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Fighting for the Sanctuary Workplace

via Truthout Unions Mobilize to Protect Undocumented Workers by David Bacon Sanctuary churches. Sanctuary schools. Sanctuary cities. Sanctuary workplaces? Albeit far from its intentions, the Trump administration has put the idea of sanctuaries on steroids — spaces free from the threat of raids and deportations. As immigrant workers, unions and their allies look for creative ways to counter anti-immigrant onslaughts, they’re adopting the sanctuary framework to deal with the dangers faced on the job. This is not just a recent response to administration threats of [...]

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The Reconstruction of Democracy in America

via Medium Lessons from Jackson, Mississippi by John Duda This piece was written before the November 2016 US election, and originally appeared as “La démocratie en construction aux États-Unis” in La Pensée n°388. My intent in writing the piece was to highlight, for a non-US audience, some of the underlying dynamics and promising developments obscured by the sound and fury of the then in-progress presidential campaigns. I’m posting the English version here; I think the recent election of Chokwe Antar Lumumba to [...]

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A Charter for Data and Mapping Commons

via RIPESS by Alexane Heredia One of the earliest such maps was TransforMap, a project with origins in Austria and Germany that is using OpenStreetMap as a platform for helping people identify and connect with alternative economic projects. In the US, CommonSpark assembled a collection of “maps in the spirit of the commons” such as the Great Lakes Commons Map (a bioregional map of healing and harm), World of Commons(innovative forms of citizen-led governance of public property and services in Italy), Falling Fruit (a [...]

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Black Power Takes Root in the Heart of Dixie

via The Indypendent by Marisa Anne Day Jackson is the largest city in Mississippi. Surrounded by prosperous white suburbs, it is more than 80 percent Black and overwhelmingly working-class. “If you are making $10 an hour here you are doing damn good,” says Kali Akuno, who for 20 years has been a driving force in Cooperation Jackson, a community organizing hub intent on radically changing business as usual in Mississippi’s capital city and creating a model for local movements in the [...]

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Turning Capital Against Capitalism

via In These Times Experiments in funding an equitable economy. by Chris Merriam The Boston region has one of the nation’s most thriving economies, with job growth above the national average, thanks in large part to the academic and healthcare sectors. But the benefits are not shared equally. The median income for white households is more than twice that of Latino households, and nearly twice that of black households. To address these inequities, a patchwork of Boston organizers are working to create a [...]

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Impetus Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Barcelona 2016 – 2019

via P2P Foundation Policy Document: Impetus Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Barcelona 2016 – 2019 Ajuntament de Barcelona. Economia Cooperativa, Social y Solidaria y Consum, 2017 Download the original document here. The Impetus Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Barcelona, is the result of a municipal initiative. Its aim is to offer a transformative socio-economic vision of the urban reality. It includes an action programme and aims to contribute towards reducing social and territorial inequalities, while promoting an [...]

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Knowledge Hub on Social Solidarity Economy

via RIPESS On April 25th, the United Nations Inter-Agency Taskforce on Social and Solidarity Economy adopted a proposal to create a Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) Knowledge Hub for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project is the direct result of the Taskforce Seminar held in Rome on November 4, 2016. The Knowledge Hub (KH) will have two purposes. First of all, the KH will be a complementary reference point on the SSE that interfaces with existing SSE knowledge resource centres such [...]

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Up & Go Is A Worker-Owned Alternative To On-Demand Home Cleaning Services

via Fast Company The new web app is giving worker-owned cleaning cooperatives a much-needed tech boost to expand their reach–and hopefully paving the way for a more tech-savvy approach to winning new customers for more equitable businesses. by Eillie Anzilotti Rosario Jimenez is 28, and for the past three years she has been a worker-owner of EcoMundo Cleaning, a cooperative home-cleaning business based in northern Manhattan. Before she joined the coop, “I was in a dark period of my life,” Jimenez tells [...]

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Commons Transition and P2P: a Primer

via P2P Foundation by Ann Marie Utratel The Commons is a concept and practice that has been steadily gathering increased attention and advocates. Deeply rooted in human history, it’s difficult to settle on a single definition that covers its broad potential for social, economic, cultural and political change. The Commons is now demonstrating its power as a “key ingredient” for change in diverse locations and contexts around the world. The P2P Foundation, with its particular focus on the relationship of the [...]

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New York City Co-op and Solidarity Economy Directory

via Cheyenna Weber I wanted to share with you a new bilingual English/Spanish resource for folks in the 5 boroughs. Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC (CEANYC, pronounced scenic) has just produced a directory (with all known contact information) for the more than 2000 solidarity economy groups operating here. That includes childcare co-ops, credit unions, community gardens, CSAs, food co-ops, worker co-ops, low-income housing co-ops, community land trusts, and some misc co-ops all identified by type and borough. We did this because [...]

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