Congress can override the Supreme Court

Rachel M. Cohen, Marcia Brown The Intercept November 24 2020 https://theintercept.com/2020/11/24/congress-override-supreme-court/ FROM 1979 UNTIL her retirement in 1998, Lilly Ledbetter worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Once she had left the job, she learned a disturbing fact. When Ledbetter had started, her supervisor salary was comparable to men in similar positions. But with each performance review, the men …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …

US Court of Appeals has found the program Edward Snowden blew the whistle on was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth

Reuters, Sept 2 2020, U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal, by  Raphael Satter (Reuters) – Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it …

Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, by John Borrows

Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, by John Borrows. Borrows, John. “Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 37.3 (1999): 537-596.https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/ohlj/vol37/iss3/3 In Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited judgment on the status of Aboriginal title under section 35 (1) of the Constitution Act, 1982. The decision was regarded as highly …

Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and industry efforts have passed such laws in 13 states. Basav Sen and Gabrielle Colchete studied these anti-protest laws in their report, “Muzzling Dissent: How Corporate Influence Over Politics Has Fueled Anti-Protest Laws.” December 05, 2020 by Basav Sen, OtherWords More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We …

New UN Emissions Gap Report Emphasizes Need for 6% Fossil Fuel Production Cuts Annually (and no new production): “It doesn’t make sense to use taxpayers’ money to ruin the planet.”

December 09, 2020 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams New UN ‘Emissions Gap’ Report Emphasizes Necessity of Green Recovery From Covid-19 Pandemic “We need profound shifts in how we live, travel, eat, and generate electricity: for ourselves, our societies, and economies. A sustainable pandemic recovery that prioritizes climate action can protect human health, jobs, and economies, and limit global warming.” …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

Working people, young, and POC delivered victory + Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage, Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools, CO approved 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Sen. Nina Turner in the Washington Post: Working people — Black, Brown and White families making under $100,000, along with the vast majority of young people — delivered Biden his victory. Not only did they vote for him in overwhelming numbers, they also knocked on doors, made calls and carried out the hard work of democracy during a pandemic. These voters are …