Summary highlights from Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything , by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, By Becky Bond and Zack Exley (Sept 2016).  Noted references are from the kindle edition.  Read and purchase the full fantastic book!  “What that we’re doing now is not good enough. Obviously we need way more organizing. That’s not happening with the structure we have, which has become over the decades …

90% of Latinos in the US want climate action

Originally posted at Clean Technica, 14 Jan 2017, by Cynthia Shahan  The NRDC recently examined the relationship between work, health, climate, climate health, and Latinos. The report informs that Latinos are supportive of the renewable energy transition (just like almost everyone else), and particularly as a means to better employment and improved health conditions. Higher percentages of Latinos work outdoors. They are more …

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers and even principals with housing woes.  Cross-posted from The Guardian, Dec 2016. In most places, the Chavez family would be an exception – but in the school district that includes East Palo Alto, their plight is not uncommon. Photograph: Alastair Gee for the Guardian …

6 Solutions That Support Native Sovereignty—From Tribal Schooling to Bison Herds

Florida’s Miccosukee is the first tribe allowed to run its own school, where students fully participate in family and cultural activities. Araz Hachadourian and Christa Hillstrom posted Dec 19, 2016.  From Yes! Magazine.org.  This article is part of our state-by-state exploration of local solutions.  FROM THE WINTER 2017 ISSUE 50 Solutions Alaska In the Alaskan village of Kwigillingok, a group of volunteers …

Green Transformation: Is There a Fast Track? from The Politics of Green Transformations

By Hubert Schmitz.  This is the final chapter of Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell (eds), The Politics of Green Transformations, Earthscan/Routledge, 2015.   Introduction The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast …

75% of Trump voters support “action to accelerate the deployment and use of clean energy” — including solar, wind, energy efficiency, and community renewable projects

See GreenTech Media for the full article, highlights below. …There are now more American solar jobs than jobs in oil and gas extraction, and the country is the world’s leader in oil and natural-gas production. We’re truly an “all-of-the-above” country — and increasingly, more energy is being sourced from above the ground, rather than below it. And if Trump listens to his own voters, …

The Electoral College rules give as much as three times as much weight to the mainly conservative and white Republicans in the rural states compared to states with large, racially diverse and majority Democratic populations

Cross-posted from CommonDreams.org The Electoral College rules give as much as three times as much weight to the mainly conservative and white Republicans in the rural states compared to states with large, racially diverse and majority Democratic populations.  This is because even the tiniest state has a minimum of three Electoral College votes, based on the rule that each state …