The Case for Reparations Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and …

Local Clean Energy Alliance and Energy Democracy Resources

Publications of the Local Clean Energy Alliance Community Choice Energy: Democratizing Municipal-Scale Power A paper that highlights the strategy of the Local Clean Energy Alliance for empowering communities and democratizing energy through Community Choice energy programs; February 2017 Toward a Climate Justice Energy Platform: Democratizing Our Energy Future Lays out a vision, political framework, strategies, and principles of democratized energy …

Pitfalls of White Allyship

Some notes from Regan Byrd’s White Anti-Racist Allyship training on the pitfalls of white allyship are below. Robin Byrd offers more trainings (which can be found on Facebook) that might be of interest to you. Also, because you are getting this info for free, if you feel so inclined you can always give a donation of gratitude to her via paypal …

Writing the GND with marginalized voices

By Aaron Ross Coleman, The Nation, March 14, 2019 Reparations have long seemed a politically impossible dream, but the climate crisis may be changing that. As the planet’s weather has shifted radically in recent years, so has the conversation about paying compensation to black America for centuries of economic injustice. Back in 2003, Chappelle’s Show was lampooning the idea of reparations with a skit …

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity To Operationalize Equity

Julie Nelson, Director, Government Alliance On Race And Equity And Lisa Brooks, University Of Washington School Of Social Work For Government Alliance On Race & Equity 12/01/16, https://climateadvocacylab.org/system/files/GARE-Racial_Equity_Toolkit.pdf Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity …

Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’

The author of Winners Take All assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’ by Christopher Petrella, The Guardian, Feb 28, 2019, Excerpt… Socialist Cedric Robinson’s idea of racial capitalism as “ruling-class dance moves”… On the commonsense language we unwittingly or reflexively employ with respect …

How “movement capture” shaped the fight for civil rights” A new paper on the NAACP and its funders has lessons for philanthropy and activism

Movement Capture, by Kelsey Piper  Feb 28, 2019 Christina Animashaun/Vox SHARE Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. Social movements usually start out on the fringe, without a lot of resources, credibility, or public support. When they get more of any of those, that’s a good thing … right? Well, yes … and no. When a …

Living in a Bubble: A significant minority of Americans seldom or never meet people from another race, and they prize sameness, not difference

Roughly one out of five survey respondents reported that they seldom or never encounter people who don’t share their religion, and a similar proportion said the same for race. Certain subgroups were more cloistered than others: 21 percent of Republicans said they seldom or never interact with people who don’t share their race, versus 13 percent of Democrats. Similarly, more …

95% of all US philanthropy dollars go to white-led organizations, and 70 to 80% of these are led by men.

Why The Solutions Project Is Funding Renewable Energy Innovation with Women and People of Color, by Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, Feb 23 2019 How the media covers issues like renewable energy, climate justice, and energy equity matters. It really does. The media influences how people think and what they aspire to achieve. Media coverage of climate change issues and renewable energy innovations is important, …