New Economy Roundup: Be #ungovernable; Where the Divest movement goes now; and Universal Basic Income

01/05/2017 - 1:08pm

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Stories From the Field

Not Just Bakers: Arizmendi Bakery just hit 20 years of operating. The worker-owned cooperative has grown from one lone shop to six locations across the Bay Area. Worker-owner Amy Happ lays out the benefits of co-ops: "Before the financial collapse people said things like, 'Oh. You're just a baker.' But when we're going through a recession, people are amazed by our stability."

#Divest: NoDAPL was a major moment for the divestment movement having spurred countless individuals and even some banks to pull their money from projects funding the pipeline. So what does the divestment movement need now? Keep organizing.

Waste Ban: In 2014, Massachusetts became the first state to enact a commercial organic waste ban which, according to a new report, has generated $175 million in economic activity as well as 900 jobs.

Resource: Ungovernable 2017

A plan to be #ungovernable in 2017 sets out ways to both build and fight. In it, they call for community owned food and energy networks, common spaces, and People’s Assemblies as well as resisting through sanctuary cities, communication networks, and civil actions. Check out the website for a map of nationwide inauguration protests.​

Also: keep up with events being planned throughout the month of January at 350.org and check out these seven ways to keep figting for justice in your day to day work.



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Upcoming Events

People’s State of the Union

The People's State of the Union is an annual civic ritual and participatory art project rooted in the truth that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Any individual or organization can sign up to host a Story Circle event, bringing people together to share first-person stories reflecting on the state of our union, deepening relationships, finding strategic paths forward, and inspiring the Poetic Address to the Nation. (National January 27- February 5, 2017)

America In a Transforming World

A lecture series by Lance Bennett, University of Washington Professor of Political Science & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication on the coming realignment of environment, economy, and democracy. (Seattle, WA, January 17, 2017)

Cooperative Youth Convergence

The USA Cooperative Youth Council is hosting a national gathering in Hampton, GA. It's a space for people ages 17-30 and allies to connect, & build skills in organizing and coop development. (Hampton, GA January 27-29, 2017)

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