1 in 11 U.S. Gun Deaths Is at the Hands of Police. To stop the killing: Getting at what the police really believe.

Vox.com July 7, 2020: there’s been a 90 percent drop in ambush killings of officers since 1970. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about 13 per 100,000 police officers died on the job in 2017. Compare that to farmers (24 deaths per 100,000), truck drivers (26.9 per 100,000), and trash collectors (34.9 per 100,000). But police academies and field training officers hammer …

We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Lifestyle

Outside Mag, by Brad Stulberg. Wellness isn’t that complicated.  Wellness—the kind that actually works—is simple: it’s about committing to basic practices, day in and day out, as individuals and communities. As many marketers (including in the self-help space) are fond of saying, “You can’t sell the basics.” I think that’s naive. We’d be much better off if we stopped obsessing over hacks …

US citizens would gain 3.7 years in life expectancy if social spending was raised to equal other rich countries (subsidized housing, transit, child care)

The US needs to increase social spending. And that money should come from decreasing the income gap through taxation. Elizabeth Bradley at Yale was the first to compare social spending and medical-care spending among countries. And what you see is the healthier countries prioritize social spending, whereas we in the US focus on medical-care spending. The reason the other countries are healthier is …

“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

Drafted in 2010 and passed in Ecuador but not in the UN yet. We, the peoples and nations of Earth: Considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; Gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment and learning and provides everything we need …

POWER OVER THE POLICE: ‘We should demand to be the funders of the police, to permanently and directly determine dollars. Instead of asking those who set police departments’ rules of engagement and goals to make them in a more community-minded fashion, we should demand to be the agenda setters…’

The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests. We cannot put our faith in elected representatives and merely vote our way out of this problem: elections are more …

Research Shows ‘Linking Climate Policy to Social and Economic Justice Makes It More Popular’: The public wants a Green New Deal. The public wants green stimulus. The public wants to address inequality

June 12, 2020, Common Dreams. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunrise NYC, a climate activist group, rallies in front of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office in Midtown Manhattan demanding that he support the Green New Deal. (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Amid persistent calls for a green and just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism and injustice, …

The bright side of the current farm crisis:an opportunity for change

Most are looking for answers. They are looking for ways to survive in a changing agricultural environment—no matter what its cause, wondering what those solutions to the current system might look like. Increased cost of living—up 14% over the last 4 years— has hit farmers hard. Although family farms account for 97 percent of farms in the United States, the …

Shell’s activities in Ogoniland region of Nigeria have led to polluted air and water as well as decimated natural habitats, violating the rights of the 832,000 people who live there

From Common Dreams, March 2020 350.org surveyed the region of Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil has dumped an estimated nine to 13 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta since 1958. “Companies are actively disregarding the right of entire populations to a healthy environment, sufficient and quality food, and a political and social scenario of stability.”—Aaron Packard, …