Economic Justice: 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money

NPR MarketWatch June 17, 2019 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money By SARAH ANDERSONThe Deficit Hawks versus the Big Spenders. That’s how the media typically portrays budget battles in Washington. We seldom hear about how government action to tackle our country’s most urgent social and environmental problems can actually save money. In a new report, the Institute …

Discounted fares for lower income riders helps and is unlikely to lead to crowding in peak periods

BRIEF: MIT: Discounted fares prompt more transit use among low-income Bostonites, by Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, June 17, 2019 Preliminary results of a study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers indicate low-income citizens in Boston take transit more frequently if their fare is discounted. Participants in the study who received a 50% reduced fare took about 30% more trips on Massachusetts Bay Transportation …

Nearly half of Americans can’t afford the basics of life under capitalism in the US

The folks that did the study above call this new class of people ALICE, for “asset limited, income constrained, employed.” It’s a sharp way to think about American collapse. Let me translate this term, too: the people formerly known as the American middle class. By Umair Haque, Eand.co June 18, 2019  43% of American households can’t afford a budget that includes housing, …

One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households.

One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households. One in three U.S. households faced challenges in paying energy bills in 2015 Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their home in 2015. According to the …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out. The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults

The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is. by Dylan Matthews@dylanmattdylan@vox.com  Feb 28, 2019 California Democrats Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee in the Capitol’s Statuary …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle

By Olivia Rosane, Feb. 22, 2019 A new study reveals the health risks posed by the making, use and disposal of plastics. Jeffrey Phelps / Getty Images With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the world’s oceans every year, there is growing concern about the proliferation of plastics in the environment. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about the full impact of plastic pollution on human health. But …