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Did Automobiles Replace The Horse?
By Michael Silverstein and Kay Wood.
June 18, 2014
Will alternative energy resources like solar and wind largely replace fossil fuels in the near future? A new cadre of economists and journalists has set out to prove that this is impossible.
Employing arguments based on present growth of alternative resources, total projected energy needs in years to come, deficiencies of alternative energy collection and storage, and most importantly, the vast costs of going from where we are (a fossil fuel based economy) to where many environmentalists want us to be (an alternative energy based one), they have declared the case for the latter undone.
Arguments like these can seem persuasive. But only if you think that both technology and market acceptance develop at a steady pace. They often don’t. And in cases when they don’t, long established ways of doing things can change with incredible speed, persuasive arguments that this can never happen notwithstanding....
Let It Be A Year for Justice
January 7, 2014
It's not a time to be pollyannaish. Hardly a time to rest on any laurels. But things turned a bit in 2013. No one is talking anymore about cutting social security benefits. The first woman chair of the Federal Reserve was appointed and she actually cares that too many people are out of work. Here in Philly we created a Land Bank (although that's about it on City Council's list of accomplishments.) At the state level, even our out of touch Governor admitted that he had to do something about enrolling more people in Medicaid. And Robert Reich made another outstanding video about all of this.
But it's not just because we had a pretty good 2013 that there's reason to be optimistic about 2014. And it's not just that the Tea Party message is falling flat in PA. It's not just that Corbett's incredibly awful poll numbers show a right wing in decline, nor that this year should be the last in which we have to put up with that callous man as governor. The main reason for hope is that there is so much great organizing going on here, and so many people are in motion.
That most certainly includes all of the people in Neighborhood Networks. We are involved in virtually all the change movements that are powering up in our City and state such as public banking, anti-fracking, fighting corporate personhood, preserving public education, saving PGW from privatization, ending the school to prison pipeline and more. If you're a member and you care about any of these issues, you'll be hearing from us about these fights from time to time. Get involved because we've been winning, we're on the right side of history and with you, we will continue to move forward!...
Germantown NN Members Get Busy
By Conni Bille
December 19, 2013
Four days a week at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center a team of NN members are offering hands-on help to people wanting to sign up for the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") health insurance. On Monday afternoons 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 and Saturdays 1:00 to 3:00 NN members offer computer access and information to community members. Community members have been delighted....
Tell Your State Senators to Vote NO on SB 1085
December 4, 2013
The 1% have 40% of the wealth but don’t think it’s enough. Part of their scheme to collect more is based on turning humans into commodities. We see it with privatization of prisons. Humans in those prisons are viewed as mere financial conduits whose main significant characteristic is that they create payment vouchers for their dungeon-keepers. Indeed, we learned yesterday that when state governments don’t fill those commodified prisons, they actually have to pay penalties to the prison owners. Thus people are now sent to prison because of contracts, not crimes....
Become An Organizer!
October 19, 2013
Did you ever read an article that made you wish you could do something right then and there to change the world? And then hear yourself saying “well there’s nothing I can do; I’ll just have to grit my teeth and bear it.”
Well we’re here to say your days of grit and bearing can be over. That’s because MoveOn.org is making its time tested, state-of-the-art organizing tools available to progressives everywhere who have an idea and the inner drive to move it forward. And on November 2-3 MoveOn is coming to Philadelphia to share those tools with all of us.
That’s right. You don’t need to have a million dollar lobbying organization behind you, a vast PR machine, or a broadcasting network. YOU can make the change yourself. Don’t believe us? Check this out. And then, sign up here for one kick-ass training for anyone who can say these three little words: “Yes, I can.” Details below:
When: Saturday November 2, 9 AM-6 PM (Optional Dinner Out)
Sunday, November 3, 10 AM-4:30 PM
Where: Philadelphia Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
What: MoveOn Organizing Summit
Bonus! Lunch and snacks are free each day
Only available one day? No problem; one day will be so much better than none!...