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 …

Black Lives and the Green New Deal

June 11, 2020 by Common Dreams by Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability The Green New Deal is a vehicle for building the broad movement for structural change necessary to truly make Black lives matter. Racial inequality is part of the broader picture of inequality in America. The richest four hundred Americans own more of the country’s wealth than the …

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; …

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 …

Big companies traded on the stock market took two-thirds of the money meant to bail out small businesses. Also 1 in 4 U.S. households are now underbanked or unbanked. We need a public option for basic banking services

It’s Time To Fix The Rusty Pipes Of Our Inequitable Financial System. The COVID-19 pandemic response has shown that the very foundations of our economy are shaky, fragile, and — for some of us — downright dangerous. We’re once again watching working people, especially working people of color, bear the brunt of the fallout. Meanwhile, big companies traded on the …

More than 1 in 3 rooftops in US are suitable for solar. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for Americans, cut air pollution, and create over 3.7 million jobs. The government could also get paid back.

John Farrell, ILSR, April 10, 2020 Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home or business rooftops in America is suitable for solar: sunny with sufficient space to host a few panels. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for …

A Wealth Tax Is the Logical Way to Support Coronavirus Relief

The wealthiest 5 percent of American families now hold $57 trillion, or two-thirds of all household wealth in the country (up from about half in 1960). An exemption for the first $2.5 million of household wealth would exclude the bottom 95 percent from paying any tax at all and leave the top 5 percent with total taxable wealth of roughly …