Real, greatly improved citizen engagement

Jan 2021 Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, MD and Govlaunch co-founder, Lindsay Pica-Alfano collaborate to share insights to help guide efforts for more meaningful and effective engagement. See: https://www.boston.gov/departments/youth-engagement-and-employment/mayors-youth-council https://cities-today.com/industry/4-guiding-principles-citizen-engagement/ What is real citizen engagement? Most think of citizen engagement as a good turnout and vibrant Q&A to close a meeting. But citizen engagement can be so much …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

It’s time to have community conversations about what folks need, to make the transition work out for them and their families

Though we may be dealing with the same kind of corporate Democrats as we were in 2008, we are not the same. We have changed. Our movements have grown in size but they’ve also grown in vision. In the vision of defund the police, moving the resources from the infrastructure of incarceration, of policing, of militarism to the infrastructure of care. Vision work has …

Public Opinion: Polls Find Most 2020 Voters Strongly Favor Climate Action

Seven in 10 voters support government action to address climate change, with three-quarters wanting the U.S. to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind within 15 years. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports the complete shift to clean energy, with a further …

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire. Juliana implications and Maui case.

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire (Earther) by Dharna Noor, October 13, 2020 Oil and gas companies have spent decades spewing ungodly amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there’s ample evidence that oil and gas companies covered up the climate-warming effects of that pollution. New polling shows that Americans want to do something about that. A national …

Dear Joe Biden, here is how you can earn our support. Anti-Trump messaging won’t be enough to lead any candidate to victory. Young people need someone who will champion bold ideas

Published in The Guardian on 4 April 2020 Dear Vice-President Joe Biden, We write to you as leaders from a diverse array of organizations building political power for young people in the United States. We are all deeply committed to ending a presidency that has set the clock back on all of the issues that impact our lives. While you are …

Youth international rights

“The Kids Are in Charge,” the Convention on the Rights of the Child isn’t just a legal document. It also sends kids an important message: that they matter, that their voices are important and that they deserve to be heard. When countries join this agreement, which took effect in 1990, they pledge to work toward aligning their own laws with its principles. Banning …

UN Treat Guarantees Youth Rights Everywhere Except US

By Jessica Taft, Theconversation.comOctober 21, 2019 | CREATE! Fifteen kids from a dozen countries, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, recently brought a formal complaint to the United Nations. They’re arguing that climate change violates children’s rights as guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a global agreement. By petitioning the U.N. on behalf of the world’s children, their action made history. But it’s not the …

Poll Sponsored by Anti-Communists Discovers 70% of US Millennials Ready to Ditch Capitalism for Socialism

October 28, 2019 byJulia Conley, staff writer Common Dreams Critics blame poll results on ‘historical amnesia,’ while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems Participants hold a “Kill Capitalism” banner while marching through Central Park in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those …

Youth climate demands

We, the youth of America, are striking because The science says we have just a few years to transform our energy system, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent the worst effects of climate change. Our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis. Marginalized communities across our nation —especially communities of color, disabled communities, …