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20th Anniversary of Lima Declaration

RIPESS is celebrating the 20th birthday of our movement! The first meeting of the globalization of solidarity was held in Lima, Peru, from the 1st to the 4th of July 1997, as an initiative of GRESP, the Peruvian network for solidarity economy. Following this meeting and declaration, the desire to internationalize the SSE movement was strongly expressed, and the formal network officially took form as “RIPESS” five years later, in December 2002. In the hearts and minds of all those who have contributed to [...]

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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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Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts

via Practical Visionaries New report documents emerging solidarity economy movement in lower income communities of color   [Download report: large-format or letter-size] A solidarity economy movement is emerging from lower-income communities of color in Massachusetts. This movement aspires to transform capitalism—as we know it—into a world rooted in values of democracy, justice, and sustainability. These dreams arise from those making Black Lives Matter, from immigrant workers making poverty wages, from ex-prisoners locked out of the mainstream economy, from tenants barely able to make [...]

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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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Peru Inclusion Minister Met France’s Delegate for Social and Solidarity Economy

via Andina: from Peru to the World,  Paris (France), June 9, 2017 Peru’s Development and Social Inclusion Minister Cayetana Aljovin held a working meeting with Odile Kirchner, Delegate for Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) of France. Held at the Economy Ministry headquarters in Paris, the gathering featured government officials involved in the implementation of social and solidarity economy interventions, as well as an Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency, AFD) representative. The event addressed different themes, including French experience in inter-sectoral [...]

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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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