Are utilities operating to provide service and support the public interest or are they maximizing their own profit? Are rates fair and reasonable? Have investments had risk? If utility operates imprudently, favoring shareholder interests, then shareholders will face the costs for unforeseen circumstances.

Questions for consideration in Colorado… The current level of return is not “necessary to provide service” – Boulder’s 2018 RFIP shows what is available on the open market. Meanwhile, an excerpt from 2019 document on Managing Stranded Assets and Transitioning Off Gas in California, by EDF and Yale Law Students: Under the general regulatory compact for utilities in California, the …

Encourage a deep structural transition to an economy that better values the work we know is essential to sustaining us: The Road to Economic Recovery should not be across women’s backs

April 2020 The road to economic recovery should not be across women’s backs. COVID-19, and the measures being implemented to contain it, are deeply affecting our social and economic relationships here in Hawaiʻi and beyond. This new landscape is forcing us to reconsider many aspects of our lives and economy, including our economic future. The COVID- 19 response and recovery …

Supporting Local Business Viability and Transition to Worker Ownership in a Pandemic: Offering Business Owners “Exit to Community”

E2C: Community Ownership in a Pandemic Community Notes, Jun. 9, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis presents the greatest threat to community-based business in generations. But what if their employees and neighbors had the tools to get through this crisis in better shape, through an “exit to community”? This webinar presents strategies to help business transition to community and employee ownership, which …

M4BL, United Frontline Table, Rising Majority Publish People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy

Today, a group of sixteen frontline and climate justice organizations from across the U.S. announced the creation of the United Frontline Table, a network comprised of alliances, coalitions, community organizations and their member organizations, that have come together to advance a new economy, based in racial justice, gender equity, jobs, health, and safety for all people;  an economy that functions …

Sierra Club Letter on COVID Recovery and a Green New Deal – April 2020

April 27, 2020 to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Kathy Castor, Chair, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, plus Peter DeFazio, Chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Raúl Grijalva, Chair, Committee on Natural Resources; Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Nita Lowey, Chair, Committee on Appropriations; Richard Neal, Chair, Committee on Ways and Means; …

Blacks hurting more in COVID recession

So far, we’ve seen a group larger than the entire population of California lose their jobs since March. As the pandemic coverage is swept aside by protests over police brutality and systemic racism, one calculation holds that half of all black adults are now jobless.” A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines. By Eli Rosenberg June 1, 2020, Washington Post In the …

Fastest growth in bicycling is among minority populations: Poor and black ‘invisible cyclists’ need to be part of post-pandemic transport planning too

Safety is different for different people, and should be defined by those most economically and legally vulnerable. Prioritize people over profit, property or placemaking. For too long, dominant narratives in mobility advocacy have drawn from the experiences of the most privileged.In advocacy spaces, questions of equity are often treated as an afterthought or sidebar. Advocates “from diverse backgrounds” are often …

Sizable racial divide in economic impact of the pandemic shutdown

June 2020. California research has found a sizable racial divide in the economic impact of the pandemic shutdown. Asked if anyone in their household had lost wages during the stay-at-home period, 60% of black participants and 66% of those who are Latino said yes. By comparison, only 39% of those who are white had lost wages. Just under one-quarter of …

It’s Time For a Black New Deal

Also see People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework,  Movement for Black Lives Policies and Platform – Here for all People of Color Also see Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform and Call for Reparations- adapted for all People of Color https://docs.google.com/document/d/13EFbp0qBT-ifSm0mkQqLIMYQ39-va5sQ/edit CHRIS WINTERS, Yes Magazine, June 8, 2020 Circa 1941 photograph by Barbara Wright. National Youth …