Converting transportation off fossil fuels

Transportation is ‘climate enemy #1’: report Feb 2020 SmartCitiesDive | Jason Plautz With transportation as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group outlines “achievable” strategies to clean up the sector. ​The “Destination: Zero Carbon” report calls transportation “climate enemy #1” due to oversized …

Racism on the rise on college campuses 25% from 2015-16

By Kyla L. Wright, Essence.comFebruary 24, 2020 | EDUCATE! In 2018, the FBI reported that hate crimes on college campuses have risen 25 percent from 2015-16 and risen 17 percent from 2016-17. An additional 27.6 percent of the crimes dealt with intimidation tactics. Effecting the mental health of students of color on campuses, many of them have stated they have shifted their focus from their education …

Climate change threatens Colorado river and the water supply for 40 million people The Weather Channel | Jan Wesner Childs Climate change has dramatically decreased natural flow in the Colorado River, jeopardizing the water supply for some 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland, according to new research from the USGS. The decline is expected to continue unless …

Building a community: Manufactured home residents go co-op

February 10, 2020 FOCUS ON SOUTHERN MAINE COURTESY / JEANEE WRIGHT Members of Charter Oaks Village operations committee in June, after residents bought the park, from left, Shannon Staples, Steve Staples, Larry Lacalliades, Tom Lauricella and Roger Lapierre.  Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share via Email By Maureen Milliken When residents at Charter Oaks Village, a manufactured home community on the Biddeford-Arundel line, got a …

Frederick Douglass Railed Against Economic Inequality: On Land Reform, Resources, and Socialism

BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass died 125 years ago. Today, Jacobin publishes never-before-transcribed articles from Frederick Douglass’ Paper denouncing capitalism and economic inequality. Our new print issue, “Political Revolution,” is out now.  Get a discounted subscription today. Everyone knows that Frederick Douglass, who died 125 years ago today, was a fierce opponent of slavery and a powerful champion of freedom, justice, …

Best Social Justice Conferences of 2020

A new decade, a new moment to plan ahead! This year’s a big one, with a national election and census no less, the need for connectedness is strong. Because last year’s list was so popular, I’m again sharing the 2020 social justice conferences I’m most excited about. I’ve attended some, but not all, of these in the past. I return to many of them …

Slavery Was Defeated Through Mass Politics: Democratic revolution through the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself

What accounted for this astonishing change? Not just the sagacity of Republican statesmen, or the audacity of abolitionist activists, but the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself. BY MATT KARP, Catalyst The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn’t a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged …

Libraries of Things Are Boons for Low Income Neighborhoods and There is Software to Help Catalog Now

Tool-sharing innovator post-mortem uncovers systemic issues in our convenience economy Image provided by Andreas ArnoldAndreas Arnold|February 13, 2020 Expensive, hard to transport and long-lived compared with other consumer goods, tools are a good model for the sharing economy. But how do you keep tools functioning in an era of built-in obsolescence, and how can you keep a lid on staff …

Wall Street Megabanks Prioritizing Profits Control $509 Billion in Deposits and $4.3 Trillion in State and Local Public Pensions. Public Banking Would Put That Money to Work for People, Main Street and the Real Economy

North Dakota has the only state-owned bank in the nation. Advocates say it’s a model for getting state tax money invested in communities. What a Public Bank Can Do for Real People BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Yes Magazine, FEB 19, 2020 The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a …

Even the Warriors Say Wars Make Us Less Safe

By Staff, Worldbeyondwar.orgFebruary 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! Above Photo: Jem Stone/Flickr Experts Say U.S. Executive Secret War Harming U.S. National Securitycollected by Fred Branfman Admiral Dennis Blair, Former Director Of National Intelligence “Admiral Dennis Blair, the former director of National Intelligence (in the) New York Times [49]: While “drone attacks did help reduce the Qaeda leadership in Pakistan,” he wrote, “they also increased hatred of America.” He said the drone has …