George Lakey, on how to build courage and cohesion. Also, the dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe.

A series of useful and thought-provoking articles by the wonderful George Lakey… A romanticized belief in violence renders people irrational to the point of hurting ourselves, over and over again. George Lakey February 26, 2022 The dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe, Win Without War One of the most popular — and dangerous — assumptions in the world is that violence …

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 …

A powerful oligarchy profits from business as usual is thwarting societal mobilization to make the deep changes necessary to maintain a livable planet. We need organizing for System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change is a network of North American ecosocialists united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. The organization was founded in 2013 by U.S. and Canadian climate activists who understood that the fossil-fueled capitalist system which caused the climate crisis was not going to …

The Nuts and Bolts of Distributed Organizing

The Bernie Blueprint: The Nuts and Bolts of Distributed Organizing: Not everyone is a gruff-but-beloved Vermont socialist… So how do you build a distributed organizing program without a national presidential campaign? By Tim Ellis, June 1, 2021, The Monitor.ca, https://monitormag.ca/articles/the-bernie-blueprint-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-distributed-organizing 7-minute read In January of 2016, I spent nearly my last 80 bucks, hopped on a Greyhound bus and left …

Rural students are far less likely to go to college than their urban and suburban counterparts, and they’re less likely to finish once they start

“Rural students are far less likely to go to college than their urban and suburban counterparts, and they’re less likely to finish once they start.” NYT Mag (gift article for ND readers): The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools. (If rural Americans and inner city Americans ever realized they were victims of the exact same systemic unfairness and got together to …

Architects and Households Declare: We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into fuel poverty. Demand is growing to see Net Zero carbon emissions delivered.

Households Declare Is a New Campaign to Fix Housing: This British campaign should be copied in North America. Households Declare! is demanding the housing stock in the United Kingdom be fixed. Its mission: “We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into …

‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Arts and culture in just transition organizing

Excerpt, Common Dreams, May 2021, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/14/arts-and-culture-just-transition A central feature of the failed neoliberal experiment was the understanding that inequality of wealth and rights was accepted as a feature and force of economic growth, as Shoshanna Zuboff articulated in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In fact, our neoliberal economic system requires a continual supply of cheap land, natural resources, and labor to generate never …

Years of grassroots organizing helped create the conditions for Biden to embrace bold policies on government spending

Even many Republicans are now embracing basic Democratic assumptions; e.g., Charles Blahous and Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center, a pro-business think tank: ​“To show how the whole frame of debate has shifted, Blahous and Graboyes list the policies that are commonly discussed among Democrats now but that would have been too far left to get a hearing at the Democratic National Convention of 1996,” …

Long Working Hours Led To 745,000 Deaths Worldwide In 2016: WHO finds long hours lead to deaths from heart attacks and strokes

As ownership of the digital economy is concentrated into the hands of the very few, we see a small handful of the wealthy get obscenely rich, while an increasingly subcontracted and casualized workforce must accept precarity and the threat of unemployment as the ‘inevitable’ impacts of automation. May 26, 2021 | EDUCATE! As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – …