1% of American households experienced utility shutoffs in last 3 months, before COVID. The average water utility disconnects water for 5% of households in a year for non-payment, affecting about 15% of Americans. Nearly 25% of households do not have internet at home.

April 13, 2020 byCommon Dreams Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say “It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”by Julia Conley, staff writer More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief …

11 member nations of the European Union demand to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

April 11, 2020 On Friday, 350.org welcomed a new demand from 11 member nations of the European Union to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have a choice to make now: do we try to tackle one crisis while ignoring another, or do we decide to build back better …

Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical: The US has a long history of nationalizing in times of crisis. The publicly owned clean power proposal is actually pretty tame.

By KATE ARONOFF, March 2, 2020, in The New Republic Whether Sanders’s platform really calls for taking over “major parts” of the economy is up for debate. In the 1970s, Sanders talked favorably about “public ownership of utilities, banks, and major industries,” and he urged President Richard Nixon to “give serious thought” to nationalizing oil companies during the 1973 oil crisis. That’s a …

Kalecki, Minsky, and “Old Keynesianism” Vs. “New Keynesianism” on the Effect of Monetary Policy

By Tracy Mott, SEP 11, 2019 | MACROECONOMICS Mott walks us through answers many careful readers of Kalecki, Keynes, Steindl, and Minsky knew all along. In a post co-authored with Anna Stansbury, Larry Summers repudiates economic orthodoxy in regard to whether interest rate cuts suffice to restore full employment and looks at a more “original” Keynesianism to find adequate responses to secular stagnation. Tracy Mott …

RMI advocates debt forgiveness for recovery, linked with decarbonization

Forgive or reduce that debt burden, by an amount dependent on the (verifiable and additional) emissions reductions they achieve. In fact, we can apply the same approach to incentivize emissions reductions across all entities whose debt is held or issued by any government entity. If such an approach was augmented by dedicated loan guarantees or financing to bring down debt …

100 Dems Demand Corporate Accountability, DSA demands and more

Not This Time: Watch out for Wall Street Back during the Great Recession, we bailed out Wall Street. This time, we need to make sure the bailout is for the rest of us. By Ericka Taylor, Inequality.org We have entered uncertain times. The novel coronavirus has upended life around the globe, and none of us knows exactly how long the outbreak …

More COVID movement demands

Working People’s Demands in Response to Coronavirus PRIORITIES OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT TO ADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS: PROTECT FRONT-LINE WORKERS Streamline approaches for allocating and distributing personal protective equipment to working people in greatest need. Issue a workplace safety standard to protect front-line workers and other at-risk workers from infectious diseases. Provide workplace controls, protocols, training and personal protective equipment. Provide …

Bringing about a deep institutional turn in ownership and control to democratize economic and political rights within the economy

The Democracy Collaborative and Common Wealth have begun a project that will last the course of 2020 to explore the new frontiers of public ownership in the twenty-first century, developing policy ideas in four areas where existing structures of ownership amplify corporate power, erode workers’ rights, increase inequality, and accelerate the climate crisis: digital infrastructure, IP and R&D, data and platforms, and land …