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A Map of the Heart

Building a Solidarity Economy Movement in NYC By SolidarityNYC Collective via Grassroots Economic Organizing New York City contains 9 million people speaking 800 languages, and at first it may appear that we have little in common besides frustration with our aging subway and high rents. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll find New Yorkers—like any group of people anywhere in the world—all speak a common language of survival, honed over thousands of years. It’s called cooperation. And in 2009 [...]

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Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad

via Food Chain Workers Alliance “To tell the truth, we are forming this cooperative so that one day we can get ahead. Hopefully this goes well. For now, in the context we are fighting — si se puede! — we have each other as partners willing to work together as much as possible, so that we all move forward. In this cooperative, there are no bosses nor supervisors. We arrive at the hour that we’re able to, and we apply [...]

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Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to try Universal Basic Income

By Zaid Jilani via The Intercept CHICAGO ALDERMAN AMEYA PAWAR is worried about the future. He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could put millions of people out of work and result in more extreme politics. Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar.”We have to start talking about [...]

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Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Since the stirring of “second wave” feminism a half century ago, the movement has become progressively more inclusive and systemic. Early on, Marxist-feminists argued that true women’s liberation required transcending both patriarchy and capitalism, and thus a politics at once feminist and anti-classist was essential. Soon, they, too, were challenged to broaden their theory and practice to acknowledge oppressions arising from race, nationality, sexual orientation, and other sources of identity and social location. Addressing this challenge gave birth to [...]

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Empire and Multitude: Shaping Our Century

Twenty-first-century crises demand twenty-first-century social movements. What would such movements look like, and how might they align to foster a meta-movement for transformational change? Political theorist Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of a series of influential volumes, including Empire and the recent Assembly, talks with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White about the new global order and the democratic, interconnected movement it calls for. By Michael Hardt, originally published by Great Transition Initiative How did your education and early experiences influence [...]

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Seattle Flirts with ‘Municipal Socialism’

The $15 minimum wage was just the beginning. Now Seattle is trying to build a whole safety net for workers—and triggering a war with its biggest companies. By Paul Roberts via Politico Magazine SEATTLE—On an overcast morning in early April, three members of the Seattle City Council arrived to find their cavernous, titanium- and maple-paneled meeting chambers packed to capacity with a noisy, unwelcoming crowd. Many wore T-shirts bearing the message “I drive, I vote.” When the council president tried to [...]

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Why Building a More Democratic Economy Matters for Nonprofits

By Steve Dubb via Nonprofit Quarterly “We are suffering not from the rheumatics of old age, but…from the painfulness of readjustment between one economic period and another.” — John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, 1930 As the quote from John Maynard Keynes reminds us, this is not the first time the economy has faced upheaval. Keynes wrote at the beginning of the Great Depression, following the rise of record-setting economic inequality—records that in the US would hold for more than [...]

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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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