What King Said About Northern Liberalism:  “The white moderate” was more of an obstacle than “the Ku Klux Klanner”

A more sobering reality is how hard and infrequent such courage was, how tenacious and how steadfast activists had to be and how much pressure people exerted against the movement, just how hard it was. ‘A More Beautiful And Terrible History,’ Fuel For The Fight Ahead, TRANSCRIPT from NPR.org February 4, 2018, heard on All Things Considered, by MICHEL MARTIN A More Beautiful and …

‘Change Is Coming!’ Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End ‘Starvation Wages,’ Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer “Every member of Congress should recognize the urgent need to raise the wage, and if they support a salary of only $15,080 per year, they should be forced to live on it.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined protesters at a Fight for $15 rally on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Getty) Denouncing the current …

How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor

In many parts of America, judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time. By Matthew Shaer, NYTimes.com, Jan. 8, 2019 On a muggy afternoon in October 2017, Jamie Tillman walked into the public library in Corinth, Miss., and slumped down at one of the computers on the ground floor. In recent years, Tillman, who is …

Blueprint for a fairer Europe: “manifesto for the democratisation of Europe” says EU institutions are stuck in “a technocratic impasse” that benefits the rich.

The Guardian, Dec 10, 2018.   The budget would be worth 4% of the EU’s GDP – four times the current budget. Funds would be raised from four sources: an extra 15% levy on corporate profits, tax increases on individuals earning more than €100,000, a wealth tax on personal fortunes above €1m, and a tax on carbon emissions. The money would …

Higher incarceration rates are not associated with lower violent crime rates: the US is spending heavily on jails and prisons while under-investing in less expensive, more effective ways to reduce and prevent crime

For the Record Evidence Brief Series Despite its widespread use, research shows that the effect of incarceration as a deterrent to crime is minimal at best, and has been diminishing for several years. Indeed, increased rates of incarceration have no demonstrated effect on violent crime and in some instances may increase crime. There are more effective ways to respond to …

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 …

Information Guides / Materials How To Implement Green Amendments At The Local Level

For more information please review the following For the Generations Documentation: The Green Amendment, Securing Our Rights to a Healthy Environment—The Book Demanding and Defending Your Rights to Clean Air, Clean Water, & a Healthy Environment How To Implement & Apply a Green Amendment Video: The Environmental Rights Amendment in the Pennsylvania Constitution Protections Offered with Trust Language in a …

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 …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …