Public Health Insurance: People Want Single-Payer and Have For Decades

The idea that most Americans support universal health care is neither new nor particularly controversial. Surveys showing broad public dissatisfaction with the current system go back at least a decade, and in a 2018 Reuters-Ipsos poll, 70% of respondents said they would support a program of Medicare for All — numbers identical to a survey conducted later that year by the HarrisX polling company. Still, …

Senate Testimony: Concentration of economic and financial power is squeezing out pharmacies, jobs, and livelihoods in rural areas

“At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power,” ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, April 20th. “We have a few superstar cities mostly on the coasts that are prospering. Meanwhile, much of rural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty …

Juneteenth Is about freedom, snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. Not only were promises of land overturned, ‘simply acting free was grounds for white retaliation’

By Dale Kretz, Jacobin, 19 June 21 Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. t’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War,” mused Felix Haywood about that …

Mid 2021 Update on Public Banking In The US: More Affordable Lending for Workers, Small Business, Students, and Public Projects

By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout June 9, 2021 The movement to create public banks is gaining ground in many parts of the U.S., particularly as part of an effort among activists and progressive lawmakers to extend banking access to low-income communities and communities of color in the post-COVID-19 economy. But how does public banking help protect the local community and assist with …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Congressional Resolution to Take Back the Grid and address fundamental conflict presented by Investor Owned Utilities pursuing shareholder gains. Black, Hispanic, and Native American households spend 43 percent, 20 percent, and 45 percent more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households.

These Lawmakers Have A Plan For The Public To Take Back The Grid (The New Republic): The resolution aims, according to the 12-page text, to establish “access to electricity as a human right and eradicate the reliance on monopolized, profit-driven utility corporations and providers and the flawed regulatory regime that has failed to regulate these utilities in the public interest.” …

Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

Public Banks Will Strengthen the Economy, Reduce Risk, and Increase Accountability

February 9, 2021 Recently, Michael van Norstrand, president of Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC), wrote an Op-Ed for Colorado Politics: “Public Banks Would Pose Risks, Play Politics.”  The Op-Ed makes numerous incorrect assumptions and assertions.   Public banks, as advocated by Colorado Public Banking Coalition and Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute, will be modeled on the 102-year-old public bank of North …

80% of jobs lost are in the bottom half of the income distribution and 58% of small businesses are worried that they will have to close permanently due to Covid-19: There are alternatives!

Local Elections Wins: From universal preschool to possible student debt cancellation, we’re seeing a mandate for bold moves toward a democratic economy coming out of this month’s elections. As organizers continue to shape a national-level vision for the next four years, check out this roundup of successful ballot initiatives to reduce inequality that show what’s already possible at the local …