What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality,

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality, February 13, 2019 Les Leopold, Common Dreams Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road …

What cities and the executive branch should be doing to get to good, fair internet access for everyone. Book review: Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.

What cities should be doing? We celebrate Chattanooga and Lafayette and Wilson…so many of these cities that are heroes now have depended on their existing municipal electric utilities as a first step towards breeding fiber, but there are only a few thousand cities in the United States that have a municipal electric facility available, so there has to be a broader …

Coal miners stripped of benefits by mine owners, despite agreements

Who else might like Medicare for All? Retired coal miners who just had their health benefits ripped away. Common Dreams: “On Friday, a ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Texas showed why retired coal miners led to believe their health benefits would be with them for life were wrong and at least one advocate for Medicare for All noted …

Can road pricing make transit more equitable if income is used for free transit, walk and bike infrastructure improvements?

Can road pricing be used to make LA’s transportation system more equitable? By Rayla Bellis, SSTI, February 11th, 2019 Tags: equity, road pricing California nonprofit TransForm and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released a new report and toolkit with guidance for bringing equity into the implementation of congestion pricing. While conversations about congestion pricing and equity often focus on minimizing the negative—reducing disproportionate impacts to …

The Racial Wealth Divide Gives Billionaires More Power Over All Of Us. The Answer? Reparations.

Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here’s one that isn’t, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. The reality is horrific, according to the recent Institute for Policy Studies …

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

January 21, 2019 Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. Megan Kerins, RMI When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …

Lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change

By Basav Sen, Inequality.org, February 7, 2019 | https://popularresistance.org/lets-honor-rosa-parks-by-continuing-her-struggle-for-transit-equity/CREATE!  The lack of adequate public transit service exacerbates environmental and economic disparities as well as climate change. Only 5.2 percent of commuters nationwide use public transit to get to work, but 11 percent each of Black and Asian-American commuters and 7.7 percent of Latinx commuters use transit. People of color are clearly more dependent on transit. This is …

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Still Caused by Illness and Medical Bills

Despite Promises of ACA, Study Shows Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Still Caused by Illness and Medical Bills, by Julia Conley, staff writer, CommonDreams, Feb 7, 2019 “We need to move ahead from the ACA to a single-payer, Medicare for All system that assures first-dollar coverage for everyone.” A majority of personal bankruptcy cases examined in a new study were brought about …

The middle is no place to be

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/03/dear-democrats-stop-substituting-so-called-possible-whats-morally-necessary As presidential historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time w/ Bill Maher,” it is often easier to make big honking changes than to try to accomplish incremental ones.  Back in 2016, Democrats faced a choice between incrementalism—”a progressive who got things done”—and an advocate for a fundamental transition away from a rigged system. The party apparatchiks threw their …