In this week’s New Economy Roundup, we’re talking about building democracy beyond elections, how tenants are evicting their landlords, the youth building agroecology movements in Latin America, and it's #RadicalRealEstate week!
In this week’s New Economy Roundup, we’re talking about policy tools to advance Indigenous sovereignty and land return, how to set up a mutual aid fund, new research about Latinx Co-ops, an upcoming event with the Rising Majority to put capitalism and white supremacy on trial, and more.
This organization and our movement would not exist as it is today without Elandria Williams. As this network and the solidarity economy movement in the United States has evolved, Elandria has accompanied us every step of the way with crystal clear vision, deep faith, and unrelenting passion.
We currently face two equally urgent and significant crises: rising inequality and climate change. Rising inequality is not only morally unacceptable; it hinders economic growth. Climate change is occurring at a faster rate than other time in history and is already impacting every part of the country with low-income communities and communities of color getting hit first and most hard.
Climate change, shifting demographics, and sobering economic realities for a growing number of Americans have sparked increased awareness of the need to re-examine how working class people and communities of color will successfully participate in tomorrow’s economy, the one they will inherit when our nation becomes an ethnic plurality.
In the not-too distant future we can expect to see a rapid increase in structural unemployment as a result of increasing substitution of technology—including sophisticated robots—for human labor. A massive shift to new energy technologies can, in the short run, substitute for many jobs lost in the dirty fuel industries we must, and will, phase out.
In his article entitled “What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?” author Penn Loh argues that people of color have a foundational role to play in the establishment of a new economy because the very idea of a new economy has arisen from a discontentment with the injustices of the present system, of which people of color have borne a disproportionate share of the burden.
We dedicate CoopEcon this year to Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, the many other victims of police and other racist violence; We honor the heroic people of Ferguson and the countless ordinary people in communities across the country who know a change must come and are willing to participate in creating that change.