Pseudo issues and real discourse; e.g. longer work hours lead to more deaths

Excerpt from Hamilton Nolan, In These Times, June 2021 There is much hand-wringing today over the idea that misinformation and conspiracy theories and omnipresent propaganda have created a situation in which Americans don’t seem to have a single set of mutually agreed upon facts. That is true. But it does not capture an even more elementary flaw in what we are doing. We …

Social justice and climate change are tied together: the areas of deepest poverty and under the darkest shadow of death are the ones where dispossession was the most far-reaching

…That’s in part because of what type of land marginalized people can live on. According to Savi Horne, executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), the land that farmers of color were, and still are, able to afford is often land within the floodplains of river systems and marshes. As hurricanes reach further inland with greater intensity, the …

Long Working Hours Led To 745,000 Deaths Worldwide In 2016: WHO finds long hours lead to deaths from heart attacks and strokes

As ownership of the digital economy is concentrated into the hands of the very few, we see a small handful of the wealthy get obscenely rich, while an increasingly subcontracted and casualized workforce must accept precarity and the threat of unemployment as the ‘inevitable’ impacts of automation. May 26, 2021 | EDUCATE! As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – …

Total wealth owned by American billionaires grew over half in a year. What if the US had a maximum wage or ratio to the lowest paid workers at a firm? Inequality news May-June 2021

May-June 2021 Inequality.org, In 2019, the ratio of CEO-to-typical-worker compensation stood at 320-to-1, with CEO compensation ballooning 940% since 1978.  Now a study released last month by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies found that the total wealth owned by American billionaires grew 55% over the preceding 13 months. Their total wealth increased by $1.3 trillion during the first 11 months of the pandemic, according …

Employee ownership funds, centers, certification, directory

Worker Buy-Outs: As the German model of industry-wide collective bargaining comes under pressure, unions are now being forced to look for other means of protecting jobs. Read how employee ownership, though not a one-size-fits-all solution, could help revitalize the labor movement in Germany. Don’t Start Just Any Kind of Business; Start a Worker Co-op End Capitalism Worker-Owned Cooperatives Are Creating …

Proposal to Electrify Bus and Rail: Elizabeth Warren and AOC Lay Down Climate Challenge to Biden

Their bill aims to electrify bus and rail infrastructure, with the aim of reaching net-zero U.S. carbon emissions by 2050. By Jarrell Dillard and Leslie Kaufman March 18, 2021 Progressives in the House and Senate plan to set down a marker Thursday for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plans, introducing a $500 billion proposal to shift U.S. transportation away from fossil fuels. Senator Elizabeth Warren and …

Black and Latinx metro area residents represent only 12% of people making the average annual wage or more, even though they are 25% of the population. And fewer than half of Black Coloradans and 54% of Latinx own their homes, compared to ~75% of whites

Colorado Sun, February 2021 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Colorado as having the No. 1 economy in the nation and consistently ranks our cities among the top five places to live, with Boulder holding No. 1 and Denver No. 2 for the last two years. Even before the pandemic, not everyone has been able to access the economic and social opportunities we …

Opportunity amid crisis: Invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations, enriching our movement ecosystem and augmenting our work for the multi-year struggles ahead

Crisis presents movement opportunities of which we cannot yet conceive—but we can build the scaffolding, skills, and people who are able to vision, throw down and support in these times of crisis. May we strengthen the old and build the new. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BROADER MOVEMENT By Jeff Ordower, Organizing Upgrade, February 25, 2021 | ORGANIZE! Organizers can draw so much …

Our fragile democracy, minimum wage fight, justice system and more

Feb 2021 With Trump’s Acquittal, The Fragility Of America’s Democracy Is Even More Clear (FiveThirtyEight) — “Even if Trump himself doesn’t seek the presidency again, aspiring Republican politicians know now that the party’s base and elected officials will tolerate a lot of anti-democratic behavior. So, both Trump and Trump-style politics remain major threats to American democracy and potentially the future …