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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 …

Good transit allows you to travel when you want and live a freer life

Oct 2017, MobilityLab “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Public Transportation” Not every transit agency can be a superstar communicator like LA Metro. (For the latest evidence of that, don’t miss the system’s new ads that embrace the weird and use a topic as vanilla as “good manners on the train and bus” as a launching pad for reaching a goal of actually getting …

How Does It Feel? The annual increase in GHG forcing is increasing, not decreasing, notes James Hansen. Who are the real criminals?

By James Hansen | 04 October 2017 Columbia University Blog  On a long trip from Helsinki to Cavalier, North Dakota.  As Yogi supposedly said, “you can’t get there from here.”  It’s not so far on a great circle route.  But there are no such flights. How does it feel to be on the way to the trial of a really brave conscientious objector?  Civil disobedience …

Electricity alone powers one quarter of U.S. homes

By Ingrid Lobet | September 26, 2017  Recently we reported that for climate reasons, some environmental groups are starting to advocate for all-electric homes. Those are homes in which all the appliances including heaters, hot water heaters and stoves run on electricity, not natural gas.  Buildings are major consumers of energy, and energy can be clean or contribute significantly to climate change. When it is …

Paths to health and equity from 94% temporary jobs, and nearly half of workforce in jobs paying less than $15 an hour, including 53% of black workers and 60% of Latino workers

By Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams, Sept 2017 As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Equity: “Inequality effectively disenfranchises us, diminishing what our vote at the ballot box means relative to the influence of money drowning out our voice in the public square.” “After decades of stagnant wages, most low-income workers are now struggling to get by …

How can we take control of the resources we need to survive?

By Anna Coote, New Economics Foundation Should resources essential for human survival be placed in the control of the people who need them? What would this mean in practice – and how could it be achieved? At the New Economics Foundation we are opening up a broad debate about the control of ‘the commons’ – the resources we rely upon …

The history of “court costs” and legitimizing ongoing slavery

Extra Newsfeed, Sep 2017 In the post-Civil War South, a system came up when plantations, factories, or mines needed workers. It was based on that clever little exception in the 13th Amendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place …

Millvale’s success came from demanding equal footing with new stakeholders. Resolving the imbalances embedded into the fossil fuel system is paramount to a genuine transition. There are no easy solutions, neither energy nor home ownership have ever been equitable in this country. But, a neighborhood under transition should educate and encourage neighborhood education, demand communities well as commercial investment, and …

Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities

By Victoria A. Beard, Anjali Mahendra and Michael Westphal – October 2016 Cities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas: Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia Urbanization is now happening in more low-income countries than in …