“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

Economic response to COVID exacerbating inequality: 37% of black families and 33% of Latino families have zero or negative wealth, compared to just 15.5% of white families. Black American homeownership rate is 44%, compared to 70% for whites

Dominic Rushe in New York for The Guardian, 19 Jun 2020 Racial wealth inequality increased by more than $40,000 from 1983 to 2016, according to a previous IPS report, Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide. “In 1983, white median wealth was $110,160, while black wealth was $7,323, and Latino wealth was $4,289. By 2016, white median wealth had increased by …

Encourage a deep structural transition to an economy that better values the work we know is essential to sustaining us: The Road to Economic Recovery should not be across women’s backs

April 2020 The road to economic recovery should not be across women’s backs. COVID-19, and the measures being implemented to contain it, are deeply affecting our social and economic relationships here in Hawaiʻi and beyond. This new landscape is forcing us to reconsider many aspects of our lives and economy, including our economic future. The COVID- 19 response and recovery …

Black Lives and the Green New Deal

June 11, 2020 by Common Dreams by Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability The Green New Deal is a vehicle for building the broad movement for structural change necessary to truly make Black lives matter. Racial inequality is part of the broader picture of inequality in America. The richest four hundred Americans own more of the country’s wealth than the …

Sierra Club Letter on COVID Recovery and a Green New Deal – April 2020

April 27, 2020 to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Kathy Castor, Chair, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, plus Peter DeFazio, Chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Raúl Grijalva, Chair, Committee on Natural Resources; Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Nita Lowey, Chair, Committee on Appropriations; Richard Neal, Chair, Committee on Ways and Means; …

Sizable racial divide in economic impact of the pandemic shutdown

June 2020. California research has found a sizable racial divide in the economic impact of the pandemic shutdown. Asked if anyone in their household had lost wages during the stay-at-home period, 60% of black participants and 66% of those who are Latino said yes. By comparison, only 39% of those who are white had lost wages. Just under one-quarter of …

It’s Time For a Black New Deal

Also see People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework,  Movement for Black Lives Policies and Platform – Here for all People of Color Also see Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform and Call for Reparations- adapted for all People of Color https://docs.google.com/document/d/13EFbp0qBT-ifSm0mkQqLIMYQ39-va5sQ/edit CHRIS WINTERS, Yes Magazine, June 8, 2020 Circa 1941 photograph by Barbara Wright. National Youth …

Big companies traded on the stock market took two-thirds of the money meant to bail out small businesses. Also 1 in 4 U.S. households are now underbanked or unbanked. We need a public option for basic banking services

It’s Time To Fix The Rusty Pipes Of Our Inequitable Financial System. The COVID-19 pandemic response has shown that the very foundations of our economy are shaky, fragile, and — for some of us — downright dangerous. We’re once again watching working people, especially working people of color, bear the brunt of the fallout. Meanwhile, big companies traded on the …