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Charging Bull

If climate change is the symptom, capitalism is the problem

By Commentaries/Opinions

Our planet cannot handle an eternal growth model. We live in a finite system and capitalist innovation can only take us so far. Eventually we run out of resources. Climate appears to be the limit. By Samantha Fox, Common Dreams — Too often climate change is reduced to quantification of greenhouse glasses or melting ice caps. These indicators of climate change are important to verify the existence of the problem,…

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Mom dancing with daughters

Dance and movement therapy holds promise for treating anxiety and depression, as well as deeper psychological wounds

By Commentaries/Opinions

The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment. By Lana Ruvolo Grasser, The Conversation — A few years ago, framed by the skyline of Detroit, a group of about 15 children resettled as refugees from the Middle East and Africa leapt and twirled around, waving blue, pink and white streamers through the air. The…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Climate change alert: Tuvalu is sinking

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Tuvalu is a tiny Polynesian island nation located midway between Hawaii and Australia. Home to just 11,000 people, it is just 10 square miles. It is smaller today than it was a decade ago. Thanks to world climate change, Tuvalu is sinking, and the evidence is everywhere. I’d never heard to Tuvalu until I attended COP15, the Copenhagen climate change conference, in 2010. It was…

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Renewable energy

How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to escape poverty and fossil fuels today

By Commentaries/Opinions

The fact that nearly half the world’s population is still struggling to escape poverty while global temperatures hurtle upward is not a coincidence. By Patrick Greiner, The Conversation — While fossil fuels were powering wealthy nations’ economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, many countries across the Global South remained largely impoverished. Today, all that burning of oil, coal and natural gas has warmed the planet toward dangerous levels, and…

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Report Card on President Biden

Panel Gives Biden “Passing” Grades – IBW National Forum Assesses Biden’s First 100 Days

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

On the eve of President Biden’s first 100 days in office the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) convened a National Virtual Forum to evaluate the progress of his administration so far in addressing issues of vital concern to Black voters. IBW assembled a stellar Panel of prominent African American political analysts, commentators and civil rights/human rights advocates from around the country to conduct the assessment which included:…

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Report Card on President Biden: The First 100 Days (A Virtual National Forum)

By Events, Reparations

April 29, 2021 — A panel of Black America’s leading scholars, analysts and activists grade President Biden’s performance during his first 100 days in office. Hosted by: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark, New Jersey Special Respondent: Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba Jackson, MS Moderators: Nkechi Taifa, Esq. Author of Black Power, Black Lawyer Rev. Mark Thompson Host, Make It Plain Panelists: Dr. Julianne Malveaux Author, Political Economist, Commentator, Washington, DC LaTosha…

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Activists rally in support of proposed "Green New Deal" legislation outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's New York City office, April 30, 2019, in New York City.

The Green New Deal Can Help Us Fight White Supremacy

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nicholas Powers, Truthout — We had a direct existential threat with…Nazi Germany,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at a 2018 event. “We chose to mobilize our entire economy…. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy.” She was promoting a Green New Deal, but her war analogy eerily fit our current political situation. The left is facing a two-front struggle: On one side is…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

In the Wake of Hurricane Dorian: Climate Change and Infrastructure Issues

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Hurricane Dorian has drowned the Bahamas and devastated the coasts of North and South Carolina. There are trillions of dollars worth of damages, and communities that it will take years to rebuild. The fury of this hurricane, some say, is unprecedented, with winds measured at 130 miles per hour at their fiercest. Dozens of lives have been lost – at least 30, as of this writing,…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Make Climate Change the New Civil Rights Battle

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Every Democratic Presidential contender is falling over each other to wear the mantle of top climate change warrior. With a few tweaks mainly involving how much to spend and what timetables to slap on implementation, their plans pretty much boil down to the same things. They want carbon caps, total emphasis on alternative energy sources, end to fossil fuel subsidies, bans on drilling on public…

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Destruction on the island of Grand Bahama in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian Makes Bahamians the Latest Climate-Crisis Victims

By News & Current Affairs

The country has a tiny carbon footprint but carries the burden of being ground zero for global warming. By Erica Moiah James, The New York Times — MIAMI — Whoever thought Dorian might be a good name for a hurricane has some explaining to do. In the Bahamas, when we have to deal with difficulties, we try to make the saddest people among us laugh, knowing that they will return the…

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Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Meet Rhiana Gunn-Wright, An Architect Behind The Green New Deal

By Editors' Choice

By Donna M. Owens, Essence — Rhiana Gunn-Wright was always curious about policy, even before she fully understood the term. “Growing up I’d wonder about structures—in my neighborhood and schools,” the 29-year-old South Side Chicago native told ESSENCE. “What are the rules, who made the rules? You can’t just look at the surface.” Raised by her mother, grandmother, extended family, and a caring “village,” the Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar…

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An aerial view of Mozambique's Sofala province shows standing water. Sofala and Manica provinces were the hardest hit by Cyclone Idai.,

Mozambique Floods Cover More Ground Than NYC, Chicago, D.C., and Boston — Combined

By News & Current Affairs

Post-flood satellite images of Mozambique show that Cyclone Idai submerged about 835 square miles of homes and fields — an area larger than New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Boston combined. By Eric Holthaus, Grist — Aid workers in Mozambique describe the floodwaters as “inland oceans extending for miles and miles.” Idai’s official death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi reached 761 on Monday, but that total will surely rise. There are…

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