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On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion

On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion
Above Photo: Coffee Handlers at Cooperative Café Timor Sifting Coffee Beans. Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret 1 July 2017 – Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies, and can help to eliminate poverty and reach the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the head of the United Nations labour agency today said, marking the International Day of Cooperatives. “Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts ... Read more

Building The Networked City From The Ground Up With Citizens

Building The Networked City From The Ground Up With Citizens
Above Photo: From magazine.ouishare.net – Interview With Francesca Bria How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Who should own and control city data? Can cities embrace a model that socializes data and encourages new forms of cooperativism and democratic innovation? In the run-up to the OuiShare Fest Paris, Albert Cañigueral interviewed Francesca Bria, the chief innovation officer of Barcelona. A: YOU WERE IN ... Read more

Reclaiming Public Services

Reclaiming Public Services
Above Photo: From TNI.org How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation Reclaiming Public Services  is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care.  This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation. From New Delhi to Barcelona, from Argentina to Germany, thousands of politicians, public ... Read more

What A Puplic Bank Could Mean For California

What A Puplic Bank Could Mean For California
Above Photo: Flickr/ Images Money California is the eighth largest economy in the world, and it has a debt burden to match. It has outstanding general obligation bonds and revenue bonds of $158 billion, largely incurred for infrastructure. Of this tab, $70 billion is just for interest. Over $7 billion of California’s annual budget goes to pay interest on the state’s debt. As large as California’s liabilities are, they are exceeded by its ... Read more

Replacing TrumpCare and ObamaCare with Co-opCare

Replacing TrumpCare and ObamaCare with Co-opCare
Above photo: Ithaca Health Alliance. From Ithaca.com. Few are satisfied with America’s medical insurance system, but many resist abrupt change. Conservatives want smaller government and more individual responsibility. Liberals fear abandonment of the poor and elderly. Everyone dreads premium increases. Yet there is a path that’s both liberal and conservative, which relies on a genuinely free market to achieve low-cost, high-quality health ... Read more

What Happened To America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It

What Happened To America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It
Above Photo: Jeff Smallwood/Flickr There’s actually trillions that could be used to fix our roads and schools. The wealthy just don’t want you to know where it is. If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America’s deteriorating infrastructure — our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and bus stations. Government officials will tell us “there’s no money” to repair or properly maintain our tired ... Read more

Student Debt Means Fewer Public Servants — And More Bankers

Student Debt Means Fewer Public Servants — And More Bankers
Above Photo: Flickr/Donkeyhotey Indebted students trained for public service are instead cutting bait and heading for Wall Street. Cum laude, my diploma reads — “with honor.” But cum debitum, “with debt,” is a bit more accurate. Collectively, America’s student borrowers owe $1.7 trillion. On average, each graduating senior this year is beginning their life around $37,000 in the hole. That looks like a lot, but when you’re living with student ... Read more

Atlanta Fought For $15 And Won

Atlanta Fought For $15 And Won
Above Photo: From jwj.org People working for the city of Atlanta received welcome news as the City Council unanimously passed a budget raising their wages. Starting on July 1, 2017, base pay for city employees will rise from $10.10 to $13 an hour. Even better news? By mid-2019, all city employees will earn a minimum of $15 an hour. Now more than 1,000 people who sweep the city streets, maintain local parks, and put out fires will have a ... Read more

Protesters Interrupt Rick Perry’s Speech At Energy Conference

Protesters Interrupt Rick Perry’s Speech At Energy Conference
Above Photo: Rick Perry smiled to photographers Monday as he left Trump Tower after a meeting with the president-elect. (Photo: AP) Contradicting overwhelming scientific consensus, the energy secretary claims that carbon dioxide is not the “primary control knob” for climate change. Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered little explanation when protesters pressed him to explain his position on climate change at an energy conference on Tuesday. ... Read more

Traditional Welfare And Taxes Can Be Reformed To Support Universal Basic Income

Traditional Welfare And Taxes Can Be Reformed To Support Universal Basic Income
Above Photo: basic income by asher platts Some of the most common questions ever asked in regards to the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) are in regards to the details. “How much income? Who gets it? Who pays for it? How is it paid for? What does it replace?” These are all great and important questions, but the answers vary from person to person, because the answers are a matter of personal and political preferences when it comes to ... Read more