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Little Free Pantries – Beyond Charity, to Food as a Right

Tamara McFarland, Cooperation Humboldt   Along the rugged coastline of far-Northern California, activists have launched a program to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to food justice and neighborhood building. This local Little Free Pantry initiative is a project of Cooperation Humboldt, a nonprofit committed to creating a solidarity economy on California’s north coast. Humboldt County is a fairly isolated, rural place, with some of the state’s highest rates of crime, addiction, public health concerns, and children in foster care. Cooperation Humboldt describes...

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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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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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Solidarity Economy Part II: Female Protagonists

This is the second article of our three-part series on solidarity economy in Brazil.  With a broader understanding of the solidarity economy in Brazil in mind, testimonials from participating entrepreneurs themselves show the real advantages of this kind of work, from circumventing market exclusion to creating new kinds of spaces where women are reimagining the divide between domestic and productive spheres. There are upwards of 300 solidarity economic enterprises, or empreendimentos econômicos solidários (EESs), participating in the 14 fairs that make up Circuito Rio EcoSol, Rio’s solidarity...

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Women in resistance, building alternatives for a better World

by World March of Women 28 October 2016 "At the WMW, we work to empower women and increase their economic ... We believe in the redistribution of wealth and the solidarity economy." Declaration of the World March of Women 10th International Meeting in Maputo, Mozambique from October 11 to 15, 2016 We, the women of the World March, fight the hetero-patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism and all forms of inequality and discrimination. We demand our right to take back control of our bodies, our...

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Can the ‘new economy’ and labor movements come together again?

Eric Dirnbach August 31, 2016, Waging Non-violence Advocates for worker cooperatives celebrate outside City Hall in Oakland after the city council passed a resolution supporting the development of worker co-ops on Sept. 8, 2015 (Sustainable Economies Law Center)Activists in Oakland have been campaigning for new city policies that would assist worker cooperative development. After successfully winning passage of a city resolution in support of cooperatives last fall, they are now pushing for a new law, the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for...

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Film Review: Solidarity Economics in Italy

Everywhere You Look In their 2012 film “Shift Change”, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin introduced viewers to workers who make the case for democratic control and ownership of production. The film highlighted successful examples like the Mondragon Corporation in the Basque Country in Spain and the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as smaller projects (including coffee shops and bakeries). In their new film, “WEconomics,” Young and Dworkin show viewers what cooperativism looks like not just in a...

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