Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

Why Elijah McClain should never have been stopped, never have been grabbed by a cop — 10 seconds after the encounter began — in which McClain seemed to do nothing more than walk away from cops who had no reason to suspect he had committed or was going to commit a crime. Why he should never have been frisked. Why he should never have been put in a carotid choke hold.

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA. Elijah-McClain The newly released 157-page report into the death of Elijah McClain begins with …

Closing the Loop: adrienne maree brown on Harm and Accountability

PHOTO BY ANJALI PINTO The author and activist talks to YES! about how to take care of ourselves and our communities, and what that means for movement sustainability. Why you can trust us ByYES! EDITORS  Feb 10, 2021 “Isee the world as a miraculous mess,” adrienne maree brown told YES! in 2018. Fast forward to 2021, and the world feels more mess than miraculous. In …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …

What Would Providing Every City with High-Quality, Zero-Emissions Public Transportation Look Like? Also first USDOT Ped Safety Plan

A major investment in transit would be pricey but would drastically improve access and quality. Improving transit quality in every urban area to, at minimum, conditions in the Dallas region would cost an additional $2.2 billion annually. This would be a 4.5 percent increase nationally in operating budgets but would expand per capita transit service by 30.3 percent for the …

America’s hollow middle class. Life as in the Simpson’s is no longer attainable. Plus, the super rich and how to tax them and what we’ve learned during Trump.

The cost of living has risen, wages have not, and debt just keeps on accumulating. By Anne Helen Petersen  Dec 15, 2020, Vox Delia did everything right. She went to college, she got a teaching degree, she found a reliable job, and she got married. She and her husband had two kids. “We followed the traditional path to middle class and economic security,” …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Black Lives Matter and Gulf South for a GND

The Climate Movement’s Reckoning with Black Lives Matter: For far too long, the climate movement has ignored the needs of the people most impacted by the climate crisis. That’s changing. CAMILLE WILLIAMS NOVEMBER 24, 2020, In These Times BROOK­LYN, N.Y. — Envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice has nev­er been sep­a­rate from racial jus­tice, accord­ing to Eliz­a­beth Yeampierre, co-chair of the nation­al Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance and exec­u­tive direc­tor of …