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 …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

Will Cars Rule the Roads in Post-Pandemic New York?

Newly emboldened, many New Yorkers want to repurpose streets for walking, biking, dining and schools, even as traffic returns. By Winnie Hu and Nate Schweber, NYTimes.com Aug. 10, 2020 When New York went into lockdown five months ago to contain the virus, traffic virtually disappeared, and the mostly deserted streets suddenly became a vast trove of open space in one of the world’s most …

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, …

Valuing Public Transportation

Public transit is critical for efficient and equitable transportation. It is currently under threat due to fears of COVID-19 contagion. Now, more than ever, planners must communicate transit benefits and respond to inaccurate criticisms. Todd Litman, Planetizen | June 12, 2020 DargaseaWikimedia Commons Public transportation plays unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transportation system. It provides affordable mobility for …

Take back the streets: With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists

By Justin Gillis and Heather Thompson, NY Times. Ms. Thompson is a transportation planner. June 20, 2020 Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great …

48% of frontline workers remain ineligible for sick pay + 43 million Americans just lost their employee sponsored health insurance (adding to the 80 million already uninsured or underinsured?)

Excerpt from Chris Hedges, June 2020 Forty-eight percent of front line workers remain ineligible for sick pay, and some 43 million Americans have just lost their employee-sponsored health insurance. Food banks are already overrun with tens of thousands of desperate families. And in the midst of this crisis, what did our kleptocratic rulers do? They looted $4 trillion on a …

Prison without Punishment: Human Dignity is Inviolable

December 20, 2018 Out From the Holocaust Germany reckoned with its past to build a better justice system. America should too. By AMY L. SOLOMON It’s the overall culture that feels most foreign. Relationships with staff are respectful and collegial, not adversarial. People who are incarcerated are seen and treated as people—not inmates, convicts, or “other.” The underpinnings of the German prison …

These Colorado Cities Are Closing Streets This Summer To Help People Stay Socially Distant

By Nathaniel Minor May 28, 2020, Colorado Public Radio At least a dozen Colorado cities are making plans — or thinking about making plans — to temporarily close streets to give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers.  That supports the state’s new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. Some …