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  • Perspective: With the world rapidly changing, this is what’s needed from our leaders and institutions Reposted from Alrick Pagnon at IdeapodNever before has one species been able to conquer or impact so many elements on Earth so dramatically. We are accelerating into the future. The rate of change continues to astonish us, and the awesome power of human ingenuity enables us to make what was once consigned to the pages of science fiction novels reality.But, the increased progress is creating a parallel sense of existential dread. Are we the masters of our future? Will we set the direction for the economy and the environment? Will we set out the nature of the ethical society we want to live in? Or will events and mistakes overtake us? NASA Reports Five years later only ...
    Posted May 10, 2019, 10:51 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Perspective: Do Windmills Cause Cancer? A Very Quick Scientific Study. Reposted from 'KeithDB' at Daily Kos  On April 2, 2019 the President of the United States delivered a speech in which he said that the noise from windmills causes cancer. Watch it yourself. The question is so bizarre, I doubt it has been scientifically studied, so I gave a quick stab at it. I acknowledge the methodology was crude, but this is what I did.Method: How to Test if Windmills Cause CancerData Sources And VariablesI gathered data on national per capita cancer rates, and national per capita megawatts generated from wind power. For the scientifically minded, the hypothesized independent variable (the cause) is national per capital megawatts generated from wind power. The dependent variable (the effect) is ...
    Posted May 1, 2019, 8:55 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Environmental Justice: What Happens After the Mines Close? Reposted from Monica Potts at Sierra magazineFor the people of Harlan County, Kentucky, climate change brings about a specific sort of cultural and economic disorientation: The coal-mining industry they have relied on for decades is no longer viable. Now former coal mining towns are plotting how to reinvent themselves. Brookside Strike: Coal Mining Culture of Harlan County For 100 years, the economy of Harlan County and other counties in eastern Kentucky depended on coal mining. The sign depicted was posted by UMWA picketers during the Brookside Mine Strike of the 1970s. This strike became what the county was known for through, serving as the subject of the film, Harlan County, USA (1976), and another dramatic film called the ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 2:14 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Economic Empowerment: The hidden tax: Average Americans pay a tax of 74% that they don't know about and isn't in the media Reposted from David Akadjian at Daily Kos In American media, we hear a lot about the taxes that the wealthy want to cut: Income taxes, estate taxes, and corporate taxes. What we don’t hear about is the largest tax the American labor force faces. This tax is the difference between what we produce and what we get paid.Let’s call this the profit tax because it goes to corporate profits. This tax is taken from workers and redistributed to owners and shareholders. As tax day approaches, I wanted to highlight this hidden tax. 2017 Tax Day March in Philadelphia Taxpayers held protests all over the United States on April 15, 2017, to urge President Trump to release his ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2019, 8:40 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Perspective: Policy recommendations to the 116th Congress for the preservation of public lands Posted from Kathy DeCoster, VP & Director of Federal Affairs at The Trust for Public Land The Trust for Public Land is a U.S non-profit organization with a mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land's Federal Affairs Team in Washington, D.C. issued this letter as an overview of their activities in our nation's capital. They are petitioning Congress to:Codify the Antiquities ActReinstate protections for all of Bears Ears National MonumentFully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund ProgramStop the public land sell-offsStop the Charitable Conversation Easement LoopholeCivic Engagement: Local Demonstration at ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 5:46 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Perspectives: The Missing Black Millennial Reposted from Reniqua Allen at The New RepublicOn a cold winter morning this year, I stepped on a downtown 6 train in New York City. I had just come from a grueling workout, and I was tired and hungry. Bundled up in my coat, with a pocketbook and bulky backpack, I took up more space in the aisle than usual, as if I were some exaggerated version of myself. A few seconds later, a blonde woman about my age huffily pushed by me, annoyed that she had to brush past my backpack. Apparently dismayed that her shove hadn’t gotten the message across, she loudly told me that my bag was in the way. Annoyed at her annoyance, I ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:40 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Media Accountability: Confirmed-- GOP's tea party win under Obama got twice as much media coverage as 2018 Blue Wave Reposted from Eric Boehlert at Daily Kos Last year, Democrats posted their best midterm cycle win since Watergate, flipping 40 seats in the House as part of a sweeping blue-wave pushback against Trump. Yet the three major television networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, devoted less than half as much airtime covering the 2018 resistance midterm cycle as they did covering the GOP's big tea party-assisted House win in 2010 under President Barack Obama.Tea Party Demonstration March 2010 Tea Party demonstration on the Denver Colorado State Capitol. Attributed to dalelanham [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsLast year, during Trump's first midterm election cycle, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:56 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Human Rights and Economic Empowerment: Activists demand Wall Street banks break up with Private Prisons in National Valentine's Day protest [with Update!] Reposted from Huiying B. Chan at Daily Kos Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day, but not for Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. These major Wall Street banks have become the subject of increasing public scrutiny for their funding of the private-prison industry and immigration detention centers. Numerous organizations and individuals—from the worlds of grassroots community organizing to social investing—joined together to expose the true money story behind these banks.In partnership with Daily Kos, Jasmine Rashid at social investing firm Candide Group conducted interviews with key organizers and leaders across the country, in order to get a glimpse into the work of change-makers who are pushing the needle when it comes to exposing ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2019, 7:34 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Rodney Sumler Day 2019 Q&A An evening in budding Spring, lights bloom to life in an opened storefront space. Afrocentric portraits of buildings towered over the reception desk and greeted the people as they entered. The buildings curiously wore warm, dark masks of the people that they housed and were similarly adorned in fantastically textured regalia of Harlem. Rich, bright, and royal sculptures dotted the space, seeming to sway to the smooth beats of quintessential Black, American music.Attracted passer-byers frequently entered the storefront-turned-community-art-space, inquiring if the party was RSVP only. It was but, as part of the community, they were invited too.Last week, there was an article over viewing the presentation given at the event by the late ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2019, 7:30 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • An Introduction To Rodney Sumler Day: Economic, Environmental Justice And Celebrating Organizing Action! Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm March 13, 2015, the Mayor of Winston-Salem declared Rodney Sumler Day (RSD) an official city holiday to honor Rodney Jerome Sumler for his service to the city and for the purpose of continuing the spirit of his mission.  You can RSVP for both the NYC event and Facebook Live event at the link below: https://goo.gl/yCKTGq  Rodney Sumler: Community Activist, Social EntrepreneurThe term "social entrepreneur" was coined in the early 2000s. However, Rodney Sumler had been displaying qualities of social entrepreneurship since beginning his consulting agency, AC Consulting, in the 1970s. His paper, the AC Phoenix Newspaper, served communities in North Carolina for over 30 years. It provided many opportunities for small business and even for ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2019, 12:57 PM by Rahni Sumler
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