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New Economy Roundup: Resources For Your Climate Stress, Co-op Franchises, and International Trade

Jul 18, 2019 | New Economy Roundup


This week we’re talking about private prison divestment, progressive trade agendas that serve the people and planet, and how to process and navigate the current climate crisis.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who helped make our Seeds of Solidarity Campaign a success! We achieved our goal of 100 monthly donors and MORE! At 109 right now! If you’d still like to join our new Solidarity Circle, help resource the next system by donating here.

Stories From the Field

Six Wall Street Banks Sever Ties with Private Prisons: 
According to NEC member organization the Center For Popular Democracy, private prison companies CoreCivic and GeoGroup stand to lose around 72% of their current financing, around $1.9 billion, from 6 banks. After years of coordinated actions and hard work by a coalition of organizations under the banners of #FamiliesBelongTogether and #BackersOfHate, the six banks that have agreed to stop their funding. Read the full report here.

The Cleaning Co-op Gearing Up To Franchise: They say co-ops can’t scale. But Brightly, a NYC-based cleaning cooperative (incubated and assisted by NEC member organization Center for Family Life!) is out to prove that they can expand and franchise the business while still making it work for the workers. Read some of the unique challenges they have faced and their goals to reimagine the franchise model.

Alternatives to Amazon: Did you participate in the Amazon Prime Strikes? Are you looking for other ways to get involved? Threshold has put out a toolkit offering up ethical alternatives to Amazon.


Solidarity Economies Abroad

BEYOND NAFTA 2.0: Toward a Progressive Trade Agenda for People and Planet: Amidst the uncertainty of the ratification of NAFTA 2.0, a new report co-published by NEC member organization Institute for Policy Studies contrasts the deeply flawed agreement with proposals for a more progressive and truly fair trade regime. Read the visionary proposal here.

‘Shoot First, Ask Questions Later’: That is the message to Brazil’s state security forces. In large cities like Rio they are trained to protect the quality of life and resources of those who live in ‘postcard’ areas. By adopting a form of ‘state terrorism’, Brazil, like many states, continue to avoid the structural changes that could focus resources on quality of life for all, and opportunities for resource deprived youths that could bring about peace and prosperity. Read the reflections of a Brazilian solidarity economy advocate.

The UK Has Become Paradise for Landlords and Hell for Tenants: This week we are reminded how buy-to-let mortgages, easy evictions, uncapped rents, and generous tax breaks fuel the corrupt housing distribution in the UK. Surplus housing have been made inaccessible to those who need it most by the government, while there has been no action to stabilize housing prices and rent. Read why this must change.


Stay Grounded Amidst Climate News

It’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount and urgency of climate stories we are being exposed to every day. This can lead to anxiety, burnout, and even worse: inaction. This guide provides tips for navigating the climate crisis, processing the world in which we live, and staying grounded.

New Undocumented Artists Fellowship

NEC member Springboard for the Arts puts the spotlight on a fellowship program for undocumented artists. The fellowship is presented by Define America, a nonprofit media and culture organization changing the narrative around what it means to be American. The program provides trainings and webinars in communications and public relations, in addition to an award of $5,000. Find out more about the fellowship here.

Movement News

NEC on The Gram

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Job Board

Campaign Manager, Black Futures Lab – Oakland, CA
Communications and Development Associate, Cooperative Development Institute 
Communications Strategist, Action Center on Race and the Economy – Location is flexible
Cooperative Housing Specialist, Maine, CDI – Maine
Cooperative Housing Specialist, Vermont, CDI – North/West Vermont
Communications Director, The Laura Flanders Show
Donor & Funder Relations Associate, Climate Justice Alliance – Location is flexible – July 30
Digital Engagement Organizer, Corporate Accountability – Boston, MA
Director Advising Department, Way to Win – Remote/Austin, Texas
Director Of Fundraising, Climable – Cambridge, MA
Deputy Director, Beneficial State Foundation – Oakland, Sacramento or Fresno – Aug 16
Felipe Floresca Fellowship, Emerald Cities Collaborative – Various Cities – Aug 4
Finance Coordinator, Democratic Socialists of America – New York, NY
Learning Manager, The Prosperity Agenda – Seattle, Philadelphia, or remotely
Marketing & Communications Manager, Recompose, Seattle, WA 
Metrics & Impact Analyst, Democracy at Work Institute, New York, NY, August 5
Operations Manager, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative – Bronx, NY
Project Leader, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, July 24
Press Officer, Corporate Accountability – Boston, MA
Senior and Associate Project Officers, The Working World – New York, NY – Aug 5
Senior Staff Attorney, New Economy Project – New York, NY
Supervising Producer, The Laura Flanders Show
Various Positions, Democracy Collaborative – Washington, DC
Various Positions, National Network Of Abortion Funds – Flexible location – July 31

Upcoming Events

NEC Member Power Shift Network sent along this exciting screening opportunity for a new film on climate action that you can use in your local campaigns! Sign up today to host a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, using this link to get all the materials you need. From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act. (Anytime – Anywhere)

USFWC Western Worker Coop Convening
The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (NEC Member) 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)

Local Market, Global Table 2019: A Benefit for CitySeed
Join NEC Member CitySeed's annual benefit dinner—Local Market, Global Table. This mid-summer evening event features an elegant, multicultural dinner catered by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs that highlights fresh Connecticut produce and products from CitySeed's Farmers Market vendors at Common Ground's beautiful urban farm and Springside Community Room. Event proceeds will go directly back into CitySeed programs. (July 20 – New Haven, CT)

Justice Works NY: This Is A Hate Free Zone
Justice Works will be a conference that brings together a cross section of progressive politics and activism in New York State, at a time when our united power, coordination and understanding is essential to beat back the powers of greed and individualism that are succeeding at dismantling our social structures and further tearing down our communities. Together we’ll train, share, network, teach and learn how each of our fights, our campaigns, our efforts, make up the gears that move New York toward justice. Come to be inspired. (July 20 & 21, 2019 – Albany, NY)

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. 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)

Boston launch w/ Marjorie Kelly—Making of a Democratic Economy
Join Marjorie Kelly, Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President of NEC Member The Democracy Collaborative, to celebrate the release of her new book The Making of a Democratic Economy. (July 25 – Boston, MA)

PACA Fundraising Cookout and Cooperative Market Exchange
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and Plant It Planet invite you to gather and share food in the cooperative spirit on July 28 at the One Art Oasis. This year they will join with the Cooperative Market Exchange, a market for collectors, growers, organizers, artists, educators, and vendors, for their annual cookout and fundraiser. Join for a day of music, community, and food, and support the cooperative economy of Philadelphia! Proceeds will go to support PACA and Plant It Planet. (July 28 – Philadelphia, PA)

Cooperative Strategic Planning Workshop
In this workshop, walk through a democratic strategic planning method that you can put to use in your cooperative team to keep you aligned to your goals and visions. You will learn how to facilitate strategic planning for both long and short term plans through comprehensive thorough processes and shorter processes for quicker timeline changes — the key to agile and connected organizations. (July 31 – Online)

Webinar: Worker Coops: Organizing & Self Determination for Social Movements
Join NEC Member Organization USFWC’s gathering of coop & movement leaders for an important discussion on solidarity in action. We will be giving a very short intro into the worker coop model in the context of a larger just transition, provide concrete examples of how they have incorporated worker coops into their strategies, and brainstorm how they could incorporate coops into their strategy. (July 31 – Online)

Affordable For Whom? Convening
Hosted in partnership with NEC member organization 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. (Aug 2-3 – Long Island, NY)

Summer Workshop: Decolonial Methods in Social and Solidarity Economies
Join this workshop on Theory and Praxis in decolonial and non-hierarchical research methods run by El Cambalache. 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? Then this workshop is for you. (Aug 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. (Aug 18-23 – Rhinebeck, NY)

Open Buffalo: Justice Leadership Institute
NEC Member Open Buffalo is now accepting applications for their newest leadership development initiative, the Open Buffalo Justice Leadership Institute (JLI). Apply today for this FREE community leadership workshop offered September 6th – 8th, 2019 and you will gain community organizing skills, find power in your personal story and have the ability to make systemic change within your community! (Sept 6-8 – Buffalo, NY)

United for a Fair Economy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a celebration of United for a Fair Economy's past, present and future! For a quarter century, UFE has been at the forefront of supporting movements for economic justice. In honor of our 25th anniversary, you are invited to come share in community, view performances by local and national artists, and enjoy free food. (Sept 13 – Boston, MA)

Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders
NEC Member Transform Finance’s Institute for Social Justice Leaders is an opportunity to learn together about ways to influence how capital affects the world, hear from values-aligned experts, and expand our imaginations with emergent tactics and interventions to drive social change. It is not a "Finance 101" boot camp, nor is it a fundraising brainstorm, rather, we provide the financial context to help you connect the dots with the ways your efforts for social justice intersect with capital flows and financial players. (Sept 19-20 – NYC)

Undoing Racism 2019 
Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, and presentations, this intensive workshop challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder racial equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. (Sept 26-28 – Boston, MA)

Sustainable Communities Day
The first North American Day of Sustainable Communities will be held on September 21, 2019. All individuals and communities who are catalyzing transformation in the face of ecological and climate breakdown are invited to become co-creators of the day. Join the celebration of local communities taking action for a more regenerative, just, and inclusive world! (Sept 21, 2019 – Around the US)

Rural Arts & Culture Summit
The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biennial, practitioner-driven gathering that celebrates and expands the field of rural arts-based community development by providing a space for learning, relationship building and celebration of the role of art and creativity in building strong, healthy and resilient rural communities. (Oct 3-5 – Grand Rapids, MN)

Participatory Management Certificate Program
Hosted by NEC Member Democracy At Work Institute and their partners at Rutgers, this program will help business owners and managers understand and use open book management tools, broad participation and multi-stakeholder decision-making tools and high-performance human resource tools and techniques to enhance employee engagement, improve performance, develop effective communication skills, and promote leadership development. (Oct 7-11 – New Brunswick, NJ)



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