The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash: we don’t want to bailout to well-off equity holders

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one? March 20, 2020, in The Conversation, Ken-Hou Lin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin and Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession – the first we’ve …

The Struggle to Keep Justice Central within Extinction Rebellion US

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. March 9, 2020 | PODCAST The Extinction Rebellion is a nonviolent direct action campaign that started in the United Kingdom in the Fall of 2018 to push governments to declare a climate crisis and to take action to rapidly cut net carbon emissions. It quickly spread to more than 50 countries including the …

Racism on the rise on college campuses 25% from 2015-16

By Kyla L. Wright, Essence.comFebruary 24, 2020 | EDUCATE! In 2018, the FBI reported that hate crimes on college campuses have risen 25 percent from 2015-16 and risen 17 percent from 2016-17. An additional 27.6 percent of the crimes dealt with intimidation tactics. Effecting the mental health of students of color on campuses, many of them have stated they have shifted their focus from their education …

Slavery Was Defeated Through Mass Politics: Democratic revolution through the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself

What accounted for this astonishing change? Not just the sagacity of Republican statesmen, or the audacity of abolitionist activists, but the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself. BY MATT KARP, Catalyst The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn’t a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

44 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $16 per hour, not counting students living in dormitories, graduate students, as well as other sections of the workforce

This stage of capitalism has come to be known by many as neoliberalism . Under neoliberalism, the banks and monopolies rule. Neoliberalism is thus the most sophisticated yet most crisis-ridden form of imperialism to date. Automation and technological development have fueled corporate mergers and rendered large sections of the working class obsolete. Capitalists have frozen wages, plundered the public sector, and placed …

Transforming Justice through Popular Control of Police

Dec 7, <https://popularresistance.org/community-control-of-police/> Cities are spending large shares of their budgets on police at the expense of social services, health care, infrastructure, and other needs. Oakland spent 41 percent of the city’s general fund on policing in 2017. Chicago spent nearly 39 percent, Minneapolis, almost 36 percent, and Houston 35 percent. A recent study documents how a living wage, access to holistic health services and treatment, …

How Reparations to Descendants of Slavery Can Heal a Nation

To truly understand the debt this country owes to Black people is to be liberated from the bondage of miseducation that we’ve remained shackled to in the so-called land of the free. Zenobia Jeffries Warfield posted Nov 13, 2019, Yes Magazine On a spring day, I stood at the corner of Madison and Pennsylvania avenues in the nation’s capital, transfixed on …

Meet the farmers putting politics aside to share insights and make progress

Lynn Freehill-Maye posted Nov 21, 2019 in Yes! Magazine “PFI, in my view, is the best example in this country right now of the blending of science and local wisdom,” Laura Lengnick says. She’s a North Carolina-based resilient-agriculture researcher who travels the country talking to groups like these. Organizations like Practical Farms of Iowa remain rare, Lengnick says. The group has …