Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Direct Action Injustice

Over 60 People Have Driven Their Cars Into Protesters Since May By Ray Levy-Uyeda, Mic.com. At least 68 people have driven their cars into Black Lives Matter protesters since May 25. The incidents, most incited by civilians and some by police, represent an alarming trend in counter-protest violence against those marching in the streets. On foot, protesters are often defenseless against attacks …

Fighting injustice can trigger trauma — we need to learn how to process it and take healing action: When trauma is triggered, we lack the ability to take in new information, to be creative, consider different perspectives or think about long-term consequences.

When trauma is triggered, our neocortex ― the part of our brain that gives us the ability to reason, think through consequences, solve problems and take in and process new information ― becomes disengaged. We begin operating from the less evolved part of our brains: the limbic system (responsible for emotions) and the reptilian complex (responsible for survival instincts). When …

Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They’re Wrong: But their fear makes everyone less safe

By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Five Thirty Eight, Aug 3, 2020 Will you get robbed this year? How would you rate your chances? Over 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, the national Survey of Economic Expectations asked respondents to do just that. People estimated their risks for a whole host of bad-news life events — robbery, burglary, job loss and losing their …

Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money

By Jeff Madrick, NY Times, July 31, 2020 THE SYSTEMWho Rigged It, How We Fix ItBy Robert B. ReichBREAK ’EM UPRecovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big MoneyBy Zephyr Teachout One of the mysteries in politics for decades now has been why white working-class Americans began to vote Republican in large numbers in the 1960s and 1970s. After …

The Violence of Racial Capitalism Hurts Us All

In LA Progressive, July 2020, by Pam Spritzer, excerpt In addition to physical force, Dictionary.com defines violence as “an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws.” When black people carry “Stop killing us” signs, Kelley recently explained, they are demanding an end not only to police violence, but also “the violence of poverty, the violence of a health …

With BREATHE Act, Movement for Black Lives Seeks Sweeping Legislative Changes

With the BREATHE Act, Cullors said she is hopeful the bill will gain support and build upon the change the movement has produced since it first began seven years ago. “We are calling for the federal government to be creative in identifying new approaches to dealing with harm and violence in our communities as well as developing investments into building …

To make companies moral, make the employees the owners

01-11-19 Fast Company WORLD CHANGING IDEAS by Marjorie Kelly: To make companies moral, make the employees the owners: Having stockholders can offer confusing incentives for business owners with a mission–but not if those stockholders are employees who believe in the mission, too. In the minds of many entrepreneurs, taking a company public, with shares trading on a public stock exchange, …