Change city zoning laws to ban new construction of fossil fuel projects

In the coming months and years, cities will move to the forefront of the climate change movement. Portland, Oregon took a bold step in ...
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    Place more federal work centers outside the Beltway

    Partly thanks to this Vox piece, one classic idea that’s been attracting new attention is the chestnut to relocate federal ...
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      “Safe days” for domestic violence survivors

      Abuse from one’s partner takes a terrible toll on victims — physically, emotionally, and socially. Domestic violence, which ...
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        Organize an emergency committee to defend Medicare

        It may be a challenge to pin down President-Elect Donald Trump’s exact position and intentions on Medicare and Social Security, ...
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          Build more Green Walls: Get cities to plant a crazy number of trees

          Verdant greenery captures more than the eye and enhance more than the beautiful scenery around town. Trees are also good for public ...
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            Sue the big banks to make them pay for the foreclosure crisis

            Nearly a decade later, major banking institutions have recovered from the Great Recession they helped precipitate but many communities ...
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              Build up your savings—and get a chance to win a lottery jackpot

              Economists and anti-poverty advocates have long warned that playing the lottery can be a money trap for low-income Americans, given the ...
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                Curb dynastic wealth with these tax ideas

                In a blockbuster scoop, The New York Times recently reported evidence that presidential nominee Donald Trump could’ve legally ...
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                  Another path to owning your own home and building wealth: community land trusts

                  For many families, owning their own home is still a pillar of the American Dream. Thanks to a new model for affordable homeownership, ...
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                    Pool housing funds from different agencies to build more affordable housing

                    Like so many other metropolitan areas across the country, Chicago long faced a thorny dilemma: how best to ensure affordable housing ...
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                      Law clinics for green-collar worker-run businesses

                      The Green-Collar Communities Clinic (CG3) is the first and only law school clinic of its kind in the country: free legal, business, and ...
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                        Cap nonprofit CEO salaries to the US President’s salary

                        Runaway executive salaries aren’t limited to corporate America. Top universities and many other nonprofit institutions also ...
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                          How to make dark alleys safer: invite everyone in by throwing parties

                          “If you treat it as a place where nobody goes, then you’re inviting illicit activity and you’re inviting people not to respect ...
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                            Charge extractive industries a severance fee for the damage they leave behind

                            Extractive companies come and go, but the damage stays. When local communities welcome oil, gas, and mining business interests into ...
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                              Cities should stop banking with predatory banks that rip off their communities

                              Elected leaders to city government would have good reason to stop giving certain banks their business: those banks are exploiting their ...
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                                A new intergenerational movement to bring the young and the aging together

                                Today’s youngest will grow up experiencing a new phenomenon in human history: being alive at the same time as four to five ...
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                                  Take the Public Transit Challenge, just like the Minimum Wage Challenge

                                  As anyone who relies on the local bus or train lines to get around can show by example, public mass transit is a necessity in modern ...
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                                    Raise wages by banning employers from asking salary history

                                    Due to the declining power of ordinary workers against powerful employers in general, unfairly low compensation is the unfortunate ...
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                                      Overhaul the way medicines are innovated by de-linking R&D costs from drug prices

                                      Judging by the national headlines in America today, one particularly effective way to make a killing in the corporate sector is to be a ...
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                                        To help homeless panhandlers, let them be city workers for the day

                                        While many other cities are moving to ban panhandling by homeless people or push them further out to the outskirts, the city of ...
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                                          Retrain all remaining coal workers for great jobs in clean energy

                                          Clean energy is a booming sector, with the solar industry adding new jobs 12 times faster than the national job growth rate. ...
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                                            These moveable “pop up” preschools for underserved communities are a hit

                                            High-quality preschool helps ensure that young children are ready to learn, academically and socially, on the first day of ...
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                                              For a healthier climate and community, cities should stop requiring so much parking

                                              In order to combat climate change, we need to encourage people to use to mass transit rather than driving individual vehicles that run ...
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                                                To curb human trafficking, clean up the foreign labor recruitment process

                                                This summer, a new law went into effect in California that protects international workers from human trafficking and abuse by ...
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                                                  In a country of second chances, college for ex-prisoners returning to society

                                                  America aspires to be a country of second chances. In terms of the numbers, most incarcerated people do eventually return to society on ...
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                                                    Modernize Unemployment Insurance systems so you can keep benefits while launching a new business start-up

                                                    The rate of new business start-ups is in a long decline in the United States, raising concerns about this crucial source of job ...
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                                                      Stop special perks like U.S. Embassy parties for corporate deserters

                                                      U.S. multinational companies that simply changed their addresses on file, just to dodge taxes to Uncle Sam, are still enjoying various ...
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                                                        Require pharmaceutical companies to justify their price hikes

                                                        The level of profiteering and price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry can be downright scandalous, as former drug company CEO ...
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                                                          Make zero food waste a national priority

                                                          The United States as a country is so awash in abundance that we use 10 percent of the total national energy budget to bring food from ...
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                                                            Electric car-sharing programs for impoverished neighborhoods

                                                            For Americans who aren’t rich, simply traveling to work, school, or the grocery store can be an expensive, time-consuming hassle. ...
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                                                              Big Pharma would hate this simple solution to curbing $3 billion wasted per year on expensive medicines

                                                              Did you know that the United States throws away $3 billion worth of perfectly good, unused cancer drugs annually—because they’re ...
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                                                                The public option for banking: Create city banks for and by the public

                                                                In the United States, state and city governments rely on the same private sector banks used by individual consumers for ...
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                                                                  To bring fresh fruit and veggies to food deserts, turn old buses into mobile food markets

                                                                  A promising program in Toronto, Canada is bringing fruits and veggies to impoverished communities in an unusual way: through a grocery ...
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                                                                    The right to know if global companies are profiting off human rights abuses in their supply chains

                                                                    Modern day slavery, sex trafficking, and forced child labor aren’t just festering in the shadows in far-flung locales. These ...
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                                                                      Ban corporate “non-compete” agreements that trap low-wage workers

                                                                      A newly emerging issue is on the radars of pro-worker advocates, corporate accountability watchdogs, and economists: the ...
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                                                                        Build all new buildings with green roofs—with solar panels or rooftop gardens

                                                                        The core idea behind “green roofs” is simple: use building rooftops to grow plants or generate clean energy with solar ...
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                                                                          Panama Papers: The Response

                                                                          By now, chances are that readers of this website have heard of the Panama Papers. So let’s get right to the point: what should be ...
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                                                                            Fund a Veterans Trust Fund before the war’s aftermath

                                                                            For America’s elected leaders, the warnings of history loom over one of the most important decisions they can ever make: we must ...
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                                                                              Simple idea to turn more empty federal buildings into homeless shelters

                                                                              It may not seem like a sexy issue, but vacant federal property is often the target of ire from lawmakers and pundits. That’s why ...
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                                                                                Warren Buffett: make sure the CEO loses everything if a bank has to be bailed out

                                                                                Despite various policy and regulatory reforms to rein in excessive CEO pay, top executives continue to rake in the huge ...
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                                                                                  The unusual way Denmark reins in reckless corporate greed

                                                                                  It’s a common refrain: corporate executives in the U.S. are too short-sighted and myopic in their time horizon, controlled by the ...
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                                                                                    Delicious idea for overhauling the corporate income tax: replace it with stocks

                                                                                    Thanks to rampant tax-dodging trickery and sophistry, corporate America is enjoying huge payoffs even as it complains loudly about the ...
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                                                                                      When the data crunching crunches you in the new age of algorithms

                                                                                      The robot takeover will have profound implications for the future of work and daily life—but not in the way that lay folks might guess. ...
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                                                                                        Awesome way to tackle a bunch of problems at the same time: cell phones waste, global poverty, climate change

                                                                                        Summary The global community faces a challenge: how do we lift developing nations out of poverty while avoiding the greenhouse ...
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                                                                                          Open up the popular federal retirement plan to all Americans

                                                                                          Here’s an idea so compelling that it’s backed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Center for Economic Policy and Research, the ...
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                                                                                            Put solar panels on our national highways

                                                                                            Here’s a simple but powerful idea to help accelerate the clean energy revolution: put solar panels on our roads. Why let all that ...
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                                                                                              Train a new corps of activists on how to convert businesses into worker-owned cooperatives

                                                                                              Worker coops aren’t the standard way of running a business in America. That’s a big reason why they’re catching on. ...
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                                                                                                Stop the billionaire corporate shell game in real estate deals

                                                                                                It’s no surprise the United States is so attractive to foreign plutocrats, international criminals, and corrupt politicians ...
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                                                                                                  Shorten the work week and lengthen vacations—it’ll create jobs!

                                                                                                  Spend fewer hours at work, use your paid days off, and take longer vacations — and at the same time, help put other Americans back to ...
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                                                                                                    Make everyone’s tax returns public

                                                                                                    Whoa, what? You read that right: let’s put every American’s tax return in the online public domain—after anonymizing it to ...
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                                                                                                      The corporate race to the bottom leads to Delaware. Let’s stop that.

                                                                                                      Delaware is the preferred state for thousands of companies seeking a corporate charter, including those with no real connection to the ...
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                                                                                                        Quitting is a sign of empowered workers. Let’s empower them more through Unemployment Insurance.

                                                                                                        Quitters never prosper, right? Think again: for rank-and-file workers, quitting is a good sign that they have the financial means to ...
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                                                                                                          To crack down on tax evasion by wealthy investors, create an international register of who owns which financial securities

                                                                                                          Secrecy allows tax-dodging by super wealthy investors to fester around the world. Here’s one idea from economist Gabriel Zucman ...
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                                                                                                            To tackle “NIMBY” opposition to affordable housing, call their bluff with a reserve fund

                                                                                                            When new affordable housing projects are proposed for a community, residents who already live there will often protest with ...
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                                                                                                              Require companies to disclose their gender pay gaps, not just their CEO pay gaps

                                                                                                              Companies should be required to publicly disclose their gender pay gaps, just like the SEC is proposing that companies be required to ...
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                                                                                                                Novel way to curb sky-high CEO pay: base the corporate income tax on it

                                                                                                                For those seeking new ideas to curb outrageous levels of corporate CEO pay, here’s a novel rethinking of the tax code itself: ...
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                                                                                                                  Rebrand it: the real “right to work” is full employment

                                                                                                                  Let’s turn the tables on conservatives and their powerful corporate donors who love to talk about “right-to-work,” ...
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                                                                                                                    Here’s how states can help rein in abuse of federal tax loopholes

                                                                                                                    Here’s how to step up the effort against corporate abuse of federal tax laws: get the states to deny their own state tax ...
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                                                                                                                      Make it impossible for a CEO to ignore the workers: put them on the corporate board

                                                                                                                      Current law requires all publicly traded companies to have a board of directors, which hold major responsibilities and powers over the ...
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                                                                                                                        Bring Finland’s baby starter box to America

                                                                                                                        Here’s how we can help ensure that all children in America get a strong and equal start in life, no matter the wealth of the ...
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                                                                                                                          Kill zombie debts that outlast bankruptcy

                                                                                                                          When people’s debt are canceled by a bankruptcy judge, the “zombie” debt should be cleared from their consumer ...
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                                                                                                                            Buy factories that are closing and hand them to the workers

                                                                                                                            It’s already happening, workers are buying closing factories, so there are models to replicate.  See New Era Windows for one ...
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                                                                                                                              Build Debtor Prisons!

                                                                                                                              Satirical campaign to build debtors prisons again (by the way, these functionally still exist) to highlight bullshit debtors laws ...
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                                                                                                                                Millionaire Bake Sales

                                                                                                                                Modeled on right wing campus diversity bake sales, but in which millionaires pay no taxes and everyone else pays extra, students with ...
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                                                                                                                                  Buy Vacant Buildings Cooperatively

                                                                                                                                  A group of neighbors in Minneapolis started the Northeast Investment Cooperative to pool money to buy vacant buildings and rent them to ...
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                                                                                                                                    Wealth Addicts Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    A New York Times op-ed by former Wall Street trader Sam Polk proposes an AA for Wealth Addiction. ...
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                                                                                                                                      No More Unpaid Internships

                                                                                                                                      There are roughly 2 million interns in the US and about half of them are unpaid. A new Fair Pay Campaign has won a bunch of high ...
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                                                                                                                                        Fair wages for people with disabilities

                                                                                                                                        People with disabilities can legally be paid far less than minimum wage – even less than $1 per hour. “The conversation on ...
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                                                                                                                                          Crowd-source Corporations’ Reviews and Awards

                                                                                                                                          Crowd-source reviews of and rewards to corporations for ethical actions.  Like YELP for corporate malfeasance and good behavior. ...
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                                                                                                                                            Timebank as Millennial Stimulus Package

                                                                                                                                            Skilled but undermployed? Contribute your knowledge, time and elbow grease into a timebank for the Millennial generation as hours to ...
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                                                                                                                                              Spread the Vermont universal healthcare model

                                                                                                                                              National Economic Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) is partnering with groups in PA, ME, and MD to spread the VT universal healthcare ...
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                                                                                                                                                Rebrand “Austerity” as “Hunger Games.”

                                                                                                                                                Three finger salute symbol of Resistance. Harry Potter Alliance is already running this ingenious campaign. http://oddsinourfavor.org/ ...
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