappear,” cites several recent studies on the issue. The article considers some of the prominent narratives on opioid use in America, framing the on-going crisis in a socio-political context.  Read the full article at LA Review of Books’ website. OCTOBER 6, 2018 FOR MILLENNIA, humans have been using the alkaloids from …

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Created Under the Chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt Passed Today in 1948 by the UN General Assembly 

POSTED ON DECEMBER 10, 2018 · POSTED IN ROOSEVELT HOUSE, ROOSEVELT HOUSE GENERAL NEWS Roosevelt House celebrates the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as we mark the 70th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Three years of Mrs. Roosevelt’s hard work and consensus-building produced a document that would shape the way …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

US Energy Efficiency Industry Employs 2.25 Million People

September 11th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica  The US energy efficiency industry added more new jobs than any other industry in the country’s entire energy sector in 2017 and now employs nearly 2.25 million people, according to new figures from E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs. According to a new jobs analysis by nonprofit E4TheFuture and national energy advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), …

Jail to jobs program

Three years ago, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa was at a hearing for a 29-year-old who’d been falling behind on his court bills. If he kept missing the payments he risked ending up in jail, so Lamancusa asked him what was going on. “He said he couldn’t get a job. And I asked him, ‘Have you applied?’ …

MPOs revising planning to prioritize projects that help access, equitable and affordable transportation, and safer biking and walking

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup September 3rd, 2018 By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more assistance than many taxi or TNC …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Halliburton is developing robots for fracking

Bloomberg, Aug 21, 2018 The world’s biggest provider of the technique that unlocks oil and natural gas from shale rock has a vision of push-button fracking that’s still years in the making. But for now, the Houston-based contractor unveiled a new service that will help move in that direction. Tested in fields globally including the Permian Basin of West Texas …

New progressive candidates aren’t afraid to talk about the intersections of climate and injustice

New faces like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Summer Lee aren’t afraid to talk about environmental justice. E.A. CRUNDEN AUG 27, 2018, ClimateProgress CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES, RASHIDATLAIBFORCONGRESS.COM / EDIT BY DIANA OFOSU When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering …