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 …

DOJ: In 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist but new legislation focuses on nonviolent civil resistance and property

The Department of Justice reported, in 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist. Immediate action is needed to address this crisis and tragedies like the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas. So I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul—the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional …

Half of Sanders supporters are people of color

The Guardian, excerpt, Aug 31, 2019 A survey by the Pew Research Center this month found that about seven in 10 of Warren’s supporters are white, compared to about half of Sanders’ backers. Warren’s supporters are substantially more likely to have a college degree compared with supporters of Biden and Sanders. John Zogby, a pollster and author, said: “Because of …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …

We have had an economic system, a housing system, a school system, a credit system, that has specifically excluded black populations through housing, through student loans, through credit, through businesses, from the wealth accumulation of whites

And whiteness has been defined differently throughout time. And so we can go through the history of whiteness, but all of it has been built on an anti-blackness. So we have to talk about the racial wealth gap if we’re going to talk about housing, or schools, or anything like that. You can’t understand why we have the gaps that …

The immense mobility needs in black and brown neighborhoods are the result of systematic, significant and sustained disinvestment. Here’s what the mayor can do to reverse the damage.

August 14, 2019, Scooters in an unjust city: There’s a war in our streets, and we don’t even know it, Equiticity, PRINT Olatunji Oboi Reed “Man, what the fuck is y’all in the streets for, man? Don’t y’all know it’s a fucking war going on, man? Get the fuck in the truck, man.”  —Snoop, “The Wire,” Season 03, Episode 10  Congratulations, Mayor Lori Lightfoot: …

Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen”: to defeat fascism we must dismantle capitalism

By Christian Fuchs, Truthdig.com August 24, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “The Terror of the Unforeseen” A book by Henry A. Giroux Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen” analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump’s rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds …

What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.

By Kevin M. Kruse, NYTimes, Aug 14, 2019 Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Drivers there average two hours each week mired in gridlock, hung up at countless spots, from the constantly clogged Georgia 400 to a complicated cluster of overpasses at Tom Moreland Interchange, better known as “Spaghetti Junction.” The Downtown Connector — a 12-to-14-lane …

1619: Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in Virginia. Enslaved labor created the backbone for America’s capitalistic economy

Although slavery officially ended in 1865, the unequal treatment of African Americans continued through Jim Crow, red lining, and mass incarceration, among many public policies. Our country’s historic racial wealth disparities continue to be perpetuated and increased by the trend towards extreme inequality in the United States. To further paint a dire picture, a report released earlier this year by the Institute …

Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs

While other cities are jailing drug users, Seattle has found another way. The war on drugs has been one of America’s most grievous mistakes, resulting in as many citizens with arrest records as with college diplomas. At last count, an American was arrested for drug possession every 25 seconds, yet the mass incarceration this leads to has not turned the tide on narcotics. …