Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …

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 …

Direct attention toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics: Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit

Excerpt from Sept 2020 NYT article. This shifts the basic “us versus them” story — the staple of most political messaging — away from “whites versus people of color” to “us all against the powerful elites pushing division.” Here’s what this looks like: We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, …

Barbara Freese on Industrial Strength Denial

By Editor in https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/barbara-freese-on-industrial-strength-denial/ September 9th, 2020 Faced with proof that they are engaged in mass crime and violence, corporations have a long history of denying evidence, blaming victims, complaining of witch hunts, attacking their critics’ motives, and otherwise rationalizing their harmful activities.  Denial campaigns have let corporations continue dangerous practices that cause widespread suffering, death, and environmental destruction.  Barbara Freese, …

Neighborhoods and groups that were most exposed to fine particle pollution 40 years ago – lower-income and minority communities – are still exposed to higher air pollution levels and more death: Relative disparities have worsened for poorer and Hispanic communities

Disparities in PM2.5 air pollution in the United States, by Jonathan Colmer1,*, Ian Hardman2, Jay Shimshack3, John Voorheis4 Science  31 Jul 2020: Vol. 369, Issue 6503, pp. 575-578 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz9353 Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic …

74 million people of color, or 57%, live in counties with at least one failing grade for ozone and/or particle pollution, compared with 38% of whites

By Mustafa Ali, August 2020 Studies show that Hispanics, Asians, American Indians/Alaska Natives and especially African Americans experience higher risks of harm (including premature death) from air pollution. Approximately 74 million people of color, or 57%, live in counties with at least one failing grade for ozone and/or particle pollution, compared with 38% of whites. Let’s be clear: we got here …

Study Links Fracking, Flaring to 50 percent More Preterm Births: Before 37 weeks of gestation, such incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death

NYTimes, July 23, 2020, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP6394 Pregnant women who lived near areas where flaring is common had 50 percent greater odds of giving birth prematurely than those who did not. These births occurred before 37 weeks of gestation, when incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death. Expectant mothers who lived near flaring sites had higher odds of …

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies. Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

Guidelines for Being Strong White AlliesAdapted from Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice by Paul Kivel Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies “Respect us”“Listen to us”“Find out about us”“Don’t make assumptions”“Don’t take over”“Stand by my side”“Provide information”“Don’t assume you know what’s best for me”“Resources”“Money”“Take risks”“Make mistakes”“Don’t take it personally”“Honesty”“Understanding”“Talk to other white people”“Teach your children about racism”“Interrupt …

Democrats want to invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Internet Connectivity Office. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects – fiber level service

House Democrats recently passed an infrastructure bill that would invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects, a speed stipulation that can only be met with high-speed fiber optics, says Ernesto Omar Falcon, a senior legal …

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 …