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 [...]