Solidarity Economies Abroad 100th Anniversary of ILO Recognizes Coops As ‘Future of Work’: During the 108th International Labour Conference, the 100 year old International Labour Organization (ILO), adopted the ‘ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, 2019’. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) welcomes the recognition of cooperatives and social and solidarity economy in the final version. Read how the new Memorandum of Understanding gives strength to the movement.
Labour, Climate Justice and Global Solidarity: John McDonnell of the UK Labour party outlined a bold plan forcing private companies to invest in the climate transition while extending solidarity to the global south by committing to begin redressing the UK’s contributions to historic injustices. Read more here. The Nation also outlined the transnational foundations being laid via NEC member organization, the Democracy Collaborative, the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research and others building a network of thinkers transforming Capitalism.
CJA Report: Our Power Puerto Rico
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) – which NEC is a member of – released the #OurPowerPR report Moving Toward a #JustRecovery: A Frontline Solution, to share best practices and lessons learned. The report shares a participatory model of Just Recovery as an effective and innovative tool for climate adaptation that intersects many sectors of the economy including Energy Democracy, Food Sovereignty, rural infrastructure, and community self-determination. Click here to read the report.
Who Controls The Way We Drink?
Made as a collaboration between NEC member organization, Corporate Accountability and The Story of Stuff, this new video explains how corporations put profit over people when they take control of public water systems. To see how cities across the United States are coming up with innovative ways to improve their systems and keep them out of corporate hands, watch The Story of Water: Who Controls the Way We Drink?
InTERdependence Day Festival On July 6th, International Cooperative Day (#CoopsDay), NEC Member Organization Worcester Roots joins communities around the world in celebrating democracy in the workplace and calling for an economy that works for all of us. Join for a family-friendly festival with music, food and drink, workshops, kids’ activities and a co-op marketplace featuring vendors from cooperatively-owned businesses. Proceeds from the festival will go to the Worcester Roots Co-op Academy and the Worcester Youth Co-op. (July 6 – Worcester, MA)
Organizing for Farmworker Justice Interested in learning how farmworkers and local grassroots organizations worked to pass SB 5438, Washington state's guestworker oversight bill? Join Food First and Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) for a panel with Community 2 Community (C2C), a grassroots organization dedicated to food sovereignty and immigrant rights. Learn more about the bill itself, how it was passed, C2C’s organizing process, and how we can improve guestworker oversight in other states. (July 8 – Webinar)
Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise 2019 For 10 years, the Social Enterprise Council of Canada has been bringing community developers, social entrepreneurs, and policy makers together to envision how these businesses can solve our biggest problems. You can expect a rich 3-day experience filled with networking, peer-learning and workshops on key topics, and opportunities to shape the future priorities of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. (July 8-10 – Gatineau, Quebec)
National Day of Action Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps Coalition to Close the Camps is calling for a national day of action to close the migrant and refugee camps that have been created along the US-Mexico border and inside the interior, and to let all the migrants and refugees into the country with protected status. Actions are being organized by a coalition of migrant and refugee rights groups in different cities across the country. We are calling on all who are opposed to the repression of migrants and refugees and the existence of concentration camps to organize or join an action. (July 12th – Multiple Locations)
USFWC Western Worker Coop Convening NEC member organization, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Network of Bay Area Cooperatives invite you to a day of skill-building and networking for worker co-ops and members of democratic workplaces in the Bay Area region of the U.S. It will be focused on nuts and bolts workshops to build leadership and the tools needed to grow the worker co-op movement. (July 20 – San Francisco, CA)
Global premiere of Shareable's “The Response” You’re invited to the global premiere of “The Response,” Shareable’s 30-minute documentary about community-led disaster response and recovery featuring on-the-ground efforts in communities across Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In the midst of all the hurricane-driven chaos, a quiet revolution has been slowly percolating on the island. The film explores how an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) with the ultimate aim of restoring power — both electric and civic — to the people. (July 24 – Oakland, CA)
Springboard For The Arts “Work Of Art” Intensive This training is designed for artists, arts leaders, and arts educators who want to lead the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum in their community or classes. The training will include deep dives on the curriculum materials, exploration of pedagogy, and strategies for including Work of Art materials into existing programming, or how to develop new programs based on Work of Art. (July 24-26 – St. Paul, MN)
Affordable For Whom? Convening Hosted in partnership with NEC member organization National Economics and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), Affordable For Whom? is a two-day convening focused on the development and preservation of housing that is permanently affordable to the communities to whom our organizations are accountable. (August 2-3 – Long Island, NY)
Summer Workshop: Decolonial Methods in Social and Solidarity Economies Join this Bootcamp workshop on Theory and Praxis in decolonial and non-hierarchical research methods run by El Cambalache. While studying decoloniality, one often struggles with how to move from theory to practice. Have you ever wondered how to start a non-capitalist economic project in a collective but didn’t know how to begin? Have you ever wondered how to use participatory action research to create a small social and/or solidarity economy? Are you into commoning? Do you long to do decolonial economic research but don’t know how to engage local and indigenous non-western economic practices within an economic project? (August 3-11 – Chiapas, Mexico)
Decolonizing Our Hearts, Minds & Movements This gathering, led by and held for Indigenous, Black, and Latinx Peoples, is both a leadership exploration and a healing retreat focused on mindful decolonization strategies intended to help undo the legacy of colonization in each of us and within our practice of activism. Throughout the week the group will be joined by guest presenters Leah Penniman, Sachem Hawkstorm, Naftali Duran, David Ragland and Stephanie Morningstar. (August 18-23 – Rhinebeck, NY)