In this week’s roundup we’re talking about the power of local– whether that’s policies to break up Amazon or leveraging the power of cities to fight Trump.
We’re also celebrating the Army Corps decision to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline thanks to the tireless work of the Water Protectors in Standing Rock. Read on for what comes next.
Stories From the Field
Amazon’s Stranglehold: A new report from the Institute of Local Self Reliance details Amazon’s growing monopoly of the retail world. Like how the site captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online and has eliminated nearly 150,000 jobs. Read the full report for policies that can stop them.
Digital Divide: In Tennessee, the digital divide falls on the fault lines of urban and rural spaces but decades old telephone cooperatives are helping provide infrastructure to bring internet to the whole state. Read about their history and learn more about equitable internet access.
Working America: A Smithsonian writer travels across the country to photograph America’s working poor. He describes his findings as “a stark contrast to the top-down approach of the 1930s and the go-it-alone 1980s; instead focusing on the benefits of cooperatives like Evergreen in Cleveland. Read his account here.
Solidarity Economies Abroad
Basic Income: Ontario will launch a pilot project testing basic income in three communities throughout the province. The project would pay $1320 a month and is proposed to eliminate all other welfare programs.
Diesel Ban: Four major cities announced they will ban diesel vehicles in the hopes of reducing the three-million yearly deaths tied to air pollution.
#DivestfromDAPL: The #MoveYourMoney & #DivestFromDAPL campaigns reached international levels with activists calling for divestment from DAPL supporting banks in a global day of action December 1st.
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#NoDAPL: Now What?
Pipeline Halted: It was announced Sunday that the Dakota Access Pipeline would not pass through the Standing Rock Reservation thanks to months of resistance by water protectors. Read the tribe’s statement.
Local Power in the Age of Trump::
- Is America Ready for a Municipalist Movement
- America Needs a Network of Rebel Cities to Stand Up to Trump
- ‘All Resistance Is Local’: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years
- Cooperation Jackson: Counterpunch Radio
Shift the Culture:
- Standing for Cultural Democracy
- For the Past 20 Years, a Santa Ana Man Has Kept the Language of the Aztecs Alive
- Art and Democracy: How Cultural Institutions Can Lead the Way
- Recent World Events Hover Above Art Basel Miami Beach
- Can Commons Thinking Drive a New Health System?
- People's Economies vs Corporate Control: First Commodification, Then Financialization, Now Demonetization
- How Student Loans Will Change Under President Trump
- Three Ways to Co-Create a Vibrant Co-living Culture
- Why Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples Could be the Answer to Climate Change
- How To Pay For Universal Income
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Loan Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England, Maine
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Strategist/Trainer, Beyond the Choir, Lancaster, PA
On December 12, the Boston City Council is holding a hearing on cooperative workplaces and residences. Show your support for cooperatives and ask for the community-owned economy you want to see! (Boston, MA December 12, 2016)
A lecture series by Lance Bennett, University of Washington Professor of Political Science & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication on the coming realignment of environment, economy, and democracy. (Seattle, WA, January 17, 2017)
The USA Cooperative Youth Council is hosting a national gathering in Hampton, GA. It's a space for people ages 17-30 and allies to connect, & build skills in organizing and coop development. (Hampton, GA January 27-29, 2017)