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The Hidden History of Solidarity Economy Visions

via Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective The Life and Times of James Boggs by Asar Amen-Ra  James Boggs’ life was one of imagination and reimagination. His narrative was one of hardcore socialist, to Black Power advocate, to Humanitarian solutionary. There was never a time when Jimmy, as he was affectionately called, would get stuck in dogmatic doctrine; he made it a point to constantly learn and adapt to his environment. In his formative years while working in the auto industry, Jimmy predicted and envisioned a...

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The Preston Model

In a new series looking at how to make the economy work for everyone, Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty finds out how Preston turned its fortunes around by spending locally via The Guardian by Aditya Chakrabortty The city of Preston in Lancashire dates back to Roman times. It is listed in the Domesday book as Prestune. It’s where inventor Richard Arkwright kickstarted the cotton trade. Yet ask local people to tell you its history and they jump straight to 2011. That was Preston’s year zero, when...

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Super Bowl Black Out

March and Rally Highlight Community Resistance to Super Bowl LII by MN Divest Invest Coalition MINNEAPOLIS - With the Super Bowl LII here in the Twin Cities, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), Black Visions Collective, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia (IX), the St. Paul Teacher’s Federation (SPFT), MN350.org, Young People’s Action Coalition (YPAC), the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union (BCGTM) along with other local organizations and unions came together to hold a march and rally to highlight community resistance to Super Bowl LII and empower low...

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How Communities Can Take Control of Their Police

via The Next System This week on the Next System Podcast, Adam Simpson talks with Max Rameau about his article “Community Control Over Police: A Proposal,” part of the Prisons and Policing: Systemic Challenges & Alternative Visions collection at thenextsystem.org. Adam Simpson: Welcome to The Next System Podcast. I’m Adam Simpson. Joining me today is Max Rameau, a Haitian born Pan-African theorist, campaign strategist, organizer and author of Take Back the Land: Land, Gentrification and the Umoja Village Shantytown. Max is here to talk with us today about...

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Texas Taxicab Drivers Rally for Worker-Owned Co-op

By Tyler WhitsonAustinMonitor.com April 22, 2015 - As Austin’s ground transportation service industry faces upheaval due to new competition, taxi drivers are using a looming expiration of the city’s taxicab franchises as an opportunity to push for, among other requests, a cooperative, driver-owned franchise. Dave Passmore, president of the taxicab union Taxi Drivers Association of Austin, garnered attention Tuesday morning when he and association members, taxicab drivers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall,...

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