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Intercommunalism

On September 5, 1970, Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party (BPP), introduced his theory of intercommunalism at the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.1 He later expanded on this theory before an audience at Boston College in November of that year, and then again In February 1971 during a joint talk he gave with psychologist Erik Erikson across several days at Yale University and later in Oakland.2 Newton’s opening remarks at Yale lasted over an hour [...]

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How radical municipalism can go beyond the local

Climate change, global finance, the neoliberal state: today’s crises require action on a big scale. And yet fighting for local democracy is – perhaps counter-intuitively – the best chance we’ve got. The next part in our series from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE via The Ecologist Throughout this series, we’ve argued that the best way to address today’s ecological, social, and political crises is to get people together where they live and work to provide resources that people need – eventually building [...]

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Progressive Groups are Launching a Movement to Create a Public Bank in New York City

By A.P. Joyce via Mic New York City — Could the city best known as the home of Wall Street divest from major corporate banks and start its own public bank? That’s the vision that a new network of activist groups hope see in the near future. On Tuesday, a coalition of progressive organizations in New York City gathered in front of the New York Stock Exchange to launch a new effort to get the city to divest from Wall Street [...]

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A Socialist Southern Strategy in Jackson

By Max Ajl via Viewpoint Magazine We know that the literal meaning of the word Utopia is no-place. It doubles as a word meaning a perfect world. Appropriately, the Latin American literary giant, Eduardo Galeano, who came from the continent which has gifted the world so many of this and last century’s attempts to reach the unreachable, gave us the very best spin on the word. Utopia lay always “at the horizon.” “What then, is the purpose of utopia?” Galeano [...]

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Can This Millennial Mayor Make Universal Basic Income a Reality?

Michael Tubbs is the 27-year-old leader of one of California’s biggest cities. And he’s using that position to try out some truly radical policy ideas. By Edward-Isaac Dovere via Politico Out in Stockton, California, there’s an experiment underway in millennial-led government that’s trying to pull a city back from the brink using what is essentially privately funded socialism. The experiment’s name is Michael Tubbs. The 27-year-old mayor of a city of 307,000—26 when he knocked out the Republican incumbent, the same night Donald [...]

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Feminization of Politics

Populism is not only incompatible with feminizing politics — it actually reinforces patriarchy. We need to transform the way left-wing politics is done. By Laura Roth and Kate Shea Baird via ROAR Magazine Two of the liveliest debates among activists on the European left these days relate to the strategy of left-wing populism on the one hand and the need to feminize politics on the other. Yet little has been said about the relationship between the two. What would a feminist [...]

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After Centuries of Housing Racism, a Southern City Gets Innovative

In Jackson, Mississippi, community land trusts are key to fair and affordable development. By Adam Lynch via Yes Magazine Denise Fitzgerald’s property abuts the string of quiet, empty lots that line Ewing Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently she was leaf-blowing detritus shed by the enormous sycamore tree dominating the yard of her tidy Habitat for Humanity home. She says she’d cut the tree down herself but knows it’s big enough to take out both her house and the house beside her [...]

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More Businesses Are Becoming Coops: Here’s Why

With new tools and political policies now in place to support them, there could be a boom in employee-owned business ahead as baby boomers retire and sell their companies to their workers. By Eillie Anzilotti via Fast Company In 1982, Linda and Gregory Coles were struggling to find a sitter for their 18-month-old daughter. After a year of searching, they just decided to open their own daycare, and founded A Child’s Place in Queens, New York, in 1983. Thirty-four years later, they [...]

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These Towns Are Trying Out A Basic-Income Scheme

And It’s Already Changing Lives “We’re not struggling.” By Emma Paling and Daniel Tencer via Huffington Post Sherry Mendowegan has accomplished a lot in the past six months. The mother of two bought her first car and graduated with her high school diploma in March. “Next is my college, post-secondary, and then hopefully I get some work,” she says. Going to college would have been out of reach for the 41-year-old just last year. But as a participant in the basic income pilot program [...]

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Cooperatives, Community Development and Social Justice

An Interview with Jessica Gordon-Nembhard and Ed Whitfield via GEO Richard Rice interviews Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, PhD and Ed Whitfield on Cooperatives, Community Development and Social Justice. Jessica is the author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice” [and a member of the GEO collective]. Ed is a social critic, writer and co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities.

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