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Shut It Down May 1, 2017

via May1.org On May 1st, 2017 SHUT DOWN Attacks on our Freedom/Ataques a nuestra libertad, SHUT DOWN on our Human Rights/Ataques a Nuestra Derechos Humanos, SHUT DOWN Attacks on our Diverse Communities/Ataques a Nuestras Comunidades Diversas, SHUT DOWN Attacks on our Right to Organize/Ataques contra nuestro derecho a organizarios RESIST Discrimination/Discriminacion RESIST Bans/Exclusion RESIST Walls/Muros RESIST Poverty Pay/ Salarios de pobreza RESIST Stereotypes/Estereotipos DEFEND Diversity/Diversidad DEFEND Working People/La Gente Trabajadora STAND UP TOGETHER on May 1st/Nos alzamos unidos el 1o de mayo This is a call to all working people and communities/Este Un llamada para toda la [...]

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Meet the Radical Workers’ Cooperative Growing in the Heart of the Deep South

via The Nation by Peter Moskowitz On November 9, people across the left woke up and wondered, “What do I do now? Under total Republican control, how does one fight for progressive change?” Kali Akuno, the co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, a workers’ cooperative in Jackson, Mississippi, has been grappling with that question for years, and believes his organization provides a good model for progressives who still want to effect change under President Trump. When Donald Trump was elected, Akuno felt like [...]

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Caracol Interpreters Collective: Bridging Language Barriers

via WNYC The Idea “Language justice puts all people in the position where they can fully participate and bring their whole selves.” — Patri González Ramírez, Caracol Interpreters Cooperative Ramírez: Caracol Interpreters Cooperative is a small, worker-owned business that is lead and run primarily by immigrant women. We offer high quality language services in English and Spanish. These include interpretation, translation, interpreter trainings and consulting for organizations that want to build their multilingual capacity. Some of the topics of the meetings that we work [...]

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Mentoring Up, Down, and Sideways

via Grassroots Economic Organizing by Micky Metts Problem: Schools and students are traditionally disconnected from their community and seldom do they work on interrelated projects that will benefit both the school and the people of the community. Solution: Mentoring students to develop free software, such as the Drupal content management system, will introduce students to the myriad of careers and skills necessary to build a successful web presence – cooperatively. A web presence is more than just a website and also includes [...]

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Announcing the New Economies Reporting Project

via Eli Feghali, New Economy Coalition I’m really excited to announce a new partnership between NEC, The Media Consortium (TMC), and The Laura Flanders Show. Together, we are coordinating the New Economies Reporting Project, an effort to support journalists who are interested in covering new economy stories in the US and Canada. The project will provide a $1000 stipend to up to 10 journalists to attend monthly press briefings, co-organized by NEC and TMC. These virtual webinars will cover different topics under [...]

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New Systems Series: Volume Six

The Next System Project released the sixth volume of their papers in the New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals series. The four papers include: Cooperative Commonwealth and the Partner State by John RestakisDiversifying Public Ownership: Constructing Institutions for Participation, Social Empowerment and Democratic Control by Andrew CumbersThe Joyful Economy: A Next System Possibility by Gus SpethNavigating System Transition in a Volatile Century by Michael Lewis

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There is no Food Sovereignty Without Feminism

Peasant women, unite!  Ask governments to support the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants. Peasants and others working in rural areas represent the largest group of people in the world suffering from hunger and malnutrition. These people have faced political and economic discriminations for decades.

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Upstream podcast on solidarity economy

In this episode we explore a phenomenon that has existed throughout centuries both within and alongside Capitalism. Wherever relationships have been based on reciprocity, sustainability, and democratic governance you’ll find the Solidarity Economy. We learn of it’s origin and about how it is strengthened by countermovements and during times of crisis. We follow its presence throughout the history of a particular marginalized community in the U.S., celebrating the courage of African American cooperative thought and practice. We then paint [...]

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New Zine Highlights the Solidarity Economy in St. Louis

By Maira Sutton November 30, 2016 It’s hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice. No matter how well you lay out its basic principles, you need concrete examples and visual imagery to help people reach that aha moment. A new publication called “Humans of Solidarity Economy” gets this right. It’s a zine of photographs, interviews, and descriptions of the people behind Solidarity Economy St. Louis, highlighting their work in alternative currencies, food justice, economic [...]

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Solidarity Economy Part 3: Expanding Citizenship in Brazilian Favelas

Work produced by Mulheres Guerreiras de Babilonia This is the third and final article in our three-part series on solidarity economy in Brazil. Solidarity economy enterprises move beyond the “any job is a good job” logic sometimes found in efforts to address labor market exclusion. Instead, these more holistically supportive workspaces can help solidarity economy entrepreneurs move beyond “consumer citizenship” into a deeper participatory citizenship, becoming protagonists. But what does citizenship mean in the context of untrustworthy political institutions and isolation from quality [...]

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