What is Distributism (Distributionism or Distributivism)?

Distributism (also known as distributionism[1] or distributivism[2]) is an economic ideology that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.[3] According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right[4] and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible rather than being centralized under the control of the …

Steps toward healing colonialism

In his book, In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the notable Pawnee attorney, Walter Echo-Hawk, explains how all Americans—Natives and non-Natives—are injured by our history of injustice and its legacy. For healing to free us from these wounds, we all need to participate …

When Affirmative Action Was White: Who really got hand-outs

By IRA KATZNELSON in the New York Times, 12 Aug 2017  Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee 20 years ago that affirmative action irritated people (he meant white people) because it could cause them to lose opportunities “simply because of their race.” This sense of grievance lies behind the Justice Department’s recent memo seeking lawyers to investigate “race-based discrimination” in …

This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

What It’s Like to Be Black in the Criminal Justice System

These eight charts suggest there are racial disparities at every phase of the justice system. By Andrew Kahn and Chris Kirk 2015 In the year since Michael Brown was killed, Americans have focused their attention on the harsh treatment of black Americans at the hands of police. A shocking number have been killed in encounters with police, in the year since Ferguson and in the …

US had similar or lower overall rates of violent and property crime as Canada or Western Europe, but 3-5x more in prison

Unsafe Space on Medium.com …While the US murder rate is indeed about 4 times higher than the UK, it’s still relatively rare. Gallup polls and the UN’s International Crime Victims Study found the US had similar or lower overall rates of violent and property crime as Canada or Western Europe. Despite this, the US’s prison population is three to five times higher. Drug use is higher in the US, …

‘Shit Is Hitting the Fan,’ Climate Scientists Warn

By Andrea Germano The “shit is hitting is the fan,” said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering “this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem.” Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there “is no time to delay” on climate change efforts and argues that they must go beyond just slashing emissions of CO2—”the dominant …

Sanders Introduces Bill Aimed at Ending ‘Tragic’ Youth Unemployment Crisis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 “Today, we spend some $80 billion a year to lock up our fellow Americans instead of investing in our young people, and in jobs and education for them,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Mic op-ed published on Tuesday. (Photo: John Pemble/cc/flickr) “The time is long overdue for us to start …

A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?  Humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights

David Korten posted Jul 07, 2017 It was a stunning breakthrough in a rights issue that could be a crucial step toward ensuring a human future. In March, New Zealand passed theTe Awa Tupua Bill making New Zealand’s Whanganui River the first river in the world to hold the same legal rights, responsibilities, and liabilities as a human person. For the Maori people, it …