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18 Charts: 2020’s Record-Breaking Warming as Biden Rejoins Paris

EDITOR’S NOTE: Even as President Biden enters the White House with an unprecedented commitment to fighting industrially driven global warming and taking several critical immediate actions, including reentering the Paris Agreement, the pledges we’ve seen to date are still too limited, if only because this global threat is so large, […]

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Coup Averted, La Lucha Continua. But First: Breathe.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final dispatch from a group called Choose Democracy, who we introduced to readers in an October post just before the historic (and traumatic) 2020 election. Choose Democracy formed for the express purpose of training people to stop a coup should it arise, launching a coup-o-meter […]

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‘Luz At Midnight’: San Antonio’s First Rare-Earth Cli-Fi Love Story

Love, politics, and rare earth mineral mining converge in this South Texas novel. Ten years in the making, San Anto’s first rare-earth cli-fi love story (we’d wager) has just been published by the superchingón FlowerSong Press and is ready for heavy reading. Rooted in the landscapes and issues Deceleration aspires […]

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Drug Legalization, Community Power Critical For Police-Free World

Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally against marijuana arrests in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. The New York City Council is set to vote on a resolution that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in […]

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Four Ways to Help Children Cope with the Damage We’ve Done to Our Planet

Louise Chawla As an environmental psychologist who works to improve children’s access to nature, I recently completed a review that brings two bodies of research together: one on connecting children and adolescents with nature, and the second on supporting healthy coping when they realize they are part of a planet […]

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Utility Disconnections are Increasing—and the Pandemic Is Far From Over

Who is going to pick up the bill for estimated $10B in unpaid bills? Here are some options to avoid mass utility disconnections. Theodore J. Kury The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic […]

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CPS Energy Must Stop Shutting Off People’s Power—For Good

Disconnects for nonpayment by CPS Energy have more than doubled during CEO Paula Gold-Williams tenure. And there are still no promises of reform.

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Election or Coup? How to (Really) Stop Trump from Stealing the Election

EDITOR’S NOTE: Few pundits are expecting a clear winner from the 2020 presidential election on November 4. Most expect that sorting out mail-in ballots and legal challenges will take days to weeks. Many—more than we’d like, but perhaps fewer than we’d expect—are weighing the odds of a coup attempt by […]

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CPS, SAWS, SAPD: Petitions to Hold Power Accountable By

In San Antonio election lines, clipboards mark the struggle to force change at City-owned utilities CPS, SAWS, and our ‘union-clad’ police force. Marisol Cortez & Greg Harman This election season, up-ballot races—including and especially the race to unseat a pandemic-spreading, children-caging autocrat—overshadow more ground-level, small-d democratic movement. However, three critical […]

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Utility Violence: CPS Energy’s History of Forced Shutoffs

To Truly Tackle Root Inequities, Council Must Address CPS Energy’s Legacy of Disconnections Greg Harman San Antonio summers are a time of retreat. During 2012, Texas’s hottest year on record, San Antonians fled to movie theaters, water parks, libraries, and VIA’s designated cooling centers (our bus fleet). For those in […]

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Federal Forces in Portland Escalate Violence Against Journalists

As federal agents snatch protesters in unmarked vans, the reporters covering the Portland uprising are facing intense and unprecedented repression. Shane Burley On the night of July 11, as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters amassed around the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon, federal Homeland Security officers opened fire with […]

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Twelve Black Climate Activists Changing Our World

Here are the voices of those struggling for racial justice in the face of rising temperatures. By Nexus Media The politics of climate change are shifting. This year, as the most diverse Congress in history was sworn in, its newest members called for an ambitious plan to overhaul the U.S. […]