Segregation in America

From the Equal Justice Initiative Racial segregation had a long and enduring history in America, supported by courts, laws, and elected officials. The pervasive effects of that legacy are still felt today. REPORT Segregation in America re-examines the civil rights era by focusing on the people and powers that opposed racial equality, to better understand the challenges of that era …

Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’

By Carole Cadwalladr in The Observer, UK, Sun 15 Jul 2018 02.00 EDT With the publication of an interim report on her investigation into the Brexit referendum, the information commissioner has issued a strong statement of intent against the tech giants  Elizabeth Denham: ‘We still rely on journalists, on civil society, on whistleblowers bringing evidence forward, but as a regulator we need to act on it.’ …

I Know What Incarceration Does to Families. It Happened to Mine.

By Michiko Kakutani is the author of the forthcoming book “The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump.” July 13, 2018  ImageCreditIllustration by Mike McQuade; Photographs by Dorothea Lange/War Relocation Authority and Joe Raedle/Getty Images They were described as vermin who were infesting America. They were deemed a national security threat to the United States, rounded up and sent …

After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits the Poor for Profit: “Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top.”

Monday, July 02, 2018 by Common Dreams by Jake Johnson, staff writer Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises during the Politico Playbook Lunch at The Hamilton May 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) After a lengthy government career defined by his central role in bailing out predatory Wall Street banks as former President Barack Obama’s Treasury …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

Digital nomadism

Marx and Engels said that the bourgeoisie could not exist “without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society;” Tony Blair told us that the world of globalisation has “no custom or practice”, and gives rewards only to those “swift to adapt, slow to complain, open, willing and able to …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …

Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity

Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need for mercy helps give us the compassion needed for restorative justice. He is a …

40 percent of American college students go to community colleges. And among the poorest 40 percent of Americans, only 12 percent of young people born in the 1980s earned a bachelor’s degree by age 25

A college degree is not optional for most good jobs in today’s economy, so more and more students from low-income backgrounds are pursuing higher education, and they are most likely to end up at community colleges. Despite President Trump’s recent comments that “We do not know what a ‘community college’ means,” these institutions comprise more than 40 percent of the country’s undergraduate …