Heat Wave Shows Climate Change Is a Workers’ Rights Issue

June 2021 While the 100 million computer workers in this country are more likely to be able to work safely indoors, other urgent and necessary work must continue outdoors, no matter the severity of the weather. The entirety of the working class is (or will be) affected by climate change, but it’s farm workers, letter carriers, construction workers, sanitation workers and other outdoor …

Senate Testimony: Concentration of economic and financial power is squeezing out pharmacies, jobs, and livelihoods in rural areas

“At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power,” ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, April 20th. “We have a few superstar cities mostly on the coasts that are prospering. Meanwhile, much of rural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty …

Why is it when you destroy property it’s considered vandalism, but when we destroy nature it’s called progress? How is it that some people, or corporations, can knowingly perpetuate the damage? Or, as people routinely ask me, `Don’t they have grandchildren?’

May-June 2021 Bill McKibben: The Particular Psychology of Destroying the Planet << The New Yorker: “How is it that some people, or corporations, can knowingly perpetuate the damage?  Or, as people routinely ask me, `Don’t they have grandchildren?’” Bernie Sanders: What Happens Next in Congress Will Determine Future of Country << CNN: “In this pivotal moment in American history, Democrats …

Rights and claims for mobility in metropolitan areas

Metropolis Issue Paper on “Rights and claims for metropolitan mobility” “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons” The analysis of the satisfaction of mobility needs enables …

The 90% is Unrepresented and Elites Are Fighting a Vicious Class War All the Time. $47 trillion has moved from the lower 90 percent to the very top since 1980.

AN INTERVIEW WITH NOAM CHOMSKY, Jacobin Magazine Noam Chomsky talks to Jacobin about why working-class politics can secure universal health care, climate justice, and an end to nuclear weapons — if we’re willing to fight for them. Our new issue, “The Ruling Class,” is out now. The Politics of a Second Gilded Age, Matt Karp. How Bernie Sanders, an Open Socialist, Won …

Ending settler colonialism and capitalism and returning Indigenous lands are all possible—and necessary

Much environmental framing misses the point about capitalism and Indigenous sovereignty. In this era of catastrophic climate change, why is it easier for some to imagine the end of fossil fuels than settler colonialism? To imagine green economies, carbon-free wind and solar energy, and electric, bullet-train utopias but not the return of Indigenous lands? Why is it easier to imagine the …

Nearly 40,000 agricultural workers in Colorado, 3,000 live in employer-provided housing and have long endured unsanitary, cramped conditions and grueling work hours with few breaks

June 2021, The Counter – There are nearly 40,000 agricultural employees in Colorado, 3,000 of whom live in employer-provided housing and have long endured unsanitary,  cramped conditions and grueling work hours with few breaks, according to advocates and workers themselves.  Senate Bill 87, also known as the Farmworker Bill of Rights, will require that farmworkers be paid Colorado’s minimum wage—$12.32 an hour …

Social justice and climate change are tied together: the areas of deepest poverty and under the darkest shadow of death are the ones where dispossession was the most far-reaching

…That’s in part because of what type of land marginalized people can live on. According to Savi Horne, executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), the land that farmers of color were, and still are, able to afford is often land within the floodplains of river systems and marshes. As hurricanes reach further inland with greater intensity, the …

The link between COVID and air pollution is particularly strong

May-June 2021 “ The link between Covid-19 and air pollution is particularly strong. A study set to publish in July linked six air pollutants in 120 Chinese cities with cases of the viral disease. Researchers in Italy have also shown that long-term exposure to air pollution is “significantly correlated with cases of Covid-19” in up to 71 provinces in that country.” “ The authors of that …

Attorneys General in 17 ‘Red’ States Seek to Insert Themselves as Adversaries to Juliana v. United States Plaintiffs

June 8, 2021, Our Children’s Trust EUGENE, Ore. – Six years after the filing of the constitutional climate case Juliana v. United States – and just days before settlement talks were scheduled between the youth and the government – attorneys general from 17 states have asked to insert themselves into the case so they can oppose any proposed settlement and …