Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence after the Civil War, and True Justice now

Read the report by the Equal Justice Initiative, Oct 2020 EJI Releases New Report Documenting 2,000 More Lynchings of Black People by White Mobs Reconstruction in America shows how the promises of Emancipation were betrayed by racial violence and terrorism. EJI’s new report, Reconstruction in America, documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America …

Know Justice Know Peace Resolution approved in Denver Public Schools calls for consistency across the district in assessing and revising curriculum to create “transformational, humanizing, anti-racist and asset-based” lessons in every school subject

Colorado Sun, Oct 22, 2020 The Denver Public Schools Board, while sporting matching T-shirts, voted unanimously Thursday night to enact a historic resolution that weaves the narratives and knowledge of Black, indigenous, Latino and other communities of color into every part of the district’s curriculum. The Know Justice Know Peace Resolution, which was first announced in September, calls for consistency across …

Racist gangs in police departments exert ‘undue influence’

Brennan Center, by Michael German, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement,” Facebook, Twitter, Share. SUMMARY: The government’s response to known connections of law enforcement officers to violent racist and militant groups has been strikingly insufficient. August 27, 2020 – full report further down. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/hidden-plain-sight-racism-white-supremacy-and-far-right-militancy-law https://witnessla.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Marked-Draft-CJLP-Report-to-Stakeholders-re-Deputy-Gangs.pdf – 50 years of Deputy Gangs in LA County …

Racial inequality and voter suppression in action

“When Elizabeth Brownlie showed up at Chastain Park to cast her ballot at 10:45 a.m. Monday, the 32-year-old Atlanta resident expected to wait up to two hours to vote. But after an hour and a half of standing in line, Brownlie was still nowhere near the entrance to the polling place inside the park gym. With an appointment to get …

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea issues and efforts in Colorado

Some history of GSE from a journalist ( Cara DeGette) . Journalist view ( Michele Swenson) that ties it all together. Alternative to I-70: https://youtu.be/YzWyb6LsLrc Storm Water Drain & I-70: https://vimeo.com/169650756 (ties it together) EPA VB/I-70 Site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0801646 CDOT Settlement for GSE /I-70: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/settlement-reached-on-central-70-project Note that the lawyer for CDOT on this settlement is now at CDPHE  the health assessment is gearing up …

Public banking can help bridge the racial wealth gap in the post-pandemic recovery

By using public money to create local funds, public banks can reverse decades of racist disinvestment to repair Black and Brown communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 recession. By Ameya Pawar and  Harish I. Patel | July 7, 2020 (Chicago Tribune) Local and state governments are facing massive budget deficits after economically sensitive revenue streams tanked as a result of the extreme but necessary social …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

Leveraging the Health Care Benefits of Energy-Efficient Housing

https://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub124723.pdf The healthcare industry has the potential to be a strong ally in the effort to reduce the energy burdens of low-income households. Problems associated with high energy burdens often include adverse health effects. Insufficient heating and cooling systems and leaky homes can cause hypothermia and heat stress. Improper air filtration, cracked heat exchangers, and poor ventilation can exacerbate asthma …

Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …