Welcome to Commonomics
A series from YES! Magazine on how we can build local economies that are strong enough to include everyone. Stay tuned for ongoing coverage from our Local Economies Reporting Fellow, Laura Flanders of GRITtv.
For the movement to succeed, it must be led by the dispossessed—those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked.
Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation
by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, Brian Van Slykeposted Sep 30, 2014
- For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hannaposted Sep 12, 2014
- Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
How Seattle Led the Country’s Wage Revolution
by David "Goldy" Goldsteinposted Aug 28, 2014
- Seattle's path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging, and blind dumb luck. It is also a roadmap for bypassing partisan gridlock—one city at a time.
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around
by Dean Patonposted Aug 21, 2014
- Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will?
Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere
by Laura Flandersposted Jul 17, 2014
- Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia—having already extracted much of the region's natural wealth. Local people are figuring out how to build a new economy based on shared vision and community knowledge. If transition can happen here, it can change the debate everywhere.
These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia's Post-Coal Economy
by Joe Solomonposted Jul 17, 2014
- The Appalachian Transition Fellows are young people who will spend this year building diverse job opportunities in the coal-country counties that need them most.
These Women-Run Co-ops Push Back Against the “Feminization of Poverty”
by Sarah McKinley, Violeta Duncanposted Jul 11, 2014
- Two-thirds of the country’s low-wage workers are women. That’s why they stand to benefit the most from greater equity in and control of the workplace.
Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending
by Liz Pleasantposted Jun 27, 2014
- New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?
by Penn Lohposted Jun 10, 2014
- For the movement to succeed, it must be led by the dispossessed—those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editorsposted Jun 03, 2014
- Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura Flandersposted May 30, 2014
- Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics
by Laura Flandersposted Apr 17, 2014
- From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement.
Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone?
by Laura Flandersposted Apr 09, 2014
- We have plenty of low-income jobs, but fewer in the middle where we really need investment. How can we make sure public money is spent for the greater good?
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision
by Laura Flandersposted Apr 01, 2014
- Mayor Chokwe Lumumba implemented only the first steps of his plan to address Jackson's extreme income inequality, which most seriously affected black residents. Now the city faces a choice between vastly different approaches to economic development.
Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura Flandersposted Mar 14, 2014
- Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.