To actually address the crises we face, let’s focus on displacing the dominant form of enterprise in our current economy: the monoculture of the profit-maximizing, shareholder-controlled corporation

The just firm is the only kind that should ultimately be permitted to exist. The time is coming when society must end the corporation as we know it, in favor of a just firm – designed from the inside out for a new mandate: to serve broad well-being and the public good. Democratic and just forms of company ownership are …

Wet’Suwet’en Land Defenders Face Risks Experienced by Environmental Human Rights Defenders Around the World

By Brent Patterson, Rabble.ca, February 18, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! The Indigenous Wet’suwet’en land defenders protecting their territory in northern British Columbia from the construction of the TC Energy Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline are experiencing many of the situations, risks and dynamics that environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) around the world encounter. Challenging extractivism — EHRDs are commonly at risk for opposing destructive extractive projects …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

Benzene Emissions on the Perimeters of Ten Refineries Exceed EPA Limits

The refineries, six of which are in Texas, are required under an EPA rule to find and fix leaks of the known carcinogen to protect nearby communities. Neela Banerjee. Inside Climate News, FEB 6, 2020 An analysis of newly-available federal data measuring benzene emissions at the perimeter of oil refineries found that ten facilities far exceeded limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

In Trump’s world, the law and straight up info are for suckers

Dahlia Lithwick in Slate: The Law Is for Suckers. “Donald Trump staked his career on the bet that if you’re rich, famous, brazen, and unrepentant, the law will let you do it. He staked his presidency on the same.” FEB 05, 2020 “The law is for suckers.” That has been the credo of Donald Trump throughout his personal and business …

Big oil is the new big tobacco. Congress must use its power to investigate

Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, too. By Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran, in The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020  Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case. Wildfires there have been raging for more …

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today:

Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry’s role in global warming. David Hasemyer JAN 17, 2020 Updated Jan. 17, 2020, with federal appeals court dismissing the national youth climate lawsuit. The wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability …

Dialog between an organizer and an elder

The following exchange is between 33-year-old organizer Yotam Marom and 82-year-old George Lakey, whose activism, organizing and training spans over 50 years. As journalist/activist Bill McKibben says, even Congress cannot suspend the laws of physics. Growing failure on the environmental front produces what political scientists consider a recipe for rapid change and even revolution: the demonstrated inability of a government …