New Economy Roundup: Caravaning "Grannies", Movement Journalism in the US South, & Summer Reading to Liberate Your Mind

07/20/2018 - 3:31pm

This week we’re talking about a caravan of grandmothers, the next generation of media communicators, journalism in the US south, and a summer economics reading list to liberate your mind! Scroll down to the Jobs Board and Upcoming Events.


Stories From the Field

Caravan of "Grannies": A group of “grannies” leaving from New York will onboard more grandmothers and allies across the country as they make their way to support migrating families. Learn more about their story.

Summer Reading to Undermine Oppression and Liberate Your Mind: The Financial Times’ recommended economics summer reading was limited to mostly white, male, mainstream, UK/US authors. In response, Developing Economics released an alternative list featuring women, people of color, and authors from the Global South. View their recommendations.

The Nation's First Co-Op Accelerator Just Launched: Last week, veteran entrepreneurs launched Start.coop, the first US-based accelerator for cooperatively-owned startups. They plan to raise $2.5 million+ to help startups use distributed ownership to create economies of scale. Learn more about their model.

New Report Charts Path for Movement Journalism in the US South: “Out of Struggle: Strengthening and Expanding Movement Journalism in the U.S. South,” is a new report by Project South exploring how journalism can meet communities’ information needs in our dangerous political environment. Yes! Magazine interviews one of their organizers.


Solidarity Economies Abroad

Ireland Becomes World's First Country to Divest From Fossil Fuels: A new bill passed by Irish parliament requires that more than €300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas to be sold ‘as soon as practicable.’ “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests,” said Parliament member Thomas Pringle. Learn more from The Guardian.

Amazon Workers Strike in Germany, Spain, and Poland: Workers strike to demand fair labor contractors that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers run by the world’s largest e-commerce company. “The message is clear - while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers.” Read the full story.

Amid Civil War, Syrians Dance for Change: Syrian creatives have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed for creating works that oppose the government. A new group called ‘Dare’ says they are using dance as an agent of change. The dancers of Dare hope their art will restore "the pulse and atmosphere of life in Syria." Watch a performance of Dare’s street dancing.


What's Next for the New Economy Movement?

“It’s not enough to create niche alternatives; we have to transform the architecture of the economic system.” NEC’s Eli Feghali dives into some key questions facing the new economy movement in this piece for Transformation.

Read the article and tell us what you think!


NEC Movement Voices Fellows Announced

As part of year two in the New Economies Report Project, the New Economy Coalition is proud to announce our 2018 Movement Voices Fellows. The cohort kicked off at NEC’s CommonBound conference in June, where fellows participated in a day-long media training with journalist Laura Flanders. With a professional interviewer, in front of a camera, participants explored how to represent themselves and their work to modern media.

Learn more about these 10 powerful leaders.


Movement News


NEC on The Gram

Follow NEC on Instagram - @NewEconomyCoalition - where we’re talking about Black Youth Project 100’s annual convening.


Job Board

Lead Organizer, La Colmena

Power Shift Network, Executive Director

Multiple Positions Available, Peoples Climate Movement

Communications Director, Climate Justice Alliance

Director of Development Services, NASCO

Director of Client Services, Project Equity

Network Director, Center for Media Justice

Print Shop Associate, Collective Copies

Technical Support Team Member, Palante Technology Cooperative

Part-Time High Net Wealth and Family Philanthropy Coordinator, Resource Generation

Western Chapter Organizer, Resource Generation

Southern Chapter OrganizerResource Generation


Upcoming Events

Citizen Artist Salon: Art & Wellbeing

Join John Govea (Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration, Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund); Marina Tsaplina (Founder and Creative Director, THE BETES); Veena Vasista, (Wake Up Artist and Movement Maker); and Arlene Goldbard, (USDAC Chief Policy Wonk) to talk about how social justice is a chief indicator of individual and community health; how art can nurture well-being; and what you can do to build a culture of health. (Online, July 25th)

Fearless Cities: North America Municipalist Summit 

Attend the first ever municipalist summer in North America. A growing movement across the globe is seeking to democratize and feminize political institutions at the level closest to our day-to-day lives: the municipal level. Weaving together social movements, participatory tools, solidarity economy, concrete wins, and the confluence of diverse political forces into a more direct form of democracy. (NYC, July 27-29)

Woke and Winning Youth Action Summer Workshop Series

This summer workshop series gives youth and emerging artists between the ages of 16 and 25 years old, the opportunity to learn from local and national political activists and to transform their new knowledge into art projects for social justice. (Chicago, July 26 & 29)

Pathways to Ownership Webinar Series

Pathways to Ownership is a no cost, five session webinar series from the Onondaga Small Business Development Center that will give you the practical information you need to understand employee ownership options, so you can start-up or convert an existing business into one of many employee ownership models. (Online, Aug-Sept)

2018 Worker Cooperative National Conference

Worker cooperators, unions, developers, allies, funders, investors, and visionaries — join us in Los Angeles! This three day conference in Los Angeles, California will make space for connection, education, skill-building, and sharing, for worker-owners and our partners working to create better jobs and a fairer economy. (Los Angeles, Sept 14-16)

2018 Transform Finance: Institute for Social Justice Leaders

The Institute for Social Justice Leaders is an annual two-day, introductory training for people interested in the intersection of social justice and finance. By combining presentations, group activities/discussion, and personal reflection with the wisdom of participants and invited speakers, the Institute curates a shared learning environment that is unique for a finance-focused training. (New York City, Sept 21-22)

2018 BALLE Shift Capital Summit

The BALLE Shift Capital Summit is where people come together to take action. November 14-16, 2018 we will come together to discover ways to: democratize finance and investing; resource women and entrepreneurs of color; invest in rural ecosystem building; prioritize Indigenous communities; accelerate cooperative ownership of businesses and land; incentivize independent business and alternative economic development; regenerate soil and nature. (Pacific Grove, CA, Nov 14-16)

View all NEC member events on our website »

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