Decolonizing The Public Library

By Olivia Robinson, Rabble.ca -

Public libraries in Canada now purport to be for the whole public, but for some provinces in Canada this wasn't always the case. Lorne Bruce, author of Free Books For All: The Public Library [...]

Colorado Surpasses $1 Billion In Marijuana Tax Revenue

By Carina Julig, The Denver Post. -

Colorado has surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales since recreational use was legalized in 2014. Marijuana tax, license and fee revenue has reached $1.02 billion, [...]

Professional Societies: Corporate Service, Or Public Services For You!

By Ralph Nader, Nader.org -

They call themselves non-profit professional societies, but they often act as enabling trade associations for the companies and businesspeople who fund them.  At their worst, they serve their [...]

This Is The Wrong Time To Cut Back On Public Housing

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, Otherwords.org -

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal that would triple the rent some of [...]

The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs

By Alex Marshall, Governing.com -

They are mostly towns you’ve probably never heard of, places like Sandy, Ore., Leverett, Mass., Lafayette, La., and Longmont, Colo. Yet these smaller communities, and hundreds more like them, [...]

The Case For Free Public Transport

By Connor Beaton, Socialistproject.ca -

Rail fares across the UK have soared in comparison to those of our European neighbours, and Scottish transport contracts go out to tender in a farcical franchise system whereby public sector [...]

Access Denied: Case Demanding Elevators In All Subway Locations

By Erik McGregor, Erikmcgregorphotography.blogspot.com -

NEW YORK, NY - The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), on behalf of a coalition of several organizations and individuals, filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the New York City Human [...]

German Cities To Trial Free Public Transport To Cut Pollution

By Philip Oltermann, Theguardian.com -

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big [...]

Orgs Call On FEMA To Address Critical Housing Needs Of Disaster-Impacted Families

By Staff, Nlihc.org -

Washington DC – More than 250 national, state, and local organizations called on FEMA to implement proven disaster-recovery housing solutions like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) [...]

These City Bus Routes Are Going All-Electric ― And Saving Money

By Lyndsey Gilpin, www.insideclimatenews.org -

By Lyndsey Gilpin for Inside Climate News - Two years ago, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville, Kentucky, bought 10 electric buses to replace its aging diesel fleet. The [...]

European Cities Are Reclaiming Public Services From The Private Sector

By Alexis Chemblette, www.impact.vice.com -

By Alexis Chemblette for VIce - In the '80s a neoliberal tide swept across the West with the idea that welfares states had become too expensive and that privatizing public goods was better for [...]

Reclaiming Public Services

By Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Lavinia Steinfort, www.portside.org -

By Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Lavinia Steinfort for Portside - Reclaiming Public Services is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like [...]

Ten Global Struggles For Public Water

By Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto and Denis Burke, www.occupy.com -

By Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto and Denis Burke for Occupy.com. Throughout the world there are current battles where people are trying to prevent privatization of their water supply. On [...]

Public Services Under Attack Through TTIP And CETA

By Staff, www.corporateeurope.org -

By Staff of Corporate Europe Observatory - EU trade deals with Canada and the US could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water and health, as negotiators are doing the work of some [...]

Rigged Corporate Trade Turns Public Services Into Corporate Profits

By Nick Dearden, www.globaljustice.org.uk -

Another week, another victory for big business over a government in a secret pseudo-court. This time it’s the turn of private water giant Suez, who successfully sued Argentina for reversing the [...]