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Welcome to Commonomics

A new 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 2013 Local Economies Reporting Fellow, Laura Flanders of GRITtv.

Caravan to Washington

After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

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 We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone?

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?

 

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba

Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died this Tuesday—did his best to be both.


To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy

The high-tech hubs and natural gas drilling the president called for in his state of the union speech aren't the answer to our economic woes. Instead, we need to follow the leadership already coming from communities, workers, and small-business owners.

 

Philly's Got a New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?

The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.

 

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

is the Local Economies Reporting Fellow at YES! Magazine and a contributing writer to The Nation. She hosts "The Laura Flanders Show" on GRITtv.org, an independent, multimedia platform for in-depth interviews with forward-thinking people. She's the author of Blue Grit: Making Improbable, Impossible and Inspirational Change in America (Penguin Press, 2008) and BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004). On Twitter, @GRITlaura.


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