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 …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

There is a deep well of people in this country who are sure the system is not working for them, and we seem to be only coming around to recognizing how deep it goes.

‘The cultural elite are inexcusably unaware of the challenges and perspectives of many others in this country.’ Many Americans don’t like either party all that much or hold closely corresponding issue preferences. Instead, many Americans see politics as a battle between “the corrupt elite” and “the good people.” Trump took advantage of such views, presenting himself as an outsider taking …

Even amidst the pandemic, economic crisis, and Trump’s daily tirades, climate remained a top-tier issue for voters. And large numbers of Republicans also said they were concerned about the crisis. Fox News exit poll on election night found 70 percent of voters support increased government spending on green and renewable energy.

And a higher percentage with these views may have voted by mail! Also see https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/how-black-voters-key-cities-helped-deliver-election-joe-biden-n1246980 By Jamie Henn With Donald Trump defeated and Joe Biden declared president-elect, the climate movement is already engaged in a fierce discussion about how to move policy forward in the Biden era, especially if Mitch McConnell manages to maintain his control of the Senate. But the …

The Race-Class Narrative Project

The goal of Demos’ Race-Class Narrative (RCN) project is to develop an empirically-tested narrative on race and class that resonates with all working people and offers an alternative to—and neutralizes the use of—dog-whistle racism. https://www.demos.org/campaign/race-class-narrative-project Watch Race-Class Narratives In Action Race-Class Resources: State & National Findings Bring the Race-Class Narrative into the Field The RCN Team ISSUES ECONOMIC JUSTICERACIAL WEALTH …

A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year.

Many Latino voters in Nevada are worried about climate change. By Molly Matthews Multedo | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 In Nevada, about 20% of voters are Latino, and a growing number are deeply concerned about climate change. A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year. “We look at it …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …