New York City Council passes bill to address algorithmic discrimination

Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin Smart Cities Dive, 20 Dec 2017 Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill designed to tackle “algorithmic inequity” in city government and address if tech systems appear to discriminate against people based on a variety of statuses including age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. The bill now awaits a signature from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The bill summary …

Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression

Dec 2017, By Michael Hobbes Today, they’re almost all indirect hires, employees of random, anonymous contracting companies: Laundry Inc., Rent-A-Guard Inc., Watery Margarita Inc. In 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated that 40 percent of American workers were employed under some sort of “contingent” arrangement like this—from barbers to midwives to nuclear waste inspectors to symphony cellists. Since the downturn, …

Black Labor Convening on Just Transition

Black Labor Convening on Just Transition, held, December 11-12, 2017, Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle, 4620 South Miami Blvd., Durham, North Carolina, 27703, USA African American communities, including workers, are most likely to be exposed to the pollution from fossil fuel based energy production through coal plants, oil and gas refineries, as well as pollution from energy production through nuclear facilities and waste incinerators. …

Median wealth of world’s adults down by 30% since 2007 as “chains of poverty being wrapped around more and more human beings”

Extreme Poverty Has INCREASED, in Terms of Wealth  According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016, the median wealth of the world’s adults is $2,222, down from $3,248 at the end of 2007. While the rich people of the world have taken more than their share of the $35 trillion wealth gain since the recession, the world median has dropped by over $1,000!  …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. Ginger Jentzen inspires in Ward 3

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn received the most delegate votes of every competitor, including the city’s incumbent mayor, at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Endorsing Convention in July. (Tony Webster / Flickr / Creative Commons) Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. BY VALERIE VANDE PANNE, In These Times, 4 Nov 2017 “I don’t believe …

Interview with Sarah Jaffe and highlights from her book, Necessary Trouble

Sarah Jaffe, a labor reporter who has spent the past several years following the diverse grass-roots movements that rose from the ashes of the 2008 recession, gives us one answer to this question in “Necessary Trouble.” Over 300 tightly written pages, Jaffe chronicles how newly energized people across the country and across the political spectrum have responded to the growing …

Do you know about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)?

Federal Court Dismisses RICO and Defamation Lawsuit Against Greenpeace. “These cases don’t seek justice,” says Greenpeace USA’s general counsel. “They intend to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation.” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 17 Oct 2017 Greenpeace displayed tweets and images on a truck-mounted screen near the Augusta Convention Center in Georgia, where Resolute Forest Products held its annual …