How Money Affects Psychology, How the Super-Rich Really Live And How Their Wealth Harms Us

To understand how money affects politics, we need to understand how money affects psychology.APRIL 4, 2021, Michael Mechanic, Senior editor at Mother Jones, adapted from his forthcoming book, Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live―And How Their Wealth Harms Us Paul piff just landed on Park Place. I own it. “Shit,” he says. I also own three railroads, a couple of high-rent monopolies, and …

How pretext traffic stops fund police departments — and put Black drivers in danger

By Alexes Harris, Vox.com, Apr 15, 2021 This story is part of a group of stories called First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues. This past Sunday afternoon, Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer while driving with his partner in a Minneapolis suburb after being pulled over by police for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview …

Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession

Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession, Cambridge University Press, 29 October 2019, Margaret A. Nash, Article Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government took and then sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available only because of …

WV Can’t Wait! Also, viral video – Mountain State person forcibly removed for calling attention to oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns

By Avi Selk Feb. 12, 2018 – Also see WV Can’t Wait https://wvcantwait.com/ Video of a little-known candidate for a statehouse seat in West Virginia went viral over the weekend after she was forcibly removed from a hearing for reciting a list of oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns. Here is her story. You don’t run for the statehouse in rural West Virginia because you’re in it for the fame. Lissa Lucas hadn’t raised much …

Black and Latinx metro area residents represent only 12% of people making the average annual wage or more, even though they are 25% of the population. And fewer than half of Black Coloradans and 54% of Latinx own their homes, compared to ~75% of whites

Colorado Sun, February 2021 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Colorado as having the No. 1 economy in the nation and consistently ranks our cities among the top five places to live, with Boulder holding No. 1 and Denver No. 2 for the last two years. Even before the pandemic, not everyone has been able to access the economic and social opportunities we …

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection << Christopher Mathias, Reader Supported News: “At least 57 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that turned into a deadly insurrection, according to an updated HuffPost tally.  Almost all of them are resisting calls to resign.” Ma Joad’s final lines from The Grapes …

Opportunity amid crisis: Invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations, enriching our movement ecosystem and augmenting our work for the multi-year struggles ahead

Crisis presents movement opportunities of which we cannot yet conceive—but we can build the scaffolding, skills, and people who are able to vision, throw down and support in these times of crisis. May we strengthen the old and build the new. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BROADER MOVEMENT By Jeff Ordower, Organizing Upgrade, February 25, 2021 | ORGANIZE! Organizers can draw so much …

Our fragile democracy, minimum wage fight, justice system and more

Feb 2021 With Trump’s Acquittal, The Fragility Of America’s Democracy Is Even More Clear (FiveThirtyEight) — “Even if Trump himself doesn’t seek the presidency again, aspiring Republican politicians know now that the party’s base and elected officials will tolerate a lot of anti-democratic behavior. So, both Trump and Trump-style politics remain major threats to American democracy and potentially the future …

Thousands Of Judges Who Broke Laws Or Oaths Remained On The Bench and Have Been Emboldened by Impunity

Thousands Of Judges Who Broke Laws Or Oaths Remained On The Bench (Reuters) — “Judges across America who were allowed to keep positions of extraordinary power and prestige after violating judicial ethics rules or breaking laws they pledged to uphold, a Reuters investigation found…Judges have made racist statements, lied to state officials and forced defendants to languish in jail without …

Why Elijah McClain should never have been stopped, never have been grabbed by a cop — 10 seconds after the encounter began — in which McClain seemed to do nothing more than walk away from cops who had no reason to suspect he had committed or was going to commit a crime. Why he should never have been frisked. Why he should never have been put in a carotid choke hold.

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA. Elijah-McClain The newly released 157-page report into the death of Elijah McClain begins with …