Liberation will only come if we are expansive enough in our vision to address inequality in all its forms.

The appeal of Black faces in high places is undeniable. And certainly no one would argue that representation is unimportant. Nonetheless, such a simple formulation misses a lot, including the fact that such investment practices have been tried before—and failed many times before. The notion of Black capitalism has a long pedigree. It appeared in some of the writings of Booker T. Washington from …

The Shrinking Geography of Opportunity in Metro America

The Shrinking Geography of Opportunity in Metro America, May 10, 2022 By Thai Le, Edward Muña, Sarah Treuhaft, and Rasheedah Phillips* https://nationalequityatlas.org/shrinking-geography-of-opportunity Introduction Findings Renters in Metro America Face Shrinking Maps of Affordable Neighborhoods Black Households Have the Fewest Neighborhood Choices Black Renters Experienced the Steepest Declines in Affordable Neighborhoods The Majority of Neighborhoods Affordable to Low-Income Households Are Lower …

The unfairness of our tax system: who is and isn’t paying up, how legal loopholes are leading to tax giveaways, and why more isn’t being done to hold accountable those who can and should be paying the most

Great links from The Lever on renewed calls to “tax the rich!” and the unfairness of our tax system: who is and isn’t paying up, how legal loopholes are leading to tax giveaways, and why more isn’t being done to hold accountable those who can and should be paying the most. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NUTS AND BOLTS: While …

Insiders, outsiders, and power – Larry Summers

https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2017/06/19/looking-back-in-anger-review-of-adults-in-the-room-the-hindu-times/ It doesn’t take long for Varoufakis to realise that Greece’s creditors are not interested in serious negotiations. They want nothing short of capitulation to the terms laid out by them. When Varoufakis doesn’t surrender, they threaten Greece with a liquidity crisis. Varoufakis’ moment of reckoning arrives one spring night in April 2015, in a hotel bar in Washington DC. …

25 states enacted 54 laws by last summer making it easier to vote

The States Making Voting Easier: While Georgia moves to restrict voting rights, Virginia and California offer models for legislation that expands ballot accessibility. Also see https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-13/how-activists-are-challenge-new-voter-laws and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-09/nyc-moves-to-allow-noncitizens-green-card-holders-to-vote New York City has approved a measure that allows noncitizens to participate in local elections, expanding rights for about 800,000 residents at a time when other parts of the country are making it harder …

Intentionally igniting racial anxiety to get or maintain political dominance

Excerpt from Charles M. Blow, NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/opinion/youngkin-virginia-race.htmlf …the frenzy around critical race theory is just the latest in a long line of manufactured outrages meant to tap into this same fear, and the strategy has proved depressingly effective. There was the fear of “race-mixing” among children — including the notion that Black boys might begin dating white girls following the …

The 2020 presidential elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S. election history, including among poor and low-income voters (LIV) – 35 percent

…the Poor People’s Campaign released a groundbreaking report on the power of poor and low-income voters in the 2020 elections. Authored by Kairos Policy Director Shailly Gupta Barnes, the report demonstrates that low-income voters accounted for 35% of all votes in the Presidential election and even higher rates in battleground states. It also shows that the Poor People’s Campaign’s non-partisan …

L.A. takes a step toward launching a city-owned bank

BY JULIA WICK STAFF WRITER OCT. 5, 2021  After a long hiatus, the movement to establish a public bank in Los Angeles is once again inching forward. The City Council voted Tuesday to begin a process to study the viability of forming a city-owned bank and to create a business plan for doing so. Proponents say a public bank would allow the …

Banning of trucks on (and major pollution from) a highway

The high levels of asthma in the neighborhoods around the I-880 freeway, which carries the highest volume of trucks in the San Francisco Bay Area, stem from the trucks emission of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Truck traffic along the I-880 worsened significantly when trucks were banned on the nearby I-580, which runs through the predominantly white Oakland Hills. Special Route …