Puerto Rico’s blackout, the largest in American history, explained: More than a million Americans are still without power in part because of the botched hurricane recovery

By Umair Irfan  Feb 8, 2018  Alana Rivera, age 10, does her homework on her apartment balcony, lit by a cell phone, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November 2017.  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images Some 1.36 million Americans are without power right now, and it isn’t coming back any time soon. This is a national embarrassment. We’re talking about Puerto Rico, in the throes of …

Looking at Indians, white Americans see themselves: Thinking about natives in an era of nativism

Feb 10th 2018, The Economist IN EARLY 1924 the blue-bloods of Virginia found themselves with a problem. To criminalise interracial marriage, the state had drafted a law that classified anyone possessing even “one drop” of non-white blood as “coloured”. Awkwardly, that would include many of the so-called First Families of Virginia, because they traced their descent to a native American woman, Pocahontas, who had …

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes. We took an abandoned building filled with garbage and turned it into our region’s first net-zero house – which creates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year – training 43 …

Developing work and systems that distributive and generative from the start

Kate Raworth recognises that a dramatic new mindset is needed if we’re going to address the economic challenges of the 21st century. Her iconic book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist, argues that our economic activity should operate in a space that’s above a social foundation, and below an ecological ceiling. What this means in practice …

Valve-turner, Climate ‘Hero’ Gets Three-Year Prison Sentence for Shutting Down Tar Sands Pipeline

Common Dreams By Jessica Corbett 6 Feb 2018 Michael Foster, the valve turner who temporarily halted the flow of tar sands oil in TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in October 2016, called for future actions to address the global climate crisis before he headed to prison, where he is expected to serve at least a year of his three-year sentence. “It doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in jail. …

Uber, the “Metropocalypse,” and Economic Inequality

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Working-Class Perspectives, Georgetown, DC Public transit infrastructure in Washington, D.C. is crumbling. Metro and bus services have been cut. Fares have gone up. And, safety remains a problem. After 40 years of deferred maintenance, poor management, and the lack of decent, long-term funding, the Metro system needs $1.4 billion worth of repairs, and it must close …

Almost four environmental defenders a week killed in 2017, four times as many as

197 people killed last year for defending land, wildlife or natural resources, new Global Witness data reveals. In recording every defender’s death, the Guardian hopes to raise awareness of the deadly struggle on the environmental frontline By Jonathan Watts, in The Guardian, Fri 2 Feb 2018  The slaughter of people defending their land or environment continued unabated in 2017, with new research showing …

The huge price for letting unions die, and what we can still do about it

NYMag.com Jan 2018 There is power in a union. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that. With its financial contributions …

What these early-20th-century scholars got right about 21st-century politics: Unlike many economists today, they questioned fundamental social structure

What advantages do the writers of the turn of the 20th century offer? The main difference and prime advantage, I think, lies in their holistic approach to economic and political analysis. It was holistic in the sense that they discussed the structural features of capitalism: social relations between capital owners and wage workers, distribution of national income between capital and …

On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …