Dialog between an organizer and an elder

The following exchange is between 33-year-old organizer Yotam Marom and 82-year-old George Lakey, whose activism, organizing and training spans over 50 years. As journalist/activist Bill McKibben says, even Congress cannot suspend the laws of physics. Growing failure on the environmental front produces what political scientists consider a recipe for rapid change and even revolution: the demonstrated inability of a government …

Candidates Debate Climate in Sixth Democratic Debate, The Short Word on Nuclear

By Olivia Rosane Dec. 20, 2019, POLITICS The climate crisis had its strongest showing to date in the sixth Democratic primary debate hosted by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles Thursday. For the first time, a climate question was asked during the first 30 minutes of the debate, HuffPost reported. The issue got 13 minutes total of discussion time, according to Grist, and those …

Gus Speth, After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate: The important thing is for people to redouble their efforts. Now that we’ve got a fighting chance, we really have to fight.

Gus Speth: The important thing is for people to redouble their efforts. Now that we’ve got a fighting chance, we really have to fight. We all should be engaged with a Green New Deal. I think one reason the idea is getting so much attention is that it is not just about climate and the environment. They are seeing the connections …

How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis?

Bernie Sanders on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News AUG 24, 2019 “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy.”—Bernie Sanders, May 2019 Been There Tropical Storm Irene, which in 2011 caused the deaths of six people in Vermont, forced thousands from their homes, and washed away hundreds of bridges and miles of …

Making Sense of the Latest IRS Income Stats To understand how wide our economic divide has become, a little imagination can help. BLOGGING OUR GREAT DIVIDE NOVEMBER 21, 2019 by Sam Pizzigati None of us can actually “see” inequality, not in the way we can see a horse or a house. So we rely on numbers to better understand how unequal …

‘If the people withdraw from the contest over the state, then it will—without challenge—serve the oligarchy and deepen inequalities and discrimination’

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ana Maldonado, Pilar Troya Fernández, and Vijay Prashad, MR ONLINE November 23, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! A letter to those who would deride revolutions in the name of purity: Revolutions do not happen suddenly, nor do they immediately transform a society. A revolution is a process, which moves at different speeds whose tempo can change rapidly if the motor of history …

 4 in 10 Americans say they’re cutting back on meat — including 4 in 10 Republican women — fewer than 2 in 10 Republican men say they are, too. The poll was conducted Oct. 1-13 among 3,627 adults. The error margin was 2.1 percentage points for adults polled; the margin varied for each subgroup. Among other results, most Americans (62%) …

Alexander Hamilton described “high crimes and misdemeanors” as “violations of the public trust.”

Trump is the poster boy for this yardstick. He tells Americans they have cleaner air, water, food, forthcoming wonderful health insurance, tons more manufacturing jobs and “clean, beautiful coal.” He continues to maintain these fictions when just the opposite is occurring due to his deliberate destruction of existing health, safety and economic protections. He is subordinating people to increased corporate …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

‘Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress’: Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

“This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams October 29, 2019 Protesters attends a rally for “Fair Maps” on March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) In a ruling that could have major implications for next year’s congressional elections, a North Carolina court late Monday struck …