New Economy Roundup: Pay Equity for Care Workers, Freedom Papers, and the Nationwide Call for Public Banks

06/21/2018 - 4:37pm

CommonBound kicks off tomorrow, Friday June 22nd, at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis. We've got incredible workshops, plenaries, and performances planned that you can tune into from the comfort of your home or office.

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Stories From the Field

Nation-Wide Call for Public Banks: Activists in New York City, California, New Jersey, and Michigan are organizing for state-owned public banks. “It’s our money and it should be used and invested to benefit us.” Read more about their progress from Next City.

A Practical Guide for Political Struggle: Author Jonathan Smucker's new book Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals offers a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is still ambivalent about questions of power, leadership and strategy. Learn more in this Q&A with the author.

Baltimore Students Lead Local Activism: Benjamin Franklin High School students and alumni’s divestment effort against a planned incinerator has inspired an environmental justice science curriculum designed by local activists and educators. Read more about their story.

Lowballing the Costs of Climate Change: Leading global forecasts widely underestimate the future costs of climate change, a new paper warns. Climate-fueled natural disasters caused $330 billion in losses from uninsured damages last year, while projections put the worldwide figure at $535 trillion by the end of this century. Download the paper now.


Solidarity Economies Abroad

Brazilian Collaborative Map Supports Survivors of Violence: Web-based solidarity mapping project Mapa do Acolhimento (roughly translated to the Map of Support and Care) connects survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Brazil with immediate and free access to mental health and legal services. Learn more about the project’s 2,000+ collaborators.

Pay Equity for Care Workers in New Zealand: Care workers in women-dominated industries will get pay rises worth up to a $5000 a year after a historic settlement with the New Zealand government. “It is the first legal settlement in New Zealand which recognises that some jobs pay less because they are done mainly by women.” Read more about this landmark legal decision.

Global Study on Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship: Based on desk research and a survey of 64 youth cooperatives across five continents, this new study shows how cooperatives can provide security and meaningful jobs for young people around the world. Download the report from CICOPA.


Freedom Papers

The Dream Defenders - “Black, immigrant, and poor young people from Pensacola to the Keys” - are building a powerful, deep, local, movement for freedom and liberation in Florida. “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.”

Read the Freedom Papers, their recent web publication, and sign onto the movement.


The First Native American Congresswoman?

Deb Haaland won the Democratic nomination for a New Mexico congressional seat, clearing her path to becoming the nation’s first Native American congresswoman. Haaland, a single mom based in Albuquerque, is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. There are currently two Native American representatives in the House — both are men from Oklahoma.

Learn more about Haaland’s campaign.


Movement News


NEC on The Gram

Follow NEC on Instagram - @NewEconomyCoalition - where we’re talking about Community Land Trusts in California, Mississippi, Georgia, and more. #FreeTheLand


Job Board

TN Community Outreach Associate, Appalachian Voices

Researcher & Writer, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Development and Finance Director, Center for Story-Based Strategy

Communications Specialist, LAANE

Communications Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice/It Takes Roots

Organizational Capacity Coordinator, Movement Net Lab

Climate Justice Policy & Programs Coordinator, UPROSE

Executive Director, Third Wave Fund


Upcoming Events

Rethinking Nonprofits: Aligning Equity and Justice with Your Organizational Structure

This training will explore how to infuse the governance, management, and operational practices of our organizations with our values of social, racial, gender, and ecological justice through the practice of deep democracy. Grounded in experience, research, discussion, and practice, the workshop will support participants to reimage and redesign teams, departments, or even their whole organization. (Oakland, CA - July 18th)

“Fostering Coop Innovation:” 2018 ACE Annual Institute

The Association of Cooperative Educators’ annual event is is the only conference in North America dedicated solely to the promotion of cooperative education and to the training of all cooperators (educators, leaders, developers, learners). This year’s themes include alternative agricultural co-op models, capitalization, creative governance, youth engagement, health co-ops, member engagement, co-op legislations, and more (Minneapolis, MN - July 24-26)

Understanding Capitalism and Building Economic Democracy

Center for Popular Economics's Summer Institute is a residential, week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s institute will offer economic tools and analysis to understand the vital challenges of our time like climate change and the racial wealth gap. Attendees will discuss topics including “free” trade agreements and international finance, corporate power, economic and military imperialism, and global environmental justice. (Amherst, MA - July 29 - August 4th)

Indigenous Wisdom & Permaculture Skills Convening

Hands on service projects in natural building; construction and framing; garden design; aquaponics and in support of OLCERI. For 17 years, OLCERI (the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative) has provided low-tech, highly accessible solutions to challenges on the Pine Ridge Reservation including food scarcity, lack of adequate housing, and extreme poverty. (South Dakota, August 30-Sept 3rd)

View all NEC member events on our website »

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