Solidarity Research Center in partnership with Red Nation Coalition and US Solidarity Economy Network presents
Energy Democracy is a policy framework with the goal of transforming neglected and isolated communities—often poor, and often communities of color—into energy producers who contribute to the nation’s overall capacity, add clean energy to the grid, enhance their economic and political ties across the region, and supply their own energy needs. Without intervention, communities of color risk missing a transformative opportunity for a meaningful role in America’s changing energy economy. With people of color fast becoming half of the national population, this would be a loss for both communities of color and the nation. This white paper explores the challenges and opportunities communities of color face as participants in a renewable energy economy. With the right ownership models, clear and supportive tax incentives and finance policy, reformed land use and zoning policies, and equitable access to the grid, emerging technology allows communities of color to establish themselves as power producers. This white paper is focused on communityowned, small-scale renewable generators in electricity markets. Communities of color that become energy producers will transform their relationships with the larger regional economy, bringing improved infrastructure, increased wealth, and greater political interdependence between communities of color and their neighbors.
Report by the Center for Social Inclusion.
This report examines the challenges and opportunities of worker cooperatives in the Chicagoland region. The paper discusses the need for worker cooperative development in Chicago, the current barriers cooperatives face to operating, and potential suggestions for local policy aimed at creating policies which would enable worker cooperatives to thrive. Supporting worker cooperative development could bring numerous advantages already proven in comparable cities - including growth of jobs, wages, and economic opportunity.
Produced through a partnership with Illinois Worker Cooperative Alliance and The John Marshall Law School-Chicago Business Enterprise Law Clinic.
Pathways to Ownership is a no cost, five section webinar series that will give you the practical information you need to understand employee ownership options, so you can start-up or convert an existing business into one of many employee ownership models!
EconoUs2018 is focussed on PEOPLE, PLANET, ECONOMY, to highlight how the social, environmental and economic issues we face are int
Local Bites is a podcast that tracks ideas and initiatives that resist corporate power, renew place-based economies, and preserve human and ecological well-being. Our goal is to feature the voices of activists and visionaries from all around the world who are driving creative grassroots initiatives that demonstrate the power of 'going local'.
A documentary episode on Worker Cooperatives, focusing on the topics of economic democracy, racial and social justice, and collectivist vs capitalistic values.
Featuring: Richard Wolff, Gopal Dayaneni, Doria Robinson, Najari Smith, and more.
In this webinar, Cooperation Humboldt co-founder David Cobb will describe their theory of change, their program areas and concrete projects, and how they engage local elections to advance their agenda as a 501(c)(3).
CoopEcon 2018 is the fifth gathering of a coalition of Southern Grassroots organizations and their affiliate partners. This network of organizations is working towards promoting and launching sustainable cooperative economies.