Predictable and Possible

By Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Policy Lead with the Poor People’s Campaign Kairos Center monthly Policy Briefings highlight analysis informed by the 140 million people who are poor and dispossessed in this country, and their struggles against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. They will also challenge the false narratives that uphold unjust economic …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’: Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

June 06, 2020 by Common Dreams, by Jake Johnson, staff writer “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on …

Movement for Black Lives List of Policy Demands and Democracy and Justice in Action

By Rossanna Mercedes, Medium.June 5, 2020 | CREATE! I was so excited last year when, on August 1st, The Movement for Black Lives released a robust policy agenda titled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice — and included a bold solution for more community control through participatory budgeting? Contained in the policy agenda are some things we want …

From Carbon Calculators to Energy System Analysis in Cities

Energies 2019, 12(12), 2307; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12122307 by David Drysdale 1,* Brian Vad Mathiesen 1 and Henrik Lund 2 1Department of Planning, Aalborg University, A C Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark2Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.Received: 30 April 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 17 June 2019Download PDF Browse Figures Abstract: Energy systems in cities need to be …

Montana Gov-appointed Council Makes Recommendations for State to Address Climate Change

By Associated Press, Feb. 11, 2020 HELENA, MONT. (AP) — A council appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has released a list of draft recommendations for the state to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gases and take advantage of new technology and innovations that will come from the effort. The public has until March 31 to comment on the proposals announced Tuesday by the …

Our Climate as an Infrastructure Asset

January 16, 2020  |  By RMI Oriana Tannenbaum and Rushad Nanavatty Our climate is getting plenty of attention, but we don’t often view it as infrastructure. We should. The global climate comprises an essential and massive part of the natural systems that form the foundation for our world and our society. Our economy is built on assumptions about climate stability. Our real …

In Portland, “20-Minute Living” is the Norm

By Allison Arieff, BuildABetterBurb.org Equitable Places, Mixed-Use Development, Transit-Oriented Development Can I get a cup of coffee nearby? Can I get to work by public transit? How close is the dog park? The playground? There’s a great firm based in Portland, Oregon called Gerding Edlen that has developed a brilliant idea for urban development called “20-Minute Living.” Imagine, they explain, …

Supporting an accurate value of solar

John Farrell, ILSR, Nov 2019, excerpt Minnesota’s value of solar policy had the benefit of development on the heels of successful value of solar policies in other jurisdictions, primarily Austin, Tex. The included components were written specifically into the enabling legislation based on the advice of experts from municipal utility Austin Energy, Clean Power Research, and clean energy economists. The …

Al Gore: We can do it, but we need significant policy change and new people in office

Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and …