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New Economy Roundup: Victory for Public Banking, a Native Artists Co-op & a New Direct Action Fund

Oct 3, 2019 | New Economy Roundup

This week we’re talking about yesterday's public banking victory in California, a co-op of Native artists in South Dakota, and a new worldwide fund for direct action! 

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Stories From the Field

Public Banking Victory

History for Public Banking: Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed bill AB857 into law allowing municipalities throughout California to establish publicly owned banks to invest in local communities, rather than relying on extractive Wall Street titans. NEC member organization Public Banking Institute works to make public banks a reality across the country and was recognized in the breaking news of California’s new, bold, transformative Public Bank law.

Native-Based Art Economy: In December 2017, Holly Doll formed the Native Artists United (NAU) co-op in North Dakota with 13 other Native artists. Holly spoke with Creative Exchange, a project of NEC Member Organization Springboard for the Arts in anticipation of her breakout session at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit this week. Read NAU’s story here and follow the summit on Twitter.

Rich Kid Revolution: The nation's wealthiest people never expected the real revolution would come from inside their own families. Some of their children have decided that they never should have been given the power that they have and are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Meet the rich kids who want to give away all their money organized by NEC Member Organization Resource Generation.


Solidarity Economies Abroad

Youth Climate Leaders

Thinking Beyond Greta Thunberg: The first UN Youth Climate Summit gathered hundreds of young people from around the world at the United Nations, including Greta Thunberg. The young people hailed from spots around the globe, like Nigeria, Austria, the Marshall Islands, and Mauritius. Read about activists from the Amazon to Nigeria who share their ideas for battling the climate crisis.

Transformative Cities Initiative People’s Choice Awards: TCI launched an award for people-led initiatives to spread the stories of communities working on local solutions for water, energy, housing and food. Twelve initiatives stand out from Barcelona, Budapest, Ixtepec, Jackson, Jakarta, Kitale, Lagos, Medellin, Morwell, New York, Paris and the West Bank and Gaza. Vote By October 9th.

France Bans Fracking and Oil Extraction: French parliamentarians have passed a law banning fossil fuel extraction. President Macron says he wants France to lead the world with switch to renewables. Read about the declaration here.

Beautiful Trouble: Get Up Rise Up Fund

Africans Rising and NEC Member Organization Beautiful Trouble are announcing an open call to support direct actions anywhere in the world! The Get Up Rise Up direct action fund seeks to make resources available to local groups (both registered and unregistered) that often find themselves underfunded or under-resourced for a myriad of reasons, and who are planning creative direct actions as part of an ongoing campaign. Read the funding criteria and apply here.

Intentional Endowments Resource

Intentionally Designed Endowment Primer

Where organizations invest their endowments can be as important for impact as the programming they run. NEC Member Organization Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is a non-profit peer learning network that empowers endowment fiduciaries and their financial advisors to navigate the complex and dynamic trends related to investing for long-term financial, environmental, and social success. Check out this primer they created about sustainable investing, including a brief history and links to key resources and relevant organizations. 

Movement News

NEC on The Gram

Jeremy Train Trip

Follow NEC on Instagram – @NewEconomyCoalition – Where we’re following Jeremy Graf Evans, NEC’s Development & Communications Coordinator, on his cross-country train trip to visit Solidarity Economy projects in 13 cities across the United States! 

Job Board

Climate Justice Campaign Director, People’s Action – Location Flexible – Priority Oct 13
Coalition Coordinator, NY Renews – New York, NY
Communications and Storytelling Coordinator, Resist – Boston, MA/Remote
Co-op Business Developer, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance – Deadline Oct 25
Development Director, Rethink – New Orleans, LA
Electoral Campaign Coach and Advisor, Social Media Technologies – Remote 
Fall 2019 Grassroots Organizing Fellowship, Friends of the Earth – Multiple Cities
Food Sovereignty Organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center – Brooklyn, NY
Network Organizer, Power Shift Network – Remote – Deadline Nov 3 
Press Officer, Corporate Accountability – Boston, MA
Research Internship, Democracy Collaborative – Washington, DC
Senior Staff Attorney, New Economy Project – New York, NY
Senior Editor – Institute for Self Reliance – Washington, D.C. or Portland, Maine
Senior Research Analyst, Action Center on Race and the Economy – Location is flexible
Various Positions, Color of Change – New York, Washington D.C., Oakland, Los Angeles
Various Positions, Democracy Collaborative – Washington, DC
Various Positions, Groundswell
Various Positions, Groundwork Collaborative
Various Positions, Institute for Policy Studies 
Various Positions, Opportunity Finance Network
Various Positions, The Laura Flanders Show – New York, NY
Various Positions, Sunrise Movement – Multiple Locations

Upcoming Events

NorCal Resilience Network Fall Convening
As the urgency for climate justice rises, so does the commitment of the NorCal Resilience Network to uplift and support community resilience solutions around the region. Please join our partners and allies for strategic dialogues and interactive sessions to strengthen our cross-sector collaborations and collective impact. (Oct 11 – Oakland, CA)

When the World is on Fire: Resilience and Restoration
In this two part People’s Hub workshop, we will hold connective space to grieve the challenges and traumas of our world, to revitalize, and to connect change agents across the US and world through resilience-based practices, lessons and visioning for the world we want and need, inside and out. (Oct 23 & 30 – Virtual/Online)

2019 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGs) National Conference
Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, we will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, food systems, reclaiming Black cultural foodways and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The conference will also provide hands-on, skill-building workshops on sustainable agriculture education including soil health, hydroponics, hoop tunnels and other related topics. (Oct 25-27, New York, NY)

Right Livelihood and the New Economy Retreat 
Join Della Duncan of Upstream Podcast for a transformative weekend that aims to align your livelihood with your deeper purpose. Wherever you are on your journey, this course will help you pause to reflect, reconnect with what’s important to you, and go forth with tools and insights to help make your dreams come to life. Weaving stories, embodiment practices, games, with wisdom from the New Economy movement. (Oct 25-27 – Chapel Hill, NC)

39th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures – Actionable Responses to Climate Change
In our general concern about climate change, we have let ourselves fall into comfortable despair and hand wringing. The speakers for the 39th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures have not. They act with no regrets. Greg Watson and Sallie Calhoun will deliver the 39th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures at Saint James Place at 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (Oct 27 – Great Barrington, MA)

2019 AASHE Conference and Expo
With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is tackling the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy, which we see as inclusive of the exciting work happening under a variety of other names such as the solidarity economy, wellbeing economy, circular economy, post-growth economy, regenerative economy and restorative economy. (Oct 27-30 – Spokane, WA)

Rural Electric Coop Reform Virtual Summit
We Own It's first national online summit for member-owners of electric co-ops and folks working with member-owners on electric co-op reform. The meeting will include opportunities for connecting with others in the national REC Reform Movement, sharing experiences and knowledge, hearing success stories, learning, and more! (Oct 28 – Virtual/Online)

Creating Just, Regenerative, and Democratic Economies with Aaron Tanaka & Local Leaders
Join People’s Economy Lab at this unique opportunity to hear from Aaron Tanaka to learn about what communities are doing right now to change the equation on who and what counts in our economy. Aaron will be joined by a panel of local leaders actively creating this economy in Seattle, through community land trusts; worker, women, and people of color owned businesses; and shifting major institution’s resources and money toward community control. (Oct 29 – Seattle, WA)

View all NEC member events on our website »



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