It’s time to consider an electricity customer Bill of Rights

Let the people choose their source and type of power. Let them buy more modern, greener electric services and help transform the grid. Let them choose among vibrant, competitive service offerings just as consumers enjoy in telecommunication, broadband, cable, transportation, and virtually every other formerly exclusive public utility service.  Allow electric power suppliers to compete, innovate, and develop services more responsive to …

9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

They’ve rarely protected pedestrians, and their enforcement is racially biased. Two street safety experts say there are better ways to curb traffic violence. Angie Schmitt and Charles T. Brown October 16, 2020 On Sept. 23, Kurt Andreas Reinhold, a 42-year-old Black man, was trying to cross a street in San Clemente, California, when two officers from a special “homeless outreach unit” stopped him. …

Breaking with the Defunct Idea of Development: Re-embedding the economy in people and the biosphere,

By Daniel McCurdy, Alliance for Global Justice. October 3, 2020 | CREATE! A longer version of this article was included in the book “The Revolution Won’t Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare” published by the AfGJ. Go to p. 123. One of the particularities of tourism in Nicaragua is its democratization. Since the Sandinista government won elections in 2006 and came to power …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

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 …