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Fair Trial Under Attack In Reality Winner Whistleblower Trial

Fair Trial Under Attack In Reality Winner Whistleblower Trial
Above Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images. Reality Winner exits the Augusta Courthouse in in Augusta, GA on June 8, 2017. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S DEMAND FOR EXTREME SECRECY IN REALITY WINNER TRIAL CONTESTED BY DEFENSE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT is seeking to impose extreme secrecy rules in the trial of alleged Intercept source and whistleblower Reality Winner that could prevent her defense team from citing countless publicly available news articles in ... Read more

Chicagoans Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ To Affordable Housing

Chicagoans Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ To Affordable Housing
Above Photo: Members of NAHJP joined allies from the Catholic Worker and Su Casa for a “housewarming party” in May. (Twitter/@affordableJP) Andrea Mitchell knows a dog whistle when she hears one. In the ongoing struggle against housing segregation, they come in the form of chants of “No Section 8.” The fear of a voucher holder’s “miscreant cousin, nephew, brother, son” doing damage in the community. Calls for the children of low-income ... Read more

Everything Old Is New Again: The Long History Of Greenbelt’s New Economy

Everything Old Is New Again: The Long History Of Greenbelt’s New Economy
Above Photo: via Greenbelt Online Greenbelt residents are organizing cooperatives and other community initiatives aimed at building a better world. A family shops at a co-op store in Greenbelt, Md., in 1938. (MARION WOLCOTT POST/US LOC) “Generally, when people see a need [in the community], they tend to think maybe a co-op can do this. It’s part of our DNA.” On a warm mid-June day in Greenbelt, Md., Lore Rosenthal loads 12 yellow buckets ... Read more

Fighting Inequality: Which Nations Do More Than Pay Lip Service?

Fighting Inequality: Which Nations Do More Than Pay Lip Service?
Above Photo: From inequality.org Two global groups have joined to create a first-ever yardstick for holding our world’s top politicos accountable, nation by nation, for narrowing our grand divides. Two years ago, in 2015, just about all the nations in the world came together and agreed to make reducing inequality — the gap between rich and poor — a prime United Nations “sustainable development goal.” A noble gesture. But UN groups make noble ... Read more

In 40 Years: CEO Pay Up 937%, Worker Wages Stagnant

In 40 Years: CEO Pay Up 937%, Worker Wages Stagnant
Above: Image credit: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com US inequality problem continues to be the worst in the industrialized world. A new report, published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) this week, shows that while wages for American workers have essentially remained stagnant for decades, CEO pay has soared at an “outrageous” clip.  A study by the Pew Research Center (PRC) in 2014 found that economic analyses show a “lack of ... Read more

Our Obsolescent Economy

Our Obsolescent Economy
Above Photo: From localfutures.org A friend of mine from India tells a story about driving an old Volkswagen beetle from California to Virginia during his first year in the United States. In a freak ice storm in Texas he skidded off the road, leaving his car with a cracked windshield and badly dented doors and fenders. When he reached Virginia he took the car to a body shop for a repair estimate. The proprietor took one look at it and said, ... Read more

Tenants March To Stop Giveaways To Wall Street Landlords

Tenants March To Stop Giveaways To Wall Street Landlords
Above Photo: Margie Mathers, a housing activist with MH Action, speaking at the Tenant March on Washington, July 12, 2017. While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers. It was a brutally hot and humid day in the nation’s capital and Margie Mathers needed a cane to get up to the podium, but the Florida senior had a story ... Read more

How Big Is America’s Employee-Owned Economy?

How Big Is America’s Employee-Owned Economy?
Above Photo: Flickr/ fiona.mcgowan Employee ownership (EO) is gaining traction as a way to address a number of social questions including rising wealth inequality, and the best way to create strong local economies As a sign of employee ownership’s increasing importance look no further than Colorado, where Congressman Jared Polis kicked-off his gubernatorial campaign at Save-A-Lot, an employee-owned grocery store. If we are to seriously ... Read more

‘Democracy Vouchers’ Amplify Low-Income Voices

‘Democracy Vouchers’ Amplify Low-Income Voices
Above photo: Experiment comes at a time of seemingly new possibilities for election financing after Bernie Sanders demonstrated that small donors can float a campaign. If money amplifies the voices of wealthy Americans in politics, Seattle is trying something that aims to give low-income and middle-class voters a signal boost. The city’s new “Democracy Voucher” program, the first of its kind in the US, provides every eligible Seattle ... Read more

Tesla’s Big Battery Will Change Power And Politics

Tesla’s Big Battery Will Change Power And Politics
Above Photo: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/ Elon Musk unveiling new Power Pack   It puts paid to arguments for coal fired base load.   We have written previously about how Tesla will kill the duck in Australia in 100 days or it’s free. Now more detail has come out about what is being called the world’s largest battery, that Elon Musk is building. It will store energy generated at a big wind farm and deliver power during peak hours in ... Read more