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New Economy Roundup: Seeding the Conversation – Poverty, Reparations, Healthcare, POC Farmers, and Public Banking

Jun 20, 2019 | New Economy Roundup

This week we’re talking about presidents and poverty, the next generation of land stewards, international public banks and a new network of New Economy professionals.

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Stories From the Field

Presidential Candidates Are Talking About Poverty: In partnership with NEC member organization Institute for Policy Studies, the Poor People’s Campaign launched a People’s Moral Budget and hosted a presidential forum while they campaigned in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Here are a couple recaps of the budget and the presidential forum.

Over 200 Economists Endorse Medicare for All As Public Good: NEC member organization, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) organized 219 economists to endorse a letter that calls the current healthcare system “exorbitant and wasteful” and assert that “the time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All health care system in the United States.” Read their statement here.

Push for Structural Reforms at Juneteenth House Hearing on Reparations: "It is impossible to think about the inheritance of America without the inheritance of slavery… enslavement shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics of America," Ta-Nehisi Coates declared to the House Judicial Committee. Read more on the historic hearing for reparations here.

Solidarity Economies Abroad

International Public Banks Hold $37 Trillion: As NEC member organization Public Banking Institute works to build the public banking sector in the United States, across the world there are already 693 public banks which own assets worth US$37.72 trillion. This Transnational Institute article discusses some of the many models adopted in different countries.

A Cross-Atlantic Plan to Break Capital’s Control: “If we are to address large-scale climate crisis and a dangerously oversized financial system that gambles using the public’s money, we need to embrace radically different configurations of ownership on both sides of the Atlantic — and to build even more international bridges between movements, across language barriers as well as between movements in the Global North and Global South.” Read about the collaboration between the US and UK economic democracy movements.

Call For Papers – “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons”: Open until TOMORROW June 20th, the second international conference themed “Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy” will be a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social and solidarity economy, governance of the commons and new social movements in different parts of the world. Check out the call for submissions here!

CoFED 2019 Co-op Academy Cohort

Last year, NEC member organization, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) announced their new mission to center young folx of color as the leaders we need to grow a cooperative food economy. This year, for the first time ever, every extraordinary person selected to join their Summer Co-op Academy is a person of color (POC) advancing food, land, and racial justice! Expanding beyond traditional food co-ops, they are innovating a range of cooperative solutions to meet broad community needs for health and healing, joy and justice, wealth and well-being. Meet the cooperators from this year's cohort who are telling a new story about the future of co-ops. You can also follow how the academy is going on their Instagram!

New Economy Law And Tax Professionals

As the movement toward economic democracy grows, and more people form or convert to worker cooperatives, worker self-directed nonprofits, and other democratically-governed structures, the need for legal and tax assistance increases. Through their new network “Law for Economic Democracy,” NEC member organization the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) hopes to fill that gap and build a robust network of legal and tax practitioners that can share resources and best practices, connect and learn from each other, and support the greater movement toward economic democracy. Learn more about this network of legal and tax practitioners here!

Movement News

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Job Board

Campaign Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Chief Equity Officers Policy Network, PolicyLink
Communications Coordinator, NAMA
Communications Associate, Way to Win
Cooperative Energy Democracy Fellowship, We Own It
Development Manager, GreenWave
Development Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
Director Of Fundraising, Climable
Finance Coordinator, Democratic Socialists of America
Fundraising Manager, Democracy at Work Institute
Individual Giving Manager, Shareable
National Organizer, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)
Operations Manager, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative
Organizer, Cooperation Northfield
Podcast Producer, Healing Justice Podcast
Senior and Associate Project Officers, The Working World
US Digital Campaigner,

Various Positions, Beneficial State Foundation
Various Positions, Black Futures Lab
Various Positions, Cooperative Federal
Various Positions, Cooperative Fund of New England
Various Positions, Corporate Accountability
Various Positions, Democracy Collaborative
Various Positions, Kentuckians For the Commonwealth 
Various Positions, Land For Good
Various Positions, National Network Of Abortion Funds
Various Positions, New Economy Project


Upcoming Events

Solidarity Festival • Festival Solidario
Join Green Worker Cooperatives for the inaugural Solidarity Festival, where they will be Celebrating the People Power of Worker Cooperatives! Includes over 20 local cooperative vendors selling goods ranging from organic food to upcycled jewelry & crafts in addition to a full day of workshops and strategy sessions bringing together cooperatives and organizers in the fight for social justice. (June 22 – Bronx, NY)

Project Equity: Attract and Retain the Best Talent with Employee Ownership
Explore how employee ownership can help business owners retain and attract exceptional employees. Carolyn G. Berke, founder of Niles Pie, will discuss why she transitioned her successful business into a worker-owned cooperative. (June 24 – Online)

Cooperative Decision-Making Workshop
In this workshop with NEC member organization Roundsky Solutions, you will learn and work through a decision-making framework that integrates the best parts of collective decision-making processes for meaningful participation. You’ll learn how to facilitate an effective decision-making process in both in person and remote meetings. You will also gain tactics and skills to use in all sorts of situations to guide clear and effective collective decision-making. (June 24 – Online Webinar)

Democracy Beyond Elections: A New Deal for Our Broken Democracy
Join NEC member organization, Participatory Budgeting Project and “Forums @ Civic Hall” for the national kick off of the Democracy Beyond Elections campaign. They are convening a cross-section or organizations to build support for a democracy that deepens participation and civic engagement beyond and between elections, and creates a pipeline for diverse and equitable community leadership. (June 24 – New York, NY)

Building a Purpose Driven Culture with ASBC CEO Jeffrey Hollender
Join NEC member organization, American Sustainable Business Council to hear about how Seventh Generation built and maintained a culture that created an outstanding place to work, supported a brand that engendered tremendous customer loyalty and created significant financial value. (June 25 – Online Webinar)

Where Will Our Food Come From?
Join NEC member organization, Post Growth Institute to discuss best practices, key leverage points, and individual actions that will help actualize sustainable food systems that can operate effectively and efficiently without fossil fuels. Dr. Jason Bradford, author of The Future is Rural, and our panel of esteemed leaders, thinkers, and activists will consider how rural, urban, and suburban communities would be impacted by adopting truly sustainable food systems and how each of us can help create them. (June 26 – Online Webinar)

Opportunity Zones for Social Impact and Community Benefit
This webinar hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council will cover basic principles to address diversity equity and inclusion, developing community wealth, strategies to build collaboration, and building local businesses and economies. (June 28 – Online Webinar)

Left Forum
Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. NEC member organizations Resource Generation, Ujima Boston, and Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC will be featured in an NEC organized panel called “Growing the Solidarity Economy: Theory and Practice.” (June 28-30 – Brooklyn, NY)

James Boggs Centenary Celebration: The Legacy of Revolution Continues
To celebrate what would have been James Boggs’ 100th birthday, NEC Member Organization the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center is hosting a week-long series of Speakers, Conversations, Reflections, and Performances. (June 29-July 10 – Detroit, MI)

2019 Socialism Conference 
In a moment of rising class struggle, resurgent social movements, and the growing popular appeal of socialism, the Socialism 2019 Conference is an important gathering space for today’s left. Featuring dozens of panels, lectures, and workshops on topics like the fight against racism, how to win gender justice, radical working class struggle, current debates on the left, and more, the Socialism Conference brings together hundreds of activists from around the country for four-days of organizing, learning and collaboration. (July 4-7 – Chicago, IL)

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)

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)




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