We need a People’s CDC – Here it is!

the new guidelines do more than inappropriately message safety; the guidelines shift the burden of responsibility onto vulnerable people. In place of clear, evidence-based guidance on masking for those facing greater risk, for example, the CDC simply advises individuals to consult with their local healthcare provider. This instruction assumes that providers are accessible, well informed, and willing to take on …

Unleash the duplex to fix the housing crisis

State officials should look to New Jersey to see how zoning roles that allow “light touch density” can bring down housing costs — if local leaders allow it.  Emily HamiltonMarch 1, 2022, Bloomberg City Lab California’s Senate Bill 9, which took effect in January, brings new hope to California’s housing crisis. This state law circumvents local zoning rules by allowing owners of single-family homes to …

Democracy Depends on Promoting the Common Good: In a democracy, it is everyone or no one

February 5, 2018 | Psychology Today, Reviewed by Ekua Hagan, Share, Tweet, Email Have Americans lost their commitment to the common good? Have they ceased to feel responsible for the wellbeing of all the members of their community? Have they lost their commitment to ensuring that disadvantaged groups or individuals share in the benefits of our society? Are they waiting to rediscover …

Public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased

As Congress considers President Biden’s ”Build Back Better” bill, we are pleased to release a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on our latest national survey, conducted in September 2021. Overall, we find that public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased since our last study in March. Large majorities of registered voters, including many Republicans, support …

New DOT processes for project selection

Modern Project Prioritization for Transportation Investments https://ctedd.uta.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Noyce_ProjectPrioritization_Report_CTEDD.pdf SSTI Project prioritization among transportation agencies has always been an evolving practice. At its core, it means setting goals and aligning decision-making processes to meet those goals. This study is aimed at making that process easier. For this study, the team reviewed project prioritization programs at 21 transportation agencies, including 14 state departments …

Solving Climate Change Requires A New Social Contract

By CHRISTIANA FIGUERES, Time Magazine, JANUARY 20, 2022 Figueres was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.” The devastating threat of climate change is on …

Community building and direct democracy

Excerpted and adapted from: https://www.cgdev.org/blog/8-principles-direct-democracy Basically, two main types of direct democratic tools prevail: the popular initiative and the referendum (we do not discuss the recall election here, which leads to the removal of an elected official). Both come in different designs and may be applied to revisions of the constitution or simple acts. They are generally legally binding, but can be of political …

Varoufakis: Besides having captured the basic drama of capitalist dynamics, Marx has given me the tools with which to become immune to the toxic propaganda of neoliberalism

Wealth is collectively produced and then privately appropriated through social relations of production and property rights that rely, for their reproduction, almost exclusively on false consciousness. Yanis Varoufakis excerpt on Marx https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/18/yanis-varoufakis-how-i-became-an-erratic-marxist …What caught my eye was Marx’s mesmerising gift for writing a dramatic script for human history, indeed for human damnation, that was also laced with the possibility of …

National Parks Should Be Controlled By Indigenous Tribes

April 15, 2021 by SAM YELLOWHORSE KESLERT ISTEN· 4:394-Minute ListenAdd toPLAYLIST Download, Embed, Transcript The National Parks Service has often been called “America’s Best Idea.” But David Treuer argues that, because that came at the cost of Native American homeland, they deserve to take control. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The National Parks System has often been called America’s best idea, but that …

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right, Transformative Cities,  February 25, 2019 In the municipality of Jamundí, Colombia, local politicians were pushing to privatize the water service provided by public utility ACUAVALLE by waging a media campaign to discredit it. If successful, this would have seriously affected access to water for local people, 94% of whom are …