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 …

When Anti-Immigration Meant Keeping Out Black Pioneers and Keeping Blacks from Voting in the Midwest

In the 1850s, Midwestern states used harsh laws to deny free African-Americans wealth and property. By Anna-Lisa Cox, a fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research. Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes.com William Brown managed to get across the river safely, finding work in a small rural Illinois community close to the state’s border with Indiana. He would have known …

Coalition pushes to end criminalization of marijuana and other drugs

By Kyle Jaeger, Link September 8, 2019 | CREATE! A coalition of more than 100 civil rights groups—including ACLU, NAACP, National Education Association and National Organization for Women—released a criminal justice reform platform for the 2020 elections on Thursday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and supports the “dismantling” of the criminalization of other drugs. As part of the document’s plank on ending …

Social factors in walkability: walking while black?

Connectivity is good for walkability, but social factors also matter Posted on September 3rd, 2019 in NewsTags: active transportation, bicycle, crime, pedestrians, safety By Saumya Jain Most efforts to increase bike and walk accessibility focus on physical access. But the built environment is not the full story. A new study finds that certain attributes of the social environment also greatly affect the perception of walkability, especially among people …