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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. […]

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How COVID-19 and White Fragility are Fueling Fascist Creep

In the COVID-19 era, white fragility intensifies a collective sense of white life in peril, paving the way for a rising fascism. How can we intervene? Alex Khasnabish/ROAR Politics as usual seems to have been put on hold while we grapple with the pandemic, but the political forces and formations […]

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‘We Demand a More Care-full World!’ & Other COVID Statements We Like

Marisol Cortez 1. First up: “Reimagining the Future After the Corona Crisis,” a hot-off-the-presses open letter by New Roots for the Economy, written collaboratively by members of the international degrowth network and signed by over 70 organizations and 1,100+ scientists, artists, activists, academics from 66 countries (including a couple of […]

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SURVEY: What is Deceleration?

We’ve been doing an awful lot of livestreaming since we joined the viral sequestering a few weeks ago. Maybe you’ve noticed. Eight broadcasts, with dozens of interviews, guest poets and musicians, news updates (COVID-related and otherwise), action alerts, all made possible by a whole lot of plugging and unplugging of […]

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Lockdown Offers Prep Time for Major Social Change

No one would wish for this kind of painful shake-up and lockdown, but activists have been in this position before and now is the time to learn from them. George Lakey The pandemic is many things for many people. For a lot of activists, it offers both frustration and opportunity. […]