Remaking the Economy: Building Regional Solidarity Economies
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by Steve Dubb
3d ago
  How do we build regional economies rooted in community ownership? As Stacey Sutton wrote to introduce an NPQ article series last fall on “Solidarity Economies—Building Community Power,” the growth of solidarity economy organizations across the country over the last decade has been “somewhat astounding.” In this webinar, cosponsored by the New Economy Coalition, we build on the contributions from that series and take a deep look at movement growth and ongoing challenges—with participants from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Oakland (CA), Buffalo and Washington DC sharing their p ..read more
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In Ukraine: Eco-Crimes and Anxiety as the War Drags On
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by Meredith Klenkel
3d ago
Image credit: President.gov.ua via wikimedia Ukrainian climate scientists and activists are coping with an added level of stress as a result of Russia’s war in their country. Before the war, Ukraine’s climate scientists campaigned for their country to move toward a green economy and to protect its biodiversity. But now, as the war in Ukraine has raged on for nearly two years, scientists are tasked with documenting every new environmental crime that Russia commits. Amid bomb explosions and occupations on their land, Ukraine’s climate scientists and activists are fighting their own war agai ..read more
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The Long Shadow Climate Change Casts on Traditions
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by Alison Stine
3d ago
Image credit: Chris Flook on wikimedia.com On February 2, 2024—known as Groundhog Day in the United States—the Pennsylvania groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. According to legend, that means winter is on the way out. “We all just want the promise of spring,” wrote NPR in a story about the celebration, where thousands gather annually in the small town of Punxsutawney in the early morning to watch the rodent make his prediction. If the groundhog sees a shadow, it’s six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is coming. But is it an early spring or is it clim ..read more
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Black Women Leaders Are Powering Philanthropy
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by Isaiah Thompson
4d ago
“Simply put, Black women are the backbone of modern day philanthropy.” So asserts a new book, Portraits of Us: A Book of Essays Centering Black Women Leading Philanthropy, edited by Toya Nash Randall, former board chair of Black Foundation Executives and “curator and catalyst” of Voice. Vision. Value., the digital platform that published the book in partnership with Blacks in Philanthropy Networks and Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Despite their many and powerful contributions to the sector, Black women have been both underrepresented and underappreciated in the landscape of American p ..read more
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In the Wake of Bonnie Candia-Bailey’s Death, Students Amplify Their Calls for Change
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by Rebekah Barber
4d ago
Image credit: Leighann Blackwood on Unsplash On February 8, one month after Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey’s suicide, dozens of Lincoln University students and alumni gathered outside the university’s Board of Curators meeting to protest what they believe to be the lack of accountability and unanswered questions surrounding Candia-Bailey’s death. Though it is not unusual for Black women to face misogynoir and microaggressions at work, it is a sad irony that the source of Candia-Bailey’s alleged abuse was her White boss at a historically Black institution. Candia-Bailey took her li ..read more
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Excessive Wealth Has Run Amok—This Must Stop
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by Meredith Klenkel
4d ago
Image credit: Malik Cıl on pexels.com I’ve been a student of inequality for a long time—as a curious child and later as a sociology professor. Eventually, I left academia and came to work at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development as the research director for a project known as the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, where I noticed a stark pattern. While much effort went into developing and amplifying wealth building strategies in communities of color, discussion about “the other extreme” of the wealth gap—that is, limiting the excessive concentration of wealth, which ..read more
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Student Debt Update: More Relief Announced, but Millions Remain Left Out
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by Marian Conway
5d ago
Image credit: Daniel Lincoln on Unsplash For some borrowers who have applied for federal student loan forgiveness, 2024 started off on a positive note. The administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced on January 19 that it had canceled an additional $4.9 billion in student loans for almost 74,000 borrowers, including nurses, social workers, firefighters, teachers, and others. The US Department of Education issued a statement noting that this action “brings the total loan forgiveness approved by the Biden-Harris Administration to $136.6 billion for ..read more
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Can Employee Ownership Meet Its “Silver Tsunami” Moment?
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by Meredith Klenkel
5d ago
Image credit: RDNE Stock project on pexels.com For years, employee ownership advocates have called attention to what is known as the “silver tsunami”—an impending wave of business owner retirements affecting US businesses with tens of millions of employees. As business owners retire, employees could potentially buy these businesses and become owners themselves. This happens—sometimes. But not often enough. For this to change, there must be a fundamental shift in how transitions to employee ownership are financed. What Are the Stakes? Today, over 32 million Americans—close to one-fifth of ..read more
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Why Reparations Can Counter the Legacy of a 50-Year “War on Drugs”
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by Meredith Klenkel
5d ago
Image credit: Mike Von on Unsplash This is the third article in NPQ’s series, The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Justice Agenda. Co-produced with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), this series will examine the many ways that M4BL and its allies are seeking to address the economic policy challenges that lie at the intersection of the struggle for racial and economic justice. The War on Drugs has had profound and lasting effects on individuals, families, and communities, resulting in mass incarceration, economic disparities, social marginalization, and a cycle of violence and cr ..read more
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A Free Press Needs a New Kind of Journalism
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by Rithika Ramamurthy
5d ago
Image credit: Ajeet Mestry on unsplash.com Whether or not you know exactly who owns what you see, hear, and read, you should know that media has an ownership problem. Did you know that just six large corporations control 90 percent of what people in the United States watch and read? Did you know that a handful of billionaires and asset managers have been buying up local newspapers, magazines, and TV stations? Do you suppose this increased corporate ownership influences what people know and think? Whether or not you know exactly who owns what you see, hear, and read, you should know that m ..read more
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