This week we’re lifting up stories about Black liberation, economic democracy, and healing in celebration of Black History Month. We’re also talking about solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land protectors, the People’s State of the Union and our upcoming Building Pathways to a People’s Economy webinar on March 12th.
Stories From the Field
Solidarity Economies Abroad
Stand with Wet’suwet’en: Restoring Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination of land, water, and ways of life is imperative to climate and economic justice. We stand with the Wet’suwet’en nation, who continue to protect their traditional territories from extraction, while fighting for regeneration and self-determination. For resources on how you can support Wet’suwet’en land protectors, see this toolkit from the Indigenous Environmental Network, as well as Cooperation Jackson’s statement of solidarity.
For the 6th annual year, NEC member organization the US Department of Arts & Culture is partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival for the People’s State of The Union. Between March 20th – April 20th, 2020, you can join hundreds of people across the nation to share stories and visions for a more just future, and to confront the the evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and militarism. More about the PSOTU and how to host a Story Circle in your community.
Follow NEC on Instagram – @NewEconomyCoalition – where we're posting about our upcoming webinar, which will dig deeper into our new Pathways to a Peoples Economy Toolkit and make the case for why now is a critical time to use policy as a tool to advance solidarity economies.
Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon: A Monthly Mixer & Timebank Orientation NEC member organization Kola Nut Collaborative hosts a monthly space to socialize, interact, and explore how we spend or share our time. During the Time Salon, they uncover the history of time exchange, bartering and early human economies, relate this to a modern resurgence of timebanking, weave timebanking into the development of mutual aid spaces, and begin to tangibly “feel” how strong our safety net becomes when we connect the individual threads. Join to challenge the idea that economic participation is restricted to those who possess dollars and cents. (Feb 28 – Chicago, IL)
Social and Solidarity Economy and Worker Co-ops This webinar with the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation will explore how worker co-ops fit into the Social and Solidarity Economy and with social enterprises. Participants are invited to come with ideas of how to better partner in these spaces for mutual benefit, and will share some ideas on how CWCF can partner for the benefit of the worker co-op movement. (Feb 28 – Online Webinar)
Social Justice & Media Symposium The inaugural symposium on Social Justice and Media will convene for one day in Boston to explore the intersection of social justice and media as it relates to community and pedagogy in daily life. (Feb 28 – Boston, MA)
Building Pathways to a People’s Economy Join NEC, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), the Illinois Coalition for Cooperative Advancement, and Peoples Hub for an hour-long webinar to dig deeper into the new Pathways to a Peoples Economy Toolkit and hear why now is a critical time for our communities to use policy as a tool to advance solidarity economies. (March 12 – Virtual)
Ujima, Ujamaa: The Cooperative Hxstory of the Civil Rights Movement Join Dominique, a Cooperative Business Developer at NEC member organization, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, for a conversation exploring the ways Black leaders used cooperative economics and collective work to feed us, free us, and envision a future that is still possible. We’ll explore how we as Black folx recover leadership and rematriate the idea of cooperation today and into the future. (March 13 – Philadelphia)
Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis Festival In cooperation with New Economy Network Australia, NEC Member Organization Local Futures is organising an inspiring 3-day event – called ‘Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis‘ – with a focus on bridging the gaps between single-issue activist campaigns and presenting a holistic strategy for social, ecological, and economic renewal. (Mar 20th-22nd – Australia)