What benefits can cities expect from fare-free transport?

Home / Governance 11th March 2020 Christopher Carey With Kansas City the latest to announce free transport for its residents, Christopher Carey examines the merits of such a policy and questions whether more cities should follow suit In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to …

19 Point National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination

NINETEEN POINTS Black Women. With this National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination, the entire black or African nation declares our commitment to facilitate the elevation of African women to full, equal partnership in our struggle to create a new world of freedom and socialist democracy for a united black community and a world shorn forever of bosses and workers and slaves …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

What to Say When People Say “It’s Impossible”: 10 smart conversation starters to address some standard defenses of the status quo.

By Andrea Brower Jun 14, 2013 in Yes Magazine Those committed to building a more just future must question the taken-for-granted “truths” that support the beliefs that capitalism is the only common-sense possibility and that there is no alternative. We can’t leave this task to the pages of peer-reviewed journals and classrooms of social theory—these conversations can start with family …

Communicating and building coalitions across partisan divides on class demands

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, June 25 2020 A SIGNIFICANT IDEOLOGICAL SPLIT within GOP politics is as clear and vitriolic as the one within the Democratic Party. And that growing division means that, along with vehement differences, there is ample agreement on specific, consequential issues between the factions that identify as the “populist left” and “populist right.” Often there is more agreement between them than either group finds with …

Envision the Future: Life and Health rather than Domination, Individualism and Exclusion, the DIE culture that has predominated under capitalist and colonial rule, have given way to traditional Hawaiian values of Oluolu (comfort, non-domination, compatibility), Lokahi (group consciousness and effort), and Aloha (inclusiveness, with a sense of humanity, love, caring)

Hawai’i in the year 2035. The story describes life in Hawai’i once it regains sovereignty, which was taken from the Hawaiian people in 1893 with the overthrow and imprisonment of Queen Liliʻuokalani and the subsequent annexation by the United States. In Laenui’s imagination, by 2035, the island nation has not only recovered political independence but also some of the foundational …

Apartisan not Apolitical: the Gilets Jaunes have refused existing organizations, rather focusing on fiscal and social injustices making it difficult to live off low incomes

The Gilets Jaunes sought out a way to articulate a collective voice that could speak out about why it is hard to make a living, social suffering and the social and economic dead-ends that millions of people have run into. The revolt of the Gilets Jaunes is one of the first mobilizations to articulate the question of equality and climate, social justice and climate …

Predictable and Possible

By Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Policy Lead with the Poor People’s Campaign Kairos Center monthly Policy Briefings highlight analysis informed by the 140 million people who are poor and dispossessed in this country, and their struggles against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy. They will also challenge the false narratives that uphold unjust economic …

Are utilities operating to provide service and support the public interest or are they maximizing their own profit? Are rates fair and reasonable? Have investments had risk? If utility operates imprudently, favoring shareholder interests, then shareholders will face the costs for unforeseen circumstances.

Questions for consideration in Colorado… The current level of return is not “necessary to provide service” – Boulder’s 2018 RFIP shows what is available on the open market. Meanwhile, an excerpt from 2019 document on Managing Stranded Assets and Transitioning Off Gas in California, by EDF and Yale Law Students: Under the general regulatory compact for utilities in California, the …